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Graduates Celebrate a Rite of Passage

While it may be fashionable to see today’s younger generation as self-centered and money-minded, many of this year’s college graduates prove the stereotype wrong. These young people are testaments to perseverance and have managed to retain a healthy dose of idealism.

‘I have always been extremely interested in how the world works,’ says Queens College graduate, Rivka Eisik. ‘That’s why I majored in biology. But in graduate school ‘I’m starting in September’ I’m going to major in biology and education. I would love to take the knowledge I’ve acquired about life and transfer it to kids.’

Eisik attended a Jewish parochial high school and started to learn about life in college. ‘More than anything else, I appreciated Queens College’s amazing diversity,’ she says. ‘It was like getting in touch with a whole new world.’

In turn, Eisik and her friend Yael Katz opened a whole new world to hundreds of younger children by starting a day camp, Camp H2O, in Spring Valley, NY, three years ago. ‘Our motto was ‘We guarantee to teach every kid how to swim,” she says. ‘And we did, too. We had close to 100 percent success rate. We figured it was an invaluable service, good business, and something that will help children learn something that’s really necessary at the same time.’

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Every Grade is the Opportunity for a Fresh Start

One of the greatest advantages that children have is the opportunity each September to begin again with a new teacher, a new set of classmates, and a new determination to make some positive changes and try some new experiences.

Unlike the often short-lived New Year’s resolutions we might make in January, plans for change made at the start of a new school year have much greater potential for success for a number of reasons. First, children and teens often experience a surge in growth both physically and socially over the summer. You can help encourage them to initiate changes by praising them on how much they’ve matured.

The beginning of the school year is a time that your children will receive many notices and information about school activities, community programs, auditions for musical groups, try-outs for sports groups, and more. Help your child keep track of all the programs that may be of interest. Now is the time to reevaluate whether to continue with former programs or try something new.

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States strain to keep up with ‘No Child Left Behind’

It’s been a few years now that President Bush signed the sweeping “No Child Left Behind” education bill into law, and most states have rolled out ambitious testing programs, improving teacher quality, developing excruciatingly detailed report cards — and struggling to make it all work.

Only 22 states are currently on track to comply with even half of the major federal requirements, according to a report scheduled for release today by the independent Education Commission of the States. Though states have a few years to meet some of the requirements, many were already due.

In the first detailed look at how all 50 states and the District of Columbia are grappling with the complex law, ECS found that many have a long way to go. The core of the law is a 12-year plan to improve the basic skills of the nation’s 52 million public school students. States faced an important deadline last Friday when they had to tell the federal government how they’ll integrate No Child Left Behind into their testing systems. Those that fail to comply with the law ultimately risk losing federal money for their schools.

U.S. Education Department spokesman Dan Langan says states “are indeed making progress” and are probably further along than the ECS findings suggest. “What you see today may not be the same tomorrow, because of a change in a state policy or program.”

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Advice to a Young Person Starting College

Oh, mercy! Have the years brought wisdom with the wrinkles for me to dare offer advice to the young?

Could relating my first day at The University of Chicago weeping with my weeping parents—who lived less than an hour away by car for gosh sakes!—touch an emotion that would resonate with anyone else?

Could my sophomore epiphany that I was undergoing some Mobius strip kind of turning inward and then outward help anyone else who might be aware that they, too, were undergoing some kind of metamorphosis?

Could my joy in my third year that I could concentrate on my major and not have to struggle any longer with Aristotle or readings in The People Shall Judge help those who are equally eager to get on with the business of becoming USEFUL?

As a transfer student, I had been mitigated from The History of Western Civilization.
What a crime.

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Students Get Heard! Your Guide to the CNN – YouTube Debates

For many years, one of the biggest challenges of presidential candidates has been trying to penetrate the youngest audience of the voting demographic. And where do you find the majority of these individuals? In college, of course! Being able to vote comes right around the time many teenagers graduate from high school.

It’s also right around the time they start buying cigarettes and partying out of control as the revelation that they are adults who have to fend for themselves looms before them. Because of the freedoms that are rewarded to the 18-year-old, they often put politics way on the backburner; we’re talking a commercial kitchen that works 500 person banquets here, and “who’s running for president” is in dry storage.

Now, because of the easily manipulated youth market, presidential hopefuls have always reached out to the younger generation but mostly failed to convert as many troops to the war that they hoped to. Recent commercial involvement has included events like MTV’s “Rock The Vote” tours to entice the kids to vote. The success of these attempts to make politics “cool” can be argued, but the fact of the matter is they’ve never taken the newly anointed voters seriously enough to warrant them a vote in return.

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How to talk to a CEO about online marketing and branding

First of all, a great Happy Ne Year to everyone! So by now, your Website has been live for a while, and it’s time to tell the CEO how the site is doing. Without much trouble, you can tell the boss how many people show up and how many pages they look at. You can show him or her some pie charts indicating which pages are the most popular, and what time of day most users scrutinize your site.

In short, you know your site is serving pages. Now is the time to examine how well it is serving your company.

The difficulty in performing that analysis: Nobody has a firm handle on what standard accounting practices look like online. What exactly is a pageview? How do you define stickiness? What’s the difference between abandonment and attrition? You may have a clear idea.

But try comparing your numerical results to those compiled by others groups in your company, and you’ll find that each group has used different standards, metrics, and measurements.

First, the vocabulary

So, you need to standardize those metrics. The first step is to determine and publish your goals. Get everybody heading in the same direction. Nobody said herding cats was easy, just necessary. Get feedback from all stakeholders in your organization and, most especially, upper management.

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