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Common announced—and then unannounced—as Kean University commencement speaker

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 1:50pm
Fresh off his Oscar win last month, Common was announced Monday night as the commencement speaker for Kean University in Union, N.J. But less than a day later, the university changed its mind.The university announced Common’s upcoming appearance via tweet on Monday night, according to The Record. The tweet has since been deleted, but a follow-up tweet suggesting the Common announcement was made prematurely remains.Read full article >>






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After a noose is found on campus, Duke unites to reject racism

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 1:27pm
Duke University officials on Thursday continued to investigate after a noose was found hanging from a tree outside the student union on campus earlier this week.On Wednesday evening, thousands of students and others had gathered for a forum in front of the Duke Chapel, where university president Richard Brodhead told the crowd: “This is a beautiful day, and this is a beautiful place. But we are gathered here because something ugly happened here today.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: What the ‘liberal’ in ‘liberal arts’ actually means

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:00pm
Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post and host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN, has a new book out titled “In Defense of a Liberal Education.” In a piece about his book published in The Post, he wrote:Read full article >>






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Many at U-Md. upset after its president says slur-filled e-mail didn’t violate school policy

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:34am
After the president of the University of Maryland, Wallace D. Loh, announced Wednesday night that an e-mail sent by a student to several other members of his fraternity last year was  “hateful and reprehensible,” but did not violate the school’s policies and was protected by the First Amendment, some students responded with shock and anger.Read full article >>






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Strauss: University of Houston to pay Matthew McConaughey $135,000 for commencement speech

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:52am
The University of Houston is paying Matthew McConaughey — the very wealthy Academy Award-winning actor and spokesman for Lincoln cars — $135,000 to deliver the commencement speech in May. Oh, it is also paying for him to travel to Houston, and is kicking in money to his booking agent.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Great books that inspire a love of reading in kids — recommended by kids

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:00am
The only way to hook  children on reading for pleasure is to allow them to read for pleasure. That means permitting them to choose the books that interest them and then letting them to read at their own pace, without being asked to analyze every single sentence for inner meaning. This is the way kids learn to love to read at the Center for Teaching and Learning, an award-winning non-profit independent demonstration school in Maine that was founded in 1990 by educator Nancie Atwell, who last month was awarded the first $1 million Global Teacher Prize given by the Varkey Foundation.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Will schools lose federal funds if kids don’t take mandated tests? Fact vs. threat

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:00am
I’ve recently published a number of posts on the growth and impact of the standardized testing opt-out movement. As more parents choose against allowing their children to sit down for new mandated tests, the pushback from administrators is increasing in many places, with some of them threatening consequences to students who refuse to take the assessments.Read full article >>






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University of Maryland officials say ‘hateful’ e-mail did not violate policy

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:01pm
University of Maryland officials have concluded that a vulgar e-mail a student sent to members of his fraternity last year was “hateful and reprehensible,” but did not violate the school’s policies and is protected by the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech.Read full article >>






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Va. governor meets with black leaders in Charlottesville, urges ABC reforms

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 7:44pm
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) met with black community leaders and students in Charlottesville on Wednesday for a discussion on police use of force after the violent arrest of a black University of Virginia student last month.Read full article >>






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April Fool’s Day brings satire — and an apology from U-Va.’s student paper

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 6:05pm
Wednesday was a day for ridiculous stories at campus papers, double-takes, pranks by some college presidents — and some backlash and apologies at the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Daily for April Fools Day satire that some readers didn’t think was at all funny, coming days after a nationally publicized arrest that sparked a heated debate about race on campus.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How and why convicted Atlanta teachers cheated on standardized tests

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:37pm
An Atlanta jury convicted 11 teachers of racketeering and other crimes in a standardized test-cheating scandal believed to be the worst of a wave of test cheating in nearly 40 states and Washington, D.C. — not by students but by teachers and administrators who were under pressure to meet certain score goals at the risk of sanction if they failed.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Well-connected applicants, legacies still hold advantage in college admissions, survey finds

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:54am
Do well-connected applicants and legacies have a real college admissions advantage?That’s the question that Kaplan Test Prep sought to find out with a new survey of admissions officers from more than 400 top colleges and universities around the country. The results: in many cases, yes, with 25 percent saying they have “felt pressured to accept an applicant who didn’t meet” the school’s admissions requirements “because of who that applicant was connected to.”Read full article >>






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Noose is found hanging from tree on Duke’s campus

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:29am
This post has been updated. A noose was found hanging from a tree near the student union at Duke University on Wednesday.The university had already been struggling with racial tensions in recent days after a black student reported being taunted by a white student with a racist chant about the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and lynching.Read full article >>






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‘Love-bombing’ group at University of Arizona called cult, thrown out of religious council

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:08am
The University of Arizona campus in Tucson. (AP Photo/Visit Tucson, David Jewell)Too much love, apparently. A religious council at the University of Arizona, after looking into reports that a longtime on-campus ministry known for what one student called “love-bombing” recruitment efforts, was, in fact, a cult, has revoked the church’s membership on the council.Read full article >>






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Millennials support sex ed but don’t find it helpful in real life

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 8:11am
Roughly three out of every four millennials report that they had some exposure to sex education in middle or high school, according to a new poll, and the same proportion say  they favor teaching sex ed in public schools.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How students with top test scores actually hurt a teacher’s evaluation

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:00am
Imagine that you are a doctor and your evaluation is based on patients you didn’t have. Or a car dealer, and you are assessed by how many cars your colleagues — not you — sell. It sounds preposterous, right? Well, that’s just what is happening to public school teachers.Read full article >>






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Asian students dominate admissions to elite Thomas Jefferson High School

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:59pm
Asian American students will make up 70 percent of the incoming freshman class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the highest percentage ever for the elite magnet school in Northern Virginia.Read full article >>






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Wilson HS community resists budget cuts as enrollment keeps climbing

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:55pm
Enrollment at Wilson High School, the city’s largest comprehensive high school, is projected to grow by nearly 10 percent next year, but its budget is expected to shrink. In what Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has dubbed the “year of the high school,’’ many comprehensive schools are poised to get a major boost in funding to provide a more equitable array of academic and extracurricular offerings. Read full article >>






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Poverty linked to brain structure in children, new research shows

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:33pm
A provocative new study suggests that poverty affects brain structure in children and teenagers, with children growing up in the poorest households having smaller brains than those who live in affluence.Read full article >>






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College VP: An experience gap is keeping graduates from getting good jobs

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:09pm
Nick Ducoff responded to writer Jeff Selingo’s Grade Point piece about how parents and students increasingly view college as a route to a first job, rather than a broad education to prepare oneself for an array of different challenges over the years of one’s career.Read full article >>






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