3:19 PM, September 25th, 2013
It’s 8:45 a.m. on a Wednesday morning and the first lesson of the day in this Italian high school—as well as a handful of others like it—is about how to fight the urge to kill your girlfriend.
1:24 PM, May 6th, 2013

One Year Better: America’s Best High Schools


It’s that time again…America’s Best High Schools time. The list this year is really phenomenal. It’s expanded to 2,000 schools. Nearly 50% more schools applied to be on the list. The methodology was tweaked every-so-slightly, strengthening the metric by which we measure schools. And it includes an interactive, which has been a goal since I first helped to put the list together in 2011.

Just like last year, the process was rewarding and challenging. This was the first time I was the only person to put the list together, which was certainly the biggest hurdle. 

Ultimately, the list is about the schools. At the risk of sounding trite, many of the teachers and administrators of the nation’s top schools work incredibly hard with very few resources and little pay off. There isn’t a blueprint for making students learn or care about learning. 

At it’s core, the list is meant to spotlight great schools. I think it’s getting there.

See the full list of America’s Best High Schools for 2013 here

Reblogged from Just For Today
2:11 PM, July 25th, 2012

WANTED: Debt-Saddled NYC-Based Students!



Hey! We’re looking to speak with a few New York-based college students or recent graduates who are saddled with student debt. If that’s you, or you know somebody who fits this bill, please contact our reporter Meredith at Meredith.Kaufman@newsweekdailybeast.com and we’ll be in touch. Thanks. Pls reblog or send this link to anyone you know who fits the bill.


I know, right?

Reblogged from teenage punk queen
12:42 PM, July 6th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, July 6th

  1. 'Friends of Syria' Meet in Paris: Over 100 countries sent representatives to Paris Friday to determine what can be done to end the violence that’s been raging in Syria for over a year, resulting in close to 16,000 deaths. French President Francois Hollande opened the meeting by declaring Syria a threat to world peace and insisting that it is “a human and political necessity” to step in.  
  2. Mitt Blasts Obama on Jobs: Mitt Romney called June’s unemployment figures “unacceptably high,” and placed the blame squarely on President Obama this Friday.  ”It doesn’t have to be this way,” the former governor said, adding that “the president’s policies are not working.”
  3. 80K Jobs Added in June: Some 80,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in June, and the unemployment rate remained steady at 8.2 percent, according to a monthly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number is a disappointing figure for economists hoping for a respite from the tepid job growth of the last several months, and came in below market expectations.
  4. Duke Energy CEO Lasts One Day: Bill Johnson was slated to become Duke Energy Corp.’s new chief executive ever since Duke announced a $26 billion merger with Johnson’s former company, Progress Energy Inc. That was 18 months ago. On July 2, the merger and his new position went into effect, and on July 3 (at 12:01 a.m.) Johnson resigned. Apparently, it only took a few hours on the job to realize that Johnson wasn’t the right fit for the position.
  5. More States Get ‘No Child’ Waivers: The U.S. Department of Education is expected to announce Friday that Washington and Wisconsin have been granted waivers releasing them from the obligations of No Child Left Behind, President George W. Bush’s key education legislation. These are just the latest states to be let off the hook from the law’s most demanding conditions. 

Photo via jemappellejambon:

Bring your dog to sleep on your desk day (Taken with Instagram)

This is two desks to your Tumblr’s left. 

Reblogged from Je m'appelle Jambon
12:01 PM, June 21st, 2012



THE ABSENT   An installation of 857 empty school desks, representing the number of U.S. students who drop out of school every hour, every school day, displayed at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images via The Telegraph)

No words needed for this post.

Reblogged from The Paris Review
4:01 PM, June 20th, 2012

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi after receiving her honorary degree at Oxford University. She studied and lived in Oxford before returning to Myanmar.

(Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters)


Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi after receiving her honorary degree at Oxford University. She studied and lived in Oxford before returning to Myanmar.

(Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters)

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Reblogged from Breaking News
1:38 PM, June 4th, 2012
Last year a sincere male student asked aloud, ‘What is my risk for cervical cancer?’
Texas’s abstinence-only sex education isn’t too great
4:25 PM, May 20th, 2012
Reblogged from Just For Today
12:53 PM, April 23rd, 2012

The 13 Most Useless College Majors (As Determined By Science)


1. Fine Arts

2. Drama and Theatre Arts 

3. Film, Video, and Photographic Arts

4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design

5. Architecture

6. Philosophy and Religious Studies

7. English Literature and Language

8. Journalism

9. Anthropology and Archeology

10. Hospitality Management

11. Music

12. History

13. Political Science and Government

(Ed: Your primary tumblrs majored in two of these and now work in the field of a third.)

