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  • Talk About It

    What is one theory about why food allergies are increasing? What evidence supports this theory? What radical approach to treating food allergies are researchers studying? What triggers an allergic reaction? What is immunotherapy?What is one hypothesis about why the United States have increasing numbers of people with peanut allergies? How do schools accommodate kids with food allergies? How many children have food allergies? What percentage of children have food allergies?
  • N.Y. Might Ban Display of Noose

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Following a rash of cases involving nooses, the state Legislature Monday moved toward making it a felony to display the symbol of lynchings in the Old South in a threatening manner."We won't tolerate this," said Sen. Dean G. Skelos, a Long Island Republican who sponsored the measure that passed Monday in the Senate. "There is no place for racism and intimidation in America."The bill also covers etching, drawing or painting the symbol. He said that, as in the case of Nazi symbols and burning crosses, an intent to threaten or harass would be part of an anti-noose law.The Democrat-led Assembly may convene Tuesday and could consider the measure then.Skelos said the recent "rash of incidents clearly demonstrates the need for tough new penalties."Monday's Senate vote came as New York City police said a black high school teacher in Brooklyn had been targeted with a letter containing racial slurs and a string tied into a noose.The teacher told police she received the letter...
  • Get Me Out of This Place

    Princeton student Callie Lefevre landed in Beirut last summer itching to study Arabic and prepared for "a totally wonderful experience." What she got instead was the second Lebanon war, with Israeli fighter planes dropping bombs near her campus, forcing an emergency evacuation through Syria. She got out with the help of a company called International SOS, which bundles evacuation insurance with overseas medical and security solutions. The Beirut crisis helped International SOS land 25 new clients as colleges rushed to sign up, says Laura Angelone, its director of scholastic programs. With more students passing on Paris and choosing to study abroad in locales where conflict, natural disaster and political strife are more commonplace, anxious schools are increasingly turning to a handful of risk-management companies that specialize in extricating kids from dangerous situations. Most colleges foot the bill themselves—about a dollar per day—in exchange for a menu of services that range...
  • Oral Roberts Shaken by Scandal

    Allegations of misuse of school funds, improper political activities and an Imelda Marcos-style closet full of shoes have led to a lawsuit and investigation at the evangelical university.
  • Warning to Students About Gambling

    BOSTON — Harrah's Entertainment pitched a proposed Rhode Island casino to college students as a place "to have fun when they're taking a break from studying."In Connecticut, home to two of the world's largest resort casinos, a 21-minimum age limit doesn't deter young people. And colleges in Missouri changed their health center intake forms to include a space for gambling issues, after counselors found the problem was prevalent but not being addressed.As Massachusetts debates a proposal by Gov. Deval Patrick to allow three full-scale casinos, professionals are warning that college students are more susceptible than others to gambling addictions, and that college administrations are not prepared to deal with the fallout."There is a steady flow of high school and college students that attempt to get into the casinos," said Marvin Steinberg, head of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.Patrick's plan would put poker, roulette, slot machines and the accompanying free drinks within...
  • Women Leaders' Success Secrets

    These 11 women came from many different backgrounds, but they all had big dreams. The path to power meant facing obstacles and their biggest fears.
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  • Cold Cereal on School Lunch Menus

    This is National School Lunch Week, so be sure to ask your children what tasty cafeteria food they've been eating lately—and if they mention Trix or Cocoa Puffs, don't be too surprised. Even as legislators have banned soda from schools, some cafeterias have begun adding cold cereal to the traditional noontime repast of pizza, PB&J and pork rolls.The main company behind the cereal-for-lunch menus is Chartwells School Dining Services, a company serving nearly 550 districts nationwide. Margie Saidel, Chartwells' director of nutrition, defends the move, noting that most schools are using wholesome cereal like Rice Krispies, Cheerios or Raisin Bran—and the ones offering sugary brands like Trix, Cocoa Puffs or Cinnamon Toast Crunch, she says, are using low-sugar, whole-grain versions containing just two grams of sugar per serving. Alongside the vitamin-fortified cereal, students receive fresh fruit, yogurt or cheese, and low-fat milk. Together, these meals exceed government...
  • 10 Power Women on Getting Ahead

