Diane Ravitch, once a staunch advocate of No Child Left Behind, speaks out against the law in her book, Death and Life of the Great American School System. Courtesy of Basic Books hide caption

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Some stores got a jump on Black Friday by opening on Thanksgiving. This Target store in Rockville, Md., opened at 5 a.m. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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Shotgun houses in Houston's Third Ward. Shotgun houses were the most popular style of house in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil War, through to the 1920s. Blake Gordon/Aurora Photos for NPR hide caption

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