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  • Confederation of Iranian Students statement on UK embassy attack

    11/30/2011 4:56:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Israel matzav ^ | 11/30/11 | Carl In Jerusalem
    I received via email the following statement from the Confederation of Iranian Students and the Iranian Freedom Institute regarding the Basij-led attack (that's what they're calling it - the Iranians are calling the attackers 'students') on the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday. As the U.S. and its European allies begin to impose effective sanctions on the Islamic Republic, the western democracies should anticipate that the regime will initiate more of these fully-authorized, staged incidents under the guise of a student movement. The so-called students, of course, are plain-clothed basiji following orders from the regime. Even Moussa Ghornani, a member...
  • Students occupy UCSC academic building overnight, plan next steps (Chancellor denies free speech?)

    11/29/2011 1:09:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    KIONrightnow ^ | 11/29/11 | Matt de Nesnera
    Students occupy UCSC academic building overnight, plan next stepsUpdated: Nov 29, 2011 2:29 PM EST By Matt de Nesnera SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- About 50 students spent the night sleeping in cubicles or on the floor of an academic building at the University of California Santa Cruz as part of a protest against rising tuition costs and university police, but they could be preparing to leave. Monday, students responded to a call from the Occupy University of California Davis movement for a strike across the 10-campus University of California system. Demonstrators prevented the roughly 100 staff members from entering the...
  • British embassy in Iran attacked by protesters

    11/29/2011 5:36:28 AM PST · by markomalley · 43 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/29/11 | Damien McElroy
    Iranian protesters broke into the British embassy compound in Tehran, tearing down the flag and looting a portrait of The Queen. British officials said they were urgently trying to establish whereabouts of staff and the scope of the threat unleashed by the breach. Iranian hardliners had called for a demonstration against the embassy yesterday after the country adopted a law requiring the regime to throw out the British ambassador. Reports from the scene said that security forces had failed to secure the site as dozens of students stormed the British Embassy, bringing down the union flag and throwing documents from...
  • Iranian students storm British Embassy in Tehran

    11/29/2011 4:49:48 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 27 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 8 mins ago
    TEHRAN,Iran (AP) — Dozens of hard-line Iranian students have stormed the British Embassy in Tehran, bringing down the British flag and throwing documents from windows. The students clashed with anti-riot police and chanted "the Embassy of Britain should be taken over" and "death to England." Tuesday's incident comes two days after Iranian parliament approved a bill that reduces diplomatic relations with Britain following London's support of recently upgraded U.S. sanctions on Tehran.
  • UC Students Protest Soaring Tuition As Regents Meet By Phone (Occupiers could turn violent)

    11/28/2011 10:31:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 11/28/11
    UC Students Protest Soaring Tution As Regents Meet By PhoneNovember 28, 2011 9:48 AM SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS/AP) – University of California students are protesting at four campuses where board members met by teleconference after worries about violence led to the cancellation of a previous meeting. Board members, university administrators and the public were attending Monday’s meeting at locations on the San Francisco-Mission Bay, Los Angeles, Davis, and Merced campuses. During the public comment period, students spoke out against recent police crackdowns on Occupy camps on the Davis and Berkeley campuses.
  • Yale's 'Nightlife' Class Brings Students to the Boom Boom Room for Field Trip

    11/24/2011 8:08:48 AM PST · by NYFreeper · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 24, 2011 | New York Post
    NEW YORK – A doctoral candidate in Yale University's American Studies Program is teaching a course in "nightlife culture" that includes DJ lecturers, a field trip to New York nightlife hot spots Le Bain and the Boom Boom Room and a discussion titled "Looks, Doors and Guest Lists: Getting Past the Velvet Rope."
  • U.S. college students arrested in Egypt freed (Muslim brotherhood frees Obama Youth..)