    Whether they're running universities, political campaigns or major corporations, these 10 remarkable women have found their own ways of overcoming obstacles.
  • Eight Women’s Paths to Power

    These eight women came from many different backgrounds, but they all had big dreams. The path to power meant facing obstacles and their biggest fears.
  • In the News: 10.13.07

    An NBC News Washington producer, and Vietnam veteran, posted brief profiles of 12 soldiers recently buried together at Arlington National Cemetery.  The 12 were killed last January when their Black Hawk helicopter was shot down over Iraq. "A brisk autumn breeze drowned out the words of the brief graveside service in which folded American flags were presented to relatives of the fallen soldiers." ...
  • College Costs: Studying Abroad

    With the dollar falling, the cost of studying abroad is rising for everything from meals to museums. How some students are coping.
  • Interview: It's A Source Of Stress

    Since her husband became prime minister last September, Akie Abe--who at 44 is Japan's youngest First Lady ever--has quietly revolutionized her unofficial office with her charm, fashion flair, frankness and steady advocacy of several causes. In an interview in the prime minister's Tokyo office in January, she spoke to NEWSWEEK's Christian Caryl and Akiko Kashiwagi about how she sees her job. ...
  • Q&A: Policing School Shootings

    A disturbed 14-year-old wounds four before killing himself in Cleveland—just another spasm of violence in another bloody year for America's schools. How to spot trouble before it opens fire—and the ongoing debate over blame for a cycle that just won't stop.
  • Newsweek Summer Internships

    Newsweek has a paid, 13-week summer internship program designed for college students entering their senior year, graduating seniors, graduate students and professionals with a few years of experience in journalism. Interns work at our headquarters in New York, where they do reporting and research and help with the weekly close of the magazine.Applicants must have experience reporting and writing for their college newspapers, in previous internships or at other publications.  We ask applicants to submit: A one-page letter stating their qualifications and aspirations A detailed résuméFive samples of published articles*, including name and date of publication.  Essays for classes are not acceptable.Name and phone number of two references*Clips should demonstrate exclusive or enterprise reporting which, ideally, had an impact.  Writing should be memorable and better than the average college journalist.Application material for the summer of 2010 should be sent to: Internship Program,...
  • Women Leaders' Success Secrets

    These 11 women came from many different backgrounds, but they all had big dreams. The path to power meant facing obstacles and their biggest fears.
  • A Shot Through the Art

    Randolph College needs cash, so it's selling some paintings. Some say the school is also selling its soul.
  • To Catch a Cheat

    The pressure is on for schools to raise test scores. Some, it seems, are willing to resort to anything.
  • Abbe Raven's Staying Power

    In the land of TV, the talent's always on the move. At A&E, the CEO began her career there 23 years ago.
  • Speech Impediment

    Lost in the recent firestorm over the nation's first bilingual Arab-English public school—the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., which opponents have argued will become a breeding ground for militant Islam—is the statistical truth that Arab-language programs are already on the rise. The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) in Washington estimates that the number of public schools offering full-time Arabic instruction for K12 students has quadrupled from less than 10 in 2001 to more than 40 today. With enrollment up some 150 percent in university programs since 2001, the Department of Education is scrambling to meet the demand. Most of the growth in higher-education Arabic programs comes from non-Arab and Muslim students, says Kirk Belnap, director of the National Middle East Language Resource Center in Utah, an organization created after the 9/11 attacks and funded by the Department of Education. "Some kids do look at it as an employment skill," says...
  • Homeroom Zombies

    Teens need at least nine hours of sleep a night, though few get that much and early school start times don't help. Here's what parents can do.
  • You and Your Quirky Kid

