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For many young black men in America, systemic bias and racism make the simplicity of childhood unjustly complicated. In a letter to the son he may someday have, poet Clint Smith reflects on the lessons he learned as a child and shares his hopes for his future son.

Get an inside look at the design process behind Fuji Kindergarten, a school where trees grow through classrooms and the roof is another place to play.

Suki Kim teaching a class at  Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, 2011.

Born and raised in Seoul, Suki Kim posed as an English teacher at an all-male university in Pyongyang run by evangelical Christians; she spent six months teaching the 19-year-old sons of North Korea’s ruling class. In this excerpt from her book, she describes the experience.

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In this exclusive TED video, sex ed teacher Al Vernacchio and Make Love Not Porn founder Cindy Gallop discuss why having “the” talk with our kids is not enough.

For girls in rural Yemen, just getting permission to go to school can be an obstacle. Here, first-graders sit five to a bench. Classrooms often number 150 students to one teacher.

Photographer Laura Boushnak celebrates success stories in women’s education across the Arab World.

Ready to match wits with a 19th-century student? Read on.

Comedian and author of How to Be Black Baratunde Thurston has one message for you: Teach STEM.