Posts tagged "education"

Today’s Lady News: 50 Percent Of Elementary School Teachers Hear Sexist Comments At School

Almost 50 percent of elementary school teachers surveyed by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) say they have heard sexist comments in their school. Nearly the same percentage of teachers surveyed said they heard the word “gay” frequently used in a negative way (such as “that’s so gay”). We’re talking about elementary school

Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2012

5 Ways To Get More Culture In 2012

You know that part in “There’s Something About Mary” where Matt Dillon’s character says he wants to “slow things down, read more books, see more movies”? I have that same thought a lot, usually when guilty pleasures have been hogging up my available brainspace. Where does all the time go? Will I ever finish that…

Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2012

Kelly Clarkson’s “Einstein,” Plus Other Fuzzy Math In Pop Music

All morning I’ve been listening to Kelly Clarkson’s quite enjoyable new album, Stronger, and found myself laughing aloud at the lyrics to the song “Einstein. Ahem: 
Simple math
Our love divided by the square root of pride
Multiply your lifeless time
I’m going out of my mind
It was heaven when I finally figured it out…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 24, 2011

Today’s Lady News: School For Teen Moms Closes In Detroit

A school for teenaged mothers and pregnant teen girls, Catherine Ferguson Academy, closed in Detroit due to budget cuts. [The Grio]
“People are going to say, ‘I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who’s every bit as attractive.'” — Depressing quote from an article about Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin’s rumored…

Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2011

8th Graders Go On Field Trip To Hooters

To all the elementary and middle school teachers out there — not to mention the future tutor to the Martin-Paltrow kids! — I have an idea. Don’t take your students to Hooters during a field trip. Apparently, when students from Berwick Middle School in Pennsylvania headed to Baltimore to visit the National Aquarium, their chaperone…

The Secret To Marrying A Celebrity Is …

A new study found that it wasn’t beauty, fortune, or box office success that attracted movie stars to their mates. It was similar educational backgrounds. Researchers found that celebrities tended to marry partners who had the same amount of education as them. For example, neither Brad Pitt nor Angelina Jolie have a college degree and…

Ami Angelowicz / April 28, 2011

Scholarship For White Men Only Offered In Texas

A group is offering a scholarship to white men only, according to conservative news web site The Daily Caller. Any male Texas resident who is at least 25 percent Caucasian with a 3.0 GPA and financial need can apply for a $500 scholarship from The Former Majority Association for Equality. The group is concerned that,…

Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2011

Men’s Studies Vs. Male Studies: What’s The Difference?

I took gender and sexuality studies as a minor in college, which is what my school offered instead of “women’s studies.” I assumed at first that they were just being PC with the name. But then when I took the first class, an introduction to the discipline, I realized it truly wasn’t just about women.

Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2011

A New Documentary Reveals The Inconvenient Truth About Education

On my movie list for this weekend is “Waiting for Superman.” It’s a new documentary about how America’s education system is failing our kids. As a former teacher at a poorly funded school, I feel like there are no words to describe how insane (in both a negative and sometimes a positive way)…

Ami Angelowicz / September 24, 2010

Money 101: 4 Secrets For Financing Grad School

“Don’t you have a daddy?” the professor sitting across from me asked. I smiled a little. Was he was joking? Or hitting on me? Nope, he was serious and thought my father was paying for my legal education. Though I’ve been independent for years, my law school’s financial aid office had a similar attitude, telling…

Amelia Timbers / August 30, 2010

The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Learn In School That You Really Need To Know

By the time you’re 30, you’ll be hit with the crushing truth of just how much the grownups didn’t teach you when you were in school. And, while liberals and conservatives haggle over whether public schools need more funding or more lessons on the Ten Commandments, we think all can agree there are some very…

Cracked / June 26, 2010

Fordham University Set To Open Fashion Law Institute

New York’s Fordham University is set to launch a Fashion Law Institute, the first of its kind. (Elle Woods is squealing in her fictional court room.) Partnering with the CFDA, the program will respond to the growing demand for fashion-specific legal counseling. (Remember all those knock-off copyright infringement cases Forever 21 and Steve Madden have…

Leonora Epstein / April 28, 2010

The Obamas Talk Education In Essence Magazine

When asked how he and First Lady Michelle Obama handle educating Malia and Sasha, President Barack Obama responded: “Malia will tell you, my attitude was, if she came home with a B, that’s not good enough because there’s no reason why she can’t get an ‘A’…” Obviously, they take grades very seriously, but as a…

Annika Harris / February 11, 2010

Girls Can Be Electricians Too, At Rosie The Riveter High

Here’s a new idea for boosting women in the workplace: teach them to do traditionally male jobs. That’s exactly what’s happening at Rosie the Riveter High School in Long Beach, California, the first trade school geared toward women. The founder of the school, Lynn Shaw, a former miner, steelworker and longshoreman with a doctorate i…

Ami Angelowicz / December 7, 2009

Coming To A College Near You: Fat Studies?

Who decided to make Blair’s maid, Dorota, the only overweight one on “Gossip Girl”? And why did J.K. Rowling pen Harry Potter’s uncle and cousin, Vernon and Dudley Dursley, as portly? What dictates why some characters in fiction are chubsters while others are anorexic? One professor/doctoral student at George Washington University is actually pursuing a…

Justine Fields / September 29, 2009

Will And Jada Fire The Headmaster Of Their School Over Scientology Curriculum

Will Smith and his TMI-spewing wife recently fired the headmaster of their private school. Allegedly, the educational feud with Jacqueline Olivier was over the curriculum for a “Study Technology” class at the New Village Leadership Academy. Will and Jada have denied that the school is all about Scientology, but the word is that Olivier wanted…

Daniela Guernica / August 6, 2009

Women In Saudi Arabia Are Tired Of Buying Bras From Men

Talk about sticking it to the man. A group of 26 women in Saudi Arabia are now “lingerie graduates.” At a 10-day retreat led by an Australian woman, the group spent 40 hours learning how to correctly fit a bra, display merchandise, and deal with customers. Victoria’s Secret even donated bras to help out with…

Daniela Guernica / June 25, 2009

Barbie Says Math Is Hard; Researchers Say Girls Can Handle It

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that gender inequality is the cause of the “math gap” between boys and girls—not just girls sucking at math.

The study looked at countries in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index and found that girls score better at math in countries where there is more…

Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2009

IT Geeks Learn How To Be Suave

A university in Germany is going out of its way to help its IT students get laid. Potsdam University south of Berlin is offering IT engineering students a new “flirting course,” which is meant to prepare students “with the social skills needed to succeed both in their private life and their work life,” according to…

Wendy Atterberry / January 12, 2009

What Does Being Smart Mean For Your Sex Life?

Women are always on the hunt for a smart man. Smarter men have more money, more success and apparently more sperm. Researchers have found that smarter men produce more sperm than not-so-smart men. The logic behind this theory is that smarter men take better care of themselves and live a healthier life than the not-so-intelligent…

Persia Ali / January 9, 2009