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Higher education may be "the next bubble to burst." Credit is tighter, and the private student-loan industry is a shadow of its 1990s self. "Consumers who have questioned whether it is worth spending $1,000 a square foot for a home are now asking whether it is worth spending $1,000 a week to send their kids to college," write Joseph Marr Cronin and Howard E. Horton. "There is a growing sense among the public that higher education might be overpriced and under-delivering." (Chronicle of Higher Education, 5-22-09)

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appointed Kevin Jennings as the Assistant Deputy Secretary in the Office of Safe Schools. Jennings founded the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a homosexual activist group that now has thousands of chapters at high schools across the nation. GLSEN chapters and materials have promoted sex between young teens and adults and sponsored "field trips" to gay pride parades. Jennings was the keynote speaker at a notorious GLSEN conference at Tufts University in 2000 at which HIV/AIDS coordinators discussed in detail, before an audience including area high school students, how to perform various homosexual acts.

College students who use Facebook earn lower grades than those who don't. Facebook users studied an average of one to five hours each week and earned GPAs averaging between 3.0 and 3.5. Students who weren't on Facebook studied an average of eleven to 15 hours per week and earned GPAs in the 3.5 to 4.0 range. (researchnews.osu.edu, 4-16-09)

The Baltimore City Public School System is using $200,000 in grant money from the Federal Highway Administration to nudge 4th- and 5th-graders toward careers in transportation technology. Washington Examiner columnist Marta Mossburg cries foul: "Wouldn't it be better to give [Baltimore children] the tools to succeed in any career before fast-tracking them into transportation?" (Washington Examiner, 3-30-09)

Teens who listen to "sexually degrading" song lyrics become sexually active at younger ages, a study showed. Researchers ranked popular songs according to how sexually degrading the lyrics were, and then polled teens ages 15 to 16 about their musical tastes and sexual history. 44.6% of the teens who listened to sexually degrading music most often had had sex, while just 20.6% of those least exposed to such music had had sex. Lyrics identified as "sexually degrading" described sex in purely physical, graphic, and often aggressive and demeaning ways. (Breitbart.com, 3-4-09)

July 2009 Education Reporter
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