    11/24/2011 6:39:41 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/24/11 | Associated Press
    Egyptian officials say a court has ordered the release of three American students arrested this week during the unrest in Cairo. An Egyptian official said Thursday the three who attend the American University in Cairo were arrested on the roof of a university building near Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square where they were allegedly throwing firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters.
  • Wisconsin Teacher Reprimanded After Students Allowed to Protest Gov. Walker on Field Trip

    11/05/2011 5:21:41 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/05/2011
    According to FOX6, the Portage School District this week released a letter of reprimand which was put in the file of the teacher chaperoning the trip. The teacher said he was "embarrassed" by the incident but insisted he did nothing wrong, according to the report.
  • National test puts California students on bottom

    11/01/2011 6:48:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 11/1/11 | Sharon Noguchi
    On the nation's report card, California schools have advanced from failing to -- failing a teensy bit less. Despite posting minute gains this year, California students scored at nearly the bottom of the nation in reading and math, test results show. In reading, California performed worse than all other states and only outscored Washington, D.C. In math, state fourth-graders ranked above only D.C. and Mississippi; eighth-graders did a notch better, also outscoring Alabama. The National Assessment of Education Progress is administered every other year to a sampling of students across the country. It is the only nationally standardized test for...
  • WashPost: Obama’s student Loan Plan Isn’t So New

    10/26/2011 12:09:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    WashingtonPost ^ | 11-26-11 | Michelle Singletary
    I can’t help but feel that President Obama’s new student loan proposal could take its title from William Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” Technically, on paper, the “Pay as You Earn” plan that the president began trumpeting Wednesday is new because he will authorize it through an executive order. But that authority is being used to expand an existing program. (SNIP) Let me put it another way so you are clear on who will benefit from this change. The president’s order does not affect borrowers who took on loans before 2008 and who do not take out a new...
  • Obama tells students: 'I need your voices'

    10/26/2011 11:48:00 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, October 26, 2011 1:58 PM EDT | JIM KUHNHENN
    <p>DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama urged thousands of enthusiastic college students Wednesday to make their voices heard, telling a boisterous crowd in Denver, "Young people, I need you guys involved."</p> <p>"I need you active, I need you communicating to Congress, I need you to get the word out," Obama said at the University of Colorado, Denver. "Tweet `em. They're all tweeting all over the place, you tweet `em back."</p>
  • "Obama seeking relief to student loan borrowers"

    10/26/2011 6:36:44 AM PDT · by TheDailyChange
    As Obama's re-election campaign is in full swing he is seeking to regain the "Wet Behind The Ears" in debt up to their as! cash-strapped college graduates. Really creating Jobs aren't you Obama, what a guy.
  • Obama to offer student loan relief

    10/25/2011 3:14:56 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 150 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 25, 2011 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    The White House says President Barack Obama plans to offer millions of student loan borrowers the ability to lower their payments and consolidate their loans. Obama on Wednesday will use his executive authority to accelerate a measure passed by Congress that reduces the repayment cap on student loans from 15 percent of discretionary income to 10 percent. The White House wants it to go into effect in 2012, instead of 2014. About 1.6 million borrowers could be affected. Also, the 5.8 million borrowers who have loans from both the Family Education Loan Program and a direct loan from the government...
  • Teaching 1st grader to read, "sounding it out" not allowed?!

    10/25/2011 11:57:11 AM PDT · by Gennie · 118 replies
    me ^ | today | me
    I don't know if anyone has followed a few threads I have put up over the past few years about our school district having "issues". Anyway, our older son is now in first grade and has been bringing home a folder nightly with simple books to read, same as when our daughter was in first grade. I help him nightly to read the book, it takes about 5 minutes and he can essentially read them himself, but because he just graduated to a new level (where the books become harder), some of the words in the new books he cannot...
  • Statewide test results dismal for 11th-graders ( Illinois )

    10/20/2011 6:11:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Tribune ^ | October 20, 2011 | Diane Rado and Tara Malone
    About half of Illinois public high school students flunked state exams in reading, math and science this year, the worst performance in the history of the 11th-grade Prairie State Achievement Examination, statewide test results show. The record-low results, scheduled to be released Thursday, come after Illinois closed loopholes that kept academically weak juniors from taking the exams, a practice revealed in a 2009 Tribune analysis. Some local school officials attributed their declines in part to the larger testing pool that included less-prepared students. At the same time, grade schools posted the highest passing rate in a decade this year —...
  • College Has Been Oversold

    10/19/2011 5:32:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 113 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 19, 2011 | ALEX TABARROK
    Education is the key to the future: You've heard it a million times, and it's not wrong. Educated people have higher wages and lower unemployment rates, and better educated countries grow faster and innovate more than other countries. But going to college is not enough. You also have to study the right subjects. And American students are not studying the fields with the greatest economic potential. Over the past 25 years the total number of students in college has increased by about 50%. But the number of students graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (the so-called STEM...
  • Occupy Wall Street: Does anyone care about the anti-Semitism?

