November 17th, 2011
02:35 PM ET

Hillary Clinton to students: "Get out" (and study abroad)

By Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty
With the number of international students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States at a record high this year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging more American students to follow those students' lead and pack their backpacks for study in other countries.
Only 1% of American students enrolled in college study overseas. In a new YouTube video, Clinton is urging more to think about going international.
"To remain the leader in this ever-changing world, we have to push ourselves not just to think globally, but to get out there and study globally as well," Clinton says in the video.

Almost 723,000 international students are enrolled in higher education institutions in the United States, a 32% increase since the 2000 school year, according to a report by the Institute of International Education. The Commerce Department says those students contribute nearly $20 billion to the U.S. economy, placing higher education among the country's top service-sector exports.

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Today's Reading List
November 17th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

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Here's what the Schools of Thought Editors are reading today:

Washington Post: With Hispanic students on the rise, Hispanic teachers in short supply
The ratio of Hispanic teachers to Hispanic students is lower than any other racial or ethnic minority group. Researchers find that closing the gap could help students of America's largest minority group.

Education Week: Youth-Concussion-Law Watch: Pa. Makes 35
Pennsylvania's new law mandates concussion training for coaches and sets guidelines for head injuries that occur during competition.

Washington Record Herald: 2nd MT abuse victim comes forward
Audio taped recordings catch two Ohio educators allegedly verbally abusing a 14-year-old special needs student. A second child now says he was also bullied by the teacher and the teacher's aide.

New York Daily News: Yale football player Patrick Witt puts team ahead of self, will skip Rhodes Scholarship interview for 'The Game' vs Harvard
Yale quarterback could lose his shot at the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship when he faces off his team's historic rival.

November 17th, 2011
08:26 AM ET

Building more minority engineers – as early as elementary school

Editor's note: Soledad O'Brien chronicles the NewMe Accelerator journey in "Black in America: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley," at 8 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET November 19 on CNN.  There is an Educator and Parent Guide  for this program, provided by CNN Student News.

(CNN) – As a young teen, Wesley Williams believed his only career option was to work at a local warehouse in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

“I wasn’t planning on going to college, I wasn’t planning on graduating high school, I was planning on doing nothing with my life,” he said.

Now, nearly 10 years later, he is a college graduate and an IT administrator and developer.

“I would be either dead or in jail," he said. "Those would have been my options had it not been for BDPA.”

BDPA, formerly known as the Black Data Processing Associates, is a non-profit organization founded to increase the number of minorities in information technology related industries.

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