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Jennifer Wadsworth

Jennifer is a Bay Area-based journalist who writes about politics, current events, career news and social issues. She lives in San Jose, Calif., with a blue heeler dog named Blu and an African grey parrot called Dorian.

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Most Recent Posts by Jennifer Wadsworth
  • It's Not Just Kids – American Adults Are Getting Dumber, Too

    While everyone sat around decrying the state of modern education, the Associated Press came out with a study that shows it's not just the youngsters lagging behind other countries in academic achievement. Adults in the U.S. are falling behind, too.
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  • Furlough Parties Now a Trend, Thanks to Government Shutdown

    A bunch of furloughed government workers, willing themselves to make lemonade from lemons, have been hosting shutdown parties to cheer themselves up. The New York Times ran a piece about the trend, which extends to restaurants and cafes offering deals to anyone who shows a government ID.
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  • Harvard Offers Free Tuition to Low-Income Students

    With a yearly tuition of about $65,000, a Harvard education is far out of reach for the poorest American families. That's why the university recently announced that students from low-income families don't have to worry about how to pay for it – they can get it for free.
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  • Which Countries Treat Their Workers the Best?

    The Human Capital Report released Tuesday by the World Economic Forum gauged 122 countries in terms of education, employment, "enabling environment" and health. It was the first report of its kind and interesting because of the way it ranked countries based on how well they treat their workers. The top region was North Europe and the top country? Well, spoiler alert: It's not the United States. But what can Americans learn from these list-toppers about how to foster a healthy workforce?
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  • Top 4 Online College Courses to Take

    Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are becoming more mainstream. Some of the top-ranked institutions in the nation are offering them for free. But with so many now on the market, it's easy to get lost in a sea of options. Here's a list of some of the best MOOCs, according to Business Insider.
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  • 4 Ways Government Shut Down Will Hurt Women

    The federal sequester is felt by a wide range of demographics, it's true. But some of the programs getting shuttered until the nation's leaders get their act together and come up with a budget agreement affect the nation's most marginalized people – the working poor, children, veterans, the elderly and women.
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  • Want to Become an Entrepreneur? Quit Your Yapping, Start Creating

    Writing a business plan is cool and the class discussion probably informative, but that ivory-tower learning doesn't prepare students much for the world. How do college students become successful entrepreneurs in today's world? They got to start making things. ASAP.
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  • There's Nothing Wrong With a Discount Education

    People brag about finding a steal when it comes to homes, cars and other big purchases. But for some reason it's not a matter of pride for parents to talk about how they saved a bunch of money on their child's education. Even middle-class or low-income families are willing to break the bank for exclusivity and branding when it comes to college. Given the rising cost of tuition, that might not be the case for much longer.
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  • After 25 Years of Teaching, Professor Dies Broke

    After a quarter-century teaching at the university level, 83-year-old Margaret Mary Vojtko died impoverished. A friend says her death highlights the plight of adjunct professors, who endure abject penury despite teaching at some of the top universities in the nation.
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  • Is a Management-Free Workplace Productive?

    Imagine the entire professional hierarchy restructured into something more democratic. No boss to report to, no corporate ladder to climb, no one to beat for a promotion and no one left in the dark about overall goals and far-reaching vision. Will it breed innovation or lead to a Lord of the Flies style meltdown?
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