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Cracking the Code: Has Teen Found Secret to High SAT Score?

Brevity may indeed be the soul of wit, but it won't get you into an Ivy League college. That's the conclusion reached by Milo Beckman, a 14-year-old student at New York City's Stuyvesant High School. He says his independent research shows that...Write long, improve your SAT essay score, student says.

Scores Down As More Kids Take Advanced Placement Tests

Advanced Placement test scores are down. Credit: sigmaman, Flickr
Last year saw a record number of students taking the Advanced Placement test. But as more kids are taking the test, more kids are failing it -- especially in the South. An an...

Teacher Sells Advertising on Tests

While many of us have just recently started feeling the pinch of these tough tough economic times, teachers have been feeling it for some time. Slashed budgets and increased class sizes have many educators struggling to make ends meet in the classroo...

The end of amniocentesis?

Amniocentesis is not only uncomfortable, it can put an unborn baby at risk. Still, the test is often the only way that parents can find out if their baby if there baby has a chromosomal disorder, such as Down's syndrome. Though the risk is small, any...

No Child Left Behind -- what's the problem?

A lot of people -- mostly politicians, it seems -- have praised the No Child Left Behind initiative to no end. Best thing since sliced bread, it seems. But a lot of people -- especially teachers -- have voiced plenty of criticism, If you're not quite...

Are you my daddy?

Not long before he passed away, my dad and I were on our way to the Vintage Computer Festival and drove past the cemetery where my mother was buried. My dad, looking at the rows of gravestones, asked me "where is your father buried?" Now, I'm pretty ...

Why am I doing freshman science write-ups when I am 37?

For the past eight years my son has attended a Waldorf school. It was a wonderful education and one that suited him well during his early years. Now he is in a mainstream public high school and our lives have changed drastically. Please note how I us...

Men: would you pass the daddy exam?

Every time a parent does something awful or mind-numbingly stupid, there's always someone who says: "You know, there oughtta be a test you have to pass before you're allowed to have kids." Well, now there is. Sort of. Fathering Japan, a Tokyo non-pro...

New tests, treatment can lower chance of miscarriage

Several of my friends have had miscarriages. I've fumbled for soothing, meaningful words, wanted to take away the devastation, somehow -- but it's impossible. In so many ways, miscarriage represents the end of a new hope, light, life. I think it's on...

Terror alert sparked by cheating student

Lesson number one when your parents are government agents: never steal their secret service gadgets -- even if you think those gadgets would be helpful when cheating on exams. Georghe Dimitrov, a 21-year-old Bulgarian college student, made that mista...

Will schools across America soon have longer days?

I have not hid my disappointment in the "No Child Left Behind" act in America. It seems as if every teacher I have spoken with about this issue said too much time is being spent "teaching to the test." One middle school principal in Massachusetts is ...

Genetic disorder brings siblings together

Many pregnant women opt to have tests for Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disease that clogs organs with thick mucous, done during their pregnancies. For many of us, Cystic Fibrosis is a name of a disease that one might hear about, but not know much infor...

When there are no words of comfort

I've been so busy with all my projects that I haven't had much time to visit with my friend Lisa, who is pregnant with her second baby. She's due in February, and we've been playing phone tag for months. She finally caught me today as I was hunched o...

Well off children do better on tests

A Dalhousie University test showed recently that children from high income family are healthier and more adjusted than children from low income families. I'm not a researcher, but this seems pretty self-explanatory: the higher the family income, the ...

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