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Using government research—which tracked a group of 15,000 high school sophomores in 2002, and then followed up with them 10 years later—The Atlantic has put together this series of charts that “offers up a statistical picture of young-adult life in the wake of the Great Recession.” The piece compiled some interesting information about American twentysomething life, like home ownership rates (one in five), how many have children (34%), how many got married (28%), how much they earn, information about reaching career goals, how much debt they carry and how education correlates with all of the categories. You can go here to see all of the charts about the “highly educated, highly indebted” generation ... Discuss

 

When word got out in October of 2012 that then 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai had been shot by the Taliban, it was the first time most of the world had ever heard of her. It seemed strange. What about this girl had so outraged the Taliban that they wanted her dead? We chalked it up to the ongoing senseless brutality of a cruel terrorist organization and wished Malala the best. That was that. Read More

 

Since our publisher and CEO Cameron Strang is on a sabbatical, we asked Donald Miller to write this issue’s First Word. He graciously wrote this in response to our article “Grade Expectations."

I never got a college degree, and sometimes I wonder how different my life would be if I would have. Read More

 
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Last night, members of Texas’ state education board debated the teachings of several science books that are scheduled to be put into use starting next year. The subject of debate? Creationism. In Texas, discussions about how the role of a creator should be included in school curriculum are nothing new. But because the textbooks that Texas chooses to use—and the revisions that publishers are willing to make to them—play a significant role in the selection of books that will be used in schools around the country, the recent debates have significant implications. Critics of the books in question also took issue with how the text approached topics like natural selection and climate change. At the debate, Thomas Ratliff, a Republican who is also vice chairman of the Board of Education, said, “I believe this process is being hijacked, this book is being held hostage to make political changes.” Ultimately, the board agreed to have a panel of outside experts review the books and will now wait to make a decision regarding their approval … Discuss

 

Lego company owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen will soon open the International School of Billund—an elementary school that will be based on Lego's philosophy of "allowing time for creativity, play and getting into a state of flow”. In other words, it’s a school where kids get to play with Legos for much of the day. The school will be centered around "inquiry-based learning" which involves, you know, playing with Legos. Billionaire Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen is also the chairman of the Lego Foundation, an organization that focuses on child development and “the psychology of play”, and has said that he wants the town of Jutland, where the school will be located in Denmark, to become known as the Capital of Children … Discuss