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Racing Up the Down-Moving Escalator

(3) Comments | Posted December 8, 2012 | 4:30 PM

Watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

There is that first moment when you realize you live in a pressure cooker. For me, that moment came in sixth grade. In my counselor's uncomfortably white office, I am squirming opposite her in the chair of doom (reserved...

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Menomonie High School Students Suspended After Taking C4 Extreme, Creatine Supplement Energy Drink

(356) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 4:14 PM

Ten Wisconsin high school football players were temporarily suspended after consuming an over-the-counter energy drink, The Chippewa Herald reports.

The drink, called C4 Extreme and purchased by the Menomonie High School athletes at a nutrition store, contained Synephrine HCL. The substance is a performance enhancer banned...

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Cheryl Washington, Texas Shekinah Learning Institute Charter Founder, Teaches Religion In School, Americans United Alleges

(1393) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Religion watchdogs are warning of an amply-funded charter school in Texas, where the superintendant has claimed that God "has given [her] the jurisdiction to operate with dominion," the San Antonio Current reports.

Cheryl Washington, founder of the taxpayer funded Shekinah Learning Institute, is being accused by...

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Philip Martin Jr. and Neil Monheit, High School Officials, Sue Google To Unmask Online Accuser

(11) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 3:43 PM

Two New York City school officials are suing for Google to unveil the identity of a blogger who has accused them of pedophilia, incompetence, rape and racism, the New York Post reports.

Norman Thomas High School Principal Philip Martin Jr. and Assistant Principal Neil Monheit say the anonymous...

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Mary Krieger, West Middle School Student, Uses Birthday Money To Create Kindness Counts Charity

(13) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 1:44 PM

Until now, Kansas middle school student Mary Krieger had an undercover, heroic identity. She was the anonymous creator of Kindness Counts, a program that seeks to spread kindness throughout her school, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

Krieger chose to forgo a birthday party and used the money for a...

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Frontier Virtual High School In Pennsylvania Shuts Down After Failed Years

(10) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 4:46 PM

The online charter school Frontier Virtual Charter High School promised students internship opportunities and language learning when it opened last year.

Yet after the charter school failed this past year to provide students with basic learning tools like computers and Internet, the Pennsylvania Department of Education

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South Carolina Students May Receive Credit For Religious 'Released Time' Courses, Court Rules

(93) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 1:26 PM

In a "tremendous victory for religious education," a South Carolina court has ruled that students may receive credit for taking religious courses that meet secular standards, USA Today reports.

A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has approved a 2006 South Carolina law permitting...

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Xing Wei College, China's Experiment In Liberal Arts Western Education, Opens In Fall

(5) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 2:28 PM

In a bold bid to experiment with western education methods, a Chinese college modeled after American liberal arts institutions receives its first class of students this fall, The New York Times reports.

Xing Wei college, a privately run institution in Shanghai, is the first of its...

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Narrows High School In Giles County, VA, Displays Textbook Page Of Ten Commandments

(453) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 5:10 PM

A Virginia public high school will display a page from a history textbook depicting the Ten Commandments, according to a recent compromise.

Originally, Narrows High School in Giles County displayed a framed copy of the Ten Commandments, prompting a lawsuit last September from the American Civil Liberties Union...

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Educational Achievement Could Be Linked To Three Genes, Study Finds

(106) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 1:45 PM

Whether a student graduates high school or achieves a college degree could depend partly on genetic factors beyond their control, according to a national study of thousands of Americans.

In the report, which appears in the July issue of Developmental Psychology, researchers identify three genes -- DAT1, DRD2,...

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China College Entrance Exam, Gaokao, Being Reconsidered

(47) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 5:02 PM

Standardized testing is no foreigner to education -- both in the United States and abroad. But while the high-stakes tests are being criticized for their emphasis stateside, China's notoriously stressful college entrance exam is a whole separate animal, and is now being reevaluated, The New York...

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Churches In Public Schools: Bronx Household Of Faith Wins Case Against P.S. 15, Churches May Hold Worship Events in New York Schools

(115) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 2:07 PM

New York City public schools may no longer bar churches from conducting service events on school premises, a federal judge ruled Friday.

The ruling, issued by judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan, settles a 12 year lawsuit which began after the Bronx Household of Faith, an evangelical church, sued...

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Whiteboard Advisors Report: 0 Percent Of Education Insiders Satisfied With Congress

(57) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 4:59 PM

All education "insiders" disapprove of the way Congress handles education, according to a new report.

The report, called "Common Core, RTT-D, and Student Loans," was released this month by Whiteboard Advisors, an education consulting practice. The report surveys "a small group of key education influentials" on a variety...

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Cordell Broadus, Snoop Dogg's Son, Awarded UCLA Football Scholarship As High School Sophomore

(20) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 3:45 PM

UCLA has offered an athletic scholarship to a Cordell Broadus, a rising high school sophomore who has played one season of high school football whose father happens to be Snoop Dogg.

Broadus was a standout player this year, according to high school coach Ryan Maine.

"We're...

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Stuyvesant High School Caught In Cheating Scandal On New York Regents Exams

(559) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 4:26 PM

A cheating ring has rocked the elite Stuyvesant High School in New York City, culminating in the expulsion of one of its students.

School officials caught a student, identified as Nayeem Ahsan, taking pictures of a Spanish exam last week and accused him of distributing test answers to...

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Jack Wu, Kansas Board Of Education Candidate, Calls Evolution 'Satanic Lies'

(2590) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 2:26 PM

Science and religion are once again pitted against each other -- this time in a Kansas Board of Education race in which one candidate, Jack Wu, has called evolution "Satanic lies."

Wu, who also attends, but is not an official member of, the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, is...

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Affirmative Action Admissions: Asian Americans Support Race-Conscious Practices, Survey Finds

(30) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 1:30 PM

New findings throw a wrench in an already heated debate on the proper place of affirmative action in college admission. According to two new reports, most Asian Americans support race-conscious practices in college admissions.

The Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education and National Commission on Asian...

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Jennifer Young, Rice University Professor, Dies In Car Crash; Newborn Saved Then Passes

(9) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 5:19 PM

Jennifer Young, a Rice University Math professor and pregnant mother, was hit and killed by a car as she crossed the street on Tuesday. Her baby, who was delivered successfully via C-section hours after her death, succumbed to injuries the following day and passed away, KVUE reports.

The...

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Michael Bloomberg Announces Effort To Call New York City Parents, Deliver Teacher Evaluations

(87) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 3:19 PM

Parents of New York, beware: The mayor will be calling you.

New York's state legislature passed a law Thursday that would prevent school districts from publishing teachers' performance scores for all the world to see. Instead, if parents want to know how their teachers rank on standardized test...

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David Diachenko Forms LGBT Support Group at Bob Jones University, Fundamentalist Christian College

(77) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 1:21 PM

Bob Jones University, a Christian institution notorious for their controversial fundamentalist views, now has a new LGBT support group on campus, KLTV reports.

David Diachenko, a Bob Jones alumnus, recently created BJUnity, a support organization for the LGBT community. Diachenko said he felt compelled when, after coming out...

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