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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...
  • Iraq's Endangered Schools

    Teaching has become a dangerous, often fatal, occupation in war-torn Iraq, where higher education is the latest casualty.
  • Teaching Mandarin: A Growth Industry

    This past academic year, 146 New York City kids 4 to 14 dutifully attended Rosalyn Chao's Mandarin class at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral Academy. Many of the students were first-generation Americans; for several, Mandarin would be their third language, after English and Spanish.Get used to this picture; around the world, more adults and kids are learning Chinese. Beijing is pouring money into new Confucius Institutes (Chinese language and culture centers), and two U.S. senators recently proposed spending $1.3 billion on Chinese-language programs over the next five years. From Ulan Bator to Chicago, it sometimes seems as if everyone is trying to learn the language now spoken by a fifth of the world's population.Their reasoning is easy to understand. China is booming, and citizens around the globe want a piece of the action. Speaking Mandarin can facilitate communication with newly wealthy Chinese tourists or smooth bilateral trade relations. In a form of intense cultural diplomacy,...
  • Vartan Gregorian: The U.S. is No. 1

    One of the great strengths of U.S. higher education is that it grew by informal design. Following the 1862 Morrill Act, which gave federal land to the states to found colleges, the states created not only universities but also state, junior, city and county colleges, some of them two-year. Without a formal national plan, there emerged a template for public higher education—affordable schooling for all, close to home, paid for by both state and federal governments. Today American higher education is a more than $200 billion enterprise, enrolling nearly 18 million students in almost 4,000 public and private colleges and universities.Elsewhere, higher education grew in a much more top-down manner. In communist societies from the Soviet Union to China and throughout most of Asia and Latin America, a central bureaucracy ran universities, and often still does. Typically, these systems have been unprepared for changing expectations, as even the most remote and repressed populations have...
  • Do China and India Produce A Million Engineers?

    Earlier this year, students would show up for class each day at the Jalpaiguri Engineering College in West Bengal—and find no teachers. The Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Information Technology had just one full-time teacher (it's supposed to have 20). Finally, in May, the students—who faced impending exams despite having had no instruction—went into the streets to protest. Eventually, the government announced it would enlist teachers from other schools. But that proved easier said than done: when administrators went looking for recruits at one of India's oldest educational institutions, the Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) in Kolkata, they found that it couldn't spare any teachers—it didn't have enough of its own.Wait a second: this isn't what the picture is supposed to look like. For years, pundits and the press have been warning that the millions of engineers and scientists India and China produce each year would soon challenge the United States'...
  • Do-It-Yourself Education

    In India, education is supposed to be free and universal through age 14. In fact, it often doesn't work out that way. Consider Dhiraj Sharma, the 10-year-old son of a bicycle rickshaw driver in Dehli, who was forced to stay home last year after the local state denied him admission because he didn't have the right papers—a common problem. So Dhiraj is now applying to a private school. For just $6 a month, the R.S. School offers a much better education than the state, says Dhiraj's father, Ramesh, complaining that his son "finished class three in government school, and he can't read anything!"Such problems have sparked a boom in private schooling throughout the developing world. In 2000, James Tooley, an administrator for Orient Global, a Singapore company that invests in education for the poor, went walking in Hyderabad, India, and was startled to find private schools on virtually every corner. He launched a full-scale study in India, China and Africa, and everywhere, officials and...
  • China's Crisis in Vocational Training

    When Pan Jianfeng, a Shanghai ad consultant, was recently asked to recommend young local designers to an international agency, he sent three candidates with years of work experience. But the company decided they weren't good enough and had to import designers from the West. It's a common problem, he says; Chinese vocational grads simply haven't had good enough teaching. "Most of the lecturers don't have any real work experience," he explains. "So they can't teach useful things." When graduates do get hired, he says, "they basically have to be re-educated."China's rapid economic expansion has exposed many frailties in its education system, especially on the vocational side. The country can't produce enough skilled workers. In part that's because it invests far more in academic than vocational programs. Though it has 1,300 vocational colleges and 14,000 high schools, these date to the days of the planned economy, with staff who are out of touch. And funding has fallen significantly...
  • Building A 'University of Europe'

    The partisans of a united Europe like to hail its most famous successes, like the creation of a central bank, a single currency and a common market. For some reason, though, an achievement that is perhaps no less important gets almost no attention, at least outside Europe: the common university system. Begun only eight years ago, and it is largely complete. Who knew?Not long ago, moving students and staff between Europe's largely state-controlled universities was next to impossible; U.K. admissions officers, for example, were baffled when confronted by Portuguese transcripts, which graded students on a 20-point scale. And the Portuguese were equally confused by what exactly differentiated a British first-class degree from an upper second. National funding systems across Europe discouraged mobility, rewarding institutions that retained students and providing no incentives to study away from home.Now, finally, much of that is changing. Degrees have become much easier to translate,...
  • Teaching Entrepreneurship in the Arab World

    Mohamad Hodeib speaks passionately about global expansion, stock options and the long, Red Bull-fueled nights spent drawing up the business plan for B-Com, his half-year-old start-up company that makes clothes with witty slogans. It's not something you'd expect to hear from a 17-year-old high-school student from Deir al-Zahrani, Lebanon, a poor village in the Hizbullah-dominated south—nor, for that matter, anywhere else in the Arab world. Hodeib says he caught the business bug from a school project run by Injaz al-Arab, an organization that sends volunteers into schools to teach kids about entrepreneurship. His regular classes are too boring, Hodeib complains: "All we ever do is memorize facts for the exams."If the Middle East is to have any shot of making up for decades of past stagnation, it's going to need many more kids like Hodeib, eager to build new companies and create new jobs. That's the rationale behind a small but growing movement of educators and CEOs, Western aid...
  • Two Views on One Family's Road Trip

    Two Views: A NEWSWEEK father and daughter find that the campus visit is a journey of discovery—about schools, life and how one generation can best guide another.