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America Cares About Buying Guns, Not Educating Kids

America is set to spend 20 percent of our federal budget on defense and a mere 3 percent on education.

In this year's State of the Union speech, President Obama called for a "Sputnik" movement in education, and asked our nation to do what's necessary "to give every child a chance to succeed" and compete with their international peers. Sadly, the latest federal spending bill includes more than $38 billion in cuts to K-12 and higher education programs. When you look at how much we're spending on defense, it's pretty clear: Our national priority isn't really education, it's buying guns and missiles.

Indeed, on Tuesday, our culture editor Cord wrote about Swedish-based think tank SIPRI's latest report, which details that since 2001, the United States' defense spending has increased 81 percent. And, we spend almost 43 percent of the money the entire world allocates to defense.

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The Best Parody Ever of UCLA Student Alexandra Wallace's Anti-Asian Rant

Singer Jimmy Wong shows the infamous, intolerant ranter some, er, love.

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It's been two weeks since UCLA political science student Alexandra Wallace's now infamous video rant against her Asian peers went viral. Although Wallace has left the school, her diatribe has sparked plenty of dialogue about the role of diversity policies on campus and the state of multicultural education, as well as a slew of video responses. One of our faves comes from 24-year-old Los Angeles performer Jimmy Wong, who sings

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New Report Puts the Black Male Achievement Crisis in the Spotlight

The latest study on urban black male academic achievement is out, and the data is pretty grim.


The latest study on urban black male academic achievement is out, and the news isn't good. In fact, it's downright depressing.

A 120-page report titled A Call for Change: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools shines a light on six key areas affecting black males, including achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, college and career readiness, and school experiences.

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