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Emily Pilloton

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Advice for Design Graduates: Start Now

Emily Pilloton | Posted July 14, 2012

The following is the text of a commencement speech given at the University of California-Berkeley on May 13, 2012.

Good evening... Class of 2012, faculty, families, and friends. It is an absolute honor to address you today.

However, I feel fairly unqualified to be your graduation speaker:...

Rep. Barbara Lee

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A New Dawn for STEM Education

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted May 14, 2012

Despite California's 11 percent unemployment rate, high-tech industries face the challenge of filling a wide range of highly skilled positions that are central to the most advanced industries in the world. Our nation's future depends on remedying this mismatch in supply-and-demand by preparing our children to take jobs...

Quora

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What Is It Like to Be a Teenager Today?

Quora | Posted July 14, 2012

This question originally appeared on Quora.

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By James Wang, Quora user

I am 18. Let me tell you what life is like.

It's awesome and I love it.

High school was completely...

Rick Newman

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Too Much Student Debt? Blame Your Parents

Rick Newman | Posted July 14, 2012

I graduated from college in 1988 with about $11,000 in student-loan debt, which is slightly less, when adjusted for inflation, than the $27,000 that the typical indebted student owes today. The monthly payments seemed onerous at first, but as time went on they become manageable. While paying back...

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

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Report Digs Into Teachers' Feedback And Finds Bias Towards Minority Students

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted July 14, 2012

By: Robyn Gee

When white teachers were asked to give feedback on C-minus level essays, they gave more positive feedback when they believed the student writers were African American or Latino. That's according to a new study by Kent Harber, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University at...

Michelle Roberts

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Why Treatment Is Critical for Youth With Mental Illness

Michelle Roberts | Posted July 14, 2012

There are moments, seemingly ordinary at the time, that later have the power to alter your entire life course. For me, one of those moments occurred more than 13 years ago while working as a journalist in Portland, Ore. On a Sunday afternoon, a fax landed on my desk. It...

Arianna Huffington

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My Conversation With the Dalai Lama: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality (VIDEO)

Arianna Huffington | Posted July 14, 2012

At a lunch in the crypt at St. Paul's before the Dalai Lama received the Templeton Prize today, I was seated next to Canon Mark Oakley. "We need to move beyond relevance to resonance," he said.

It was a call to move beyond the shallows to...

Brett Berk

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I'm Glad Mitt Romney Wasn't in My Class at Cranbrook, or My Big Gay Hair Would Have Been at Risk

Brett Berk | Posted July 14, 2012


2012-05-14-highschool.jpegLike Mitt Romney, I attended Cranbrook, the elite, Detroit-area private school. Unlike the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, I was not the rigidly straight son of a sitting Republican governor but a scholarship student, a political radical, and a burgeoning homosexual. But like John...

Leslie Hendry

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Too Big to Care

Leslie Hendry | Posted July 14, 2012

Recently I donated $20 to DonorsChoose.org to help fund a first grade class with basic school supplies. This is what the teacher, Mrs. Hopkins, said about her class and what inspired me to make the small contribution:

My students are wonderful boys and girls who are eager to learn...
Randi Weingarten

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Financial Knowledge Can Be Economic Destiny

Randi Weingarten | Posted July 14, 2012

When it comes to financial literacy, most Americans are alarmingly uninformed. According to a 2009 study, adults earned only a C grade when their financial acumen was assessed, little better than high school students, who mainly received failing grades. Lack of awareness is an economic millstone for...

InvestingAnswers

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10 States With the Most Student Loan Debt Per Graduate

InvestingAnswers | Posted July 14, 2012

By Christian Hudspeth

Most college graduates will tell you it's hard enough to complete four (or more) long years of packaged noodles, 10-page papers and excruciating final exams.

Things often get harder for new graduates after school's over, especially when it comes to finding a job. The unemployment rate...

Kerry Kennedy

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Bullying, Leadership and the Presidency of the United States

Kerry Kennedy | Posted July 14, 2012

The 1965 bullying incident at Michigan's elite Cranbrook School that came to light this week has kicked off a series of conversations about bullying and about the extent to which we should hold our nation's leaders accountable for past behavior.

But even after Mitt Romney's "If I...

Myra Demeter

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Student and Parents' Increasing Indebtedness to Pay for College

Myra Demeter | Posted July 13, 2012

I clutched my savings bankbook close to me as I walked with focus and determination to the bank. It was 1968 and I was walking to my savings bank to empty my bank account to pay for college. My passbook represented all the deposits I had made for the past...