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Signs and Signals

The Changing Education Landscape

Universities are now seeking out students of means, according to this Higher Ed article. More than half of the admissions officers at public research universities, and more than a third at four-year colleges said that they had been working harder in the past year to recruit students who need no financial aid and can pay full price.

Parents have become the hottest players in education reform. That's because new legislation being proposed in 20 states, called "The Parent Trigger," will allow parents to band together to demand a new set of administrators to run the school.

Students could be tested on their "moral character" one day. Thisfascinating piece weighs the importance of developing strong character traits, such as optimism, persistence and social intelligence. The writer suggests that the secret to your teen's success in life might be failure.