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The incredible life of Melinda Gates - one of the world's richest and most powerful women

She heads a foundation with a $40 billion endowment. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates is one of the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes. She could be worth $73 billion if she and Bill Gates split their fortune equally in the divorce. Gates will continue in her role as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Melinda Gates is the fifth most powerful woman in the world, ...
Tags: Personal Finance, Education, Microsoft, Obama, Bono, Life, Finance, Stanford, Africa, Time, US, Careers, America, Trends, Features, United States


Duolingo can’t teach you how to speak a language, but now it wants to try

Duolingo has been wildly successful. It has pulled in 500 million total registered learners, 40 million active users, 1.5 million premium subscribers and $190 million in booked revenues in 2020. It has a popular and meme-ified mascot in the form of the owl Duo, a creative and engaging product, and ambitious plans for expansion.There’s just one key question in the midst of all those milestones: Does anyone actually learn a language using Duolingo? “Language is first and foremost a social, relatio...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Obama, Tech, Edtech, Carnegie Mellon University, Duolingo, Babbel, Pittsburgh, Language Learning, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Busuu, EC-1, Bernhard Niesner


31 page-turning memoirs to read in your lifetime, from searing essay collections to celebrity bestsellers

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider Memoirs are the most personal account of nonfiction events. They give readers an engaging narrative that navigates historical hardships or personal triumph. The memoirs in this list were chosen for their unique stories and writing style. Memoirs are hugely popular as readers gravitate towards the personal lens of real events, with the best ones almost reading like fiction. ...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Matthew Mcconaughey, Supreme Court, Education, Obama, Congress, Cheryl Strayed, Navy, Washington, White House, Virginia, Stephen King, Alabama, America, Barack Obama


Bruce Springsteen & Barack Obama Release a New Podcast, “Renegades: Born in the USA”

Yesterday, Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen unveiled the first two episodes of an 8-part podcast called “Renegades: Born In The USA.”  The podcast (available on Spotify) is “a series of conversations between President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen about their lives, music, and enduring love of America—despite all its challenges.” The conversations were taped at Springsteen’s home between July and December of 2020. To hear the episodes, you will seemingly need to create a Spotify a...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, Bruce Springsteen, Podcasts, Obama, College, America, Barack Obama, Springsteen, Facebook Twitter, Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen Barack Obama


The Breathtaking Courage of Harriet Tubman: An Animated History Lesson Speaks to Her Place on the $20 Bill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv7YhVKFqbQ I was a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and I can say what many others cannot. I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.  —Harriet Tubman Remember how one of the Obama administration’s final initiatives was to redesign the $20 bill, banishing Andrew Jackson, a slaveholder, to a minor role on the back of the bill, in favor of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who was born into slavery? The announcement arrived on the he...
Tags: Google, Nbc, Obama, College, White House, US, Economics, History, Atlantic, Current Affairs, Treasury, Lincoln, The New York Times, Bill, Jackson, Biden


A Brief Animated History Lesson on Harriet Tubman Speaks to Her Place on the $20 Bill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv7YhVKFqbQ I was a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and I can say what many others cannot. I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.  —Harriet Tubman Remember how one of the Obama administration’s final initiatives was to redesign the $20 bill, banishing Andrew Jackson, a slaveholder, to a minor role on the back of the bill, in favor of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who was born into slavery? The announcement arrived on the he...
Tags: Google, Nbc, Obama, College, White House, US, Economics, History, Atlantic, Current Affairs, Treasury, Lincoln, The New York Times, Bill, Jackson, Biden


10 Things in Politics: What Sen. Patrick Leahy's health scare shows

Sen. Patrick Leahy Alex Wong/Getty Images Good morning! Thank you for joining us for our first week of 10 Things in Politics. I'm Brent Griffiths. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox each day.Send me your tips, thoughts to [email protected] or tweet me @BrentGriffiths. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden paid their respects last night to slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed during the Capitol riot. Sicknick will continue to lie in honor in the...
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LAUSD students discuss political climate as Biden becomes president

Seeing a new administration take over the White House brings with it a feeling of excitement for Emely Cortez. At the same time, she struggles to remain hopeful that President Joe Biden will be able to get as much accomplished as she would like, given how fractured the country is. “In the last four years, when I’ve actually gotten into politics and I started paying attention, I’ve only seen a lot of bad stuff,” said Cortez, an 11th grader at Cesar E. Chavez Social Justice Humanitas Academy in Sa...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Obama, Government, White House, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Biden, Local News, Donald Trump, Cortez, Trump


