Thick or thin crust? Pepperoni and mushrooms, or just a classic margherita with tomato sauce and cheese? Fast and cheap, or artisanal with high-quality ingredients? Fresh out of the oven, or reheated the next day? So many choices … so much to debate. How do you like your pizza? In “The Kings of the Dollar Slice Build a Better Pizza,” Julia Moskin writes: It’s hard to nail down the most improbable thing about Upside Pizza, a new slice joint a few blocks from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Is it that the cooks make fresh mozzarella in the basement every morning, and that the mozzarella is just one of four cheeses on the plain pie? Is it that the chief pizza maker, Noam Grossman, positions batches of dough in front of the closed-circuit camera when he goes home at 1 a.m. in order to wake at 4 a.m. to see how much they’ve risen? Or is it that they refuse to put a shaker of garlic powder on the counter alongside the red pepper flakes and the oregano, denying … [Read more...] about How Do You Like Your Pizza?
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Before reading the article: For today’s article, you will read an obituary for Dorothy Bolden, a domestic worker who started a movement for the protection of domestic workers in the United States in the 1960s. She died in 2005. This piece is from Overlooked, a history project recalling the lives of those who, for whatever reason, were left out of The Times’s obit pages. Before you read about Bolden and the movement she started, watch this four-minute Op-Ed video, about what it’s like to be a domestic worker in the United States today. Then answer the following questions: • What are some of the duties of a domestic worker? • Why are domestic and care workers more vulnerable to workplace abuses, like long hours, low wages, sexual harassment and discrimination? • How are these injustices rooted in the legacy of slavery? Now, read the article, “ Overlooked No More: Dorothy Bolden, Who Started a Movement for Domestic Workers ,” and … [Read more...] about Learning With: ‘Overlooked No More: Dorothy Bolden, Who Started a Movement for Domestic Workers’
Imagine the scenario pictured above: You find a cellphone and return it to the owner. The owner then tries to give you some money to express his thanks. What do you do? Should you accept the cash reward for doing the right thing? Or does that cheapen the good deed? Have you ever been in a situation similar to this one? If so, what did you do and why? Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to find out what the Times Ethicist columnist says you should do. Find many more ways to use our Picture Prompt feature in this lesson plan . … [Read more...] about Cash Reward
gestalt \ gə-ˈstält , -ˈshtält \ noun : a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts _________ The word gestalt has appeared in nine articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on June 12 in “Revisiting the Images of Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work Magazine” by Rena Silverman: Though this is not the first bound publication of a complete set of Camera Work — Taschen compiled the publication’s photogravures and there is an academic reprint of a 1969 version available for $1,650 — Mr. Katzman says that Mr. Vreyen’s reproduction is the most authentic to Stieglitz’s mission. “Stieglitz’s intention was to combine images with words in a certain format and order,” he said. “Pacing, image placement, who wrote what, when. Camera Work was a gestalt. Pierre’s project approximates that gestalt.” _________ … [Read more...] about Word + Quiz: gestalt
What is the most important thing you have learned in school? How has this knowledge affected your life? How do you think it will help your success in the future? In “The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know,” Thomas L. Friedman writes: A few years ago, the leaders of the College Board, the folks who administer the SAT college entrance exam, asked themselves a radical question: Of all the skills and knowledge that we test young people for that we know are correlated with success in college and in life, which is the most important? Their answer: the ability to master “two codes” — computer science and the U.S. Constitution. Since then they’ve been adapting the SATs and the College Board’s Advanced Placement program to inspire and measure knowledge of both. Since the two people who led this move — David Coleman, president of the College Board, and Stefanie Sanford, its chief of global policy — happen to be people I’ve long enjoyed … [Read more...] about What Are the Most Important Things Students Should Learn in School?