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Students' Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire To Be Popular

Students' Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire To Be Popular

April 16, 2015

By Shankar Vedantam - NPR

There's new research that shows that students desperately want to fit in with their peers. And if their peers are not motivated, this can affect the academic choices that students make... Leonardo Bursztyn at UCLA and Robert Jensen at the Wharton School, went into four low-income LA schools and offered 11th grade students access to free SAT prep courses.

Make the polluter pay

Make the polluter pay

April 13, 2015

By Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan and Anant Sudarshan - The Indian Express

London was once known as “the big smoke”. Osaka, Japan, was the “smoke capital.” Los Angeles was the “smog capital of the world”. And most recently, Beijing gained notice as a major pollution capital. While cities are hotbeds for vibrant culture, economic activity and growth, they too often become air pollution capitals during times of rapid development. Delhi, like many of India’s cities, is no different.

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