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Ivanka Trump shared a photo of herself on social media Saturday with her husband, Jared Kushner, and their three children, with the youngest dressed as a Stormtrooper. "The force is strong with my family," she captioned the image, adding a yellow star emoji.

If there was, in fact, such as thing as the force in this universe, Ivanka and Jared would, no doubt, be on the Dark Side.

"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering," — Yoda, "Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace"

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George Lucas Uses Jedi Powers (and Tons of His Own Cash) to Build Affordable Housing in His Ultra-Wealthy Community

The Star Wars creator pledges $200 million for low-cost housing in the middle of one of America’s richest zip-codes

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George Lucas may have handed the reins of the Star Wars universe over to JJ Abrams and the Disney corporation, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his Jedi edge.

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Star Wars Fans Save Darth Vader’s Home From Menacing Sand Dune

The Tunisian set of Star Wars was about to be destroyed by a sand dune before fans stepped up.

The set of Darth Vader's hometown, in Tataouine. Photo via Flickr user Vincent Bellet.

The Tunisian desert city of Tataouine that gave its name to the home planet of Darth Vader was under threat of a powerful sand dune before fans across the world mobilized to protect it from desertification. A large barkhane dune would have swallowed up the sets of Mos Espa, the town located in the fictional desert planet of Tatooine, by September were it not for the collaborative efforts of the Tunisian Ministry of Tourism, preservationists, and Star Wars geeks from all over the globe. Last March, workers began removing the sand that swallowed the Star Wars sets up. Using money fundraised on IndieGogo and supplementary funds provided by the Tunisian government, they’ve since begun to restore the clay dwellings that featured in the film franchise as the spaceport Anakin Skywalker called home.

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Extra Credit: Can Someone Bring Chile's Star Wars School to the States?

Welcome to the first-ever edition of Extra Credit, a daily roundup of noteworthy education stories.


Taking a cue from GOOD's Food and Environment editors (and myriad other online writers), I'm doing a daily roundup of all the intriguing and noteworthy education stories I came across in the course of a day, but didn't get around to writing about. Here's the first edition:

The esteemed Daniel Pink pokes holes in the ever popular idea that trying teacher pay to student standardized test results works.

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