With top-tier colleges charging as much as $50,000 per year, the idea that students may spend their first two years learning next-to-nothing is enough to make parents pause. How can you make that investment worthwhile? And does going to college really make you smarter?
It depends on what you study-and whether you study enough.
A "Room for Debate" discussion at the New York Times earlier this week tackled the issue, with several academics weighing in on whether college is worthwhile, and whether schools are dumbing down their curricula to appeal to more people. In their new book, "Academically Adrift," sociologists Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia found that 32 percent of the students they followed did not take "any courses with more than 40 pages of reading per week" in a typical semester, and half of the students didn't take any course in which they had to write more than 20 pages for the class." Using these criteria, they determined
Blog Posts by Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 26, 2011 8:15 PM EST
With top-tier colleges charging as much as $50,000 per year, the idea that students may spend their first two years learning next-to-nothing is enough to make parents pause. How can you make that investment worthwhile? And does going to college really make you smarter?Read More »from Does going to college make you smarterâ€”or poorer?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 26, 2011 5:12 PM EST
Photo by Getty Images"We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world," President Barack Obama said last night. "We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit and reform our government. That's how our people will prosper. That's how we'll win the future."Read More »from What did you think of the State of the Union speech?
"Winning the future" was the theme of this year's State of the Union speech, and Obama tried to inspire listeners by lauding America's achievements and setting lofty goals. Since he's halfway through his term, strategists noted that the speech was also the kickoff to his reelection campaign, and he was careful to sound moderate while appealing to both sides.
This year, instead of sitting in separate democratic and republican sections, members of the House and Senate were seated in politically mixed groups throughout the room. (A single seat was left vacant for Representative Gabrielle Gifford of Arizona, who is recovering from severe gunshot wounds after an
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Jan 25, 2011 10:46 PM EST
Photo by Getty ImagesWith her wedding date looming in late April, princess-to-be Kate Middleton quit her job as project manager of Party Pieces in order to focus on the full-time job of planning her wedding and getting ready to be a Royal.Read More »from Kate Middleton quits her job to concentrate on her wedding. Would you?
An aide confirmed to People magazine that Middleton, 29, "has handed over her work to colleagues and is now preparing for her future life."
Talk about quitting your career to focus on your husband. Middleton has worked as a website designer, photographer, party planner, marketer, and events organizer -- though, to be fair, following in Princess Diana's footsteps could be a career unto itself.
The press kept its distance while Middleton and Prince William were dating in school in Edinburgh, but once they got engaged, all bets were off. It's hard enough to go out in public when you have flashbulbs going off in your face every time you step outside; this reluctant celebrity also has to put up with seeing her face plastered on mugs, postcards, commemorative plates, silver
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Financially Fit – Mon, Jan 24, 2011 8:49 PM EST
What if you were drastically trimming your household budget and had to choose between your cable, your internet service, or your cell phone. Which would you give up?Read More »from Which would you give up: Cable, Internet, or cell phone?
AdAge and Ipsos Observer surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers earlier this month, and found that many people-49 percent of respondents-would be willing to cut their cable without too much trouble. But the internet? No way. In fact, more people said that they'd give up eating before getting rid of internet service at home.
Even though we use our smartphones as alarm clocks and GPS units, for emailing, social networking, amusing our kids, amusing ourselves, getting organized, looking up information, and keeping track of pretty much everything in our lives, 37 percent of those surveyed said they'd be willing to give up their mobile phones before getting rid of their TVs.
The survey also found that one in four people already watch plenty of television shows and movies on a non-television platform (using Hulu.com, for example, or
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Jan 21, 2011 12:19 AM EST
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Wed, Jan 19, 2011 9:40 PM EST
Photo from ThinkstockThink cereals, fruit drinks, and soups are healthy choices for your kids?Read More »from Parents, beware: These kid-friendly foods claim to be healthy, but they're not
A new study by the Prevention Institute shows that claims printed on the front of kid-friendly foods are often misleading. A whopping 84 percent of products tested, from breakfast cereals and granola bars to canned and frozen meals, didn't even meet basic nutritional standards-in spite of official-looking labels and promises of added vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
The labels aren't necessarily lying. A high-sugar product may also be low in fat, but that doesn't make it good for you; ditto cereals that promise whole grains but also pack plenty of artificial colors or flavorings. At a time when a third of U.S. children are obese or at risk of becoming obese, labels that don't tell the whole nutritional story are a major problem.
The researchers took a closer look at the nutritional information for 58 kid-friendly foods that had been deemed healthy by the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising
He's very attentive. He has no problem saying "I love you." He calls and texts you constantly, wanting to know what you're doing and who you're with at all times. He's confident and impulsive, buying you expensive gifts for no particular reason. And the sex? Incredible. Sure, he's a little moody, but who isn't? He's intense and romantic; you've been dating for just a few weeks and he's already telling everyone that you're his soul mate.Read More »from Is your new sweetheart a sociopath?
The perfect boyfriend? Or a sociopath?
Most people hear "sociopath" and think of deranged serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer or movies like "American Psycho." But they'd be wrong. Sociopaths are social predators-the vast majority of them never kill anyone. They're charismatic and intense, seemingly trustworthy, overwhelmingly attentive men and women who usually have no regard for right and wrong, no sense of empathy, and are so focused on their own needs that they're willing to do or say almost anything to get what they want.
"They have no heart, no
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Fri, Jan 14, 2011 10:13 PM EST
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 12, 2011 10:43 PM EST
This week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed emergency legislation to create a "funeral protection zone" banning protesters from being within 300 feet of a funeral while the service is being held.Read More »from Where's the line between free speech and hate speech?
The law, which also outlaws protests an hour before and an hour after a funeral, is aimed at preventing Fred Phelps and his Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church from picketing the services for those killed during Saturday's attempted murder of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tuscon. The group (which, as a Shine user points out, is classified as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Law Poverty Center) is mostly made up of relatives of the Phelps family. They're infamous for picketing funerals of fallen soldiers while having their children hold signs saying things like "Thank God for dead soldiers" and wearing t-shirts with anti-gay slogans.
Both houses of the Arizona state Legislature voted unanimously to pass the bill. But while protecting mourners makes
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Wed, Jan 12, 2011 1:12 AM EST
Are your kids close in age? If so, a new study suggests that your younger children may be at higher risk for developing autism.Read More »from Are your kids close in age? They may be at risk for autism
The study, published in the January edition of the medical journal Pediatrics, links closely spaced pregnancies with an increase in autism diagnoses. Kids conceived before their older sibling was a year old were three times more likely to be diagnosed with some form of autism than children who were spaced at least three years apart, the study found.
Columbia University researcher Keely Cheslack-Postava, Ph.D., says that she and her colleagues did not look into the specific reasons for the uptick, but suspects that the mothers' bodies may not have had enough time between pregnancies to build up reserves of folate and iron, both of which are important in fetal development.
Though no one knows exactly what causes autism, many medical experts agree that the disorder is likely caused or at least influenced by a range of factors, including genetics and