Laura Edghill

Laura Edghill is a freelance writer, church communications director, and public school board member living in Clinton Township, Mich., with her engineer husband and three sons. She is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute's mid-career course. Follow Laura on Twitter @LTEdghill.

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Study: Music really does make kids smarter

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/05/14, 09:00 am

Music makes you smarter. That’s the conclusion from a recent study of children who spent at least two years learning to play a musical instrument at The Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods. 

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For-profit colleges raking in GI Bill funds

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 8/06/14, 10:03 am

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges in recent years, including a troubled chain that is closing and selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.

A report released last week by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, found that for-profit colleges received $1.7 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits during the 2012-2013 school year. That represents more than 40 percent of the total $4.17 billion in benefits paid out during that time.

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Are STEM majors getting the new 'universal' degrees?

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 7/30/14, 03:53 pm

While Jennifer Mok graduated with an industrial engineering degree in 2010, she now works as a management consultant for nonprofits in Washington, D.C. “I’m interested in finding more meaning in my work, rather than stability,” she said.

And she’s not alone. A recent study found that 75 percent of college graduates with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degrees end up in occupations outside the STEM disciplines. Still, those graduates end up in the highest-paying jobs, according to another study.

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