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What happens after rich kids bribe their way into college? I teach them | Anonymous

A professor at an elite US school says an influx of unskilled and entitled students is monopolizing faculty time: ‘they will eat you alive’If you think corruption in elite US college admissions is bad, what happens once those students are in the classroom is even worse.I know, because I teach at an elite American university – one of the oldest and best-known, which rejects about 90% of applicants each year for the small number of places it can offer to undergraduates. Continue reading...
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What happens after rich kids bribe their way into college? I teach them

A professor at an elite US school says an influx of unskilled and entitled students is monopolizing faculty time: ‘they will eat you alive’If you think corruption in elite US college admissions is bad, what happens once those students are in the classroom is even worse.I know, because I teach at an elite American university – one of the oldest and best-known, which rejects about 90% of applicants each year for the small number of places it can offer to undergraduates. Continue reading...
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Abel Prize: American professor is first woman to win prestigious math award

Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin wins one of the world’s most prestigious mathematics awardsAn American professor has become the first woman to be awarded the Abel Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious international mathematics awards.The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced in Oslo on Tuesday that Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin was this year’s winner of the prize, seen by many as the Nobel Prize in mathematics. Conti...
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The perfectly legal – but immoral – ways rich kids get into top colleges

When it comes to admissions to elite schools, money can all but guarantee access to those who can afford itThe concept of parody can be understood most simply as the comic art of taking something familiar to such excess that it becomes farce.In that sense, this week’s college admissions fraud scandal, which has ensnared dozens of wealthy and famous Americans, is an act of pure, if unintentional, parody. Because while the process was exaggerated to a comical extent, the reality is that when it co...
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US college admissions scandal: how did the scheme work and who was charged?

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among 50 charged in scheme to get children into universities via bribery and cheatingThere are 50 people charged in the case, including actors Felicity Huffman, known for her role on the TV show Desperate Housewives and the feature film Transamerica, and Lori Loughlin, a cast member on the TV series Full House. Defendants in the case include parents and college athletics coaches. Continue reading...
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The US college admissions scam toolkit: bribes, fake profiles and playing 'stupid’

Thirty-three parents were charged with fraud after paying tens of thousands of dollars to get their children into elite schoolsThe years-long, $25m scheme to pump the children of dozens of wealthy Americans into elite schools, revealed on Tuesday, alternated between the elaborate and the almost comically basic.Beginning in 2011 William “Rick” Singer, who the FBI has charged with racketeering, would variously photoshop the faces of non-athletic, but wealthy, students onto the heads of actual athl...
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How did the US college admissions scheme work and who was charged?

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among 50 charged in scheme to get children into universities via bribery and cheatingThere are 50 people charged in the case, including actors Felicity Huffman, known for her role on the TV show Desperate Housewives and the feature film Transamerica, and Lori Loughlin, a cast member on the TV series Full House. Defendants in the case include parents and college athletics coaches. Continue reading...
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Felicity Huffman among dozens charged over admissions fraud at top US schools

Scheme helped wealthy Americans buy their children’s way into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and StanfordUS federal prosecutors have charged dozens of people in a years-old $25m scheme to help wealthy Americans buy their children’s way into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford, and the University of Southern California. Related: Beto O'Rourke heads to Iowa amid speculation over 2020 run – live Continue reading...
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A hidden scandal: America's school students exposed to water tainted by toxic lead

Elevated levels of lead have been found in schools across the US, alarming experts who say it is particularly harmful to children Continue reading...
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Oakland teachers reach tentative deal to end week-long strike

The city’s 3,000 teachers walked off the job to demand higher pay, smaller classes and more school resourcesStriking teachers in Oakland, California, reached a contract agreement Friday with district officials to end a week-long walkout.The Oakland Education Association, which represents the city’s 3,000 teachers, said that union leaders reached a four-year agreement that calls for teachers to receive an 11% salary increase and one-time 3% bonus. The deal also requires the district to reduce cla...
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Student sues school district after being told she can't wear a Maga hat

