The New GED: Boost or Barrier?

According to a 2014 Chicago Tribune article, an astonishing 1.3 million Illinois adults lack high school diplomas. With the majority of those adults living in the city, this affects the entire Chicago community, contributing to increasing violence, job growth and tax revenues. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to prevent this in the future with his Chicago…
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More Than Meets the Eye

If I've learned anything, it's that I should never ask questions. Whenever I ask a question, I run the risk of learning things I never wanted to learn. What looks like nothing at first might actually mean something, and even when I think I know what I'm talking about, I'm likely to be wrong. I have the misfortune of being educated…
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Kwame Alexander Q & A

Get to know the multi-talented writer, poet, teacher, inspirational speaker and January's Author of the Month, Kwame Alexander as he debunks five myths about his new book, The Crossover, talks about what got him started in writing and what inspires him. Where did you get your idea for this book? Six years ago in New York City, at…
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Paddington Rides into Theaters

Paddington, beloved star of the classic British children's book series, makes his feature film debut in Paddington. The film promises to capture the delightfully madcap bear's London hijinks with his adoptive family, the Browns. Paddington's story began when a BBC cameraman, Michael Bond, published A Bear Called Paddington in 1958, inspired by a stuffed bear he bought for his wife and named…
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Celebrate Engineers Week!

To be an engineer, all you have to do is find a problem and create a solution. Anyone can be an engineer! Participate in Engineers Week, February 21 - 27, by reading about engineers and inventors—real and fictional—who may inspire you to crack open your notebook and start designing something new. Did you know that earmuffs…
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Monsters of the Midway Redux

OK Bears fans, another Super Bowl, another no-show for our team. It's been a rough year (actually, a rough decade) for Bears fans. Every season we hope and pray for the best, only to be devastated yet again. At first it was Lovie Smith who was going to lead us to the Super Bowl—well, we…
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