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Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Republican state senator in Arizona said during a committee hearing that the state should pass a law requiring everyone to attend church Sen. Sylvia Allen of Snowflake said, "Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth." She added, "that would never be allowed." Allen later called it a "flippant comment" but complained about the changes in American society since she was a child in the 1950s. "People prayed, people went to church," she said. "I remember on Sundays the stores were closed," Allen said. "The biggest thing is religion was kicked out of our public places, out of our schools."

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I took the SAT a grand total of one time when I was in ------- prep school. This was 1993. Like any other kid, I wanted to do well on the test, primarily so that I would NEVER have to take it again, but also because kids at my school were real ----- about their SAT scores. You'd hear through the grapevine about other kids who aced the test, and all that test gossip resulted in an great deal of fear and paranoia about your own performance. It was horrible. If you can, avoid going to high school altogether. They administered the test at a nearby public high school and herded us into the classrooms. Every classroom had a test monitor, a stack of test booklets, and a large box of sharpened No. 2 pencils. My friend Darren sat in front of me. Thirty minutes into the test, he had to go pee. The monitor denied him a trip to the bathroom. Darren ended up getting a 900 out of 1600. That monitor was a ----. read more

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The newest generation of Mattel Barbie dolls can not only listening to what you have to say, but share your conversations with complete strangers. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood points out that the privacy policy for ToyTalk, who provides the voice technology for Hello Barbie states that "we may use, store, process and transcribe Recordings in order to provide and maintain the Service, to perform, test or improve speech recognition technology and artificial intelligence algorithms, or for other research and development and data analysis purposes." Hello Barbie has not yet been released and it's possible that the privacy policy could be updated before then. read more

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Any high school geometry student worth his or her protractor knows that pi is an irrational number, but if you've got to approximate the famed ratio, 3.14 will work in a pinch. That wasn't so much the case in late-19th-century Indiana, though. That's when the state's legislators tried to pass a bill that legally defined the value of pi as 3.2.

The very notion of legislatively changing a mathematical constant sounds so crazy that it just has to be an urban legend, right? Nope. As unbelievable as it sounds, a bill that would have effectively redefined pi as 3.2 came up before the Indiana legislature in 1897. read more

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In 1972, animal behaviorist John Calhoun built a rat paradise with beautiful buildings and limitless food. He introduced eight mice to the population. Two years later, the mice had created their own apocalypse. Here's why.

Universe 25 was a giant box designed to be a rodent utopia. The trouble was, this utopia did not have a benevolent creator. John B. Calhoun had designed quite a few mouse environments before he got to the 25th one, and didn't expect to be watching a happy story. Divided into "main squares" and then subdivided into levels, with ramps going up to "apartments," the place looked great, and was always kept stocked with food, but its inhabitants were doomed from the get-go.

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I'm not understanding how it is "taxpayer money" when students are paying tuition to University of Phoenix, not the government. The government's role in guaranteeing student loans plays a factor in why U of P is so profitable, but that's not the same thing as funding the school with tax money.

#4 | Posted by rcade

I'm guessing, you didn't read the article?

A 2012 report from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) found that the 15 largest for-profit education companies received 86% of their revenue from federal aid of some form. And those schools went on to spend $3.7 billion on marketing and advertising.

As for the University of Phoenix, the report found it spent an average $2,225 on marketing per student in 2010, while it only spent $892 per student on instruction.

The stark difference between the expenses put into marketing versus the amount of funds funneled to instruction is a major point of consternation for Boulay and other consumer advocates.

"The University of Phoenix spent an average of $2,225/student on marketing in 2010, but only $892/student on instruction."

"This is very different from how community colleges operate," Boulay says. "They don't spend money marketing, they spend it on students, and stretch it as much as they can. That's the problem we're trying to highlight, this is unfair to veterans but also a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars."

Because for-profit schools generally charge much higher tuition than community colleges, Maura Dundon, senior policy analyst with the Center for Responsible Lending, says it's perceived that these institutions have more negative effects on students.

"We know that for-profit colleges spend a lot less on instruction and spend a lot more on marketing than community colleges, so that gives the impression that tuition money is going straight to marketing," she says.

According to the HELP study, in 2010 the University of Phoenix charged 13 different prices, between $47,500 and $67,000, for a Bachelor's degree in business, depending on the campus.

"I think that basically what this is stemming from is the fact that for-profit colleges can get such a tremendous amount of revenue from tuition, which is directly from federal sources," Dundon tells Consumerist.

According to Department of Education data compiled by The Center for Investigative Reporting revenue from federal funds -- especially tied to veteran benefits -- is only rising, as the University of Phoenix received 92% of its revenue from taxpayers in 2014,

Of those funds, $3.7 billion came from federal tax dollars, $272 million of which were from Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

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