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Rewarding Kids May Not Be the Best Motivator for Success

Daniel Pink, author of Drive, suggests carrots and sticks might not motivate. Credit: Jerry Bauer
Whether it's getting them to master toilet training, trigonometry or taking out the trash, motivating kids sometimes involves a reward. But ar...

Lawsuit Aims to Put End to Paddling as Punishment in Mississippi Schools

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Credit: Corbis
Abolished in a majority of states, paddling is still practiced in Mississippi schools, but a federal lawsuit is hoping to strike a blow against corporal punishment. The lawsuit seeks a "prelimina...

Haircut Prompts Controversy at Staten Island School

Teen's half-shaved head gets him sent home from school. Photo: Getty Images.
A Staten Island eighth-grader claims he was sent home from Barnes Intermediate School in Great Kills, N.Y. because he showed up for school with his head half-shaved.
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Teacher-Student Sex - Legal at Age 18?

When a 33-year-old teacher allegedly has a months-long sexual affair with a senior in his high school, he has to realize that he's doing something wrong. But according to a Washington appeals court, the affair was technically legal. That was Matth...

Twitter alerted world to student's arrest

Do you know Twitter? I didn't, either, really until a few weeks ago. I'd heard rumblings about it, of course -- anecdotal evidence of its totally addictive nature. Twitter is like mini blogging: a way of keeping friends in the loop on what you're do...

Student sues after being awakened in class

I may be ridiculously young to be a grandmother, but I do have at least one grandmotherly trait: I watch television with the volume turned way up. All those years of listening to loud music as a teen have resulted in some pretty significant hearing l...

Prostitute recognizes client as counselor at her child's school

I would imagine working as a 'professional escort' would entail meeting all kinds of unsavory characters. I would also imagine that on the long list of people you wouldn't want to have calling on you would be someone who works your child and who admi...

Is your dorm room totally fugly?

Did you arrive at college full of hope and excitement about your first stab at independent living, only to discover that you'd be sharing a moldy, decaying disaster zone with some stinky weirdo? Bummer. Fortunately, there's someone who can help. Wal...

Recipes and gadgets for dorm-room cooking

It's not just the little kids heading back to school next month, but college students as well. And after a summer spent chowing on mom's home cooking, many will find their school cafeteria's offerings to be somewhat lacking - not to mention unavailab...

Student discovers 5,000 year-old gum

Apparently, people have been chewing gum for 5,000 years. Or at least that's how it appears -- considering Sarah Pickin, a UK college student, found a piece of gum from the the neolithic period. Granted, it's not like it was a piece of Wrigley Spearm...

College application mistaken for a bomb

Applying for college is a time to put your best foot forward. To present yourself in the best possible light and really impress the admissions staff at your school of choice. Colleges get hundreds, even thousands of applications, and you want your's ...

Student threatens teacher in homework assignment

Wait -- did you just threaten to kill me? That's what one Oregon teacher is asking after an 8th grade student turned in a homework assignment describing a fictitious main character, overburdened with too much homework, who kills his teacher, and the...

Desperate geek rents girlfriend to impress parents

A Chinese college student posted a bulletin board notice seeking a "girlfriend" to rent over the Lunar New Year holiday. The physics student plans to show her off to his parents. For 1,000 yuan ($130), the right candidate will be an "honest, kind and...

Should students who fail standardized tests still advance?

Standardized testing is a hotly contested topic between lawmakers, educators, parents and students. Are they effective? What do they prove? Do they hinder educators who, instead of fully investigating topics as they see fit, must teach their students...

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