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Tumblr_kzjmowgBsa1qa42jro1_500 UPDATE: In Texas Curriculum Fight, Identity Politics Leans Right NYT:  In the fight over curriculum, conservatives in Texas have more in common with liberals than they think...The Academy of Debt TAP...Everyone's focused on health care, but a critical student loan reform effort might pass through budget reconciliation soon, too.

Fired college counselors, teacher rating gimmicks, rebuked sexting prosecutors, and more in this weekly roundup of magazines and websites:  "College coach" canned after bummer SATs Salon:  Parents in an affluent Boston suburb are furious as rejections from top-notch universities roll in. RateMyProfessors.com NYT: How to make it to the top of the engrossing professor-ranking site, RateMyProfessors.com. Court rebukes DA sexting crackdown Slate: Skumanick didn't try to determine whether the girls had been harmed by the sexts. The dilemma of suicidal college students. Slate:  A rash of suicides at Cornell University—six in two semesters, the most recent last week—has shaken administrators and students at the Ithaca, N.Y., campus. Is "voluntourism" all it's cracked up to be? Slate:  I can't decipher from all the volunteerism Web sites out there which are legitimate charities and where I can find a good match for my limited time and money. Do you have any recommendations? PepsiCo cuts sugary drinks from schools worldwide AP:  Pepsi plans to remove full-calorie, sweetened drinks from schools in more than 200 countries by 2012. As Health Vote Awaits, Future of a Presidency Waits, Too NYT:  Win or lose on health care, President Obama will face a vastly different political landscape after the fate of his plan is decided.

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Cornell appears to have long history of this relatively high incidence of student suicide. I remember while at Brown in the '80s, how a traumatized Cornell student had managed to transfer to Brown, complaining about multiple student suicides in a semester and the high-stress atmosphere at Cornell. Apparently, there's this "gorge" that kids were throwing themselves from. I haven't heard the details of the latest 6 (!)

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