    10/18/2011 4:58:14 PM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10-18-11 | Jennifer Rubin
    In the millions of pixels devoted to the radical Occupy Wall Streeters, virtually nothing has been said about its anti-Semitic elements. The conservative Emergency Committee for Israel is out with an eye-popping ad: A growing number of Israelis and foreign Jewish groups are expressing concern over the anti-Semitic flavor of some of the “Occupy Wall St.” economic protests in the US. . . . In Los Angeles, California, protester Patricia McAllister, who identified herself as an employee of the Los Angeles Unified School District (we can only hope she is not an educator), had this to say: “I think that...
  • Israelis worried by anti-Semitic flavor of 'Occupy Wall St.' protests

    10/16/2011 5:03:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 83 replies
    Israel Today Magazine ^ | 10/16/11 | Ryan Jones
    A growing number of Israelis and foreign Jewish groups are expressing concern over the anti-Semitic flavor of some of the "Occupy Wall St." economic protests in the US. From the 13th century expulsion of Englands Jews to the 19th century Russian pogroms to the Nazi Holocaust, sour economic conditions have historically formed the backdrop of rising anti-Semitism.(snip) Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper called the anti-Semitic outbursts ''hard to watch,'' and an Israeli commenter said, ''It's just like pre-World War II Nazi Germany. You think blood libels can't happen in America?''
  • DPS (Texas) Warns Parents that Cartels Recruiting High School Students

    10/15/2011 12:15:04 PM PDT · by opentalk · 14 replies
    KRGV-TVCHANNEL 5 NEWS (TX) ^ | October 14, 2011 | KRGV
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety is warning parents about drug cartels recruiting Texas high school students. DPS officials say they caught a 12-year-old boy driving a stolen pickup truck containing more than 800 pounds of marijuana last week. Last month, two Texas teenagers were lured to Mexico where they were kidnapped, beaten, ransomed and released in a remote area along the Rio Grande River. In one Texas border county, more than 25 juveniles were arrested for drug trafficking within the past year. “Mexican cartels have corrupted nearly an entire generation of youth living in Northern Mexico and...
  • The People of Occupy Wall Street - like the people of Wal-Mart, only not as smart

    It began when a small group gathered on Wall Street to protest about the dire state of the U.S. economy. Almost a month later that crowd has swelled to several thousand people who have clashed with police sparking mass arrests. The protest, coined 'Occupy Wall Street', has inspired similar demonstrations across America and become fuel for the Republicans as the presidential race heats up. Many of the protesters are students, angry about the amount of money they owe for an education they say is now worthless because of widespread unemployment. But, as one American blog suggests, no one forced these...
  • Occupy Wall Street Protester Defecates On Police Car (Obama and the other Rats embrace them)

    10/12/2011 4:04:22 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 8, 2011 | Hannah Roberts
    This are the shocking scenes that have led some people to accuse the Occupy Wall Street protesters living rough in New York's financial district of creating unsanitary and filthy conditions. Exclusive pictures obtained by Mail Online show one demonstrator relieving himself on a police car.
  • Occupy Wall Street Embraces Environmentalists

    10/09/2011 2:18:32 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Mother Nature Network ^ | October 6, 2011 | Russell McLendon, Eco-Journalist
    Occupy Wall Street may be "leaderless," but it's far from directionless. Less than three weeks after the protest movement began on Sept. 17, its "We Are the 99 Percent" message has exploded into a national rallying cry, inspiring not only a bustling mini-city in New York's financial district, but also an overnight network of sympathizers from Seattle to Miami. According to the unofficial umbrella group Occupy Together, some 500 cities worldwide will see "Occupy" events this week. And while the nebulous campaign is focused mainly on economic issues, it has also strived for inclusiveness, winning the support of diverse groups...
  • Nine Presidential Candidates Who Weren't Great Students in College

