The economy added an unexpected 288,000 jobs in June, the best employment report for the US in six years. Beyond the eye-catching numbers, there were other reasons for optimism in the June jobs report.
This week's round-up of Good Reads includes a look at the social effects of bipartisanship, how the role of the Army could be up for a change, a cartooning caretaker's funny yet honest look at aging parents, how social media could help Boston improve itself, and the food phenomenon that is a Taco Bell breakfast.
Girls outshine boys in most aspects of college. And men have not historically suffered discrimination as a group. Yet colleges routinely reject talented young women in favor of less qualified young men. Instead of rewarding girls for success, they discriminate against them.
Advocates of competency-based learning see it as a potential game changer for higher education. The approach can make college degrees more affordable, and can assure employers that graduates have mastered a defined set of ideas and skills.
Climate change and extreme weather are disrupting the ways we generate, distribute, and consume energy, according to a report released Thursday by the US Department of Energy. It's part of a growing acknowledgement among officials for a need to adapt to the planet's changing climate.