I’ll finish that thesis on Nietzsche someday… 

Reblogged from Newsweek
6:35 PM, March 29th, 2012

There weren’t too many people who were very supportive of my being a lesbian. Homosexuality wasn’t something people talked about at my school and wasn’t an OK thing for most people there, so they bullied me for it.

I had over 200 kids in my grade and everyone found out and they all had the same attitude about it. I would overhear things in the hallway and people would say things directly to me—even in the classrooms.

Katy Butler, who’s pushing a petition to have the ‘R’ rating from documentary Bully (trailer) removed, tells us about her own experiences being bullied

6:13 PM, January 26th, 2012
The global crisis in education is a silent, invisible crisis, perhaps because those most immediately affected - the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children and their parents - have a weak voice. But it is at our peril that we ignore the overwhelming evidence that disadvantage in education costs lives, undermines economic growth, fuels youth unemployment, and reinforces national and global inequalities. The bottom line is that education holds the key to the development of more dynamic economies, greater social mobility, and poverty reduction. Education is the key that unlocks human potential and prepares future generations to participate in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy.
Former British prime minister Gordon Brown explains why he’s pushing for a global education fund
11:43 AM, January 26th, 2012
The centerpiece of [King’s] speech was his personal story. His mother became pregnant with him when she was 14, and after he was born she gave him up for adoption. The anti-bullying message he delivered before a cheering throng of 12- to 14-year-olds was very clear: if a boy “bullies” a girl—meaning gets her pregnant—the right thing for the girl to do is to carry the baby to term, and “not allow that bully to ruin her life.”
In Cleveland, TN, an annual school prayer called “See You at the Pole” is pushing legal boundaries. The speech referred to above, given by Clayton King, a North Carolina-based youth pastor, was given to 1,200 students at the follow-up “Tailgate Rally” at the First Baptist Church. 
5:02 PM, January 9th, 2012

Since men are not angels, it was inevitable that state and local education authorities would dumb down the tests to make themselves look good to the feds and to the voters.

10 Years Later: How No Child Left Behind corrupted education in the U.S. 

Photo: Jeff Hutchens / Getty Images

2:26 PM, September 29th, 2011

How SAT Cheaters Get Caught

Seven kids have been charged with hiring someone to take the SATs for them. There are two common types of cheating: impersonation and collaboration. So how do they get caught? If a student scores significantly higher (350 points on your combined math and verbal SAT, or 250 points on either test), an investigation is triggered with the testing board (e.g. the College Board, ETS). To detect impersonation, it can compare the student’s handwriting from their written honor code—a requirement of every test-taker. The testing board can also use an algorithm that compares answers of kids sitting near each other during the test, to detect collaboration. So what percentage of students attempt to cheat on their SATs every year? Pretty small: one-tenth of one percent.

1:55 PM, August 30th, 2011

A Comparison: Newsweek’s Brainiac Versus Most Rigorous Colleges

1 Yale University /   St. John’s College (NM)

2 Princeton University /   Furman University

3 Harvard University /    Middlebury College

4 Stanford University /    Franklin and Marshall College

5 Brown University /    Columbia University

6 Williams College /    Dartmouth College

7 Swarthmore College /    University of Chicago

8 Pomona College /    St. John’s College (MD)

9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology /    Harvey Mudd College

10 Haverford College /    Grinnell College

11 Wellesley College /    Wellesley College

12 Middlebury College /    Mount Holyoke College

13 Carleton College /    Wake Forest University

14 Davidson College /    Oberlin College

15 Dartmouth College /    Swarthmore College

16 Duke University /    Bard College

17 University of Chicago /    Harvard University

18 Wesleyan University /    Lawrence University

19 Wheaton College (Massachusetts) /    Bowdoin College

20 St. John’s College (Maryland) /    Princeton University

21 United States Military Academy /    Reed College

22 Macalester College /    College of the Holy Cross

23 Columbia University /    Yale University

24 Rice University /    Bryn Mawr College

25 Vassar College /    Stanford University

So Wellesley is doing something right.

(Source: thedailybeast.com)

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