Education: Morning Roundup

Morning Roundup: From The New York Times: Many Nations Passing U.S. in Education, Expert Says A Senate panel learned that...

Morning Roundup:

From The New York Times: Many Nations Passing U.S. in Education, Expert Says
A Senate panel learned that more students in more countries graduate from high school and college and score higher on achievement tests than students in the United States.

From The New York Times: Pressed by Charters, Public Schools Try Marketing
Principals in Harlem are using firms to help lure students with Web sites, brochures and open houses.

From the Los Angeles Times: Federal agency to investigate L.A. schools
The focus of the Education Department probe will be the district's services for students learning English.

From The Washington Post: Governors, state school superintendents to propose common academic standards
Effort has backing of Obama, who seeks to raise standards nationwide.

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via International Monetary Fund / Flickr and Streetsblog Denver / Flickr

Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made a dramatic speech Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In her address, she called for a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies

"Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030 or even 2021 — we want this done now," she said.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked the teenager on Thursday during a press briefing in Davos.

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Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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via David Leavitt / Twitter and RealTargetTori / Twitter

Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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