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Ajarn Donald's Blog: A Look Into Higher Education, Ethnicity, and Race

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Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education

 

President Denise M. Trauth
Texas State University-San Marcos
November 2, 2006

 

Panel discussion
Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference
Presented with
President Lois DeFleur, Binghamton University
President George Wright, Prairie View A&M University

 

I was asked to talk today about the Closing the Gaps initiative and its impact on the state of Texas, and I’m happy to do that because its goals are absolutely critical to the future of Texas and have implications for the nation, as well.
Demographics are behind this initiative, and demographics have everything to do with our theme today. I have been fascinated over the last couple of weeks by the flurry of features and news stories surrounding the fact that the United States population hit 300 million. Maybe the milestone got such widespread press because most of us are looking for a respite from war and election news, but it has been interesting to sit back and look at who we are as a nation. Newspapers, talk shows and news magazines are full of graphs and stories about what the country looks like now and what we will look like in 20, 30 or 40 years.

 

One story forecast what the nation will look like when the population hits 400 million, expected about the year 2043. By then, it says, the U.S. will be 22 percent Hispanic, up from less than 13 percent today, and Anglos‘ share of the population will have fallen from 70 to 55 percent while African-American numbers will grow slightly to a little more than 13 percent. But by 2043, 20 to 30 percent of the population will be multi-racial, blurring the lines among races altogether.

The face of Texas has already shifted to the point that today less than half the population is Anglo. We are a minority majority state. By the year 2020, Anglos and Hispanics will be about the same percentage of the population, and by 2040 more than half of all Texans will be Hispanic.

 

Shifting demographics mean that the face of higher education must also change. Currently, by age 25-29, about a third of whites in the United States have obtained bachelor’s degrees, while just 18 percent of African-Americans and 10 percent of Hispanics have a degree. In Texas almost one quarter [22 percent] of the population has less than a high school education - the highest percentage in the country. Thirteen percent of Hispanics have an associate’s degree or higher in Texas, compared to 40 percent of whites. In our state, the education gap between whites and minorities is widening, not closing. Despite increases in educational attainment for the Texas population as a whole, educational attainment for Hispanic males has actually declined over the last 20 years.

 

In the year 2000 the state of Texas took a long, hard look at its economic future, and alarms went off. Texas was faced with a “growing unskilled, under-educated population that cannot meet the demands of a technology-based workplace.” The average household income in Texas was expected to decline by $4,000 in constant dollars by the year 2030. Texas was faced with increased public spending on prisons, welfare and Medicaid as a result. Enrollment in higher education was increasing, but the participation rate was declining. The participation rate had been 5.3 percent in 1990, was 4.9 percent in 2000 and was predicted to fall to 4.6 percent by 2015. In contrast to Texas’ 4.9 participation rate, other large states were doing better: California’s was 6.1, Illinois’ was 6.0, New York’s 5.6. Additionally, the percentage of ninth graders who complete high school and enter college was dismal in Texas: 32 percent of Texas ninth graders completed high school and entered college, as compared to 54 percent in New Jersey, 49 percent in Illinois, 43 and 44 percent in California and New York.

 

That’s a lot of numbers, I realize. Sum it up by saying that Texas was behind the educational rates of other populous states and was falling farther behind. That forecast was not a pretty picture for the future economy of the state or for the quality of lives of future Texans.

 

The question was what to do about it. The legislature adopted an ambitious initiative called Closing the Gaps that proposed goals in participation numbers, graduation numbers, research funding and numbers of nationally recognized programs.

 

The first goal was the real news-maker, however. It called for Texas to put 500,000 more students into college by the year 2015 – half again as many as were enrolled in 2000. And that figure was later revised upward to more than 600,000.

 

To reach or even get close to this goal of Closing the Gaps, we are going to have to assure that a college education is a possibility for all our citizens. This means that it must be affordable to everyone. And right now we are going in the opposite direction. We are putting a college education farther and farther out of the reach of many of our people.

 

College tuitions are rising, and more and more students are being left behind because of costs. Most of those left-behind students are ethnic minorities. Low-income students, regardless of race, who score in the top quarter of standardized college admission tests attend college at the same rate as high-income students in the lowest quarter. Texas’ median family income remains well below the U.S. average. In fact Texas ranks 37th in the country. And our lower-income student population is the fastest growing segment of our public schools. Texas is No. 6 in the nation in K-12 growth, increasing by 11 percent between 1999 and 2005 with the largest percentage of growth among lower-income and minority students.

