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May 31, 2016 Former Trump University Workers Call the School a ‘Lie’ and a ‘Scheme’ in Testimony

QUOTE: In blunt testimony revealed on Tuesday, former managers of Trump University, the for-profit school started by Donald J. Trump, portray it as an unscrupulous business that relied on high-pressure sales tactics, employed unqualified instructors, made deceptive claims and exploited vulnerable students willing to pay tens of thousands for Mr. Trump’s insights.

New York Times
Aug 24, 2011 America’s Sweatshop Diplomacy (Op-Ed)

QUOTE: the J-1 visa Summer Work Study program, which allows foreign students to work in the United States for a few months, is meant to promote “lasting and meaningful relationships” between the students and Americans....Hershey’s business strategy is a microcosm of the downsizing and subcontracting that so many American companies have pursued during the past few decades in search of ever cheaper labor.

New York Times
Jun 21, 2010 In Law Schools, Grades Go Up, Just Like That

QUOTE: the tactic getting the most attention — and the most controversy — is the sudden, deliberate and dubiously effective grade inflation, which had begun even before the legal job market softened.

New York Times
Jun 15, 2010 U.S. Education Dept. Delays Rules on For-Profit Colleges

QUOTE: The Education Department said Tuesday that it had split off and delayed a decision on the most controversial part of proposed new student-aid regulations — the treatment of for-profit college programs whose graduates do not earn enough to repay their loans. While a package of proposed new student-aid regulations was released Tuesday, a department official said no decision had been reached about what debt-to-income ratio would make for-profit programs ineligible for federal aid.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2009 The Muslim Madrassa Myth: The problem with Arab education goes beyond a few extremist schools.

QUOTE: [Middle Eastern] Government schools that do educate the masses are mind-numbing and anachronistic, utterly useless for helping graduates face global competition. And their failures are far more dangerous.

Mar 10, 2008 Brutal Beating Death Brings Sumo's Dark Side to Light: Teen Trainee Sought to Quit Japan's National Sport

QUOTE: The death, the arrests and the measured response of the JSA have cast a cold light on the closed world of sumo, laying bare the bullying, brutality and hierarchical torment that are routine in the self-governed sport, which is 2,000 years old and has been a profitable professional endeavor for nearly four centuries.

Washington Post
Nov 21, 2007 Behind Wheels of Black Cabs, Mostly White Faces (London Journal)

QUOTE: In an effort to redress the imbalance, the mayor, Ken Livingstone, announced in October that the city would spend £2.3 million, or about $4.7 million, over three years, helping underrepresented groups pay the costs associated with the Knowledge: enrolling in classes, obtaining scooters and study materials, and, if needed, taking language and numerical literacy classes and hiring help with child care.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2007 Forced to Pick a Major in High School

QUOTE: Some parents have welcomed the requirement, noting that a magnet school in the district already allowed some students to specialize. But other parents and some educators have criticized it as preprofessionalism run amok or a marketing gimmick....after finding many of the legal cases boring and hard to relate to, she was unable to take classes in other fields because she was locked into her specialization.

New York Times
Mar 05, 2007 Unpaid interns struggle to make ends meet: Workplace experts are questioning the fairness of unpaid or extremely low-paying entry-level positions.

QUOTE: "Unpaid internships are certainly available or certainly commonplace," says Mark Oldman, coauthor of numerous internship guides and cofounder of Vault Inc., a career counseling company. According to a survey conducted by his firm last year, 36 percent of students said they were not paid for their internships.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 26, 2006 'Barefoot Teachers' Left Behind in China: Rural Educators Lose Jobs in Push to Modernize

QUOTE: Several years ago, however, government officials announced they wanted to raise the standard of rural education. And now, although many barefoot teachers have qualified to become professionals, Sun and thousands like her have been cast difficult and wrenching the modernization of China's creaking socialist system can be, especially for a class of people once celebrated as the heart of the Communist Party.

Washington Post
Aug 25, 2006 Center for Hispanic Medical Students Loses All Its U.S. Aid

QUOTE: The Hispanic Center of Excellence...a crucial way to address...the underrepresentation of Hispanics in the medical field...recently lost all its financial support from the federal government...criticized President Bush and Congress for undermining the program

New York Times
Jul 19, 2006 Colleges Make Way for Internships

QUOTE: as many as half of all internships are unpaid or low-paid...Some students even effectively end up paying tuition to do unpaid internships because some companies, concerned about labor laws, require students to receive academic credit for the experience.

