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Afternoon announcements: October 15, 2012

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October 15, 2012 04:09 pm


Would you be more productive with a four-day work week? Would your kids be more engaged if they had a four-day school week? US News reports that school officials in districts across the country are looking towards four-day school weeks to help with budgetary constraints. Almost 300 districts switched tot his system last year. “Cutting an instruction day allows schools to trim transportation, janitorial, and utility costs.” US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is against it. Are you?

Some parents are fighting back against tests given to students as a means of evaluating teachers. The New York Times reports that in some cases, parents are even keeping their kids out of school to ensure they don’t take these exams.

You may have seen this story in prime time news. Malala Yousafzai is a 14-year old Pakistani girl the Taliban attempted to kill when she tried to obtain an education. When she survived the attack, the Taliban promised to “finish the job.” The LA Times looks at the full story, and why Malala is the new face for girls education.

New York Magazine has a feature all about Bush – the younger son, that is. He’s known for his education policies, but he has also dealt with immigration issues, as the Governor of Florida. Could he be the face of the moderate wing of the Republican party?

In America, we tend to believe and assume that each generation will be better off than the last. The Atlantic looks at two crucial issues that may be stumbling blocks in making sure that comes true for the next generation. One of them is enhancing education. The longer we take to ensure more students graduate from high school, “the greater the risk that this generation goes from being unemployed to unemployable. This possibility must not and should not be allowed to occur.”


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