The Week That Was: GOOD Education

The Week That Was. We started a contest! You have until next Sunday to submit your healthy student lunch ideas, with gift...

The Week That Was.

We started a contest! You have until next Sunday to submit your healthy student lunch ideas, with gift certificates to Whole Foods Market being given away for the most clever and innovative submissions. Go to it.

We met computer engineering Barbie, learned yet another reason not to drop out of school, and examined Utah's bizarre proposal to skip all of 12th grade.

We wondered whether our education is preparing us for jobs we'll hate, and whether how cities are designed might cut down on childhood obesity.

Morning Roundups continued to pick up steam. Are there stories you'd like included? Please, let us know.

The Community Board was alive and well. Keep it coming.

And be sure to check out our latest transparency on the achievement gap, which illustrates the disparity between how white students versus students of color perform in the classroom.

In case you missed it, Jamie Oliver's speech at this year's TED, asking that all kids be taught about food:


Photo of a student lunch at the University of Helsinki (cc) via Flickr user Suviko.


A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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