Exploring education differences: What are the pros and cons of studying in America? Overseas?

Sure, American students get a bad rap for how they perform on standardized tests.

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Virtual violence can have real world consequences, but it’s still just a game

A rabid gamer contemplates the effects of virtual violence after the Newtown school massacre.

Lifetime of scars: Battling bullies, image issues takes emotional toll

It’s the first day of kindergarten and my mom is ready to take a photo of me standing outside Cedar Island Elementary in Maple Grove.

Students rally at a protest for immigrant rights.

A DREAM come true: Executive order allows young, illegal immigrants to stay in U.S.

Victor, 18, was only four years old when his parents brought him into the United States illegally. He was far too young to have made that choice, which is why he approves of the Obama Administration’s new executive action, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

How are you or did you celebrate your high school or college graduation?

Are you sad that the school year is ending?

Race doesn't determine my destiny

Imagine this: You’re a six-year-old, first-generation American whose parents originally came from Liberia, a country in West Africa. Your mother, a fashionista of sorts, attends most of the local Liberian get-togethers. Lucky for you, there’s a Liberian social event that your mom has decided to take you to. You can’t wait for the delicious foods, good music and dancing.

Things do not go as expected.
Keeping it classy for prom

Keeping it classy for prom

Having gone to the majority of dances at St. Paul Central High School for the past four years, I have seen my fair share of clothes on girls. From long maroon silk dresses to tight bandage dresses with short cutoffs, I believed that I had seen every kind of dress imaginable (in my opinion, some should be considered shirts).

For prom though, I imagined that both girls and guys would keep it classy.

St. Paul teens urge their peers: Ride the city bus

Since the main mode of public transportation in St. Paul is Metro Transit buses they attract a variety of riders.

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Does race still matter?

In this collection of articles, Twin Cities teens describe how race affects them.

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Can’t you take a joke?

Recognizing racism in the jokes we tell and assumptions we make.

Isaura Greene learned how to pedal through the pain and rain on school trip

Pedal through the rain to come out with confidence

A weeklong bike trip of 100 miles pushes the limits of Isaura and her classmates, especially when it starts pouring rain on the final day.

Big Lake High School junior Stephanie Abfalter recites a poem

National poetry contest fills arts void at small schools with tight budgets

When Laura Meyer, an English teacher at Big Lake High School, heard about the national Poetry Out Loud competition, she jumped on the opportunity to offer students an artistic activity. Budget cuts had ended extracurricular activities like speech, debate, and theater at her school northwest of the Twin Cities.

Will the new school lunch program (less sodium & fat) help improve teens' eating habits?

Help us paint a digital portrait of MN teens

Teens are more than possible risk factors and test scores. In an effort to create a well-rounded picture of Minnesota teens today – what they think about, hope for, and how they communicate – ThreeSixty Journalism and the Minnesota Historical Society are calling teens to fill out an online survey.

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My senior year as a college freshman

My junior year, I faced a dilemma: stay at New Prague High School for my senior year, or go on to college.

Isaura Greene

7th grader stands up for what she believes in

One day in seventh grade, my friend Sydney stood up for what she believed in. She went up to the philosophy and social studies teachers for the lower-classmen in my school, Great River School, and asked if there was a GSA, which stands for Gay-Straight Alliance.

Zamzam Abdirahman feels pressure to choose one group of friends over another

Refusing to choose

I never believed that people at my high school would start to look at me as the Somali girl, and not Zamzam anymore. But that’s what happened when the Somali population at school more than tripled in five years.

Sabrina Kennelly

Diverse peers at school educate in ways arithmetic can't

I love Central High School’s diversity, and that’s why I’m concerned about the Saint Paul Public School district’s new plan, “Strong Schools, Strong Communities.” Because of new busing restrictions, I’m worried this plan might allow schools to become racially segregated again.

How many hours of homework per class are acceptable?

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