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There are two seemingly-contradictory conversations going on right now about kids graduating from college. One conversation focuses on the importance of a college degree. Bob Herbert for instance– his NYT op-ed column last week—bemoaned the fact that the U.S.—once the world leader in college graduation rates—now lags 12th behind other industrialized countries. We should quit [...]
Bloomberg reports today that Robert Wilson – known as one of the great stock investors of the last 50 years, the now-retired peer of Warren Buffet and George Soros—gave $5.6 million to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York this summer to set up fundraising programs for Catholic schools. “Most of what the Catholic schools [...]
We almost lost our favorite dinosaur last week. But then the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) came to the rescue. As Megan Gibson reported at Time’s News Feed: It all started when two scientists in Montana, John Scannella and Jack Horner, argued that triceratops (arguably the best of the dinosaurs) was actually just a [...]
The cost of textbooks is high and getting higher–a 2005 study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported an increase in the cost of textbooks that was twice the inflation rate– but there’s some relief in sight. The AP reports that textbook rental programs and online-shopping for textbook bargains are replacing the more traditional and [...]
Paula Reed Ward at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that a plan by a school principal to catch students having sex at school went terribly wrong: A former Upper St. Clair High School student who already claimed she had been raped once was raped again on school property after school officials used her as bait in [...]
Lisa Guernsey at Early Ed Watch cites a new study that says preschoolers might not be as self-centered as we’d thought: … researchers like Ross A. Thompson, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis, have been discovering that empathy and perspective-taking are not just developmental milestones that we have to wait [...]
A panagram is a sentence that uses every letter of the alphabet. You probably learned where the keyboard letters are by typing this one: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” According to Robert Quigley at Geek O System, linguists and puzzle-solvers like to see just how few letters they can use in [...]