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Should High Schools Continue to Integrate Calculus into Curriculum?

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Posted by    Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 11:00am

There’s a compelling case to be made, as Steven Salzberg of Forbes does, that high school math curriculum should focus more on statistics and computer programming than on calculus. The rationale is that the average person is more likely to need skills related to those two areas than in calculus throughout...

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How Republicans Can Win the Millennial Vote

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Posted by    Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:00pm

In the 2012 election, Obama received two-thirds of the votes of those aged 18-29, significantly contributing to his electoral victories in swing states like Ohio and Florida. And everywhere you look it seems millennials—perhaps more than two-thirds—are left-wing.

Why? They form the root of their political philosophy around social issues, and then...

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Former San Fran State Univ. Professor Charged with Filming Students in Bathroom

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Posted by    Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8:00am

Former San Francisco State University accounting professor Mark Landis might have some trouble sorting the books on this one.

Rob Nagle of of the San Francisco Examiner reports:

Former SFSU professor charged with invading students’ privacy, filming in bathroom

A former professor for San Francisco State University is being accused of invasion of privacy...

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Teachers Earning Less Than Auto Mechanics is a Problem for Ezra Klein and Vox

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Posted by    Friday, July 25, 2014 at 3:30pm

Liberal progressives like Ezra Klein and the staff of Vox will always try to come off as caring and humble. Yet this article shows their true colors: a condescending attitude towards certain segments of the population and types of people, as well as their true ignorance or disregard of economics.

Why is...

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Judges Say Releasing L.A. Teacher Performance Info Not in Public Interest

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Posted by    Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9:30am

The three-judge state appellate court panel ruled in favor of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), saying that allowing the public to access the performance records of specific teachers would not be in the public’s best interest.

The decision was made in consideration of the teachers’ (note: not the parents’ and...

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Millennials Hoarding Cash, Eschewing Stock Market

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Posted by    Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 3:30pm

A Bankrate survey found 40% of people aged 18-29 prefer to invest in cash money they won’t need for at least ten years.

This might be a good strategy in the near- to long-term future, with looming rising interest rates and a strengthening dollar possibly causing significant sell-offs of equ...

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NSA Recruiting from College Campuses Despite Unfavorable Sentiment Towards Agency

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Posted by    Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:30am

With half of those age 18-29 saying the federal government should not prosecute Edward Snowden—compared to a majority in every other age group—it stands a surprise that the NSA is turning to current college students for its next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Jenna Lyons of USA Today reports:

NSA targets college students to...

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Economic Recovery? Fed Says Recent College Grads’ Wages Not Growing

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 3:30pm

Is more quantitative easing the solution here?

From Bart Hobjin and Leila Bengali of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco:

The Wage Growth Gap for Recent College Grads

Median starting wages of recent college graduates have not kept pace with median earnings for all workers over the past six years. This type of...

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PETA: Princeton Univ. Researchers Tormented Lab Monkeys for Amusement

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 9:30am

Normally, PETA can’t be taken seriously. But, I think that if these researchers are in fact guilty as charged most people would agree what they did was downright wrong.

Nicole Mulvaney of NJ.com reports:

PETA: Princeton University researchers, students tormented monkey in plastic exercise ball

An animal rights group filed complaints against Prince-ton University...

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Harvard Endowment Managers Receive Highest Pay, See Lower Returns

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 3:30pm

From 2008 to 2012, Harvard’s endowment earned on average a paltry 1.24% return per year. During the same time period the S&P 500 experienced a 4.54% average return on investment per year.

Yet, 10 of the 25 highest-paid endowment fund managers work for Harvard Management Co.

Michael McDonald and Lauren Streib of...

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Ethnic studies group backs Israel boycott

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 9:30am

Another “academic” group joins the BDS movement.

From Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed:

More Backing for Israel Boycott

The Critical Ethnic Studies Association has endorsed a boycott of Israel — including Israeli universities.

While some academics favoring a boycott of Israel have taken care to say that...

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Housing Non-Recovery Culprits: Millennials or the Middle-Aged?

