Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle
Oct24

Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle

SEATTLE — Two students are dead after one of them opened fire Friday morning in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria before turning the gun on himself, according to law enforcement sources. Police said four other people were wounded in the 10:45 a.m. shooting. Austin Joyner, a student at the school, said on Twitter that he...

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New Bullying Problem for Schools: Parents
Oct10

New Bullying Problem for Schools: Parents

BROOKLYN, New York — When you visit Brooklyn, you have to be amazed at the number of stoops. They’re scenic and historical. These graceful old stairways were often built steep because they were constructed during the era when Grand Pianos thrived, and when people would gather on the stoops to gossip, smoke and drink. In his excellent ebook, “Letters from Brooklyn,” detailing a detailed, three-year exploration...

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When The NFL’s Concussion Problem Goes To High School
Oct04

When The NFL’s Concussion Problem Goes To High School

In the last week alone, three high school football players across the country have died as a result of on-field injuries — rehashing a debate that first began in the mid-2000s and tends to cycle through periods of dormancy and revival with the beginning of each season. The National Football League has been wrestling with...

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Fraternities Under Attack: I’m Not Pulling Your Keg
Sep30

Fraternities Under Attack: I’m Not Pulling Your Keg

Fraternities Under Attack: I’m Not Pulling Your Keg Tyrades! By Danny Tyree I guess the college “Greek system” was always Greek to me. As a small town nerd, when I attended college I was all “Wow! Microfiche newspapers! College bookstore! Meal plan!” in between weekly trips home. No great desire to seek forbidden pleasures, test the rules, join a brotherhood, etc. So I’m definitely an outside...

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Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)
Sep08

Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)

Since September 11, a continuing concern in the West has been the perception of a lack of Muslim introspection over the use of Islam as a fulcrum for terrorism. Now, with the emergence of the Islamic State, the most bestial, immoral and nihilistic band of terrorists the modern world has ever known, such a dialogue among the Muslim intelligentsia and average people alike appears to have begun. For Germany’s Die Zeit, columnist...

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Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed
Aug30

Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed

It’s Labor Day weekend, the schools have been in session about a week, and the disgruntled voices of a minority drone on. Their screeching refrain, often in letters to the editor and talk show call-ins, is familiar: –Teachers only work half a year. –Teachers are overpaid. –Local school districts and their taxpayers shouldn’t have to hold the burden of teacher salaries. Often, those who complain the most are those who...

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Cartoon: Back to School
Aug23

Cartoon: Back to School

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)
Aug18

Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)

This is a letter I received tonight from one of my relatives. I’m posting it in full here for our TMV readers. Thoughtful comments are welcome. Thank you. Dr. E. I’m not a jouralist. I’m a police officer. I’m a black man. These are just my current thoughts on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. My thinking may change as more and more facts come in. First of all, I must say as a black man and as a professional,...

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A lesson in a STEM study (Guest Voice)
Aug14

A lesson in a STEM study (Guest Voice)

A lesson in a STEM study by Esther J. Cepeda CHICAGO — Every once in a while, research quantifies the effects of certain education policies on students. Then, the results are often shelved in favor of the prevailing “common sense.” As in: If you want more scientists, mandate more science courses in school. Let’s hope this fate doesn’t happen with “Missing the Mark,” a report by the ACT college...

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Have America’s Universities Lost Their Way?
Aug12

Have America’s Universities Lost Their Way?

Once upon a time the United States had the best educational system in the world, American universities as its crowning achievement. During that period, universities understood that their primary mission was education, with research as a secondary objective. Today, however, many of America’s largest universities have changed their paramount goal, with athletic pre-eminence in football and basketball now the central driving force...

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School Vending Machine Bans Don’t Always Change Kids’ Diets
Aug11
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Are Religion and Democracy Compatible?
Aug06

Are Religion and Democracy Compatible?

Does religion interfere with democracy? It depends on the religion. The more modern and open religions, that do not demand strict conformity to the positions of their leaders, can coexist with democracy, causing no problems for the religion or interference with the democratic process. Conservative or orthodox religions and religious fundamentalists, that do not countenance free thinking, are antithetical to democracy as they are...

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Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?
Jul30

Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong? graphic via...

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We are what we eat
Jul28

We are what we eat

  We are what we eat  By Esther J. Cepeda Washington Post Writers Group Columnist CHICAGO — Remember last year’s hysteria over school lunches? Administrators, cafeteria workers, students and parents across the country freaked out when — gasp! — school lunches were made healthier. News reports throughout the 2012-13 school year — when lunch standards mandated by the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids...

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Eve of ‘The War That Didn’t End All Wars’
Jun29

Eve of ‘The War That Didn’t End All Wars’

Yesterday, June 28, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, an event that would spark World War I. The Defense Department has put together an excellent collection of time lines, maps, photos and videos of World War I, including some amazing, historic footage that captures rare moments of the First World War’s Aisne-Marne operation — below. Read...

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Could a Four-Year Degree Be on the Fritz?
Jun18

Could a Four-Year Degree Be on the Fritz?

American higher education certainly has its problems. According to a recent article by The Atlantic, it is now impossible to work one’s way through college. Since the 1970s, the cost of a four-year degree has skyrocketed, consistently growing at a higher rate than wages and inflation. Without having ample support from one’s family or incurring massive debt it’s almost impossible to pay for college. Despite the high...

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A counter to scientific denialism: ASAP Science videos
Jun14

A counter to scientific denialism: ASAP Science videos

Science, technology, engineering and math, aka STEM, are key areas of knowledge for the 21st century. Heck, they were key in the 20th century, too! Remember JFK and the moon challenge as well as his tribute to science on the 100th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences? Recent scientific advances have not only made international cooperation desirable, but they have made it essential. The ocean, the atmosphere, outer space,...

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Cartoon: Student Loan Debt
Jun12

Cartoon: Student Loan Debt

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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MAYA ANGELOU: GODMOTHER TO THE WORLD HAS PASSED
May28

MAYA ANGELOU: GODMOTHER TO THE WORLD HAS PASSED

Dr. Maya Angelou of the beautiful name and the radiant spirit has passed. I hope for all who love her, and who admired her many works in civil rights, in autobiographies, in speaking out boldly, that we can be today and always in happiness for her life on earth– for certain she is One of a Kind. Iconic woman, hard scrabble beginnings, raped as a child, mute from the post trauma of that assault, coming back to life, training in...

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2014 Commencement Addresses – A ‘Military Perspective’
May24

2014 Commencement Addresses – A ‘Military Perspective’

May is graduation month and, along with high school, college and university graduations, come the traditional, memorable or forgettable, interesting or boring, sometimes controversial, sometimes funny, often motivating, rarely short enough (for the anxious graduates), but always unavoidable — if you want to personally collect your diploma — commencement speeches. Many of the speakers try to, as Kenny Herzog says at Rolling...

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