New York Times
May 01, 2006 Watchdog Group Singles Out 'Junketing Judges'

QUOTE: from 2002 to 2004 (the last year available) federal judges took an average of 110 trips per year sponsored by...three organizations that, according to the CRC, "share a similar libertarian/pro-big corporation ideology."
Dec 28, 2005 Backstory: A pill they won't swallow

QUOTE: ...a movement aiming to topple one of medicine's most entrenched traditions. Their pens read "PharmFree," which means they don't take personal gifts of any size from the pharmaceutical industry. And that is touching off a quiet ethics war reverberating through the halls of academia and hospitals across the country.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 23, 2005 Air Force Academy Shows Improvement: Rigorous Training Credited for Decrease in Reported Cases of Sexual Misconduct

QUOTE: Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy reported far fewer incidents of sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexist behavior last year than students at the military and naval academies, reflecting what defense officials say is a rigorous training program aimed at preventing sexual misconduct after serious problems at the Colorado campus.

Washington Post
Dec 18, 2005 Ghosts of a Shuttered College Follow Weld Back Into Politics

QUOTE: one who has stepped forward has said Mr. Weld was told directly of wrongdoing. The story of Decker College is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls facing commercial colleges as they seek to build profits by recruiting struggling students eligible for financial aid while honoring their obligations as educators and stewards of federal loans.

New York Times
Nov 14, 2005 School Beatings Draw New Scrutiny in Africa

QUOTE: Corporal punishment is practiced across much of Africa....In many African societies, authority is rarely questioned, wife-beating is permitted, and women and children have low status. Underpaid teachers with little training -- many of whom were once beaten by colonial schoolmasters -- must handle classrooms with as many as 100 students.

Washington Post
Nov 01, 2005 Military Faces Parental Counterattack

QUOTE: Now many parents -- aided by such anti-recruiting groups as the San Francisco-based Leave My Child Alone -- are demanding that school boards make it easier for families to prevent military recruiters from contacting their sons and daughters.

Washington Post
Oct 09, 2005 Government Can't Explain Increase in 2002 TSA Contract: Homeland Security Office Says It Lacks Documentation on $343 Million Change

QUOTE: The modification to the contract involved switching the interview sites for tens of thousands of airline passenger screener jobs ... The change added hundreds of millions of dollars to a contract that increased from $104 million to $741 million in nine months.

Washington Post
Aug 22, 2005 Why Everybody Is a Reporter: Citizen Journalists Go Mainstream

QUOTE: Traditional journalists and media companies say these newcomers aren’t true journalists...citizen journalists lack the resources to be reliable and often get facts wrong....Even with safeguards in place, news executives worry that questionable content could slip through.

Broadcasting & Cable
May 31, 2005 When good kids get bad advice on college: Some guidance counselors - arguing for realism - set student aims too low.

QUOTE: ...some counselors are turning to numbers, at times placing undue weight on factors like GPA and SAT scores... But some of the instances in which student aspiration is discouraged may also reflect a larger issue: overextended college counselors.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 10, 2004 Crucial Unpaid Internships Increasingly Separate the Haves From the Have-Nots

QUOTE: "By setting up unpaid internship programs, it seems to me that without completely recognizing it, it sets up a system where you are making it ever more difficult for people who don't have economic advantages to catch up."

New York Times
Jan 29, 2004 Firms Plan Expansion Of Overtime Exemptions

QUOTE: Some companies are interpreting language in new national overtime pay rules as possibly allowing them to exempt workers who have received military training.

Washington Post
Sep 15, 2003 9th Circuit Sides With Gay Ex-Serviceman

QUOTE: ...reinstated a lawsuit by a former Air Force doctor ordered to pay back his medical school expenses after revealing he is gay....three-judge panel all but invited Hensala to challenge the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy...
Jun 23, 2003 New Law May Leave Many Rural Teachers Behind

QUOTE: "And that's our concern - this law is one size fits all. Why is Washington telling Montana how to certify teachers?"

New York Times
Feb 10, 2003 For Hispanics, Barriers Can Complicate College

QUOTE: Experts say that Hispanic students battle many of the problems that other minority students do...But they also face additional barriers of language and culture, particularly an attachment to the extended family...

New York Times
Jul 25, 2002 The Fearless Consumer- One Born Every...

QUOTE: ...a warning against agencies that charge a fee (legitimate agencies ask only for a picture, never a fee....Another warning: be wary of agencies that "charge you for their classes before you are eligible for modeling work."

Aug 08, 2001 New Guards to Lessen Liability

QUOTE: ...companies are discovering a bigger advantage in using computers to educate their workers about policies against sexual harassment and age and racial discrimination: as a shield against unwanted lawsuits.

New York Times
Jan 01, 1996 Scandal of the Intern

QUOTE: This is the appropriation of labor from Generation Xers by the generations above them. Baby boomers exploited the "jobless recovery" to help themselves to an astonishing resource.

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