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Posted by    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 3:30pm

Many pundits, economists, and businessmen are saying that millennials–saddled with student loan debt, unsure of job security (or are without jobs), and scared by the housing crisis half a decade ago–are holding back the general housing recovery necessary for a full-fledged economic recovery.

But, more and more are now saying that millennials...

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NYC Pushing to Get Rid of Merit-Based Admissions for Prestigious High Schools

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Posted by    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 9:30am

Due to declining enrollment rates of blacks and Hispanics at the eight prestigious high schools in NYC—among them Stuyvesant High School and the Bronx School of Science—there is a growing push to change the admissions process from one based exclusively on test scores to more “holistic” and subjective standards.

The NAACP and...

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NYU Prof’s Global Warming Solution: Genetically Engineer Humans to be Shorter, Eat Less Meat

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Posted by    Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 5:00pm

This is no joke.

From YoungConservatives:

NYU Professor’s “solution” for global warming is literally one of the most insane things ever…

Matthew Liao, director of the Bioethics Programme at New York University, says we should combat global warming by genetically engineering humans so they are shorter and allergic...

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Harvard Prof Blames US Foreign Policy for Downed Malaysian Plane

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Posted by    Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 11:00am

Kennedy School of Government professor Stephen Walt rails on about how the United States and the European Union (the EU has a foriegn policy?) should have done more to keep the Ukraine as a “neutral buffer state” and integrate it into the EU.

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Vaportini is ‘Game Changer’ for college binge drinking scene

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Posted by    Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 11:00am

The Vaportini is a device that allows users to inhale alcohol directly into the bloodstream. It has yet to gain high-level exposure to the college binge drinking scene, but already frat bros are saying it “completely changes the game.”

Jennifer Retter of USA Today reported:

Vaportini craze: Will it hit the college scene?

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What Can College Football Learn From Major League Soccer?

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Posted by    Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 8:00am

A lot, apparently.

As attendance at college football games and Major League Soccer (MLS) matches trend in opposite directions (spoiler: soccer is on the way up), college football programs from University of Florida to Oklahoma State are turning to MLS teams and Sporting Innovations, a sports technology firm, for new ideas.

Ben Cohen...

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Reason-Rupe Poll: Millennials aren’t more Democratic but…

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Posted by    Friday, July 18, 2014 at 12:30pm

A recent Reason-Rupe poll shows that millennials actually aren’t that much more Democratic than their older counterparts. However, they are considerably less Republican and more Independent.

Reporting for Reason, with plenty of good charts, is Emily Elkins:

Millennials Aren’t More Democratic—They’re Just Less Republican

In 2012 millennials voted for President Barack Obama over Mitt...

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American dream or American myth: Should all high school students go to college?

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Posted by    Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 12:30pm

Karen Cates is one of the few brave professors and writers out there who is willing to tell the truth about higher education: it’s not for everybody.

According to Cates, a professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, having a college degree isn’t necessary to get a high-paying job that is...

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Israeli universities counter academic boycotts

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

Finally, some chutzpah out of Israel’s universities.

Lidar Grave-Lazi of the Jerusalem Post has the story:

Israeli university heads establish forum to counter academic boycott

The Committee of University Heads in Israel announced on Tuesday the establishment of a forum to counter academic boycotts against Israel.

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Audit the… NCAA? House Reps want NCAA to open its books

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 9:30am

With growing calls to audit the IRS and audit the Fed, it seems a little off-priority to call for greater financial transparency in college athletics. Also, as a private organization, is the NCAA by itself a legitimate subject of federal legislation?

The proposed bill would require the NCAA to report its school-by-school...

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Student expelled from Christian University for being lesbian, violating school’s “lifestyle covenant”

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 6:30pm

Christian Minard did sign to abide by the school’s morality covenant, so the school appears to be justified in expelling her for violating it by marrying another woman.

However, Minard contends that her sexual orientation and her faith in God are compatible.

Several writers at CNN have the story:

Student: I was expelled from...

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