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Professor holds toddler during class to help student mom

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A single mother says she had to bring her son to class with her -- but she didn't expect things to turn out like this.

And shortly after class started, the toddler wandered up to the front of the room in the middle of the lecture. 

Professor Joel Bunkowske looked down to see the boy gesturing to be held and immediately picked him up, according to WKRN-TV in Nashville.

He held the boy during the entire class and continued his lecture. 

His simple gesture of understanding eased mom's embarrassment. 

Professor Bunkowske said everyone has their own struggles and it was OK. 

Many in the DeVry University class are parents, and mom said they were all very supportive.  

To read more, visit WKRN.com.

Top 10 hot jobs and top 20 best-paying college majors

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So many people have been unemployed or underemployed over the last 7 years. At a time when it seems the doors are closed, where is the opportunity?I've talked pretty extensively in the past about the geography of opportunity. Thanks to an energy boom, the prospects for employment are rosy in the wide swath of the country from North Dakota to Texas. But I'm not talking location, location, location right now. I'm talking about the fields that employers are in the most need of at this time. 

To 10 jobs in demand right now

The American Staffing Association put out list of the top 10 jobs going unfilled

  1.     Occupational therapists
  2.     Physical therapists
  3.     Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer
  4.     Occupational therapist assistants
  5.     Speech-language pathologists
  6.     Physician assistants
  7.     Merchandise displayers and window trimmers
  8.     Physical therapist assistants
  9.     Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary
  10.     Computer software engineers, applications

Now, you may not have an interest in any of those fields, or you may not be happy doing any of those things. But they are the fields that are hardest to fill at this time. With some 9 million people being underemployed or unemployed in the U.S. right now, these jobs are at least worth a look on your part. ARTICLE: Retailers Who Are Hiring This Holiday Season

Top 20 highest paying college majors

Let's look at college for a second. There are certain fields where people make the highest starting salaries with an undergraduate degree. Here's a list of the top 20 starting salaries for 2014-15 graduates, according to Michigan State University's Recruiting Trends 2014-15 report:

  1. Electrical Engineering - $57,030
  2. Computer Engineering - $56,576
  3. Mechanical Engineering - $56,055
  4. Software Design - $54,183
  5. Computer Programming - $54,065
  6. Chemical Engineering - $53,622
  7. Computer Science - $52,237
  8. Civil Engineering - $51,622
  9. Mathematics (includes applied) - $47,952
  10. Construction - $45,591
  11. Supply Chain - $45,508
  12. Finance - $44,699
  13. Accounting - $44,525
  14. Nursing - $43,481
  15. Chemistry - $43,344
  16. Human Resources - $42,495
  17. Marketing - $41,481
  18. Economics - $41,118
  19. Humanities & Liberal Arts - $39,162
  20. Agricultural Sciences - $38,854

Education and training need to be a lifetime pursuit. Jobs morph over time. The jobs of 2030 do not exist today. You can overcome the skills gap with additional training or education.ARTICLE: How To Establish Your Own Side Hustle

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See which schools ranked as America's top universities

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Take a closer look at the U.S. News and World Report's influential annual rankings of the country's top colleges.

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90-year-old gets H.S. diploma 71 years after dropping out to serve in World War II

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A 90-year-old man has his high school diploma after he dropped out of high school to serve in World War II.

Jack Koolik graduated from Darnell Cookman High School in Jacksonville on Monday evening.

He left his New York high school 71 years ago to join the U.S. Army Air Corps, which became the U.S. Air Force.

Last year, the Florida Legislature made it possible for people to get their diplomas if they left school to join the military and were honorably discharged.

"Wonderful. It's like a dream world. I can't believe I'm up on the stage," Koolik said.

Koolik's daughter found out about the program and encouraged her dad to pursue it.

She presented him with his diploma.

The 70th anniversary of D-Day, the World War II invasion of Normandy, is on Friday.

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School cancels honors night because of event's 'exclusive nature'

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Officials at a middle school in Rhode Island ended a tradition of a student “Honors Night” because of the event’s “exclusive nature.”

School administrators said students will instead be recognized at “team-based” ceremonies, but that hasn’t prevented the school’s decision from becoming the latest hot topic in America’s culture wars.

A notice sent over the weekend to parents of students at Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, claims that “members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night,” ABC6 in Providence reported.

The Honors Night tradition dates back many years, and, according to ABC6, some students and parents are upset by the change.

“That made me want to work harder and a lot of other people work harder, so just the fact you can’t work towards it anymore then there is no goal,” student Kaitlyn Kosloski told ABC6.

In the notice to families, Cole Middle School Principal Alexis Meyers said the change would allow the school to “celebrate the individual and collective successes of all students and their effort, progress, and excellence.”

>> Student may be held from graduation for yearbook joke

>> See some of the most memorable commencement speeches ever

However, within hours of the story making national headlines, some  bloggers were already sharing their opinions.

“… administrators would rather disincentivize achievement by the most promising students than recognize these achievers, quite possibly giving those who didn’t qualify this year motivation to try harder next year,” wrote B. Christopher Agee on the website Western Journalism.

