Education Secretary Arne Duncan is interested in many ideas to boost student performance. Keeping kids in school longer is one option under consideration by the former chief of Chicago Public Schools. Not an easy task given the uncertainty of the tough economic times and the drastic budget cuts many states are facing. Read more on Secretary Duncan's interview with CNN.
While dogs are still the most popular pets in the United States, these days people are befriending everything from turtles to mice. Whether you currently have an animal friend or are just thinking about adopting one, we have compiled a list of resources of interest to pet lovers of all types.
Aquariums for dummies by Maddy Hargrove and Mic Hargrove
An essential guide to choosing your marine tropical fish by Dick Mills
Getting to know your hamster by Gill Page
Whew! You've been accepted into a college, but you wonder what it's going to be like. Or maybe you have a few worries about making it away from home? How will you study? What will you eat? The College Survival Special Collection offers a few good books and a few good links to help you make the best of your college experience.
A few books and sites with a little of everything — good general guides to read if you want to know what to expect.
The college dorm survival guide: how to survive and thrive in your new home away from home by Julia DeVillers — From avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15 to decorating your space, this informative and funny guide gives experts' advice on everything you need to know to enjoy dorm living to the fullest.