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Tennessee student on Common Core: “Our schools are being turned into data-run factories.”

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Posted by    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:00pm

A high school student from Farragut High School in Tennessee made a compelling argument against Common Core at a school board meeting.

[The] student, Kenneth Ye, gave a rousing speech before the Knox County school board urging it to drop the Common Core standards because they make learning joyless and, in fact,...

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Judge upholds new Florida rules tying professors’ tenure-style contracts to student results

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Posted by    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:00am

A judge has upheld new Florida rules tying evaluation of professors’ achievements to professional rewards like continuing contracts.

Some of the affected professors are unhappy with the new, achievement-oriented direction.

An administrative law judge in Florida last week upheld new rules by the State Department of Education that require significantly more of state...

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UC Berkeley Students Plan to Take Back City Politics

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Posted by    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 8:00am

The students on the campus of the University of California – Berkeley are making some intriguing plans for 2014.

Safeena Mecklai, Berkeley’s Associated Students – University of California (ASUC) external affairs vice president, shares the details that center on proposed redistricting and a student map that was approved in a Dec. 3...

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UCLA Student: ASA’s anti-Israel boycott is “fundamentally hypocritical and irresponsible”

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Posted by    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:00pm

Professor Jacobson has just filed an IRS whistleblower complaint against the American Studies Association based on its anti-Israel academic boycott.

Meanwhile, University of California – Los Angeles student Maia Ferdman deems the group’s act as “fundamentally hypocritical and irresponsible.”

In an act of political solidarity, the American Studies Association resolved last month to...

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Cambridge students outraged over favoritism for Prince William

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Posted by    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:00pm

It’s not easy being king…or even the Prince of Wales.

Cambridge University students are in an uproar over what they perceived is the school’s favored treatment of Prince William, giving him access to a course he doesn’t have to grades to attend.

The prince, 31, whose family has traditionally attended Cambridge, was admitted...

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Cecil College Student: Government’s $8 Million Guam Bird Boondoggle

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Posted by    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00am

Cecil College student Atarah Golden reports on a government program that really is for the birds.

In an effort to boost Guam’s bird population and prevent further damage to electrical equipment on the Andersen Air Force Base believed to be caused by snakes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently spent $8 million...

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College Insurrection Night on Canto Talk – #BridgeGate and 2014 Predictions

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

I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off 2014 on Canto Talk than by chatting with my College Insurrection compatriot, Aleister. We had a chance to discuss the high (and low) points of 2013 on American campuses — and what 2014 is likely for our nation’s students.

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William and Mary Student Reviews “Lone Survivor” More than a Movie

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Posted by    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 6:30pm

Mark Wahlberg’s latest movie, Lone Survivor, premieres Friday, January 10.

College of William and Mary Student Elizabeth Marcello reviews the background on the film, which may be the first blockbuster of 2014.

Who doesn’t love a good patriotic action flick? Yet, the movie and its storyline goes much deeper than celebrating the heroism of...

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Insurrection! California students suing state over bad teachers, pro-union policies

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Posted by    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:30pm

File this under “Real Insurrection”.

There have long been complaints that the California school systems acts for the benefit of teachers unions instead of the students.

Now, some California students are fighting back in court.

Nine California students have launched a lawsuit against the state, arguing that current law and entrenched practices they see...

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Yale’s Assistant Professor Died from Meth Induced Heart-Attack

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Posted by    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 12:30pm

We have been following the case of Samuel See, an assistant professor at Yale University who was arrested on charges of fighting police officers, then taken to a jail where he died the next day.

Further investigation has now led to a conclusion about the cause of death:

Samuel See, the Yale assistant...

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U. of Oregon showcases anti-whiteness play as part of ‘The Race Card Project’

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Posted by    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:30am

Last year, we reported that The Race Card Project was introduced on the University of Michigan campus by its creator, Michele Norris.

The African-American journalist developed this special project during a sabbatical from National Public Radio.  The project has subsequently moved onto the University of Oregon, with all the class and tolerance...

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Hillsdale College Student on What “Income Inequality” Really Is

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Posted by    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:30pm

President Obama and leading Democrats have been chanting “income inequality” as their newest mantra.

Hillsdale College student Conner Dwinell describes what it looks like in reality:

This week, the Obama Administration announced that its main focus for the coming years will shift from the current (and increasingly prominent) problems with Obamacare to the...

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Virginia Tech fined $5,000 for safety violation leading to 2007 massacre

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Posted by    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:30pm

The federal government has recently fined Virginia Tech $5,000 for a violation of a campus safety law in connection with the infamous 2007 massacre.

The fine, ordered Friday by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, follows a finding that the university had inconsistent policies on the timely warning of safety threats and failed...

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Seven Special Degrees for Students “Majoring in Fun”

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Posted by    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:30pm

The Huffington Post contributor Kelsey Pomeroy has a roundup of seven majors for students who would rather focus on fun instead of getting an education worthy of a career — like in business, computer science or nursing.

1. Pop Culture

Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)

Do you enjoy binge-watching television shows on...

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U. of Maryland Students Earn Credit For Choosing Progressively Proper Food

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Posted by    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:30am

Food control seems to be one of the biggest obsessions for campus progressives.

Kara Mason of the University of Colorado-Pueblo reports on a  class at the University of Maryland that  gives students credit to temporarily eliminate sugar from their diet or skipping a meal,  which aims to teach  food choice “consequences”.

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UC Davis’ creates innovative digital badge system for students

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 6:30pm

New technologies are being used at University of California – Davis to determine student participation and competency in its “sustainable agriculture program”.

Interestingly, the fact that the system allows assessment on competency is the reason the approach is gaining attention nationwide.

The idea was hatched as the university worked toward the 2011 launch...

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Frat’s “Torture” Hazing Leads to Calls for Tougher Penalties

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 12:30pm

We recently reported that a Maryland fraternity was under investigation for hazing rituals reminiscent of torture scenes in some Hollywood films.

The hazing stories have now resulted in calls for tougher state...

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New Jersey Coed: German Class Turns into Obamacare Love-fest

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:30am

When Emma Colton signed up for a language class last fall at The College of New Jersey, she wanted to focus on learning  conversational German.

It looks like language was the last item on the professor’s agenda.

What I did not expect to learn in German 103 was that the Affordable Care Act...

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Applying the “JC Penny” Approach to College Pricing

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:30pm

Aleister recently reported that an “educational leadership” leader asserted that “we Are creating Walmarts of Higher Education.”

Proof that the free market forces currently popping the “Higher Education Bubble” are unsettling progressives is offered in a Huffington Post piece by ProPublica’s Marian Wang:

…The growing discount rates and...

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Despite Federal Warnings “Rainbow” Chemistry Experiment Results in Student Burns

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 3:30pm

The US Chemical Safety Board recently issued a video warning of the dangers of the “Rainbow” experiment, a common one across the country.

Despite this waning, a Manhattan high school ran that experiment — resulting in an accident that sent a plume of fire across the science lab, engulfing two students and leaving...

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Historians dream of government jobs

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:30pm

When Megan McArdle suggested those with doctoral degrees go after real jobs when tenure wasn’t an option, I suspect this is not quite what she meant.

Seminars on landing tenure-track jobs are common at annual gatherings of academic associations. And the recent meeting of the American Historical Association was no exception, with...

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Glenn Reynolds: Nobody ever got shot or pregnant from online or home schooling

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:30am

In his newest USA Today column, Professor Glenn Reynolds (author of The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself) shares his thoughts on modern alternatives to the traditional school approach.

…Public schools were designed to be rigid. Back in the 19th century, when Massachusetts Board of Education...

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