Arkansas Lawmaker Wants To Cut Lunch Programs For Failing Schools
February 26, 2019
In case you missed it, lawmakers in Arkansas have found a really backwards way to try and motivate kids to do good in school. Believe it or not, Representative Alan Clark has proposed a bill that if passed, would cut funding for lunch programs at schools that lag behind in reading scores. You heard that right: he wants to take food away from kids if they perform bad on tests.
As you can imagine, parents in Arkansas are up in arms, with many taking to social media to blast the proposed bill. “Yes, let's punish poor kids who are struggling academically by starving them. That will surely help,” one person wrote, while another added, “You can’t teach reading if a child’s basic emotional and physical needs aren’t being met.”
Regardless of the backlash, Clark is standing by his bill. “I am not new to controversy,” he said. “You don’t get anything important done without confrontation and taking a few knocks. Seeing that Arkansas children can read is worth a few bruises.”
The Healthiest Countries In The World
(We're Not Among Them)
It’s no secret that Americans aren’t exactly the healthiest people in the world, and a new report reveals how many countries are doing better than us...and it's a lot.
Bloomberg has come out with their annual Healthiest Country Index, with the Top Ten dominated by countries in Europe. In fact, six of the top ten countries are European, with Spain topping the list this year. Spain actually jumped up five spots to dethrone 2017's healthiest country, Italy, which drops to second.
The study looked at 169 countries, looking at things like life expectancy, environmental factors and more. It also took points off for things like tobacco use and obesity.
As for the U.S., we land all the way at 35 this year, one spot lower than in 2017, and five places behind Cuba, the highest ranking non “high income” country on the list.
Top Ten Healthiest Countries In The World
(click here for the entire list)
Should Colleges Consider Race & Ethnicity Of Applicants? Most Say No
Getting into college isn’t easy, and it seems most people feel that all applicants should be judged on the same playing field, regardless of their race or ethnicity.
A new Pew Research poll finds that 73% of all adults say colleges should not consider race and ethnicity when judging college applications. Overall only 7% of people say it should be a factor, while 19% say it should be a “minor” consideration.
And while the percentages may vary, this feeling does prevail across both race and party lines. While white adults are most likely to say race and ethnicity shouldn’t be a factor (78%), majorities of black adults (62%), Hispanic adults (65%) and Asian adults (59%) agree. When it comes to party lines, 85% of Republicans say it shouldn’t be a factor, while 63% of Democrats say the same.
So, then, what should be the most important criteria colleges should consider when looking at applicants? Well, 67% of Americans say high school grades are the most important factor, while 47% say standardized test scores.Other factors include:
- Community service involvement (21%)
- Being first in a family to go to college (20%)
- Athletic ability (8%)
- Whether a relative attended the school (8%)
- Race (7%)
- Gender (5%)
Source: Pew Research
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