Former first lady surprises elementary school with $100,000 and gifts
- Washington (CNN) - Michelle Obama is spreading some holiday cheer, surprising students and teachers of an elementary school in Washington with a gift of $100,000, computers and a new basketball court courtesy of TV host Ellen DeGeneres.
- Later in the video, Obama also announces gifts for a brand new outdoor basketball court, new Apple computers for the school, new laptops for the teachers, and iPads for each student.
- Edwards says her teachers take families grocery shopping and paying out of pocket for school supplies.
- According to the National Center for Education Statistics, almost all public school teachers -- 94% -- have spent some of their own money on school supplies without reimbursement.
- In schools where 75% or more of the students participated in free or reduced-price lunches, teachers were spending, on average, $554 on school supplies, adding to the financial burdens many educators face.
Do You Prefer Comfort Over Hunger?
- That my father gave me the advice of studying hard and get a government job to lead a comfortable life.
- By developing new technology & business models that potentially create a massive impact on jobs & society.
- That creates new and complex jobs which require the blending of technology, entrepreneurship & social skills.
- How are we gonna prepare for the future if we continue to stick to old beliefs, dogmas & thinking where failure is a taboo instead embraced as an opportunity to grow and learn.
- I hope that with these programs will allow us to embrace failure as an opportunity to learn instead of just a taboo topic we fear.
- I hope that it will be useful and it's hard giving up one's comfort zone and admit one's failure which prompt me to write about this article.
Europe's morbid 'mummy craze' has been an obsession for centuries
- Europe began to link mummies with medicine in the 15th century, in response to a robust demand for medical mumiya.
- Eugène Delacroix, one of the greatest painters of France’s 19th-century Romantic school, is known for the large areas of shadow and gloom on his canvases, which have struck scholars as likely candidates for the use of mummy brown.
- Even though, from the classical period onward, the occasional Greek or Roman traveler returned home from a trip to Egypt with a mummified animal, it seems that prior to the 15th century, there was little interest in transporting mummies to Europe as mementos or collector’s objects.
- The public study of mummies continued and reached a new peak in the early 19th century after the Napoleonic Wars and English colonialism were stirring up new interest in ancient Egypt.
Trump to sign order to interpret Judaism as a nationality
- It's an order that would allow Trump to take further steps to combat anti-Israel sentiments and divestment movements on college campuses by requiring colleges and universities to treat those movements as discriminatory in order to keep their funding.
- The Times reported the move would trigger a portion of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 that requires educational institutions receiving federal funding to not discriminate based on national origin.
- The Department of Education can withhold federal funding from any college or educational program that discriminates based on race, color or national origin, according to the Civil Rights Act. Religion is not covered in that portion of the law so the administration would have to interpret Judaism as a nationality in order to potentially punish universities for violations.
- The Times reported the definition of anti-Semitism will be adopted from the State Department, which was originally formulated by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
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University students 'do not understand the concept of a decimal point'
- First year university undergraduates are so bad at maths professors are dropping the subject from business and statistics courses because students can't keep up, researchers say.
- Associate professor in mathematics at the Centre for Research in Mathematics and Data Science, at Western Sydney University, Leanne Rylands said some students leaving school clearly did not understand the concept of a decimal point.
- The Federal education minister, Dan Tehan, said he wants the states to sign up to explicit targets in numeracy and literacy and he'll ask them to agree to bring forward the national curriculum review which wasn't meant to start until next year.
- The NAPLAN Review interim report, written by three education experts and released just two days after the PISA results, said the test forced teachers to focus on English and mathematics, "denying the students access to the rich array offered through other subjects".
American Factories Demand White-Collar Education for Blue-Collar Work
- College-educated workers are taking over the American factory floor.
- New manufacturing jobs that require more advanced skills are driving up the education level of factory workers who in past generations could get by without higher education, an analysis of federal data by The Wall Street Journal found.
- Within the next three years, American...