    The girl who wears her clothes inside out, the boy who loves plumbing. What parents and experts say about the children who just don't fit in.
  • Well-Rounded Docs

    One week into his premed classes at Washington University in St. Louis, Ryan Jacobson was rethinking his plan to become a doctor. His biology and chemistry classes were large, competitive and impersonal—not how he wanted to spend the next four years. “Sitting in a chemistry class, I knew it wasn’t the right place for me,” he says. Jacobson found the history department, with its focus on faculty interaction and discussion, a better fit. But he had no intention of leaving his medical aspirations behind. So Jacobson majored in history while also taking the science and math courses required for medical school. When he graduated last spring, he won the departmental prize for undergraduate thesis for his work on the history of race relations in Tulsa, Okla. He started medical school at the University of Illinois last month. “Historians are supposed to integrate information with the big picture,” he says, “which will hopefully be useful as a physician.”Even as breakthroughs in science and...
  • Study Links Bad Foods to Hyperactive Kids

    A new study links artificial food dyes and preservatives to an increase in hyperactivity in kids--but don't empty the pantry yet. An expert tells us what parents can learn from the new research.
  • Campus Crusaders

    Patrick Henry College, in Purcellville, Va., is the kind of place that would make most coastal liberals run screaming. A tiny college with about 500 students, its stated goal is to “prepare Christian men and women who will lead our nation and shape our culture.” Its dorms are filled mostly with kids who have been home-schooled all their lives by Bible-believing Christian parents and who were taught that homosexuality is an abomination and that Adam and Eve cavorted with dinosaurs in the Garden of Eden. They aim for White House internships, Supreme Court clerkships and positions with lobbying groups. The minority of Patrick Henry students who don’t have Washington in their sights dream of directing Christian movies or, in the case of many of the women there, raising (and home-schooling) families of Christian children.The challenge for any responsible journalist approaching this subject, then, is twofold. She must approach with compassion, avoiding the stereotyping that so often...
  • The Blackboard Bungles

    In 1965, after Jonathan Kozol was fired from his job in a Boston public school for teaching his African-American fourth graders a Langston Hughes poem that was not part of the curriculum, he went on to write a book that laid bare the inequities of a segregated education system. The injustices there, he wrote in the now classic “Death at an Early Age,” “have compelled its Negro pupils to regard themselves with something less than the dignity and respect of human beings.” His words—made more powerful by the fact that they came from his own experience—set off a wave of reform at the height of the civil-rights movement. Forty years later, as a broader debate on school reform gains momentum, three authors have entered the classroom again—two veteran journalists and a first-year teacher—to provide us with fresh dispatches from inside the blackboard jungle. All three books, which are being published this month, are a product not of VIP visits but of several months spent inside the...
  • Dollars For Scholars

    Paying kids for good grades is a popular (if questionable) parenting tactic. But when school starts next week, New York City will try to use the same enticement to get parents in low-income neighborhoods more involved in their children’s education and overall health. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has raised more than $40 million (much of it from his own money and the Rockefeller Foundation) to pay families a modest amount for small tasks—$50 for getting a library card or $100 to take a child to the dentist—that could make a big difference.The experimental program, called Opportunity NYC, is modeled on a 10-year-old Mexican program called Oportunidades, which has been so successful in reducing poverty in rural areas that it has been adopted by more than 20 countries, including Argentina and Turkey. International studies have found that these programs raise school enrollment and vaccination rates and lower the number of sick days students take. Bringing this idea to Harlem and the South...
  • America's 25 Hot Schools

    Competition's intense and there are scores of colleges. Large, small, public, private, urban, rural—what's best for you? Here are our top picks for the places that everyone's talking about for 2005.
  • Transcript: Civil Rights and the Law