California high school student Maddie Mueller claims the dress code ban violates her first amendment rightsFor some middle and high schoolers, wearing a Maga hat has become not only a sign of their political allegiance, but an act of rebellion. There are many local news reports about children being asked to remove them, or claiming they’ve been abused for wearing one. Washington DC, an overwhelmingly Democratic city, often encounters an influx of children on school trips in Maga hats, making res...
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Florida schoolboy arrested after refusing to recite pledge of allegiance

Student, 11, was arrested on 4 February for creating a disruption in the classroom, the Lakeland police department saidAn 11-year-old Florida boy was arrested this month after a dispute with a substitute teacher over his refusal to participate in the pledge of allegiance at his school, it has emerged.The student at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida, was arrested on 4 February for creating a disruption in the classroom, police said in a statement. Continue reading...
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Denver teachers set to strike over better pay and working conditions

Colorado city educators would be the latest in a broad wave of strikes and protests across the country battling for fundingSchool teachers in Denver, Colorado, are set to strike on Monday in the latest of a wave of actions that has swept the sector in the past year as educators battle for better pay and working conditions.In Denver, teacher salaries have been steadily decreasing, leading to high turnover in the district. Teachers are forced to financially rely on bonuses and incentives beyond th...
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Virginia teachers turn out in droves to protest for more funding and higher pay

About 10,000 walked out in Richmond, Virginia, in the latest of many protests by educators across the US An estimated 10,000 teachers and their supporters packed the streets of Richmond, Virginia, on Monday to protest for higher pay and more funding.The teachers were demanding that the legislature increase the education fund to pre-recession levels and to raise teacher pay, which lags $9,400 behind the national average despite Virginia being the 12 wealthiest state per-capita in the United State...
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Virginia students learn in trailers while state offers Amazon huge tax breaks

The state’s teachers plan to strike over funding, low pay and tax breaks given to the tech firmAs freezing rain poured down on Virginia last week, a student dressed in only a light red sweater made a mad 40-yard dash from her modular trailer classroom across the parking lot into the warmth of McLean high school in Fairfax county.Due to overcrowding, more than 22,000 students in Fairfax county receive their education in cheaply constructed plywood trailers, often with visible signs of green mold,...
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Lady Gaga says Mike and Karen Pence are 'worst representation' of Christianity

Pop star criticises US vice-president’s wife who teaches at a school that discriminates against LGBT students and parentsLady Gaga has criticised the US vice-president, Mike Pence, and his wife, Karen, over her role teaching art at a school that excludes LGBT students and parents.On stage at her Las Vegas concert residency, Gaga said: “You say we should not discriminate against Christianity; you are the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian. I am a Christian woman and what I do...
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Karen Pence to teach at school that bans LGBT students and teachers

Immanuel Christian, an elementary school in Virginia, says students who condone homosexual activity will not be welcomeKaren Pence, the second lady of the United States, has started a job at a school that bans LGBT pupils and staff.Pence, who is married to the vice-president, Mike Pence, will be teaching art twice a week at Immanuel Christian, an elementary school in northern Virginia. Continue reading...
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Junior high school students caught forming swastika with their bodies

California youths traded racist and violent messages in county called ‘hotbed for white supremacists’A group of California junior high students were caught forming a swastika with their bodies on school grounds and exchanging racist and violent messages on a group chat, administrators said.The scandal at Matilija junior high school, which culminated in an emotional meeting with parents and school officials Monday night, has sparked intense debate in a region that has experienced a sharp increase...
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'A watershed moment': 31,000 Los Angeles teachers prepare to strike

The fight in Los Angeles is, essentially, a bitter family squabble over dizzying challenges and dismally inadequate resourcesA nationwide teachers’ revolt that last year saw walkouts in West Virginia, Oklahoma and other largely Republican-run states has now spread to California, where teachers and support staff in the vast, sprawling, predominantly low-income Los Angeles Unified School District are on the verge of striking.About 31,000 members of the local teachers’ union are threatening to walk...
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Human rights body calls on US school to ban electric shocks on children

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued a notice to the Judge Rotenberg Center to immediately stop the shocks An international body entrusted with upholding human rights across the Americas has called for an immediate ban on the controversial use of electric shocks on severely disabled children in a school outside Boston.The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts, is believed to be the only school in the world that routinely inflicts high-powered electric shocks as a form of pu...
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Humiliation, homoeroticism and animal cruelty: inside the frathouse