    09/22/2011 2:58:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 09/22/2011 | Ethan Trex
    The Huffington Post recently released a copy of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry’s college transcript from Texas A&M. The academic picture wasn’t pretty. Perry struggled in some familiar classes (an F in organic chemistry, a D in economics) and some bizarre ones (a C in gym, a D in something the transcript labeled only as “Meats”). Are Perry’s low college marks all that astonishing for a high-profile politician? Apparently not. Let’s take a look at a few other big names who didn’t light the academic world on fire. 1. Al Gore Gore’s the brainiest politician around, right? Possibly, but you...
  • Muslim students on trial for shouting during Israeli diplomat's speech

    09/19/2011 5:28:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/19/11 | ap
    SANTA ANA, Calif. — Ten Muslim students broke the law by shouting down a speech by an Israeli diplomat at the University of California, Irvine, in a carefully drafted and executed plan that flouted repeated warnings by campus officials, a prosecutor said Monday. In closing arguments at the trial that stoked fierce debate about free speech, prosecutor Dan Wagner told jurors that emails among the students revealed they knew they could be arrested when they got up, one by one, and shouted pre-scripted statements to interrupt Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's talk on U.S.-Israel relations in February 2010. "The right to...
  • California schools to turn away children without whooping cough vaccine

    09/18/2011 10:40:55 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 108 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:08 AM on 18th September 2011 | By Associated Press
    Some California schools are turning away middle and high school students who have not received a required whooping cough vaccine while others are defying a law passed last year after a historic spike in cases of the potentially fatal disease. The law approved last September initially required all students entering grades seven through 12 to get vaccinated by the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Lawmakers passed a 30-day extension this summer as districts worried many students wouldn't meet the deadline.
  • Teachers' math skills 'alarmingly weak' ( Canada )

    09/11/2011 9:59:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 09/10/2011 | Nick Martin
    Math professors are appalled at the lack of math skills they see in some education students -- who in turn can't adequately teach math to their own students when they get in a classroom. "We've kind of been watching a train wreck," University of Winnipeg math Prof. Anna Stokke said Friday. So far, 184 people have signed a petition demanding far higher standards for admission to faculties of education, 173 of them math, science and engineering professors. They're demanding the provincial government beef up high school graduation requirements for people intending to become teachers. Some teachers didn't get adequate math...
  • Woman Jumps on School Bus, Beats Students: Cops

    09/08/2011 1:58:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | September 8, 2011 | Todd Wright
    A Broward woman is accused of taking her big sister responsibilities a little too far after hopping on a school bus and attacking students who were allegedly heckling her little sister, Broward Sheriff's Office said. Cynthia Haynes, 23, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts cruelty toward child abuse and burglary for the attack, an arrest report stated.
  • NJ Teacher Defends "Future Criminals" Comment

    08/25/2011 5:56:46 AM PDT · by Puppage · 39 replies
    NBCNewYork.com ^ | 08/25/2011
    A New Jersey first grade teacher who wrote that she was a "warden for future criminals" on Facebook says she was speaking "out of frustration to their behavior." Jennifer O'Brien defended herself Wednesday at an administration hearing that will determine whether the tenured Paterson teacher should lose her job. O'Brien told an administrative law judge she wrote the post in exasperation because six or seven unruly first-graders kept disrupting her lessons. She said one boy had recently hit her. The teacher posted her remark to 333 friends on March 28. However, it was forwarded and led critics to call her...
  • Bill bans teacher-student flings (school employees 'groom' victims early - Pennsylvania)

    08/22/2011 11:03:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Philly Burbs ^ | 8/22/11 | Jo Ciavaglia
    Bill bans teacher-student flingsBy Jo Ciavaglia Staff writer Updated: 12:16 pm, Mon Aug 22, 2011 She was a 17-year-old student. He was a 43-year-old math teacher. When their romance was revealed in 2009, many called it morally and ethically wrong. **SNIP** Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, whose office initiated the push for the bill to make student-teacher sexual relationships a felony, says the crimes happen frequently, and they do “enormous” damage to young people. Ferman believes the bill would provide a strong deterrent for school employees. “When misdeeds have no consequence, there is not disincentive to act. What we...
  • AP: Companies plan trip for protesting students

