education

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

Saudi Textbook Shows Yoda at UN Charter Signing

Several officials fired over photo error

(Newser) - Royally messed up, they did. A senior education official and others in Saudi Arabia have been fired after a government textbook included a photo of King Faisal seated next to Yoda, everyone's favorite Jedi Master from Star Wars. The doctored black-and-white photo showing Yoda on King Faisal's right... More »

This Is the Least Educated US City

Sorry, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

(Newser) - You might want to think twice before you start a scholarly debate with anyone from Ann Arbor. The Michigan city is the most educated in America—by far—according to WalletHub . The site ranked the most educated cities based on the education level of adults 25 and older, plus the... More »

Florida County Has Banned the Bane of Kids' Existence

The superintendent wants nightly reading instead of homework

(Newser) - The superintendent of Marion County schools in Florida has just issued a "no homework" mandate for the district's 31 elementary schools starting this fall, reports WESH 2 . Superintendent Heidi Maier cites research that nightly homework assignments haven't been shown to directly impact a child's academic advancement,... More »

Teacher Begs on Street Corner for Classroom Supply Money

Tulsa's Teresa Danks says she spends up to $3K of her $35K salary on supplies

(Newser) - She probably could've tried GoFundMe , but Teresa Danks came up with a different plan for raising money to buy supplies for her third-grade classroom: Stand on a corner in Tulsa, Okla., and beg for it. FOX23 reports on the unusual crowdfunding effort by the teacher, who says she spends... More »

High School Seniors' High Grades May Be Deceiving

Grades are rising, on average, but SAT scores are falling—so are students learning?

(Newser) - If you've got a straight-A student living under your roof, you may want to give your teen a pop quiz once in a while. A new study reveals that even though a larger percentage of high school seniors than their 1998 counterparts are heading off to college with an... More »

10 Best High Schools in the US

BASIS Scottsdale takes the cake

(Newser) - BASIS Charter Schools will get a kick out of US News & World Report 's 2017 list of the country's top public and charter high schools. Five of the top 10 schools are BASIS Charter Schools, including the Scottsdale, Ariz., school that took the top spot. The list... More »

John Oliver's Ad Campaign Has Target Audience of One: Trump

TV host hopes catheter-selling cowboy can inform president on nuclear triad

(Newser) - Betsy DeVos may now head up the Department of Education , but John Oliver has appointed himself educator in chief for the commander in chief. During the first show of his fourth season of Last Week Tonight on Sunday, the comedian and late-night host announced plans to keep President Trump... More »

China Is Now Teaching Its 'Effeminate' Boys to Man Up

New textbook 'Little Men' is being introduced in middle schools

(Newser) - China is apparently concerned that its boys are becoming too effeminate. The country's solution: a masculinity-promoting school textbook called Little Men, aimed for use in grades 4 and 5. The illustrated book talks about fathers and sons, and it encourages boys to stress their masculine side, with money management... More »

Poet Stumped by Standardized Test Questions on Own Poems

Sara Holbrook calls Texas assessment 'big baloney sandwich'

(Newser) - If anyone can answer questions on a standardized test about the poems "The Real Case" and "Midnight," it should be Sara Holbrook—the poet who wrote them. But as the Washington Post reports, Holbrook recently took a stab at a couple of State of Texas Assessments of... More »

Utah High School Gives Girls 'Misogynistic' Dating Advice

Another tip from the handout: 'Be feminine and lady-like'

(Newser) - When the mother of a 16-year-old high school student posted material from her daughter's school assignment to Facebook this week, she had to clarify to friends that it wasn't a hoax or prank. Jenn Oxborrow tells the Salt Lake Tribune that in her daughter's adult roles and... More »

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 »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

AROUND THE WEB