 

Between 1995 and 2005, average tuition and fees across the nation rose 36 percent at private four-year colleges and 51 percent at public four-year colleges. In Texas between 2002 and 2006, average tuition and fees at public universities increased 61 percent and at community colleges 51 percent.
Costs have risen in large part because state funding nationwide has fallen to its lowest level in more than 20 years. In 1980 almost 10 percent of states’ budgets nationwide was spent on higher education. Today it’s 7 percent.

 

Nationwide, the state share of per capita personal income going to higher education has dropped almost 20 percent since 1977. Educational appropriations per FTE in public higher education institutions decreased 12 percent between 1991 and 2004. It is common place on state university campuses for financial officers to say that we used to call ourselves “state supported.” Then we changed it to “state assisted,” and now we should change it to “state located.”

 

If we continue on this trajectory, we poison our future economy in obvious and not so obvious ways. The most obvious way is lost tax revenue. Under-educated citizens earn less money, therefore pay less tax. A Census Bureau study out last week says that a college education is worth $23,000 a year. It reported that figure to be the gap between adults with a bachelor’s degree, who average $52,000 a year, and adults with a high school diploma, who average $29,000 a year. It also reported average annual earnings of $19,000 for high school dropouts and $78,000 for those with advanced degrees.

 

This educational advantage has been clear for a long time -- more education, more money, although when I was an assistant professor, I probably would have argued with that! But there are not-so-obvious costs -- quality-of-life costs -- as well. An under-educated citizenry costs the state and nation in terms of health care, job training, welfare, and criminal justice spending.

 

Health care costs rise when citizens are uninsured, and percentages of those insured increase with educational attainment. Nationwide 8 percent of people with a bachelor’s degree are uninsured, compared to 25 percent of those with no high school diploma. In Texas costs are even higher: Texas has the highest non-insured percentage in the country -- a 24 percent average but 39 percent for those with no high school diploma. College educated people by and large don’t go to jail; they live longer, smoke less and vote more.

 

So higher education is important not only to our individual good, but to our collective good as well. We have lost sight of this fact in recent years. The thinking has become, “If you get a degree, you’ll be better off; therefore, you should pay for it.” We have retreated from the notion of higher education as a public good.

 

We unveiled a statue of Lyndon Johnson on our campus this fall. It’s a wonderful likeness of Johnson as a young man, walking down the Quad with his books. The statue was a gift from our students, who believed -- rightly so -- that because we are the only Texas institution to have graduated a U.S. president, we should have a statue of that president. With the statue is a quote: “This nation cannot rest while the door to knowledge remains closed to any American.” Johnson said that and passionately believed it.

 

Almost exactly a year ago, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act by President Johnson on our campus in 1965. Education was close to Johnson’s heart. He believed education to be the solution to all the problems in the world. But while that notion came from his heart, it also came from his head. He knew that education was, and is, a wise and profitable investment for any country.

 

And he was hardly alone in his thinking. The Higher Education Act sailed through Congress – perhaps owing partially to the fact that LBJ was a master politician but probably more to the fact that Congress and the country saw higher education as a public good. Passing it was -- in current language -- a “no-brainer.”

While Closing the Gaps does not state the fact as such, its clear message is that higher education is a public good. Meeting the goals of Closing the Gaps will benefit not only those who will be brought into college but all of us. Perhaps it will help us get back on the track of viewing higher education with a higher purpose.

The Texas plan is incredibly ambitious. It’s as brassy as Ann Richards and as in-your-face as Lyndon Johnson. Of course, Texas is not alone in the goals it needs to meet for the future good of the state. But Texas is approaching it in a very Texas sort of way.

That wonderful Lone Star philosopher Jerry Jeff Walker may express this mind-set best in his recording of London Homesick Blues. He croons, “When a Texan fancies, he’ll take his chances; and chances will be taken, that’s for sure.” That’s what Texas is doing: taking a chance. It’s the biggest, boldest chance that Texas has taken in a long time, and it’s the right chance to take. Other states would do well to follow suit.

