— Congress can’t quite pass the DREAM Act, so billionaires are throwing money at the problem. (Not that they’re really making a dent…) My latest for NBC News.
Max Novick has known he’s wanted to be a filmmaker for years, ever since he saw “A Clockwork Orange” and “Fight Club.” Since then, he’s set about making this happen. His resume is four pages long, filled with dozens of jobs—production assistant, director of photography, script supervisor—on independent and student films in the New York area.
He’s also only 16 years old, a junior at Roslyn High School in Long Island. The “jobs” have been unpaid volunteer opportunities—in other words, internships. He’s been “aggressively seeking this stuff out” since middle school.
“I just think, ‘What am I waiting for?’” he said. “Now’s the perfect time because I’m not in college so I don’t have to worry about getting paid…I’m really kind of future oriented.”"
— Read more about high schoolers on their interning grind at Nbcnews.com. (P.S. Max Novick will be hiring us all in 10 years. Beware.)
This hand signal is why 15-year-old Dontadrian Bruce, a student and football player in Olive Branch, Miss., was suspended and faced expulsion. The district accused him of throwing up “gang signs.” He told me he was just repping his football jersey number.
Here’s my report for NBCNews.com; the 21-day ordeal this mild-mannered kid went through because of “zero tolerance” is pretty nutso.
Also: a local organization informed me on Twitter that not only had DeSoto county been sued for things like this before (which I mention in my piece), it had also been cited in a report criticizing school discipline. Sounds like it’s time for a few changes…
— I asked whether the new SAT—and its “free test prep for all”—will kill a billion-dollar industry and break down educational inequality. (Spoiler: nope!)
Iggy Azalea - Fancy ft. Charli XCX
Shameless pander to the Clueless Generation but I kiiiiind of loooove it.