    08/19/2011 12:55:39 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 24 replies
    ap ^ | 8-19-11 | MARK SCOLFORO
    HARRISBURG, Pa.—Foreign students who walked off their jobs in protest this week at a plant that serves The Hershey Co. may soon be getting a free trip to see some of the United States' cultural and historical landmarks. Rick Anaya, chief executive of the nonprofit that helped bring the students to the U.S., said Friday that the plan emerged after a two-hour conference call with representatives of the other companies involved in their employment. The students began a strike Wednesday, saying their work was so strenuous and low-paying they've been unable to see much of the country.
  • Hamas Bans Young Scholars from Leaving Gaza to Study Abroad

    08/19/2011 1:21:44 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/8/11 | Chana Ya'ar
    The Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza have banned eight young academic scholars from leaving the region to further their studies abroad. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights condemned the move Wednesday, informing media that Hamas was refusing to allow the teens to leave Gaza. The ban came one day after the human rights organization issued a similar statement slamming a Hamas decision that mandates NGO (nongovernmental organizations) and human rights workers to apply for travel permits at least two weeks in advance of any plans to leave Gaza. Hamas has also become embroiled in a battle of wills with the...
  • College Students in Favor of Wealth Distribution Are Asked to Pass Their Grade Points to Other

    08/18/2011 11:14:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    fox news ^ | 8/18/11 | staff
    A California college student is conducting a social experiment where he’s trying to get his peers to sign a petition in favor of distributing grade point averages to show how the federal government distributes wealth. Oliver Darcy, a recent college graduate, proposes that students with good grades contribute their GPA to their academically sluggish friends. He argues that this is how the federal government takes wealth from the country’s high wage earners and distributes it to the low income earners.
  • Bedbug infestations growing in certain settings, survey finds

    08/17/2011 1:00:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 17 | Lena H. Sun
    Just as students head back to college and families finish summer vacations comes the latest bad news from pest control companies: Bedbug infestations are getting worse and becoming more common in some places, including dorms, hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, office buildings, and schools and day-care centers. According to a survey released Wednesday by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, pest control companies say there has been double-digit growth in infestations in the past year. About 54 percent of pest companies reported treating bedbugs in college dorms, compared with 35 percent in 2010; 80 percent reported treating...
  • U.S. Students Have Horrible History Test Scores (And What Should Be Done About It!)

    08/09/2011 4:45:04 PM PDT · by bthockey · 38 replies · 3+ views
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 8/8/11 | Bryan Thomas
    For those of your who haven't found out yet, American students don't know basic history of their own country. I can't say I find this surprising because no one in my school is really that excited about history, let alone American history. I think this is a major problem with our schools and one that we must fix! The National Assessment of Educational Progress tests students every couple years to see if our education system is headed in the right direction. If we dive into the stats, it's clear to see that students have horrendous history test scores. Only 12...
  • Colour-coded children: School puts bright children in different uniforms

    07/28/2011 9:11:32 PM PDT · by bronxville · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07-28-2011 | Kate Loveys
    The gifted and talented go to Delamere and wear purple ties and purple badges. The rest go to Ashwood, which wears blue, or Sherwood, which wears red. These two schools are more mixed ability but are still streamed into three tiers. Michael Murphy said he took the decision to impose streaming to attract high-ability children to the school Critics yesterday warned the move is demoralising for pupils and would merely increase competition and animosity between them rather than raise standards. But headteacher Michael Murphy insists the measure is the only way to attract pupils of well-off parents. Mr Murphy is...
  • 34 N.J. schools investigated for possible cheating

    07/21/2011 11:46:46 PM PDT · by JohnBrownUSA · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | July 21, 2011 | Chris Boyette
    Thirty-four schools in New Jersey are being investigated for possible cheating after an examination of standardized test data revealed irregularities and raised questions, the state Department of Education said. State education officials said some schools showed especially high deviations from the normal amount of wrong test answers being erased and a right one marked. In numerous U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Philadelphia and Washington, accusations and findings of test cheating being condoned and organized by teachers to make their schools look better have put the issue in the national spotlight, and prompted education officials across the country to re-examine testing procedures...
  • Undocumented students arrested during protest (protesting police detaining undocumented students)

