- December 20, 2012, the Department of Justice settled a complaint with Lesley University regarding on campus food service. By the agreement, which sets a precedent to all high education institutes that provide on campus food services, the university must "do more than simply provide gluten- and allergen-free options in its food lines (though it has to do that to). It must also develop individualized meal plans for students with food allergies and allow them to preorder meals; provide a dedicated space in its main dining hall to store and prepare foods to avoid cross-contamination; display notices concerning food allergies and identify foods that contain specific allergens; train food service and staff about food allergies; and try to retain vendors that offer food without allergens."
As if the cost of education is not high enough, and answering to mounting accommodation requests has not complicated the core mission of teaching and learning enough.
- October 16, 2012, Washington Post published a call for not teaching Chemistry in high school, the argument being that Chemistry is 'painfully' difficult. The author claimed he couldn't remember a thing from his own Chemistry class, and he could make a living as a philosophy major in college.
- October 9, 2012, French President François Hollande found it was unfair to assign any homework at all, because some kids had parents who were willing to help them to figure out problems. To foster an 'equal' societal eco-system, the French President proposed banning homework all together.
- July 29, 2012, New York Times published a op-ed calling to abolish teaching Algebra at high schools because it prevent students from graduating.
Well, all taking place while youth in China, India, Korean and Japan are studying 120 hours a week, and asking for more.