Education

‘Golden press:’ Teenage mental illness soars in wealthy US, UK families

‘Golden press:’ Teenage mental illness soars in wealthy US, UK families

Mental health problems in children from wealthy US and UK families soar, new research reveals. The richer sectors of society are facing a crisis of eating disorders, drug abuse and self-harm, mostly due to “unrealistic” expectations pinned on kids. Wealthy parents expect their off-springs to excel in all fields, including sports and music, as well […]

Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban receives human rights Politkovskaya Award

Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban receives human rights Politkovskaya Award

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban in 2012 for campaigning for girls’ schooling, received a human rights award named after the slain Russian journalist, Anna Politkovskaya. The group RAW (Reach All Women) in War said Yousafzai had been chosen for the Anna Politkovskaya Award “for her courage to speak out when nobody else […]

‘Cannot live with violence that shames Brazil,’ president says as protesters block intl airport

‘Cannot live with violence that shames Brazil,’ president says as protesters block intl airport

Although Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pledged to hold dialogue with protesters, there were no signs that the demonstrators, most of whom are students and the middle class, are going to calm down. New demonstrations broke out on Friday, including one that blocked most passengers from entering or leaving the country’s busiest international airport, outside Sao […]

Shocker: Eighty percent of NYC graduates unable to read

Shocker: Eighty percent of NYC graduates unable to read

New York City’s literacy rates are on the decline: nearly 80 percent of high school graduates lack basic skills like reading, writing and math and are required to relearn them before qualifying for community college. During his most recent State of the City address, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hyped about the large investment […]

Salinger and Harper to be replaced by Invasive Plant Inventory in US school curriculum

Salinger and Harper to be replaced by Invasive Plant Inventory in US school curriculum

A new curriculum for public schools across the United States will soon make it mandatory for at least 70 percent of all assigned books to be works of non-fiction, eliminating classic works that have influenced great thinkers for centuries. By 2014, schools in 46 out of 50 states will have adopted this new curriculum, which […]

Firearms instructor leaves gun in school bathroom

Firearms instructor leaves gun in school bathroom

In response to last month’s massacre in Newtown, a Michigan charter school hired a firearms instructor as a security guard – only to find that the armed guard forgot his gun in the school bathroom. The school took the National Rifle Association’s advice in hiring an armed guard, but the retired Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. […]