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The Coming Paradigm Shift in Education Reform

Instead of ignoring the role poverty plays in hindering student achievement, the next wave of reformers might tackle it head on.

If you hang out with people in the education world long enough you'll quickly find that bringing up the connection between poverty and poor student achievement can start a heated debate. While researchers, wonks, and politicians tacitly acknowledge the effect of poverty on students, the reform conversation usually focuses on school-centered solutions—modifying teacher tenure or creating common education standards, for example. But a national working group, the “Futures of School Reform,” a three-year-old collaboration of 20 prominent education experts brought together by Harvard's School of Education, says the era of reformers discounting poverty could be coming to an close.

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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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