LAUSD board president launches reelection bid

Los Angeles Unified school board member Kelly Gonez, who made history last month by becoming the youngest woman to serve as its board president, is already looking ahead to a second term in office. Although the 32-year-old’s current term won’t be up until December 2022 and the primary election for board District 6 is still about a year-and-a-half away, she launched her reelection campaign this week, saying she wants to give herself plenty of time to talk to students, parents, educators and other...
Tags: Elections, Education, Obama, Washington, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd, El Salvador, Biden, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Rodriguez, Los Angeles Unified School District, DeVos, Los Angeles Unified


LAUSD board members not sorry to see DeVos gone as education secretary

It didn’t take long for district leaders and educators in Los Angeles Unified to respond to the news that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had resigned. “One of the worst Secretaries of Education in history,” school board President Kelly Gonez tweeted. “Finally @BetsyDeVosED does something helpful for our public schools” by resigning, tweeted Nick Melvoin, another board member. “Too little, way too late,” the local teachers union said in a Facebook post. Such were the responses late Thurs...
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How Southern California teachers explain U.S. Capitol riot

Even as custodians and workers clean up damage left after rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday, Jan. 6, there’s another mess, as teachers and other adults try to figure out how to explain the events to the country’s children. “It was hard yesterday,” said Elizabeth Ramos, choking up. She’s taught government and history at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga through the Obama and Trump presidencies. Online classes resumed Monday at the Chaffey Joint Union High School District...
Tags: Politics, John Lewis, News, Education, Obama, California, Washington, La, America, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, Chatsworth, Donald Trump, Ducks, Flores


Obama, Trump, and education policy in US federalism

In just a few weeks, Joseph R. Biden Jr will take his oath as the 46th President of the United States. Like his predecessors in recent decades, Biden intends to use executive and administrative actions to pursue his policy agenda. In public education, a policy domain for which states assume constitutional responsibility, administrative presidency faces the forces of federalism. The presidencies of Barack Obama and Donald Trump offered contrasting lessons on the exercise of presidential power in ...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Education, Obama, Congress, US, Barack Obama, United States, Sociology, Journals, Republican Party, Republican, Biden, North Carolina, Donald Trump


Jill Biden will reportedly back debt-free community college as first lady

Dr. Jill Biden. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Dr. Jill Biden, President-elect Joe Biden's wife and the future first lady, will push for debt-free community college, according to a close source who spoke with Yahoo News. "We have often talked about community colleges as the unsung heroes," Martha Kanter, an under secretary of education during the administration of former President Barack Obama, told Yahoo News. While serving as second lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017, Biden taught En...
Tags: Politics, Education, Yahoo, Obama, Senate, Barack Obama, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Gop, United States, Biden, Education Reform, Department Of Education, Villanova University, Yahoo News


"Though [Betsy] DeVos has been mostly stymied... her legacy will still be far-reaching and long-lasting. This is not a result of what she made, but of what she broke..."

"... a bipartisan federal consensus around testing and charters that extended from the George H.W. Bush administration through the end of the Obama era.... In response to Ms. DeVos’s polarizing influence, moderate Democrats including President-elect Joe Biden recommitted to teachers unions and adopted more skeptical positions on school choice that were out of the question just a few years ago.... Yet Ms. DeVos has also elevated the education policy agenda of the far right, giving voice and legit...
Tags: Education, Law, Obama, Joe Biden, Democrats, Biden, Trump, George H W Bush, DeVos, Ann Althouse, Betsy DeVos, Betsy -RSB- DeVos


Why The Wire is One of the Most Brilliant TV Shows Ever

There were a lot of moments during my first view of The Wire when I realized I wasn’t watching the usual cop procedural. But the one that sticks in my head was when an obviously blitzed and blasted McNulty, the Irish-American detective that you *might* think is the hero of the show, leaves a bar, gets into his car and promptly totals it. In any other show this would have been the turning point for the character, either as a wake-up call, a reason for his boss to throw him off the case, o...
Tags: Google, Hbo, Television, Obama, College, Atlantic, Baltimore, Richard Price, Thomas, Simon, David Simon, Facebook Twitter, McNulty, KCRW, Loyola University, Ed Burns


Endgame

This blog has been, for me, a seventeen-year exploration of other people's ideas.  If you've been here long, you'll know that I use short quotes and long excerpts from other people's writings to make the points I write about.  Like most people, I am not an "original thinker."  I try to expose myself to as much as I can, and weigh it against my experience and reason to determine truth.  Then I put it down in pixels to help me get my head around it. Over these past seventeen years (hell, ove...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Education, Obama, North Korea, China, India, Israel, America, Barack Obama, Economics, Iran, Ukraine, Pandora, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton


