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For Whom Does the Bell Toll?

It’s Time We Heed The Words of John Donne

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Preschool Matters...Today

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The latest Census Bureau data (collected in 2009 and early this year) show the gap between rich and poor in the U.S. is the widest on record. Last year, the top 20 percent of households—those earning more than $100,000 a year—received 49.4 percent of all household income. The bottom 20 percent—those earning less than $20,000—received 3.4 percent. The ratio of earnings between the top and bottom is about double what it was when the Census Bureau began tracking in 1967. Median household income fell 2.9 percent nationwide, from $51,726 to $50,221. It rose in only one state — North Dakota. Now 43.6 million Americans are living in poverty, the most in the 51 years the Census estimates have been published.

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Alarming as they are, these numbers are but the latest installment in a decades-long trend in which expanding income inequality was driven more by growth in income for those at the top than declines for those in the middle or at the bottom. That has clearly changed as middle- and lower- income families have lost ground.

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Detroit teacher ejects student for anti-gay remarks

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  • In return, the teacher was kicked out of Howell High School in Michigan for a day — suspended without pay for violating the student's free speech rights.
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Jeff Karoub, Associated Press/Google

High school economics teacher Jay McDowell says he didn't like where the discussion was going after a student told his classmates he didn't "accept gays," so McDowell kicked the boy out of class for a day.
In return, the teacher was kicked out of Howell High School in Michigan for a day — suspended without pay for violating the student's free speech rights.

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The incident has sparked intense debate in Howell, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, over defending civil rights without trampling the U.S. constitution's right to free speech. It's gained far wider attention since a local newspaper released video of a 14-year-old gay student from another city defending McDowell at a Howell school board meeting.

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Time for Schools to Stop Damaging Children

Our schools are turning millions of normal children into dropouts and failures. This isn't because of a few bad teachers or principals, but because the natural learning behaviors of children are routinely penalized instead of praised.

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D., Huffington Post

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Our schools are turning millions of normal children into dropouts and failures. This isn't because of a few bad teachers or principals, but because the natural learning behaviors of children are routinely penalized instead of praised. Initiatives like "No Child Left Behind" and "The Race To The Top" won't change this, because they don't adequately take into account research about how children learn. As Nobel prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel says, children have "enormous capability that they're born with and often school takes it out of them."

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Our classrooms are based on outdated ideas, functioning like mid-20th century factories. Each child is offered an identical curriculum, like a car moving along an assembly line. However, children aren't units of production and this approach is failing. Since 1970, the rate of high school graduation has declined, and the United States has fallen from first to twelfth among developed nations in education.

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Get Me Out of Here: Dispatches From the For-Profit College

When you first come to this school (Keiser University) they’ll have you believe that this is a quality institution, only concerned with providing a top notch education to every student. Once you’re here for a while though (you realize) this school’s primary concern above all else is making a profit. Keiser University is a business first and foremost.

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radicalteacherblogeditor, Radical Teacher

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I’m not an activist, a writer, a journalist or any of these things so please bear with me. I have been attending Keiser University since July of last year and only recently have I seen it for what it really is. When you first come to this school they’ll have you believe that this is a quality institution, only concerned with providing a top notch education to every student. Once you’re here for a while though that illusion starts to fade. This school’s primary concern above all else is making a profit. Then maybe they’ll address some educational issues. The bottom line is Keiser University is a business first and foremost.

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There has been a huge discussion going on in congress lately about how much for-profit colleges are actually hurting more students than they are helping. In Florida almost 60% of all students who enroll in for-profit colleges, withdraw from school before graduating. They each leave school with an average of about $11,000 in debt.  It is true that a lot of students drop out of community colleges and universities too, however, a major difference is that most for-profit school students need to take out loans. At traditional 4-year public schools 44.3 percent of the students enrolled had to take out loans, at community colleges only 16.6 needed loans, while at for-profit schools 94.4 percent of students needed to take out loans. This data shows that the student who withdraws from a for-profit school will be most likely leaving with a huge debt that they can’t even get rid of by declaring bankruptcy. Of all the students enrolled in higher education only 9% attend for-profit colleges yet for-profit college students account for 46% of all loan defaults. It makes you wonder how this could be when for-profit colleges have a higher average graduation rate.

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University of California Scheme to DNA-Test Students is Stopped

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An American university has been forced to halt a plan to DNA test new students and give them the results following a backlash by public health officials, genetic watchdogs and privacy groups.

Nick Allen, London Telegraph | UK

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An American university has been forced to halt a plan to DNA test new students and give them the results following a backlash by public health officials, genetic watchdogs and privacy groups.

Under the University of California, Berkeley programme called “Bring Your Genes to Cal” around 5,500 people had been sent testing kits for them to submit saliva swabs.

Three of their genes were to be analysed for the ability to break down lactose, metabolise alcohol, and absorb folic aid. Those who supplied a swab would then learn their results confidentially through a website for which they would be given a special code..

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