SHORT READ: FRIDAY JULY 6

Today’s Headlines

Our public schools must teach 21st-century skills

The next generation of American workers faces challenges almost completely unknown to those who preceded it. My career in banking and my public service in education have convinced me of this.

‘No Child’ Law Whittled Down by White House

In just five months, the Obama administration has freed schools in more than half the nation from central provisions of the No Child Left Behind education law, raising the question of whether the decade-old federal program has been essentially nullified.

Educational Achievement Could Be Linked To Three Genes, Study Finds

Whether a student graduates high school or achieves a college degree could depend partly on genetic factors beyond their control, according to a national study of thousands of Americans.

How to get kids reading and writing over the summer

The summer reading lists provided by schools and libraries have two purposes: to foster a love of reading and to keep students intellectuallyengaged over summer. These book lists span genres and styles, from classics to nonfiction and from poetry to paranormal fiction. Given the variety, students can usually find a book that at least sounds interesting to them.

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