Education is pivotal, Faust tells Miami students

MIAMI — Shaunte Butler’s mother never missed an opportunity to remind her daughter of the pivotal importance of a strong education. “She always told us, me and my brother, that college was the key to success and a better life,” said Butler, who took that sage advice and ran with it. The Miami native graduated with a degree in neurobiology from Harvard College in 2014 and is now a first-year student at Yale Medical School. Butler returned to her old high school Thursday along with Harvard President Drew Faust, one…

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Desire to maintain lavish lifestyle forces students to take up crime’

HYDERABAD: Students and their greed for affluent lifstyle drives them to commit crimes, say police and psychologists. As many as 20 city-based students have been caught in different offences last year. Many of them hailed from well-to-do families. While interrogating the students apprehended for chain snatching, robberies, extortion and drug peddling, the police identified similar answers from them. They either want to spend money to live a luxurious life without telling their parents or think they can get away easily as they are over-pampered by their parents. Radhika Acharya, a…

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Education leaders challenge Trump assertion that students are ‘deprived of all knowledge’

his first remarks on education after being sworn into office, President Donald Trump asserted in his inaugural address Friday that the nation’s education system is “flush with cash” and that its children are being “deprived of all knowledge.” Not deprived of some knowledge, or even most knowledge. But deprived of all knowledge. It is impossible to dismiss what he said as a misstatement, or that it was an off-the-cuff comment made in the heat of a campaign speech. Inaugural addresses are written for posterity, and every word is mulled over, reviewed…

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Supreme Court to decide: What level of education do public schools legally owe to students with disabilities?

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over the level of education that public schools must provide to millions of children with disabilities, a case that advocates describe as the most significant special-education issue to reach the high court in three decades. The question is whether public schools owe disabled children “some” educational benefit — which courts have determined to mean just-above-trivial progress — or whether students legally deserve something more: a substantial, “meaningful” benefit. Lower courts are divided on the question, meaning that…

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Why Rihanna & Lady Gaga Are Turning to Unknown Fashion Students for Fresh Looks

It was February 2014, and Melitta Baumeister, then a 28-year-old, freshly graduated Parsons School of Design MFA alum, was about to make her New York Fashion Week debut. Among those sitting in the audience was Mel Ottenberg, the Los Angeles-based stylist to Rihanna and fashion director of 032c magazine, who would request to borrow an oversized pleather jacket from the collection the next day. Baumeister needed no persuading. Two weeks later, Rihanna would arrive at the Commes des Garcons show during Paris Fashion Week draped in a giant fur stole and…

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Poor students urged to make use ofloan facility to pursue higher education

At a time when the country was taking strides towards becoming a super power, the younger generation, including students, have a greater role to play in its development, Chairman of the Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB) S. Ravindran has said. He was speaking at a function organised here on Friday to extend financial help to poor meritorious students who have excelled in their recent examinations despite economic hurdles. Mr. Ravindran elaborated on how students could be part of the nation-building exercises. Referring to the three meritorious students to whom financial…

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Opportunities open for students from other nations in US

Thiruvananthapuram: The United States would continue to draw students from other countries to pursue their studies in universities and colleges in the country, a senior official of the US Consulate General here said Saturday. “I do not think so”, said Charles Luoma Overstreet, Consular Chief when asked if there would be any slowdown in students travelling to United States for studies in the wake of Donald Trump becoming the President-elect of America. He said universities and educational institutions in the United States are strong and offer a lot of opportunities…

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The Boxes We Keep Forcing Students Into In The Name Of Education

When I was in school, I thought I knew what I wanted to be in life. I had a few options, with the little I had seen growing up: 1. A Catholic priest 2. A rockstar 3. A doctor I pursued the first early on, got bored of the second and gave up option three in junior college when I couldn’t prick my own finger for a blood sample. I had chosen science after high school, and later on graduated as a math major. I really liked math, I wasn’t…

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This Municipal School In Delhi Lets Its Students Explore And Learn New Things, And It Does Wonders

Look beyond private schools for good education. There is much potential in the existing government schools to be transformed into centres for excellent learning. One municipal school, located in south Delhi, is using a counter-culture approach to education, with an aim to make the students sharp and inquisitive. Ark, a non-profit organisation, in conjunction with South Delhi Municipal Corporation runs a government school in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar III where they lay heavy emphasis on exploration. “We want kids to be able to question, think and learn by observing and analyzing…

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Why Donald Trump’s Education Policies Are Bad For Our Students

I’m tired, I have a headache and I’m really glad the debates are over. Like most Americans, I have post-presidential debate hangover syndrome. Watching the debates and then arguing about them with friends (and a few strangers) into the wee hours of the morning can do that to you. Now that I’ve had a little time to reflect, what I find striking about the debates is that we heard the candidates’ views on a range of issues, but we didn’t hear much regarding their thoughts on education, especially from Donald…

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