Time to get ready for the Holidays! You can’t start too early!

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While it’s only September, holiday hiring is ramping up! With historically low unemployment rates plus projections of record-breaking holiday sales, retailers, from major chains to small businesses, are being forced to offer higher pay, catchier perks, and other discounts to attract temporary holiday workers. Questions: 1. What are some of the perks that retailers are… Read more »

To Forgive is Divine But Impossible

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A program intended to wipe away the student loans of qualifying public servants has rejected more than 99 percent of those who applied, according to a government audit that found that “fragmented” management and “piecemeal” operating instructions had contributed to the failure to forgive more debt. Questions: 1. What does the Education Department say is… Read more »

Uber and Lyft to the Rescue

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This article talks about the cost of an ambulance ride. With ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft far cheaper and now available within minutes in many areas, it shows how a significant amount of money for non-emergency situation would be better served using an Uber or a Lyft. Questions: 1. How much was spent in… Read more »

The New Twist in Airline Rates

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While the list of things not included with your plane ticket seems to be constantly growing, there is a new twist in ticket rates. As if it isn’t becoming difficult enough, now some airlines have started bidding sites for seat upgrades! Questions: 1. What are the extra fees associated with airline transportation called? 2. What… Read more »

Charity has its Benefits

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According to the New Yorker, Lloyd Blankfein, Gary Cohn, and other leaders at Goldman Sachs have benefitted from a financial crisis that they helped create. Questions: 1. How have the men in the email fared? 2. By how many months did the story about Goldman Sachs in the New York Times precede mortgage disaster? 3…. Read more »

South Africa is now in Recession

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South Africa has entered into a recession, which is the first time since 2009. Questions: 1. How much has GDP dropped? 2. What has been attributed to the drop and the contraction? 3. How is the South African currency holding up (the rand)? 4. What is the outlook for the rest of the year? Source:… Read more »

Coding Camps – Good, Bad, or Great IDEA?

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Since kids don’t learn much coding in school, the new thing is to send them to summer camps to learn it so that they are not unprepared to tackle computer science in college or in a career. Questions: 1. What is iD Tech? 2. Do you agree with the article that these camps will perpetuate… Read more »

Teaching: A Noble Profession for the Poor

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According to the Guardian, American teachers are getting paid less – even though they are better qualified than ever! Questions: 1. What are the states that saw even sharper declines in salaries than the average? 2. What kind of structural change is happening within the teacher workforce? 3. How much less do teachers make than… Read more »

Breaking News: Money Buys Happiness!

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Despite what your parents told you, new research suggests that more money really does lead to a more satisfying life! Questions: 1. What did the study base this information on? 2. How long did the effects of money last, according to the study? 3. How did the surveys measure subjective well-being? 4. What did the… Read more »