Revisiting The Wire in Light of 2020’s Black Lives Matter Movement

George Floyd’s murder while under arrest for allegedly passing a counterfeit bill of small denomination sparked massive worldwide demonstrations against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter. It also led to the abrupt cancellation of television’s recent hit, Live PD, and its longest-running reality show, Cops. As Amanda Hess recently observed in The New York Times, public opinion has turned on any show that promotes an image of police officers as universally decent forces...
Tags: Google, Hbo, New York, Television, Obama, College, White House, America, Barack Obama, Atlanta, Current Affairs, Williams, New York Times, Nashville, Houston, Baltimore


Revisiting The Wire During 2020’s Black Lives Matter Movement

George Floyd’s murder while under arrest for allegedly passing a counterfeit bill of small denomination sparked massive worldwide demonstrations against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter. It also led to the abrupt cancellation of television’s recent hit, Live PD, and its longest-running reality show, Cops. As Amanda Hess recently observed in The New York Times, public opinion has turned on any show that promotes an image of police officers as universally decent forces...
Tags: Google, Hbo, New York, Television, Obama, College, White House, America, Barack Obama, Atlanta, Current Affairs, Williams, New York Times, Nashville, Houston, Baltimore


New campus sexual assault rules bolster rights of accused

By COLLIN BINKLEY The U.S. Education Department on Wednesday finalized campus sexual assault rules that bolster the rights of the accused, reduce legal liabilities for schools and colleges, and narrow the scope of cases schools will be required to investigate. The change announced by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reshapes the way the nation’s schools respond to complaints of sexual misconduct. It is meant to replace policies from the Obama administration that DeVos previously revoked, saying t...
Tags: Health, News, Sexual Assault, Obama, College, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, DeVos, U S Education Department, National News, Betsy DeVos, COLLIN BINKLEY, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


No prom. No awards night. No graduation? Class of 2020 gets creative with celebrations

Isolated at home during the coronavirus pandemic with almost no chance for a prom or graduation ceremony, Eagle Rock High School senior Lincoln Debenham had an idea. He tweeted a message to former President Barack Obama, asking if he would record a national commencement speech to encourage the Class of 2020. A few days later, the tweet — liked 223,000 times — was picked up by ABC News and CNN and reached Obama, who reportedly was “very flattered” but made no commitment, Debenham said. “We experi...
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College isn’t free yet, but Savi raises a $6M Series A to assist student loan borrowers find loan forgiveness

The student loan crisis has crescendoed to even worse heights. As universities shut down across the country due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and employment opportunities dim with the rapidly decelerating economy, today’s students and postgrads need better tools than ever to navigate their finances. Unfortunately, student loans in the United States are extraordinarily complicated, with literally hundreds of variations on loan terms, repayment methods, and public interest forgiveness options. For b...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Education, Obama, Finance, Funding, Barack Obama, Tech, United States, Washington Dc, Organizations, Smith, Nea, Alex Wilhelm, Van Ostern, Savi


As UC, Cal State seek new chiefs, here are wish lists

By Patricia Mello, CAL matters UC Merced student Edwin Reyes saw the cars rolling in with visitors for a town hall meeting on the hiring of a new University of California president. As part of his on-campus job in the transportation department, he even helped prepare for the event. But Reyes confessed that until the Jan. 31 meeting, he wasn’t sure what UC’s president actually does. “I wasn’t too aware that there’s a president, a chancellor, there are higher-ups and their decisions impact us,” sa...
Tags: News, Education, Obama, California, Sport, Soccer, Higher Education, Arizona, San Diego, Ncaa, Homeland Security, Ivy League, UC, University Of California, White, Arizona State University


The Education Reform Movement Has Failed America. We Need Common Sense Solutions That Work.

The education reform movement that started with George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind law is dead. It died because every strategy it imposed on the nation’s schools has failed. From Bush’s No Child Left Behind to Obama’s Race to the Top to Bill Gates’ Common Core State Standards to Trump’s push for school choice, the reformers have come up empty-handed. The “reformers” relied on the business idea that disruption is a positive good. I call them “disruptors,” not reformers. Reformers have his...
Tags: Texas, News, Education, Obama, Congress, Milwaukee, Uncategorized, Barack Obama, Ideas, New Orleans, Ohio, Nevada, Louisiana, District Of Columbia, George W Bush, Trump


How Black Lives Matter Is Changing What Students Learn During Black History Month

