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Kids Aren’t Reading On Tablets

Two-thirds of young children in the United States now have access to an e-reader or tablet, but only half of them actually use the device to read, a research institute said in a study published Friday. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center surveyed 1,577 parents on how much time their two- […]
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Police Find Kayak Of Missing Brown Student In Massachusetts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say the kayak of a missing 21-year-old Brown University student has been found off the coast. Authorities have been searching for Dana Dourdeville of Marion, Mass., after he failed to return from a duck hunting trip Tuesday. Police say Dourdeville’s mother found his […]
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Ohio University Economics Professor Decries ‘Athletic Arms Race’

An Ohio University economics professor warned that universities are in an “athletics arms race,” spending “exponentially” more on sports than on education. Richard Vedder, who also directs the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and serves as an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, warned that schools spent more […]
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School Discipline: The Perils Of Peanut-Tossing

When pupils get in trouble for silly reasons, the results can be serious EARLIER this autumn a school in Canon City, Colorado suspended Hunter Yelton for violating its sexual-harassment policy. His crime? Kissing a girl on the hand. Hunter is six years old. Other dangerous acts that have warranted suspension […]
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Florida International University Students Arrested In Stolen Exam Scheme

MIAMI (AP) — Officials at Florida International University say two students have been arrested for allegedly stealing exams to sell to other students. In a statement issued late Monday, officials said FIU police had arrested two current students and a third person on charges that include dealing in stolen property […]
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The Texas School Board Is Having Another Crisis Over Evolution In Textbooks

Texas board delays OK’ing new biology book, seeks expert review of alleged errors on evolution AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science books for use in classrooms across […]
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College President Retirement Packages Rise Along With Tuition

The former president of Brandeis earns $US600,000 a year, even though he no longer teaches. Wellesley paid a former president $US430,000 a year for two years after she retired. Northeastern pays a former president a pension of almost $US210,000 a year, while he also teaches classes. Those were some of […]
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Documentary About The Inner-Workings Of UC Berkeley Is Fascinating

Full (and proud) disclosure: I — like my mother before me, as a matter of fact! — am an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley. I was a Ph.D. student there during a period that sprawled over more than a decade. (Just ask my dissertation advisers.) I worked […]
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Why Are Swedish Students Falling Behind?

A NEW study from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) will land on the desks of policymakers around the world next month. It will make sobering reading for political leaders in many countries. In Sweden Jan Bjorklund, the education minister, is prepared for poor marks too. The triennial study […]
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South Korea’s Education Fever Needs Cooling

MIRIM HIGH SCHOOL for girls in Seoul is living proof that South Koreans take education seriously. The students, aged 15 to 18, bow respectfully whenever a teacher passes. Many of them board, and all attend extra-curricular classes from 6pm to 9pm. Do they work too hard? Chang Byong-gap, the headmaster, […]
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Flaming Beer Pong Ball Blamed For Fire At College Apartment

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Fire officials blame a flaming beer-pong ball for starting a fire inside a college student’s apartment in Bloomsburg. The Press Enterprise of Bloomsburg (http://bit.ly/17mkggs ) reports the student was using a lighter to pop a dent out of the ball Friday afternoon when he dropped it. […]
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Here’s The Stupid Way Someone Got Caught Cheating On The Bar Exam

A few weeks after he took the New York State Bar Exam, Gary Jones* received an alarming call from Albany regarding “credible evidence of cheating.” Don’t worry, the investigator from the Bar Association told him, he was not a suspect; it was the guy who sat next to him. Apparently, […]
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US Adults Score Below Average On Worldwide Competency Test

American adults out-performed by many global peers on workplace skills assessment test WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In maths, reading and problem-solving using technology — all skills considered critical […]
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Visiting Grad Student At Brown University Charged With Murder

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A visiting graduate student at Brown University was charged with murder and held on $US10 million bond after he allegedly traveled across the country to Illinois and stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death, school officials said Monday. Brown spokesman Mark Nickel said Yongfei Ci was one of […]
Visiting Grad Student At Brown University Charged With Murder