 

Thank you for your kind attention.

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Is case of the 43 missing students in Mexico closed? - CNN.com

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Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam says there is "legal certainty" that 43 college students who went missing four months ago were murdered.
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(CNN)Mexican authorities say they're not done.


There are still suspects at large they have to detain, and detainees they must try and sentence. But Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam says there is "legal certainty" that 43 college students who went missing four months ago in the Mexican state of Guerrero were murdered.

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Soldiers accused as teachers murdered

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The Burmese government say investigations are continuing into the rape and murder of two teachers last week.
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The young women were from the minority Kachin ethnic group and activists and locals blame soldiers from the Burmese army.

They say they must have been responsible as they had just been deployed in the women's village.

Jonah Fisher reports.

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From poop to drinking water, Bill Gates drinks it to prove it is clean (video)

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In poor communities around the world, human waste gets into the drinking water causing disease & death, now a machine solves the problem by turning this waste into drinking water.
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I can now sell my poop and help many people drink safe clean water and have safe clean electricity. With the profit that I will make (in my dreams) I can invite all my friends out and buy them drinks like whiskey and water (made from my poop). Bill Gates is the best. 

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The Ajarn Daily

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The Ajarn Daily, by Donald Patnaude: Founded in December 2001 by Donald Patnaude & Supawan Inbunna. Donald had just arrived in November 2001 for what was to be his sixth and final visit to Thailand. He ended up staying and teaching.
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The Ajarn Daily, by Donald Patnaude: Founded in December 2001 by Donald Patnaude & Supawan Inbunna. Donald had just arrived in November 2001 for what was to be his sixth and final visit to Thailand. He ended up staying and teaching.

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ETT Google Jamboree

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The EdTechTeacher Google for Education Jamboree or ETT Google Jam will bring together innovative educators from all over to learn about leveraging the power of google to enhancing student learning. The event will be February 27 2015 at the Cambridge Google HQ.
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EdTechTeacher Google Jamboree is limited to 200 attendees. Please fill out the application form below by January 7th and tell us how you will make 2015 the best year for student learning! We are looking for motivated teachers and leaders to join the ETT Google Jamboree. We hope it will be you so APPLY TODAY!

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Kizoa Video Maker: Happy New Year 2015 - YouTube

This is my count down from 29/12/2014 - 01-12-2001 which was my first Christmas/New Year celebration here in Bangkok, Thailand. http://ajdon.asia/
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Ajarn Donald's Blog: Season Greetings

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Beginning in January 2015 we will be adding and promoting competitions among all schools who signup for our 1 Baht per student per day campaign (with a minimum of 200 students) 365 for a 12-Month subscription. There will be weekly and monthly prizes awarded for the top achievers. We will also be setting up a regional competitions among all 10 ASEAN member countries. This regional competition will hopefully take place by late 2015. Stay tuned! 

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First 200 to claim this offer will get $20 worth of Coins to use at the KIDOZ Store. 

Hurry Up! Try Your Luck!

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Backstage

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Want to spend more time with people you love doing things you love in 2015?
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Bringing you Flexible Scheduling

Now you can setup a custom schedule for your newspaper! Yes, skip the weekends or even create Holiday editions to publish and promote your newspaper just on the days you wish.

We hear a cup of warm "Swiss" chocolate works wonders when it comes to curating your paper, ...so, sit back, enjoy and set your paper to publish when you need it to, as you wait for what is to come.

Shhh... can you keep a secret?

Something really special is cooking backstage at Paper.li.

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Selecting The Right Gift

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Once again we are in the gift giving season. Therefore on behalf of English Attack! Thailand and Ajarn Donald's English Languages Services, I would like to wish you and your families a Safe & Happy Holiday Season.Now let's talk a little about gift giving.If you're in Bangkok, Thailand then you should be able to relate to this scenario about first: the traffic jams, second: sizes and colors and lastly the prices. Are you are aware of those famous Reese's peanut butter cups, chocolate and peanut butter flavors coming together to create the best candy bar in the world? Well here at English A
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Oh yes and for you last minute shoppers we do have something here that will help you. Just click here. http://goo.gl/klQzqn

Once again Supawan Inbunna and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2015.

