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College Grads Now Doing the Jobs High School Grads Used to Do

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 11:00am

File this under “The Obama Economy”.

Jeanina Jenkins, a 20-year-old high-school graduate from St. Louis, is stuck in a $7.82-an-hour part-time job at McDonald’s Corp. that she calls a “last resort” because nobody would offer her anything better.

Stephen O’Malley, 26, a West Virginia University graduate, wants to put his history degree to...

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New Jersey teen suing parents for college tuition loses first round in court

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 8:00am

We have been following the case of a high school senior who filed a lawsuit against her parents for financial support and college tuition.

The judge just gave her suit a solid F plus.

A New Jersey honor student suing her parents in a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit had her motions for financial support,...

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Harvard Students Who are Experts on Ukraine Worry about Global Impact of Crimean Crisis

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Posted by    Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5:00pm

Oleh Kotsyuba is a Ph.D. candidate in Slavic languages and literatures at Harvard, as well as the online editor of Krytyka, an intellectual journal in Ukraine. Nadiya Kravets is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ukrainian Politics and Society.

Together, they offer...

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Are they really “student loans” when used for cable TV, video games, utility bills, etc.?

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Posted by    Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00pm

The one-trillion dollars plus of student loan debt is a drag on the economy.

However, the ease of obtaining those loans have inspired Americans to use the money for expenditures not directly pertinent to their education (hat-tip, WC Varones).

…The WSJ takes on a more conservative tone when it says that “some Americans...

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Colorado’s new marijuana law’s intriguing impact on college application rates

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Posted by    Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11:00am

It looks like Colorado’s new marijuana laws are not deterring young Americans from applying to the state’s colleges and universities.

In fact, Colorado may have offered an unintentional incentive.

If Colorado’s new marijuana laws — legalizing the recreational possession of the drug — are deterring out-of-state students and their families from applying to...

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UCLA Student: Divestment talks show school has “strayed from its principles”

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Posted by    Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8:00am

College Insurrection has often featured the thoughtful op-eds of University of California – Los Angeles student Eitan Arom.

Arom offers his take on the recent divestment drama and Ben Shapiro’s response (detailed at Legal Insurrection).

As a Jew, there’s no word I reserve when describing how I feel about anti-Semitism. “Abhor” is my...

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Ten High-Paying Student Internships

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Posted by    Friday, March 7, 2014 at 6:30pm

Students contemplating summer employment plans may want to consider these ten, high-paying internships listed in The Huffington Post.

The bad news for scholars with a more conservative world-view: They are primarily located in the deep blue Bay Area.

The good news: There are is a fossil-fuel company with openings.

The best news: Many are...

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International Education Group’s Goal: Doubling Number of American Students Abroad

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Posted by    Friday, March 7, 2014 at 3:30pm

Given the declining number of high school applicants, an international education group’s goal may be a bit optimistic.

An international education group seeks to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by 2019.

To reach the goal, the Institute of International Education will focus on recruiting more low-income students and others who...

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Fire Drill Leads to Frostbite for a Minnesota High School Swim Student

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Posted by    Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12:30pm

The “Polar Vortex” seems to have frozen the common sense out of some Minnesota education bureaucrats.

As a result, a high school student is now suffering from frostbite.

A Minnesota public high school was so committed to obeying its fire drill policy to the exact letter of the law that it forced a...

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Schools Battle over Butler Training

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Posted by    Friday, March 7, 2014 at 9:30am

The market for modern servants is booming, but some institutions that have regularly offered “butler training” are troubled by upstarts looking to profit from one of the few growing career niches.

Frances Robinson of The Wall Street Journal has this analysis:

The white gloves are on in the fight to serve the growing...

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FIRE Reminds White House Task Force about Student Due Process Rights

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Posted by    Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:30pm

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) as formally submitted a written comment to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

The essence of the comment centers on student due process rights.

The Task Force, established by President Obama on January 22, will be advising the President on...

