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You Say You Want A Constitution
by Victor Navasky
September 2, 2004
The reading of the U.S. Constitution turns out to be a rousing crowd pleaser.
The last time I read the U.S. Constitution all the way through was almost fifty years ago, when I was a student at Swarthmore College. My roommate Marc Merson and I were at work on a one-act play (United We Stood); its premise was that an English literature professor had stumbled on the fact that the founding fathers had inadvertently signed the wrong document.
Young Ron Paul supporters express support for Gary Johnson, say Romney, Obama the same
September 15, 2012
Mitt Romney is just not going to cut it for many of Ron Paul's devoted legion of young followers.
Most of the Ron Paul supporters approached by Red Alert Politics Friday night at the Liberty Political Action Conference in Chantilly, Va., said they could not see many differences between Romney and President Obama. Their general consensus was that Romney is a weak candidate who has not effectively made his case. Libertarian candidate Gov. Gary Johnson seemed to be the choice of many. They seemed undeterred by suggestions that a vote for anyone other than Romney equals a vote for Obama as they exited the ballroom where Paul had just finished speaking.
Young voters not so hot for Obama now?
by Jazz Shaw
December 31, 2011
Ever since I was a young(er) man, I've heard about the coming wave of young voters who were ready to "rock the vote" and change the world.
Sadly, while this was predicted every four years, it rarely happened. The youth vote tended to raise their voices loudly for the media but failed to deliver on election day. That changed to a certain extent in 2008, though, when they turned out in fairly impressive numbers for Barack Obama. So are they gearing up for a similar showing in the coming year? At least according to one analysis, not so much.
Youngest chemistry prodigy
Independent Online (South Africa)
May 13, 2008
Singapore - An 8-year-old boy has become the youngest student at a polytechnic in Singapore, the institution said on Tuesday.
He will be doing all the laboratory-based chemistry courses." The child's parents plan to homeschool their son.
Youngstown News, School nutrition: Kid's right to choose
by David R. Just and Brian Wansink
February 8, 2012
Last fall, Los Angeles took a hard line on school nutrition. In an attempt to mold better eating habits in kids, the Los Angeles Unified School District eliminated flavored milk, chicken nuggets and other longtime childhood favorites.
But instead of making kids healthier, the changes sent students fleeing from school cafeterias. There have been reports of a thriving trade in black-market junk food, of pizzas delivered to side doors and of family-size bags of chips being brought from home. Garbage cans are filling up with the more nutritious food, even if kids aren't.
Your attention please
by Lee J. Colan
September 7, 2011
I used to think time was the most limited resource. It's so limited that you can't even save it for later.
But there's something even more limited than time. It's your attention. Attention is a subset of time, therefore it's more limited. How you spend your attention is more important than how you spend your time. Attention is about focus and careful, thoughtful consideration. Unlike time - which can be broken into convenient chunks of 15 minutes - attention doesn't divide quite so neatly or easily.
Your child's data is stored in the cloud
by Erica Fink and Laurie Segall
June 28, 2013
Your child's school knows just about everything about your kid. Now, many school districts are storing all that information in the cloud. InBloom, a cloud-based database system for schools, is storing students' data on their servers.
Non-profit inBloom offers an Internet database service that allows schools to store, track and analyze data on schoolchildren. If you think about it, that information is more than just test scores. It's whether kids receive free lunch -- a telling indicator of the family's finances. It's the time a student got into a fight in the schoolyard. And it could be a child's prescription medication. The upshot of storing all that data in one location is that it can be used to tailor specific curricula to each child. If Johnny's data suggests that he's a tactile learner and he's failing math, inBloom's analytic engine might suggest a particular teaching approach.
Youth suspended over sketch of gun
World Net Daily (AZ)
August 22, 2007
Officials say drawing by teen 'absolutely considered a threat'
A 13-year-old boy has been suspended for three days by an Arizona public school because he sketched a picture that resembled a gun, something school officials said they "absolutely" believed could pose a threat.
Youths Air Grievances at City Hall Forum
The Washington Post (DC)
by Nikita Stewart
October 14, 2007
Dozens of young people ages 11 to 21 painted a bleak picture of the District's public school system yesterday during the D.C. Council's first hearing on youth issues, a monthly free-for-all.
Youths focused overwhelmingly on the school system, describing students who disrupt classes and teachers who don't teach. They also worried about violence in their neighborhoods and a lack of extracurricular and after-school activities.
YouTube Doesn't Change The Way We Think - It Matches the Way We Think
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by Nathania Johnson
December 30, 2008
One of the reasons my family chose to homeschool was the crude lack of technology in our school district. My son is very much a visual learner.
Now, he uses YouTube as a search engine, since reading is such a struggle for him. He can watch news reports, DIY videos, and yes, he has his very own YouTube channel that he uses to communicate his thoughts on Mario, Bionicles, and Transformers to anyone interested in the matter.
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