One commenter on Reddit added: “Yet another example of ‘No Child Let Ahead’. Public education is so abysmally simple nowadays they might as well call it ‘average night’ anyway.”

Here is the full transcript of the school communication according to ABC6: 

Dear Cole Families,

We would like to take this opportunity to notify you of a change to our annual spring events at Cole. Honors Night has been a longstanding tradition in our community -- one that was created in the Cole Junior High School era. Members of the school community have long expressed concerns related to the exclusive nature of Honors Night. Therefore, we have made the collective decision to recognize students during team-based recognition ceremonies and graduation. This will afford us the opportunity to celebrate the individual and collective successes of all students and their effort, progress, and excellence.

    Additionally, our Cole varsity athletes will receive their medals and trophies at an after school ceremony.    Best wishes for a nice weekend.    Kindest regards,   Alexis Meyer and Dan Seger

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School district apologizes over yearbook quote incident

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UPDATE: Paris Gray and her family met with the school's principal and the area superintendent on Tuesday. They apologized for the miscommunication and said they would not deny her giving a speech at graduation. The superintendent challenged her to "give the best speech ever."

This an update to a previous story. The original story is below

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A Georgia teen says fallout over her quote in the yearbook is threatening to ruin her senior year.

Paris Gray is a senior class vice president at Mundy's Mill High School in suburban Atlanta, a member of SADD, the Beta Club, and a leader on campus. 

Now, she could be kept from walking at graduation next week. 

"I think their reaction was beyond what it should have been because nobody understood it," Gray said. 

She received an in-school suspension and was kept from participating in a senior walk last Friday after yearbooks were distrubuted, all due to a quote she left near her portrait.

The message was: "When the going gets tough just remember to Barium, Carbon, Potassium, Thorium, Astatine, Arsenic, Sulfur, Uranium, Phosphorus."

>> See some of the most memorable commencement speeches ever

Gray said the message wasn't flagged by any editors or adults.

Friday, administrators learned that by using periodic table the elements spelled "To back that as_ up."

"My first reaction was, you are such a nerd," said Gray's mother Zarinah Woods.

"Basically, it was me just saying start all over again," said Gray. "You have to go back and start all over." 

Administrators were not pleased.

Paris was kept from participating in the senior walk, and she was slated to give the inspirational speech at the graduation ceremony, but says an assistant principal told her she was out.

"It just completely destroyed me, and my mom's been telling me don't let it ruin my happiness but it's like really taking a big toll," said Gray.

The principal called shortly after the mother and daughter spoke with Willis. 

A school district spokesperson says that no decision has been made and that the area superintendent and the principal would meet with Gray's mother Tuesday morning.

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Florida lawmaker slams Common Core, claims homosexual agenda

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A Florida lawmaker has expressed opposition to the hiring of a company to produce a new state test based on Common Core Standards. 

In March, The Florida Deportment of Education hired the American Institute of Research, or AIR, to produce a new test based on Common Core Standards at a cost of $220 million. Rep. Charles Van Zant has spoken out against Common Core, and expressed opposition to the hiring of AIR. According to the liberal blog Think Progress, days after the nonprofit research group was selected, Van Zant voiced a claim against AIR at an education conference in Orlando."Click the link to what they’re doing with youth, and you will see what their agenda really is," he told the audience. "They are promoting as hard as they can any youth that is interested in the LGBT agenda."The video was originally posted on YouTube in April. In it, Van Zant references a page on the AIR website that serves as a guide for educators regarding gay and lesbian youth, called 2-S. 

>> Read more trending stories  "These people, that will now receive $220 million from the state of Florida unless this is stopped, will promote double-mindedness in state education and attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can. I’m sorry to report that to you," he said.Van Zant confirmed Monday he spoke at a conference in Orlando earlier this year, but was not aware of the group's claims, and wanted to review them before commenting further. AIR and the author of the 2-S guide did not return calls for comment.The group Equality Florida issued a statement that read in part,"It is reprehensible whenever an elected official conjures up homophobic scare tactics for political gain. His assertion that an educational program seeks to 'make children gay' is simply absurd."

Teacher reprimanded for spanking student on birthday

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A teacher was reprimanded after an incident that was caught on a student's cellphone in March during a class at a North Carolina high school.

Avery High School Superintendent David Burleson said the unidentified teacher was giving the student a birthday spanking and it was meant in fun. In the cellphone video, it shows the student lying across the teacher's lap at a desk with students laughing in the background.   Burleson said a student in the class showed the video to another teacher and that led to questions.

>>Raw Video: Teacher spanks student in class (WSOC-TV) 

The superintendent said the long-time teacher was not suspended but was given a verbal and written reprimand, and told that it could not happen again.     That was in line with the legal counsel given to school officials about how to properly handle the incident, Burleson said.   The teacher met with the principal and the superintendent.   Students at the school said they felt the incident was a joke and they didn't take it seriously.   School officials said the student who was lying across the teacher's lap was playing along, and was not offended or humiliated.   The teacher seen in that video spoke with Charlotte TV station WSOC Thursday but she did not want to comment.

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