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Former nursing students sue Excelsior College for ‘deceptive or misleading practices’

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Posted by    Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 3:30pm

Excelsior College, the world’s largest distance educator of nurses, is being sued by former students alleging the institution did not adequately prepare them for a critical, and pricey, clinical examination.

Inside Higer Ed’s Carl Straumsheim files this report:

In the complaint, filed in a federal district court...

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10 Signs You are the Dreaded “Dirty Roommate”

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Posted by    Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:30pm

Khalea Underwood is a recent Howard University graduate who moonlights as a magazine intern and a freelancer in New York City.

Given that she is an intern living in one of America’s most expensive cities, learning to live with roommates is a critical skill.  She offers the following perspective:

Jezebel’s Year of the...

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College ratings proposal is already leading one university to avoid “risky students”

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Posted by    Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9:30am

One university says it has already begun denying admission to “risky” applicants over fears of how it would be rated under the Obama ratings proposal.

Inside Higher Ed’s Michael Stratford files this report:

…Education Secretary Arne Duncan and his deputies who are currently developing the metrics for ratings system — a draft of...

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Two Study Abroad Programs Evacuate from Ukraine

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6:30pm

Two study abroad programs evacuate amid intensifying tensions in the Crimea.

Inside Higher Ed’s Elizabeth Redden files this report:

Eastern European Study Abroad, which as recently as Thursday said it did not foresee a threat to students currently studying in the city of Kharkiv – this was before Russia’s parliament authorized the use...

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Georgia elementary school principle caught in child sex sting

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 3:30pm

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reports that John McGill, the principal at Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Douglasville, Ga. was caught in a multi-agency sting called “Operation Broken Heart”, targeting online child sex predators.

The Daily Caller Education Editor Eric Owens has these details:

“The purpose of ‘Operation Broken Heart’ was to arrest...

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Paul Krugman Headed to CUNY

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 12:30pm

Those interested in studying real economics may want to take note of the following news:

Paul Krugman, a Nobel-prize winning economist who has used his New York Times column to champion greater government action to stimulate growth and create jobs, is leaving Princeton University for the City University of New York.

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New Jersey High School Student Sues Parents for College Tuition

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 9:30am

Two New Jersey parents are facing a lawsuit following their “tough love” approach to disciplining their 18-year old daughter.

Perhaps “Judge Judy” would be the best one to hear the case.

A Morris Catholic High School honor student and athlete who claims her parents threw her out of their Lincoln Park home when...

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Two U. of Minnesota Students Invent “Snow Swimming”

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 6:30pm

Perhaps this will be an event at the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Two enterprising University of Minnesota Duluth students took advantage of the massive amount of snow in their backyard by trying out “snow swimming,” a feat as difficult as it may seem.

UMD seniors Shane Campbell and Steve Morris last only a couple...

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UC Berkeley Co-Ed: Modern Feminism is a “Load of Crap”

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 3:30pm

UC Berkeley student Claire Chiara joins conservative pundit Tammy Bruce in calling for a reboot of feminism.

Chaira’s brilliant essay starts by recalling an encounter that “did remind me of one of the glaring hypocrisies of our day: new-age feminism.”

…Women today march around kicking and screaming in a stubborn refusal to be...

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North Carolina School Board Gives Thumbs-Up to Book Featuring Abortion, Rape and Torture

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 12:30pm

Most high school students think their literature assignments are torture.

For some North Carolina students, that is very nearly the reality.

A North Carolina school board will keep in its high school curriculum a book that tackles abortion, torture, rape and prostitution.

The Watauga County school board voted 3-2 on Thursday to keep Isabel...

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Cal State LA faculty debate on who’s teaching new student diversity requirement

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 9:30am

For those who wonder why some colleges are developing “proficiency ratings”, look no farther than California State University –  State Los Angeles.

Instead of focusing on teaching marketable skills, its professors just voted to require all students to take a course in race or ethnicity.  However, they but fail to adopt the...

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