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Q&A with the ‘renegade lunch lady’

As Need to Know reports this week, childhood obesity is a staggering problem in the U.S., with CDC stats putting the number of obese children (2-19) in America at nearly 12.5 million. In 2010, the President Barack Obama passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to combat the country’s high obesity rates among children. Under the [...]

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  American Voices: Jon Meacham on saving our schools, and everything else we value

Jon Meacham discusses how education is key to the United States regaining its footing economically, as well as remaining a military power.

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  Cecilia Rouse on the dropout rate

Princeton economics professor Cecilia Rouse explores how the nation’s high dropout rate undermines the nation’s competitive position in the world.

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  Anya Kamenetz on the ‘debt generation’

Ray Suarez interviews Anya Kamenetz, author of “Generation Debt,” who says too many students are being given advice that leads them into permanent, overwhelming debt.

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  Presidentiality: Are colleges encouraging atheism?

Are colleges anti-religion? Our “Presidentiality” series examines a claim by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum that higher education breeds secularism.

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Reframing the debate over charter schools

College graduation rates, not good PR, should be the focus of urban education reform initiatives, writes Noliwe Rooks, associate director of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.

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  In Perspective: The case for free trade and investing in ourselves

Jon Meacham proposes the case for free trade, and the need for innovation and investment in education.

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Is a liberal arts degree worth it?

What does calligraphy have to do with computing? The governor of Florida wants to cut funding to non-science departments at public universities. But the liberal arts have served as a crucial source of inspiration for innovators like Steve Jobs.

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In teachers we trust?

Ezra Klein’s Washington Post blog recently featured a guest post by Columbia University journalism student Dana Goldstein entitled “Is the U.S. doing teacher reform all wrong?” Goldstein focuses on the findings of a recent National Center on Education and the Economy’s study, which compares education policies in five top performing countries — Finland, China, Japan, [...]

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