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Weekly Round-Up: July 5, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to the Weekly Round-Up!

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Lamenting the rising cost of tuition is a pastime of many students. Get this: Oregon’s legislature recently proposed that students commit a portion of their future income to re-paying the state instead of paying tuition fees up front. While many details need ironing out, it’s pretty rad that students from Portland State University proposed this plan to state lawmakers!

A recent report in South Africa indicates that improving literacy levels among primary students requires much more than improving the teaching skills of teachers. Schooling alone won’t fix literacy rates, so it’s time to look at alternative avenues to holistically improve literacy.

“Girl Rising” is a documentary that highlights the quest for education of nine girls across the world. Backed by heavyweight Meryl Streep, this film is gaining traction and thousands of screenings. Have you seen this film? We haven’t and we’re curious what it’s like, especially since plans are in the work for future editions involving Indian and French actors.

Gender stereotypes permeate education – science is for boys and arts is for girls, or so we’re often told. A recent study shows that even though boys outnumber girls in science related subjects, girls are now out-performing boys at the BTEC levels in the UK. Despite this success, few girls make the leap to science-related degrees at the university level.

End your week with a comical video of Brazilian students aged 8-13 correcting the grammar of their fave celebs’ tweets. Charlie Sheen, you stand corrected!

Have a stellar weekend, folks. Come back on Monday for some more good reads by the uni(di)versity team!

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