    Jack Greenberg has been at the forefront of many of the landmark civil-rights cases of the 20th century, including serving as co-counsel with Thurgood Marshall in the Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954. Greenberg suceeded Marshall as director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, a position he held until in 1984, when he joined the faculty of Columbia Law School. He has continued to champion individual rights, and has participated in human-rights missions to the Soviet Union, Poland, South Africa, Sudan and elsewhere. Join Greenberg for a Live Talk on a career in civil rights and his work in school desgregation cases, on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. ET. Submit questions now. ...
  • Save Our History - Remembering Acadian children

    Middle and High School students in St. Martinville researched the lives of the Acadian children who arrived in Louisiana after being forced from their farms in Nova Scotia by the English in 1755. Of the 3,000 Acadian refugees who settled in the sate, 1,497 of them were children, many of them orphaned. Students worked with primary and secondary documents and with docents from the Acadian Memorial Foundation in St. Martinville to gather historical facts about the culture and history of the Acadian settlers. Children used this material to create stories about the lives of actual children listed on the "Wall of Names" within the Foundation that were incorporated into the Audio Interactive program at the Memorial.
  • Save Our History - Preserving Indian Culture in Indiana

    20 high school students partnered with staff from Conner Prairie to research the history and writings of Charles Christopher Trowbridge. Trowbridge was an ethnographer who studied Delaware (Lenape) Indian culture. The Delaware settled on what is now Conner Prairie, Indiana  in 1795 and lived there until being relocated west in 1820. Students explored transcripts and photocopies of Trowbridge's original papers, in addition to other primary and secondary sources, to help them construct a script documenting the important contributions he made to the local community. Students also created an English/Delaware Indian vocabulary booklet distributed when the script was performed as part of a living history presentation at Connor Prairie.
  • Save Our History - Preserving African American Heritage in Kansas

    The Atchison County Historical Society partnered with middle school students and local Girl Scouts to preserve the African American community in Atchison by creating an archive at the Lincoln School, which was the last segregated school in the community. Students focused on the topics of segregation and integration through oral histories. Students interviewed former Lincoln School students and developed timelines and created story panels and a multi-media project from their research. The interviews were shown on local cable, podcasts and within the museum room and on the grounds at the Lincoln School.
  • Childcare on Campus

    A year of childcare can cost more than $10,000, rivaling the cost of college tuition. Universities often play an important role in providing parent students with daycare facilities. Here's how a few universities across the nation are using childcare facilities to lend parents a helping hand:With an estimated 600 families at Stanford University on a waiting list for childcare, administrators decided to take action. Stanford's Board of Trustees recently approved a plan for a $3.5 million childcare facility that can accommodate 100 children. The proposed building includes 8,300 square feet of space, two floors, seven classrooms and outdoor play areas.One of the most extensive childcare networks may be on the University of Washington campus, which operates four sites open to faculty, staff and students. Two of those sites primarily serve student parents, who can receive heavy discounts when they are residents of the university's family housing.The residential life office at the...
  • A Sisterhood of Mothers

    Danielle Cooney was set on joining a sorority before she ever set foot on a college campus."When I was little, I knew it was something I wanted," says Cooney. "I was really excited about the sisterhood and the bonding. I had one sister already and I wanted more."But when Cooney arrived on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus with a two-year-old son, she found Greek life incompatible with her busy parenting schedule. Evening meetings and events, she says, "don't fit into a parent's work and school schedules."So Cooney created a way for mothers to share in the Greek life experience: a sorority designed to meet the needs of student parents. She began recruiting members in August 2005 and officially founded Mu Tau Rho in November 2006. The sorority now boasts 16 members after initiating its newest pledge class last month.With children in tow, Mu Tau Rho meets every Saturday morning. While moms discuss anything from daycare to dieting tips, the kids work on activities such as...
  • Putting the B.A. in Baby

    College moms strive to balance school and parenting. Universities struggle to accommodate the book bag and diaper bag crowd.
  • Memo to College Editors

