It's summer and you're a high school student, and you want to supplement your civics education. What to do? How about a three week college preparatory class taught by a college professor in Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics, making you eligible to sit for the AP exam the following Spring?
Reformers talk a lot about developing students' STEM skills but, as Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee witnessed firsthand, summer programs in which students can analyze water pollution and build robots make these subjects real in a way that can turn potential drop-outs into scientists-in-the-making.
Madonna is at the top of the Billboard charts, "Titanic" may be the highest-grossing movie of the week and "The Mummy," Twins, "Dumb and Dumber," "Summer School," "Anchorman," "Top Gun," "Total Recall" and even "Phantom of the Opera" are either getting sequels or being remade. Nothing is new, and that's sad.