Supawan Inbunna 088-249-4917 / 089-201-1680 supawan.inbunna@english-attack.com

Donald Patnaude 081-855-2701 donald.patnaude@english-attack.com

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Games for Learning English, Vocabulary, Grammar Games, Activities, ESL

ESL Games Plus offers interactive online games for learning and teaching English as a Second Language. Our learning games are mostly suitable for teaching ESL Kids and Teenagers. There are activities for teaching and practising English grammar, vocabulary, sentences, listening and pronunciation skills. By playing our fun educational games, students learn English vocabulary, sentence structures, grammar, listening, pronunciation and phonics.The site features these ESL Activities Online: ESL Classroom Games, Memory Games, Spelling Games, Sentence Games, Interactive Board Games, Hangman Games, Jeopardy, Wheel Games, Concentration Games, Matching Games, Car Racing Games, Pirate Games, Crocodile Games, Word Games, Mobile Games for iPad,
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ESL Games Plus provides the best quality ESL games and fun activities for both teachers and learners. 

We are the same team that brought you the ESL Games World, a site which won the site of the month award at TEFL.net – http://edition.tefl.net/awards/esl-games-world/

By selecting only the best game concepts from feedback gathered on ESL Games World, this site aims to offer users the best ESL educational fun games experience. 

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Donald Patnaude - A Haiku Deck by Donald Patnaude Jr.

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These are just a few cool facts about me since my birth a long time ago. I just want to share them with you my friends. I have really had a great life which continues today. Best of all I have so many Awesome friends like you and I am grateful for this. Thanks for reading and it is OK to share it with your friends on enemies. Always study hard and believe in yourself and not what others may think about you.
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Just Who Is This Guy? These are just a few cool facts about me since my birth a long time ago. I just want to share them with you my friends. I have really had a great life which continues today. Best of all I have so many Awesome friends like you and I am grateful for this. Thanks for reading and it is OK to share it with your friends or your enemies. Always study hard and believe in yourself and not what others may think about you. about.me/ajarn
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Giving myself a digital career makeover with a perks pack from GA, About.me, Moo.com, and Amazon Web Services.
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GET DIGITAL

Build your personal brand and take your career to the next level with an essential e-kit from GA, about.me, Moo.com, and Amazon Web Services. One lucky individual will also receive the grand prize, a backpack brimming with the tech gear needed to win at work:

A MacBook AirAn iPad AirBeats by Dr. Dre Solo2 On-Ear Headphones$1000 USD Gift Card to Apple$500 Amazon Web Services promotional creditThe Luxe by MOO Suite prize pack, valued at £450A free 1 year premium account with about.me

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Facebook down worldwide

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Facebook goes down around the world for around 50 minutes as Lizard Hacker Group claims responsibility for bringing down big website for second time in two days.
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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:41:00 +0700 : Facebook goes down around the world for around 50 minutes as Lizard Hacker Group claims responsibility for bringing down big website for second time in two days.

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Year of the Goat

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19th February 2015 welcomes in the Year of the Goat - Happy New Year! This year is also sometimes known as the Year of the Sheep or the Ram. Whichever animal, we hope you enjoy our fun printables, colouring pages, puzzles and crafts, and learn a little about people born in that year. Year of the Goat Dates If your birthday lies between the dates below, you were born in the Year of the Goat. 17th February 1931 - 5th February 1932 5th February 1943 - 21st January 1944 24th January 1955 - 11th February 1956 11th February 1967 - 29th January 1968 29th January 1979 - 15th February 1980 15th February 1991 - 3rd February 1992 1st February 2003 - 21st January 2004 Next Year of the Goat 19th February 2015 - 7th February 2016 Goat Characteristics The person born in the Year of the Goat (or Sheep, or Ram) is one of the most popular of people. Goats tend to be polite, loving, kind-hearted, gentle and calm, and can always be counted on when you need a friend. The goat is charming, and always elegant. Year of the Goat Activities
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Year of the Goat

 

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Paris attack: Gunmen identified,one suspects surrenders, other spotted

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(Latest: Photos of two suspects released, youngest suspect surrenders, brothers seen) French anti-terror police launched a late-night raid in a northeastern city Wednesday in a frantic manhunt for three masked gunmen, two of them brothers, who killed 12 people at a satirical weekly in Paris.
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Thailand should learn some valuable lessons from this Tragedy. The Thai government or anyone for this matter has the right to restrict the Freedom of Speech. I do say now that everyone has the right to speak about the royal family or any matter that they wish. I call on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha 
to wake up and give everyone the rights and freedoms granted to them at birth. 

