Extra Credit: Our pick of stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. Brought to you each Tuesday from the editors of JSTOR Daily.
Is adolescence over? (Aeon)
by Paula S. Fass
In the twentieth century, psychiatry and the emergency of public high schools created the concept of adolescence as we know it now. But, in a world where high school graduation is no longer a significant marker of adulthood, is it time to think about the teenage years in a different way?
Remembering the Middle Passage (Pacific Standard)
by Corey Atad
At a moment when pop culture seems especially focused on the history of race in America, what can we learn from studying the Middle Passage? One historian is working to clarify what life and death really looked like on the slave ships that sailed the Atlantic.
The biological treasures of the frozen south (National Geographic)
by Brian Clark Howard
The international community has agreed to designate 598,000 square miles of the Ross Sea, off Antarctica, as a protected area. Scientists have found that around 16,000 species, including penguins, seals, and whales, live in the sea, which is one of the few remaining places on earth barely touched by humans.
No, Scranton isn’t going Republican (The Washington Post)
by Jonathan Rodden
Other the last few U.S. presidential elections, there’s been a lot of focus on Republican voters in small towns and former industrial cities. Electoral maps show big swaths of red in less populous regions. But a political scientist invites us to zoom closer. While heartland suburbs and rural areas may be pretty red, dense population centers—even very small ones—tend to remain blue.
The consequences of paying students to learn (New York Magazine)
by Claudia Hammond
What happens if you turn school into a paying job for kids? Experiments in places from Dallas to Colombia give us some clues about how financial incentives change students’ motivations. Turns out, a lot depends on exactly what you pay for, and how much you pay.
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