    07/18/2011 12:47:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Fontana Herald News ^ | 7/17/11 | ALEJANDRO CANO
    Undocumented students arrested during protestBy ALEJANDRO CANO Published: Sunday, July 17, 2011 3:03 PM PDT Several undocumented students were arrested on Tuesday for blocking traffic and disobeying police orders during a demonstration against immigration policies in front of San Bernardino Valley College. Jesus Barrios, Martha Vasquez, Isaac Barrera, Jonathan Perez, Jorge Herrera, David Lemus, Ju Hong, Alma de Jesus and Estefania Lopez were arrested and charged with unlawful assembly and failure to disperse after defying authorities during a protest against San Bernardino County’s 287 (g) program, which cracks down on illegal immigrants. The students also were speaking out against the...
  • Students Learn More Than the Ropes in Technical Rescue Course

    06/22/2011 2:50:38 PM PDT · by MosesmomS · 1 replies
    Associated Content ^ | June 17, 2011 | Jayn Bigler
    Not many people locally know that one of Southern Illinois' most recognizable geological landmarks is the "classroom" of a world-renowned technical rescue school. Draper's Bluff can be seen for miles in Johnson and Union counties. The bluff is partly owned by private landowners and the state as a satellite of Ferne Clyffe State Park. About a quarter-mile section is owned by Eric and Kathy Ulner of rural Buncombe in Johnson County. The Ulners are owners of Vertical Heartland, a rock-climbing school. Eric Ulner is also an instructor with Ropes That Rescue, Ltd., an innovative technical rescue school that is known...
  • U.S. Students Ignorant of History; Will Repeat Mistakes of Past

    06/16/2011 9:58:07 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 32 replies
    The New American ^ | Thursday, 16 June 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    Once again, a study has show that American students are woefully ignorant of history. Test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress demonstrate, writes the Wall Street Journal, that only “20% of U.S. fourth-graders and 17% of eighth-graders who took the 2010 history exam were ‘proficient’ or ‘advanced’…” and only 12 percent of 12th-graders were so. In fact, their knowledge is so lacking that fewer than “a quarter of American 12th-graders knew China was North Korea's ally during the Korean War, and only 35% of fourth-graders knew the purpose of the Declaration of Independence,” the paper continued. Other studies...
  • Two Students Yanked Out of Line at Graduation For Wearing Military Sashes

    06/13/2011 2:57:33 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 53 replies
    Fox News via You Tube ^ | June 013, 2011 | swampsniper
    As the grandfather of a recent Fort Benning graduate now at Fort Gordon for advanced training this really sticks in my craw.
  • WHAT, ME WORRY? YOUNG ADULTS GET SELF-ESTEEM BOOST FROM DEBT (Ohio State study)

    06/07/2011 9:09:17 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    Reasearch News OSU ^ | June, 2011 | Rachel Dwyer
    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Instead of feeling stressed by the money they owe, many young adults actually feel empowered by their credit card and education debts, according to a new nationwide study. Researchers found that the more credit card and college loan debt held by young adults aged 18 to 27, the higher their self-esteem and the more they felt like they were in control of their lives. The effect was strongest among those in the lowest economic class. Only the oldest of those studied – those aged 28 to 34 – began showing signs of stress about the money they...
  • 8% of Florida students default on school loans

    05/30/2011 7:47:07 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 21 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 30, 2011 | Scott Travis
    Forget term papers and roommate conflicts. For many students, the biggest college stress comes after they leave school. Six months after graduation, those first student loan bills start arriving and for a Florida student in 2009, the average amount owed was about $21,000, according to the California-based Institute for College Access & Success. In this market, many graduates are unable to get the high-paying jobs needed to pay that debt. Student loan debt nationwide now tops $913 billion and surpassed credit card debt for the first time last year, a study from college financial aid website FinAid has found. The...
  • Libya ends college funding for 2,000 US students (Don't let the door...)

