Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM
Charles Wheelan is sick of typical graduation speeches. When he spoke at his alma mater, Dartmouth College, he delivered what he called an "anti-commencement" speech. He packed it with straightforward advice that he wishes someone had given him at graduation, such as "Don't try to be great."
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It's no secret more Americans are relying on food stamps, but host Michel Martin looks at why those applying for government aid with master's and Ph.D degrees have more than doubled in recent years. Martin speaks with Stacey Patton, a reporter with The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Tony Yang, who is unemployed and holds a doctorate degree.
Paying for College: More Tough Decisions
Families struggle to help children with college while providing elderly relatives with health care.
Third Grade A Pivotal Time In Students' Lives
In a growing number of states a single reading test determines which third-grade students advance to fourth grade. Proponents of the rule say that kids learn to read until third grade, and then read to learn. But critics argue that holding students back does more harm than good in the long run.
Budget Woes Could Close Philly's Problem Schools
Philadelphia's school district plans to close a quarter of its school buildings in coming years to eliminate a huge budget hole. But parents and activists don't trust decision-makers. Many of them suspect the plan is a ruse to force charter schools and privatization on the district.
In L.A. Pregnancy 'Hot Spot,' An On-Campus Clinic
The Planned Parenthood-funded clinic has foes, but its nurse says "abstinence doesn't happen."
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