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  2. After controlling for how well students had actually done on the first two tasks, Lee and colleagues found that single-sex schools didn’t increase girls’ competitiveness — if anything, it magnified the gender gap.
     

  3. Back to school, in any way possible

    Around the world, children creep along cliffs, paddle across swollen rivers, and navigate debris on their way to and from the classroom

     

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  7. Sunnie Kahle has short hair. She enjoys wearing sneakers and playing sports. She also “cries when she comes home because she wants to go back to Timberlake Christian [School] with her friends.” 

    8-year-old girl removed from school because she isn’t feminine enough

     

  8. Finally! This middle school solved the problem of hormonal, distracted, adolescent boys.

    JK they just enacted sexist policies that shift the responsibility to the girls.

    Middle school girls banned from wearing leggings so boys can focus on school work

     

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  10. With two million American kids suspended or expelled from junior and high schools each year, the Obama administration decided to figure out what the heck is going in America’s classrooms. The results of the investigation weren’t pretty: Discriminatory policies that push students of color, and those with disabilities, out of the U.S. education system.
     

  11. 600 — Teachers across 15 states who have applied for a free firearms-training program

    18 — Days since the Buckeye Firearms Association in Ohio announced it was launching the program

    6 — States with plans to introduce legislation that would allow firearms in school

     


  12. American politicians need to get off their butts. So far, most, including the president, have abdicated a moral responsibility to talk frankly about guns and rights, ironically, they say, because the issue is “complicated.” Goddamn right it’s complicated. That’s why we ought to talk about. Democrats still adhere to the fear that if they mention common-sense gun rules, their party will lose the backing forever of gun owners and those who see gun ownership as a stand-in for checking government power. For the most part, though, that coalition isn’t the Democratic Party’s coalition, and it becomes less so with every election.

    The gun rights lobby could lead the charge here, but they won’t, because they’re afraid they’d lose the chance to demagogue politicians who rise up against them. The NRA’s opponents are as central to the NRA’s successes as anything else.

    So: Ball’s in your court, Mr. President.

    — Marc Ambinder: How to prevent more mass killings
     

  13. Cartoon of the day: The end (of summer) is near
    Pat Bagley © 2012 Cagle Cartoons

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