 

The French, Americans, British, Australians etc. will not accept controls over their rights given to them at birth, from anyone/any government including Thailand.

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Asean Economic Community 2015: Ready or not, here it comes

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Goal of single Asean market with gross domestic product (GDP) of $2.5 trillion & trade of $1 trillion will take many years, achieved gradually, step by step, sector by sector.
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On paper, no one doubts the potential of a single market with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of $2.5trillion and intra-regional trade of $1 trillion. But reaching the full potential the AEC offers could take many years.

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Principal Loses Job Over Misspelled School Sign

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When a New Jersey public school principal was reassigned last week, the writing was on the wall.

Actually, it was on the school sign -- which was misspelled at least twice.

Antoinette Young, the principal of Public School Number 20 in Paterson,...
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How not to spell December.

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Bangkok Globe | Teacher Mails Letters He Had Students Write To Themselves 20 Years Ago

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We’ve all had “that teacher” who has influenced our lives, and for many students, “that teacher” is Bruce Farrer. Many years ago, Bruce told his ninth graders to write a ten-page letter to their future selves. Twenty years later, this incredible teacher tracked all of his students down and delivered the letters right back to the hands that wrote them. Their reactions show just how much this amazing act meant to them.

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OVEC Wins Two Awards in the Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) 2014

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The Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) cooperated with the National Research Council of Thailand to submitOVEC inventions and innovations, "the Toddy Palm Kernel Splitter" by Surat Thani Technical College and "the Silk and Cotton Thread Hooker with the Built-in Reel Spinning System" by Ubonratchathani Polytechnic College, to the Seoul International Invention Fair (SIIF) 2014 exhibition and contest. The event was held in Seoul, South Korea, by the Korea Invention Promotion Association (KIPA) between 25th November and 1st December 2014. More than 700 inventions and innovations from 70 worldwide countries were on display.

 

The results of the contest are as follows:

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Animoto - 'Gift a Video' for the Holidays

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Please help this Awesome charity Cameras For Kids Foundation. Create a FREE account on animoto.com and enter Code: GIFTAVIDEO Videos are meant to be shared. Gift a FREE month of Animoto Plus for everyone on your list, on us (promo code: GIFTAVIDEO). For every code redeemed, we'll also donate $1 to the Camera for Kids Foundation. 

New Animoto users can redeem the code below. Expires Dec. 24, 2014. Valid for new users only.

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Pakistan mourns its school dead

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Funerals begin in the Pakistani city of Peshawar after the country's deadliest Taliban attack leaves 132 children and nine staff dead at a school.
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Every country on Earth must send their soldiers to hunt, capture and bring to justice every terrorist in every country today. Terrorist are only cowards who always attack  innocent children, women and men. Wake-up world governments.

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Misterduncan's FULL ENGLISH - 1 - ONE - YouTube

'Full English' playlist - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbvnlSJNf_DYX8jVA_kcIpQuRBXcf2XIZ Episode 1 of 'Misterduncan's Full English'. A different wa...
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Episode 1 of 'Misterduncan's Full English'. A different way of teaching English, without a single whiteboard in sight. Welcome to the birthplace of the English language...ENGLAND. Have fun!

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Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After
Sunday, December 7 at 10am/9c


December 7 will forever be remembered as the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, yet little has been revealed about President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first responses to the news of Japan's attack on U.S. soil on that day in 1941. This two-hour special spotlights secrets and little-known details about FDR's leadership and decision-making during the critical hours after the attack. Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After also explores the treatment of Japanese Americans in the wake of the attack. Students will learn about the context in which the U.S. entered World War II, and will be able to explore questions of leadership and ethics during this tumultuous era in world history.


Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After would be useful for History, Global Studies and Politics courses and for course units and lectures on World War II. It is appropriate for middle school and high school students.

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Coming Up: Decision From Ferguson Grand Jury on Officer Darren Wilson - NBC News

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A prosecutor is set to unveil a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager...
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