Editorial: Common Core needs refining

You wouldn't expect programs designed to prepare kids for the real world to be so contentious. But whether it's No Child Left Behind or the Common Core, national education standards have polarized the U.S. education dialogue.

Overton: Scrap 7:30 a.m. finals

If I resent one thing, just one thing about the University of Iowa, it's that for some godforsaken reason, I always have at least one final exam scheduled for 7:30 a.m.

Sonn: Rise of the machines

This was a landmark week for killer robots across the planet. Tuesday's meeting at the U.N. in Geneva was the first time human governments gathered together to have focused discussions on an increasingly probable future in which nations use lethal autonomous robots for warfare and law enforcement.

Lee: The NFL should learn from the NBA

The NBA took a strong stand against Donald Sterling's racism, but what about the NFL and its own handling of racism? The organization needs to adopt the same zero-tolerance for racism seen in the NBA.

Guest: Regionalism versus internationalism

Recently the state Board of Regents appointed a blue-ribbon commission (headed by David Miles) to evaluate the mechanism of funding allocation to the three regents' universities. The commission came up with the proposal of changing the current allocation of 40 UI, 40 ISU, and 20 UNI to one based on the number of Iowa undergraduate residents enrolled. The proposed allocation would result in $60 million slash in funding to the UI, while increasing those to the other two. My question is, what does the state gain from this reallocation?

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