    There has never been a more appropriate or urgent time in our generation for the most intelligent and outspoken young leaders across the nation to come together. Our perspective as students is and must be at the forefront of a rapidly changing world. We are writing to introduce a new initiative in student journalism, The Current Project for Student Journalism. In 1998, students at Harvard University founded Current Magazine with a mission to publish the best ideas and editorial from writers across college campuses. Growing to become the largest for-students, by-students news and issues magazine in the country, Current stands alone in its unique ability to develop a national voice for student journalism.With the sponsorship and support of Newsweek Magazine, we have founded The Current Project for Student Journalism, a nonprofit media organization dedicated to furthering the quality and scope of student journalism. A national network of student journalists alone can create the kind of...
  • The Global Universities: How They Rank

    As growing numbers of international students cast about for prestigious degrees—particularly those offered in English—competition has stiffened up for the world’s top universities in the United States and Great Britain. Good schools around Asia and Europe have begun poaching talented students who, just years ago, would have applied to Oxbridge or an Ivy as a matter of course. The two biggest surveys of universities worldwide—one by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) and one by Shanghai Jiao Tong University—show that, while the very best schools (topped this year by Harvard, on both lists) aren’t about to be dislodged, the best 500 schools now come from 50 different countries, according to THES. Here are its top 10, followed by some of the up-and-comers set next to more established schools for perspective:
  • I'm Counting Every Penny

    Many of his classmates are rich. He's not. A Berkeley student from Nigeria explains how he handles the financial challenges of American education.
  • Global Education: Is the West Losing Its Lead?

    It looks like a rock video. as techno music pounds in the background, attractive young Asians break-dance, play guitar and pump their fists in the air. Yet this is no dance track. It's an ad: part of the U.S. government's new campaign to attract Chinese students to U.S. colleges and universities. The video—which has been shown to more than 180 million Chinese TV viewers since November—also features students taking notes in class, playing in a marching band and cheerleading. The message: America loves Chinese students. It's the first time in history that Washington has actively marketed its education system overseas, says Frank Lavin, U.S. secretary for international trade, who is heading the campaign. "Attracting the best students from around the world is more competitive than ever," explains Lavin, "So we are making a special effort to reach out."They're not the only ones. The days are long gone when the world's best schools—Harvard and Yale, Cambridge and Oxford—could rest on...
  • Even In China, English Is King

    China's recent rise has brought with it a new conventional wisdom: that everyone must learn Mandarin. But no one's told South Korea yet. Though Chinese is increasingly popular here, the nation seems to be suffering a profound case of English fever. South Korea now boasts at least 10 "English villages"—mock Western communities complete with post offices, pharmacies and the like where kids can practice their language skills. An entire English-only town is due to open on Cheju Island in 2010. And one Internet-based company here even offers English courses for fetuses in the womb.Next door, mighty China itself seems to have caught the English bug. Beijing guesses that more than 40 million non-native speakers now study Mandarin worldwide. But that pales next to the number of those learning English. In China alone, some 175 million people are now studying English in the formal education system. And an estimated 2 billion people will be studying it by 2010, according to a British Council...
  • The Rise of Private Universities

    Some of the 20th century's greatest scholars got their start at India's venerable state universities. But if Anil Agarwal has his way, those august institutions will soon get a run for their money. The 53-year-old metals and mining magnate plans to create Vedanta University in sleepy Orissa state, with 100,000 students and 40,000 faculty that he claims will raise standards throughout Asia. True, only a fraction of the $3.5 billion needed has been raised. But the fact that the project exists at all is emblematic of a new trend: the privatization of higher education in the developing world.Independent universities are nothing new in the West. But since colonial times, higher ed in Latin America, Asia and Africa has been a virtual government monopoly. Tuition was heavily subsidized or free. This began to change late last century, however. The international financial crises, massive debt and the collapse of socialism pauperized governments from Albania to Argentina, leaving them unable...