- -01-13-06 "Stupid" in America (ABC News)
" 'Stupid in America' is a nasty title for a program about public education, but some nasty things are going on in America's public schools and it's about time we face up to it." 01-06
- -01-19-06 Furor Over Targeting Liberal Professors (CBS News)
"A former congressman is among three people who have quit the advisory board of a conservative alumni group at the University of California, Los Angeles, after it offered students money to police professors accused of pushing liberal views."
"Former Rep. James Rogan, a Republican who served two terms, sent an e-mail Wednesday to Andrew Jones, head of the Bruin Alumni Association, saying he didn't want his name connected to the group." 01-06
- -01-19-06 Study: College Students Unable to Complete Reading Tasks (MSNBC News)
"Nearing a diploma, most college students cannot handle many complex but common tasks, from understanding credit card offers to comparing the cost per ounce of food."
"Those are the sobering findings of a study of literacy on college campuses, the first to target the skills of students as they approach the start of their careers." 01-06
- -04-05-06 Debts May Increase Teacher Shortages (USA Today)
"A new report suggests that the burden of repaying college loans is making students rethink public service jobs, such as teaching and social work, and opt instead for more lucrative fields." 04-06
- -05-12-06 Judge Suspends California High School Exam Results (LATimes.com)
"An Alameda County superior court judge has granted a preliminary injunction suspending California's high school exit exam for the class of 2006, potentially allowing thousands of students who have failed the test to graduate." 05-06
- -06-21-06 Harvard Still Awaits Donation from Oracle's CEO (Bloomberg.com)
"Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Officer Larry Ellison hasn't delivered a $115 million donation to Harvard University more than a year after he first promised it."
"The Financial Times reported today that the planned Ellison Institute for World Health, which was to employ 130 people by next summer, has been put on hold and three senior managerial staff who had been hired have been discharged." 06-06
- -06-29-06 Has Noah's Ark Been Found? (ABC News)
"A team of Texas archaeologists believe they may have located the remains of Noah's Ark in Iran's Elburz mountain range.'' 06-06
- -09-04-06 Girls Gain Higher Writing Scores Than Boys on SAT (ABC News)
"While the average reading and math scores on the SAT fell again this year, the test results showed a new gain for girls."
"For the first time in a generation, girls outperformed boys on one section of the exam, edging them out by 11 points on the writing portion of the test. The results raise new questions about gender, learning and a test that has become an American rite of passage." 09-06
- -09-22-06 Bush Administration Reading First Program Trashed (MSNBC News)
"A scorching internal review of the Bush administration’s reading program says the Education Department ignored the law and ethical standards to steer money how it wanted."
"The government audit is unsparing in its review of how Reading First, a billion-dollar program each year, that it says has been beset by conflicts of interest and willful mismanagement." 09-06
- -12-10-06 Congress Passes First Ever Autism Act (MSNBC News)
"Autism is as disturbing and distressing as it is mystifying. It's a diagnosis with no known cause, no known cure." 12-06
- -12-10-06 Study: Don't Let Babies Sleep in Car Seats (ABC News)
"Newborn babies should not sleep in car seats and be left alone, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. The consequences could be fatal." 12-06
- Newsweek's Best American School in Dallas (ABC News)
"The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, known as TAG, has a student-teacher ratio of 13-to-1, and Newsweek has ranked it as the nation's top school, based on a formula of test scores and graduation rates. The students, 60 percent of whom are minorities, are committed to education and give up the traditional high school activities like sports and cheerleading to go to TAG. Some travel an hour or more each way to attend class." 05-06
- Teen Choking Game Has Fatal Consequences (ABC News)
"In the choking game, also known as the flatliner or the pass-out game, adolescents attempt to experience a quick high — a high that lasts only a second — by strangling themselves. Kids commonly use belts, ropes, towels or their own hands to cut off oxygen. If the kids hold on for too long their organs begin to shut down or they are strangled to death. Some kids have reported experiencing seizures when they play.'' 06-06
- Vocational Classes Dropped (Fox News)
"In high schools across the country vocational classes (search) — auto shop, wood shop, metal shop — are being phased out."
"The problem, say critics, is that 38 percent of kids don’t go to college — and a high percentage of them may end up being mechanics, carpenters and machinists." 9-04