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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, 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 »

College to Offer Degree in Cracking Jokes

BFA in comedic arts will cover comedy theory, writing, performance

(Newser) - Emerson College will soon offer a degree "for those who want their studies to be a joke," cracks : a bachelor of fine arts in comedic arts. Thanks to the "marked rise of comedy's impact on American culture and its global influence," the Boston... More »

First Lady Inspires Schoolgirls in London

Obama tells excited students to stick with their education because 'we need you'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's visit to a girls' school today in an East London neighborhood turned into a love fest when she was greeted with singing, poetry, and interpretative dance on her mission to promote education for girls. In return, the first lady spoke about the role education played in her... More »

Study: The Stick Trumps the Carrot

But the stick may not have to be very big

(Newser) - Do people learn better by being rewarded for the right behavior—or punished for doing wrong? A new study offers a harsh answer: The stick beats the carrot. Researchers at Washington University of St. Louis had 88 students perform a challenging task. Some listened to a randomized bunch of clicks... More »

Ohio Senior Prank Forces Entire District to Cancel School

4 students charged with felonies for damaging bus tires

(Newser) - High school senior pranks might get students punished from time to time—but it's not every day that they result in felony charges. That, however, is the case for four seniors at the Northwestern Local School District in Ohio, after their prank led to the closure of all district... More »

More Women Who Have a PhD or MD Also Have Kids

80% of American women ages 40 to 44 with such a degree now have a kid

(Newser) - Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported that married women in the US are having more children , while unmarried women are having fewer. It may not be a coincidence, then, that a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census data finds that more married women in... More »

Colbert Helps Fund Every SC Teacher Request

He teams up to grant 1K wishes on crowdfunding site for about $800K

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert describes himself as a product of South Carolina public schools, and today he showed his gratitude: He announced funding for every single request from his home state's teachers on the crowdfunding site DonorsChoose . That's good for nearly 1,000 requests from more than 800 teachers, for... More »

Thousands Opt Out of Common Core Tests

Movement appears to be growing in parts of the country

(Newser) - Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some parts of the country. Some superintendents in New York are reporting that... More »

3 Former Atlanta Educators Get 7 Years for Cheating

5 more get sentences of up to 5 years

(Newser) - The judge warned the Atlanta educators busted for cheating that he was serious about sending them to prison unless they admitted their guilt. Today, he proved it, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Here's the breakdown from the AJC and the AP :
  • Top 3: Three former administrators got 20-year terms, with
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Hey, Students: Write, Don't Type, Your Class Notes

Studies suggest students learn better through handwriting

(Newser) - It might be tempting to haul your laptop into class, but in terms of learning, you may not be doing yourself a favor. A set of studies suggests that students learn better when they take notes by hand, Vox reports. Researchers reached their conclusions after studying test results by a... More »

Atlanta Teachers Sent to Jail in Cheating Scandal

11 of 12 Atlanta educators are found guilty

(Newser) - Atlanta educators convicted in a huge cheating scandal got a quick taste of justice today—the judge sent 10 of them straight to jail after the guilty verdicts were announced, allowing one woman to remain free until sentencing only because she is about to give birth, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution... More »

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