15 October 2009

The Morning News

- Over 30 people are reported dead following coordinated attacks on three law enforcement agencies in Lahore, Pakistan this morning.

- Summer in the Arctic could be ice-free within ten years, according to global warming experts.

- While most of the globe is a decade into the 21st century, the Saudis are a step closer to joining the 20th: A new eco-friendly graduate school opened in Saudi Arabia that will allow male and female students to study side-by-side.

- The dumbing down of America continues:
The latest results on the most important nationwide math test show that student achievement grew faster during the years before the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, when states were dominant in education policy, than over the years since...

On the most recent test, 39 percent of fourth graders and 34 percent of eighth graders scored at or above the proficient level.