Freshman year can make anyone feel lost, but Seattle teen Janelle Gary felt especially lost when she entered high school in 2015. At home, she watched a wave of gentrification drive change in the historically black Central District neighborhood, and at school, where she was one of the few students of color in an honors history class, she felt as if black perspectives were also in the minority. Looking back at that time, as now-18-year-old freshman at Central Washington University, she feels...
Tags: News, Education, Obama, Washington, Africa, Uncategorized, Colin Kaepernick, America, Barack Obama, Reagan, Chicago, Harvard, Harvard University, Philadelphia, University of Florida, Seattle


USDA Proposes Allowing ‘More Flexibility’ In School Lunches

(CNN) — The US Department of Agriculture on Friday announced two new proposals that would give school nutrition professionals “more flexibility” in what they serve to students. The Washington Post reports the proposals would allow schools to reduce the number of vegetables and fruits required at lunch and breakfast and would let schools sell more burgers, pizza and french fries. The move appears to be the latest attempt by the Trump administration to roll back federal nutrition standards that we...
Tags: Health, Post, Education, Obama, Washington Post, Usda, Cnn, Michelle Obama, Healthwatch, School Lunches, Trump, Public Interest, US Department of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, Cable News Network Inc, WarnerMedia Company


Michelle Obama’s New Instagram Series Will Follow Four New College Students as They Maneuver Higher Education

Going to college can be terrifying. But a new documentary series from former First Lady Michelle Obama aims to help show students what that first year of high education actually looks like: the good, the bad and the ugly. Obama’s initiative Reach Higher — which aims to help students get to and through college — has partnered with media company ATTN: to create the new series “A Year of Firsts,” which will air on Instagram‘s IGTV beginning in mid-January. The series will follow the lives of f...
Tags: News, Instagram, Education, Obama, Uncategorized, Social Media, Michelle Obama, Mrs Obama, Matthew Segal, Onetime, Robert Booker, Regan Dunn Haseeb Linette Delgado


Itzhak Perlman Appears on Sesame Street and Poignantly Shows Kids How to Play the Violin and Push Through Life’s Limits (1981)

I always champion anything that will improve the lives of people with disabilities and put it on the front burner. - Itzhak Perlman At its best, the Internet expands our horizons, introducing us to new interests and perspectives, forging connections and creating empathy. The educational children's series Sesame Street was doing all that decades earlier. Witness this brief clip from 1981, starring violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman and a six-year-old student from the Manhattan School of Music...
Tags: Health, Google, Music, Television, Education, Obama, College, Life, White House, K-12, Beethoven, Wall Street Journal, Facebook Twitter, Bach, Perlman, Itzhak Perlman


"Buttigieg, like Barack Obama before him, speaks in orderly paragraphs that seem to exist primarily to advertise a calm, deliberate temperament."

"But as his campaign has become an unexpected obstacle to the left’s favored candidates, these deliberate paragraphs have become reliable rage objects. Excoriating Buttigieg’s comments, a Vice headline cried that 'Buttigieg’s Version of America Is Basically a Caste System.' Days later, addressing students at Grinnell College, Buttigieg was assailed for his higher-education plan and accused of 'spreading lies.' Activists unfurled banners reading 'Wall Street Pete' and 'Youth to Pete: You will kil...
Tags: Education, Law, Obama, Congress, Iraq, America, Barack Obama, Afghanistan, The Web, Pete, Grinnell College, Buttigieg, Ann Althouse, Rick Shenkman, Left-wing Ideology, Pete Buttigieg


Historic Mendez desegregation case gets its due in Westminster — where it started

As a girl, Sylvia Mendez and her brothers were barred from the local “white” school in Westminster because their family was of Mexican descent. How times have changed. Today, the Mendez family name is featured prominently in a sign outside the Westminster School District headquarters, and similar honors of their civil rights legacy are in the works. This month, district officials unveiled the monument outside their office, reading “In Honor of La Familia Mendez” with some more words about a laws...
Tags: News, Education, Obama, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Westminster, Local News, Orange County, Central Office, Board of Education, State Board of Education, Fullerton, Topeka Kansas, Chapman University


How the "Varsity Blues" admissions scam punished deserving, hard working kids so that mediocre kids of the super-rich could prosper

Propublica's latest longread is ostensibly a profile of two kids who attended Orange County's Sage Hill School, where tuition runs $40,000/year and where an estimated 25% of students get into elite colleges thanks to their parents shelling out for "independent counsellors" who run the gamut from people who help with admissions essays and strategic donations to the schools of their choice all the way up to William "Rick" Singer, who pleaded guilty to collecting millions to grease the path for me...
Tags: Post, Corruption, News, Education, Obama, Stanford, America, Orange County, Inequality, Grant, Usc, Ucla, University Of Southern California, Georgetown, Rick, Adam



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