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Dementia Stats Defy Predictions

US rate is dropping as Americans get older

(Newser) - Good news for older Americans: A new study suggests that their odds of getting dementia are shrinking despite predictions to the contrary. While standardized tests showed 11.6% of Americans 65 and older had dementia in 2000, only 8.8% did in 2012, reports NBC News . What's more, people... More »

Canada Makes It Easier to Repay Student Loans

Students won't have to repay debt until they reach a minimum income level

(Newser) - Canada's about to make it a lot easier for low-earning graduates to repay their college debt, Global News reports. A new plan allows those earning less than CAD $25,000 (USD $18,650) per year to defer payment on government loans until they secure a higher-paying job. Almost 750,... More »

Boy Becomes Meme, Helps Spark Village Fundraiser

Jake's story is finally being told

(Newser) - It was a photo shared 'round the world: a little boy, said to be from South Africa, drawing with utter concentration. People sharing it joked he was, for example, a grouchy driving instructor or perhaps a stern security guard . The story behind the image was unclear—until now, reports... More »

For-Profit School ITT Tech Shuts Down After Penalties

Chain could no longer take students who use federal financial aid

(Newser) - The for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services is shutting down its campuses days after the US Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who use federal financial aid, reports the AP . The company, which operates vocational schools, announced "with profound regret" in a statement Tuesday that it... More »

Parents May Get 'Unsatisfactory' Grade in One State

Gregory Holloway pushes for change in Mississippi

(Newser) - Parents in Mississippi, take note: The state House has passed a bill requiring some teachers to grade parents' involvement in their child's education, KSN-TV reports. Gregory Holloway, a Democrat, says he proposed the Parental Involvement and Accountability Act to improve kids' chances of doing well in school. "What... More »

Student Swipes Nude Photo SC Teacher Took for Hubby

Leigh Ann Arthur forced to resign last week

(Newser) - Leigh Ann Arthur taught in Union, SC, for 13 years. Then her decision to leave her unlocked phone on her desk on Feb. 19 put an end to her career. While she was on hall patrol duty for five minutes in between classes, the engineering and computer programming teacher at... More »

Teacher's Letter to 'Inept' Lawmakers Goes Viral

He says Oklahoma lawmakers encourage cycle of poverty

(Newser) - Steven Wedel teaches high school English in Oklahoma City, and in a blog post that's gone viral , he describes the tough lives many of his students lead. "Over 90% of the kids in my high school are on the free or reduced lunch programs," he writes. "... More »

Why Dementia Rates Are Going Down

Education, heart health cut the risk, researchers say

(Newser) - If you look after your heart and educate your brain, you have a better chance of avoiding or at least delaying dementia, new research suggests. Boston University School of Medicine researchers say data from the Framingham Heart Study, which has tracked the health of thousands of people in the Massachusetts... More »

Poll: 10% of Grads Think Judge Judy Is on SCOTUS

Standards are obviously slipping, education group says

(Newser) - A ridiculous proportion of American college graduates believe that daytime TV's Judge Judy is actually Justice Judy of the US Supreme Court, according to the American Council of Trustees and Alumni . The nonprofit group, which pushes for high standards in education, says a poll of 1,000 grads found... More »

You Can Now Get a College Degree in Pizza

Pizza Hut to offer 1.5K apprenticeships over 5 years

(Newser) - Consider yourself to be a pizza expert? You can now make it official thanks to Pizza Hut. The restaurant chain is teaming up with Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK to offer 1,500 apprenticeships to students who will learn everything from food production to financial analysis in academic and... More »

Study Shows Just How Important Breakfast Is

Kids who eat healthy breakfasts perform better than those who don't

(Newser) - Researchers say they've found the most conclusive proof to date that a good breakfast translates into better grades for kids. In a large-scale study out of Cardiff University, researchers in Wales asked 5,000 children aged 9 to 11 to record everything they ate over 24 hours, from breakfast... More »

Texas to Decide: Do Homeschooled Kids Need to Learn?

Case could have broad implications for homeschooling families

(Newser) - Laura McIntyre began educating her nine children more than a decade ago inside a vacant office at an El Paso motorcycle dealership she ran with her husband and other relatives. Now the family is embroiled in a legal battle the Texas Supreme Court hears this week that could have broad... More »

Their Idea to Improve Day Care in Slums Won $1M

Team IMPCT pairs investors with women who already given informal care

(Newser) - After making it to the final round of six, a group of business school classmates on Saturday took home the $1 million Hult Prize, beating more than 20,000 applicants in an attempt to present a real-world solution to this problem: How can early childhood education be improved for 10... More »

Dad's 'Common Core' Check to School Goes Viral

But some say he's doing more harm than good

(Newser) - Last week, a frustrated Ohio dad posted a picture on Facebook —and now it's been shared more than 27,000 times and he's semi-famous. Doug Herrmann posted a picture of a check he wrote to his kids' elementary school which, he said, used Common Core math. Instead... More »

NYC Mayor Wants Computer Science for All Students

Only 1% of public school students currently get tech training

(Newser) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants every student in the city to have a good shot at getting the jobs of the future. The mayor is preparing to announce an ambitious 10-year plan to make computer science education available in all the city's public schools, reports the New ... More »

Now LeBron Is Helping Educate Parents, Too

James' foundation is helping parents of poor children get their GEDs

(Newser) - Through his foundation, LeBron James spends at least $1 million every year to educate the poor and at-risk children of his native Akron, Ohio, Cleveland.com reports. Now, he's doing something for their parents, too. Last week, the LeBron James Family Foundation announced a partnership with Project Learn of... More »

Star Student Scores Zero in All of Her Final Exams

Mariam Malak's family smells corruption in odd case

(Newser) - Imagine flunking all seven of your high-school finals with a total score of zero. Now imagine doing this as a star student with dreams of a medical career, and you'll better understand Mariam Malak, "one of Egypt's top performing high school students," the BBC reports. "... More »

Students Bombed This Year's SAT

Scores lowest since test got revamped a decade ago

(Newser) - The nation's SAT results are in, and they're not good. Numbers are down in all three sections, among both male and female students, reports Inside Higher Education . The average score was 1490 out of 2,400, down seven points from last year and the lowest since the test... More »

What You Earn Is Tied to How You Drink

The wealthy and most educated are most likely to drink alcohol

(Newser) - Overall, roughly two in three Americans drink alcohol—which has been true historically since 1939. But dig a little deeper and drinking habits vary widely among some Americans, particularly between those who are wealthy (eight in 10 drink) and those who are not (only five in 10 do), reports Gallup... More »

The Man Who Built Sears Built Something Much More Incredible

New documentary explores Julius Rosenwald's philanthropy

(Newser) - Julius Rosenwald is well known as the 20th-century American businessman who co-founded what we now call Sears. But a new documentary by Aviva Kempner explores Rosenwald's lesser-known role as a Jewish philanthropist who brought education to thousands of African-American children at a time when most had no schools to... More »

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