Tag: School curricula

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Opinion

America’s problem: We’re too dumb

by LZ Granderson (CNN) — I’m a sucker for all of those man-on-the-street interviews that late-night shows do to reveal just how dumb Americans are. It’s fun to laugh at the people who struggle with simple math problems or are unable to find any country we’re at war with on a map. More than a few even get tripped up trying to name the branches of government. It’s all fun and games until you remember that elections have consequences, and that many of those people who said they could name the president — but not the commander in chief — will soon be standing in a voting booth, armed with a ballot.

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National

US adults score below average on worldwide test

AP Graphic shows how countries scored in international adult literacy test by Kimberly Hefling Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.

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Entertainment

Carnegie Mellon cheers ‘bumper crop’ of Tonys

CMU Alumni Patina Miller and Billy Porter pose with their awards in the press room at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, in New York, June 9,(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) by Mark KennedyAP Drama Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There was plenty of applause heard during the Tony Awards — and perhaps no place louder than from as far away as Pittsburgh. Six alumni from Carnegie Mellon University took home Tonys in five categories, a glittery haul that was both a school record and a huge source of pride for a theater department that turns 100 next year. Billy Porter, Patina Miller and Judith Light each took home acting Tonys, while Ann Roth got one for best costume design, and partners Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer won for best lighting design of a play. “We’ve had a bumper crop,” said Peter Cooke, head of the university’s school of drama. “I’m just delighted that they received rewards from their peers. It was just a terrific night.”

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Lifestyle

School choice film about two single moms in Pittsburgh goes Hollywood to reach Main Street

ON THE ROAD– This Sept. 23, 2012 photo shows actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, left, and Viola Davis at the premiere of their film “Won’t Back Down,” in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca, File) by Alan Scher Zagier Associated Press Writer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The movie “Won’t Back Down” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis was a box-office dud, barely earning $5 million and disappearing from theaters soon after its September 2012 release.