    05/13/2011 10:44:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Educators say about 2,000 Libyan students who attend college in the United States are losing financial support from their home government. The Spokesman-Review reports the Libyan government stopped funding the Libyan-North American Scholarship Program after the U.S. froze about $30 billion of its assets. Nearly 40 Libyan students at Washington State University are among an estimated 2,000 nationwide who no longer will receive money for education and living expenses from the Libyan government at the end of the month.
  • Teachers Flashdance For Their Students

    05/11/2011 7:43:04 AM PDT · by sussex · 11 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 11/05/11 | the Aged P
    Teachers at a Scottish high school have staged a flashdance in the middle of the canteen. It was to say goodbye to students leaving Bell Baxter High School in Cupar, Fife.
  • Free Schools: the stake in the heart of the Progressive vampire

    05/06/2011 12:30:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 6. 2011 | James Delingpole
    Last night I saw the future of education in Britain – and it worked. The occasion was the launch of Katharine Birbalsingh’s free school in Lambeth, South London. As a local parent I was naturally very interested in this because at the moment round these parts you have two options when your kids turn 11: either you consign them to the dustbin of whichever failing state school you’re unlucky enough to get them into. Or you consign yourself to an old age of misery and penury by forking out for one of the many excellent local private schools. Having just...
  • Plea deal for teenagers charged over suicide of Phoebe Prince

    04/27/2011 5:26:58 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:19 PM on 27th April 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Five of the six teenagers charged with driving a 15-year-old Irish girl to suicide after an unrelenting bullying campaign have struck a plea deal agreement with prosecutors. Despite denying the original charges of stalking, harassment and civil rights violations causing bodily injury they have now agreed to admit to a misdemeanour charge of harassment, and in exchange prosecutors will drop the more serious charges against them. Kayla Narey, Sharon Chanon Velázquez, Ashley Longe, Sean Mulveyhill, and Flannery Mullins, all of South Hadley High School, faced felony and misdemeanour charges.
  • The terrifying debt facing students: How a degree can cost you Ł52,000

    04/22/2011 12:08:44 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2:21 AM on 22nd April 2011 | By Kate Loveys
    Students face a Ł50,000 bill for a three-year degree from next year because of increased tuition fees and the rising cost of living. Current undergraduates pay Ł31,373 at an elite Russell Group university, which will increase by 55 per cent to an average Ł48,503 in 2012. The most expensive courses – because of costly university accommodation – are those in London.
  • More Video of Students Reacting to Petition Calling for Redistribution of GPAs

    04/18/2011 11:27:42 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 90 replies
    Earlier in the week, I posted a video of reactions from students when asking them to sign a petition calling for the redistribution of GPAs. I thought I would also upload some of the raw, unedited conversations I had with the students and post them here for you guys to see. Enjoy. Original Video - http://youtu.be/lOyaJ2UI7SsRaw Clip 1 - http://youtu.be/vE600I1Js78Raw Clip 2 - http://youtu.be/dLTh7EI6rzgRaw Clip 3 - http://youtu.be/1iW5b2li1Yw
  • LDS Church drops 'student' wards, stakes for 'YSA' units

    04/18/2011 6:04:34 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    Mormon Times ^ | April 15, 2011 | Scott Taylor
    SALT LAKE CITY — Fifty-five years after it created its first student wards and stakes at BYU, the LDS Church is doing away with its "student" unit designation. And in its place are newly formed "young single adult" wards and stakes throughout Utah as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reorganizes, realigns and renames its congregational units for Mormons ages 18 to 30. * The reorganization: Gone are the single student wards and stakes and the designated young single adult wards and branches in the conventional home stakes, being replaced by general, all-encompassing young single adult wards and...
  • But..."Progressive" Students Don't Want To Redistribute Their GPA?

    04/17/2011 1:22:07 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 27 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-17-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    “By ignorance we mistake, and by mistakes we learn” -Unknown So what happens when open minded progressive students get a chance to put their mouth where other people's money is? (See the video embedded at the original post here or at YouTube.)To a person every student opposes the idea, and thinks redistributing GPA is different from income. Why is it different? These girly boys are not man enough to admit their hypocrisy, that's why.The "progressive" tax comes knocking on their academic door and their "intellect" can't handle the confrontation. It's so simple, if a high GPA is the key...