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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 MassLive.com : 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 »

How One Woman Is Changing the Sex 'Talk'

Julie Metzger offers sex ed for kids—and their parents

(Newser) - The Talk (you know, the one about sex and puberty) may not be a pleasant prospect for either kids or their parents. And even if kids get sex ed in school, it may not make discussing the issue with parents much easier. But what if kids and parents took a... More »

Big Change in Finland Schools: No More 'Subjects'

Nation's highly regarded educators are switching to broader 'topics' instead

(Newser) - Finland's education system is generally considered among the best worldwide, but it's about to undergo a fundamental overhaul anyway—one that the Independent describes as among the most radical ever undertaken by any nation. It's doing away with individual subjects. Instead, students will learn about broader topics... More »

Why College Adjuncts Are Walking Out Today

National Adjunct Walkout Day aims to draw attention to teachers' plight

(Newser) - Adjunct instructors struggle with lower pay and far less job security than their tenured counterparts, and today, they plan to take a stand against it: It's National Adjunct Walkout Day, Inside Higher Ed reports. The walkout was conceived by an anonymous adjunct at San Jose State University in October,... More »

UMass Abandons Ban on Iranian Students

It will create 'individualized study plans' instead

(Newser) - The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is backtracking less than two weeks after announcing a controversial policy barring Iranian nationals from some science and engineering programs, including physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering. After consulting with the State Department, the school says it will now create "individualized study plans to... More »

Okla. Lawmakers Take Issue With AP US History Course

Curriculum leaves out American exceptionalism: legislators

(Newser) - Oklahoma lawmakers are taking aim at Advanced Placement courses—specifically, AP US history, which they say doesn't support the idea of American exceptionalism. The course, says Republican state Rep. Dan Fisher, focuses on "what is bad about America," the Tulsa World reports. He put forward a bill... More »

UMass Bars Iranians From Some Science Programs

School says it's following federal sanctions

(Newser) - Iranian students are no longer welcome in some science and engineering programs at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Saying the decision adheres to US sanctions against Iran, the school has instituted a ban on Iranian entrants to the programs, the AP reports. A 2012 federal law prevents Iranians aiming... More »

How Recess Can Make Kids Eat More Veggies

Just let them play before lunch

(Newser) - Researchers have come up with a way to get kids to chow down on 54% more fruits and vegetables, and it's remarkably straightforward: Just have them go out for recess before lunch rather than afterward. Researchers studied 2,500 elementary-schoolers in Utah receiving fruits and veggies at lunch as... More »

Ky. Bill Offers Reward for Spotting Trans Kids in 'Wrong' Bathroom

Would allow students to sue, win $2.5K

(Newser) - If a proposed measure somehow makes its way into law, students in Kentucky could see a $2,500 reward for finding transgendered people in a bathroom that doesn't match their assigned sex. The bill targets school officials who allow transgendered students to use their preferred bathrooms—as well as... More »

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