Photographer Andrew Moisey uncovered ritual hazing, extreme drunkenness and toxic masculinity on one college campus – from men destined to be America’s future leadersLast year in the US, four freshman students died as a direct result of hazing rituals during college fraternity initiation ceremonies. All the deaths occurred during or just after drinking bouts in which the victims consumed vast amounts of spirits in a short space of time while older students egged them on. One of the deceased, Max...
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Silicon Valley Democrat channels Lincoln for tech-to-Trump-country bill

Ro Khanna tells Guardian multi-billion dollar bill to put tech institutions in middle America is inspired by Morrill Act of 1862A Silicon Valley lawmaker has a plan to bring big tech jobs to middle America – an idea he traces to Abraham Lincoln and believes may help his party defeat Donald Trump in 2020. Related: Why Silicon Valley is worried about US plan to curb Chinese funds Continue reading...
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'There's no paper in the classroom': Why Los Angeles teachers are moving toward a strike

Following high-profile teacher walkouts across the country, LA teachers voted to strike over school funding, wages and class sizesAt the start of the 2018-2019 school year, members of the Los Angeles teachers’ union overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike, granting the union board the authority to approve a walkout as the union and school district continue to negotiate a new contract. The strike authorization provides the union with a possible tactic to leverage a variety of demands over the ...
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Melania Trump is off to teach Africa how to look after children – hopefully better than the US

The first lady is jetting off to promote her ‘Be Best’ child welfare initiative, but there is no word on whether it promotes locking them in cages or allowing them to get shotMelania Trump has packed her bags and is heading far, far away from her husband. On Monday, the first lady is jetting off on a solo tour of parts of Africa; her first major international trip without the president. She is planning to visit Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt in order to promote her “Be Best” child welfare initia...
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This picture signaled an end to segregation. Why has so little changed?

In 1957, Dorothy Counts endured a taunting mob to integrate a North Carolina school. Sixty-one years later, her work is being undoneOne afternoon in early June, graduation week in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dorothy Counts-Scoggins answers the landline phone and waits for an update on the white people who want to flee the local school system she was the first to integrate.“What happened?” she asks me, her voice low, as if she already knows the answer. Continue reading...
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Democratic AGs win case against US Education Secretary DeVos

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia have won a case against U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuse by for-profit colleges. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, argued DeVos violated rule-making laws when she announced […]
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Georgia school asks parents: can we paddle your misbehaving children?

Only one-third of the 100 parents who returned consent forms agreed to the punishment, the school’s superintendent saidThe Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics is based in the biblically named-town of Hephzibah, and promises to teach students using the Socratic method. But those aren’t the only ways it likes to invoke a sense of antiquity. This week the school sent letters home telling parents they wanted to reintroduce corporal punishment for students, and asking for their consent to ...
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The disturbing truth about teaching in America – video

‘I’ve had hungry students who couldn’t concentrate; I’ve filed tax returns for kids’ parents. You’re the only adult they trust – the only adult that talks to them like they’re a person’: a perspective of life as a teacher in two different US states• Share your story: what’s your experience of teaching in America? Continue reading...
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Teacher shortages worsening in majority of US states, study reveals

Exclusive: Guardian survey shows schools turning to underqualified graduates to put more teachers in the classroomTeacher shortages are worsening across the US for the majority of states, according to an exclusive survey by the Guardian.The Guardian contacted all US states’ departments and boards of education, and other official bodies. Forty-one states responded; nine others declined to provide relevant data or did not respond to requests for information. Continue reading...
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Voices from the classroom: teachers share their stories – as it happened

Teachers tell their stories of chronic underfunding in schools – and how it affects their job and their students’ futures Share your experiences here 11.37pm BST That’s all for today, folks. But our coverage lasts through the week. Stay tuned. Keep sharing your experiences with us via our call out form. We’ll want to keep hearing them through the week. Related: What's your experience of teaching in America? Teachers, share your stories 10.57pm BST One in five American teachers now wor...
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