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Boy Unknowingly Used Fake Money to Buy School Lunch

January 19, 2019 |

A school superintendent in Georgia said Friday a 12-year-old boy who tried to buy lunch with a counterfeit $ 20 bill appears to have been unaware the bill was fake and should not have been punished, the AP reports. The decision came after Christian Philon complained that administrators at Austin Road…
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Karen Pence to Teach at School With Gay Ban

January 16, 2019 |

Karen Pence is going back to work … at a Christian school that does not allow gay students, parents, or employees. Pence taught at Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, for years while husband Mike Pence served in Congress before becoming vice president. Now, the second lady is returning to the…
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Man arrested after 20 children injured in Chinese primary school attack

January 8, 2019 |

Chinese authorities say a male attacker has wounded 20 children inside a Beijing primary school.
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Connecticut Software Engineering School Receives $10,000 BTC Donation

January 8, 2019 |

Connecticut Software Engineering School Receives $  10,000 BTC Donation

During the first week of 2019, Holberton School in New Haven, whose two-year higher education program aims to “drive the digital transformation revolution,” received a large cryptocurrency donation. On Monday it was announced that the cofounder of software suite the Scroll Network, Nathan Pitruzzello, donated $ 10,000 worth of digital currency to the Connecticut school that’s known for recording academic certificates on the BTC chain.

Also read: Thousands of Banned Binance Customers Remain Cut off by the Exchange

Connecticut Software Engineering School Receives a $ 10,000 BTC Donation

Connecticut Engineering School Receives $  10,000 BTC DonationHolberton School New Haven, a two-year program training software engineers, revealed on Jan. 7 that the school had received a kind donation in cryptocurrency. The $ 10,000 BTC donation from Scroll Network’s cofounder Nathan Pitruzzello will be used to help qualifying students offset living expenses, the school detailed. Holberton helps students become full-stack software engineers by utilizing a collaborative project-based learning approach. According to Holberton, graduates from the school now work with blockchain startups and big name tech giants like Tesla, NASA, and Apple. During the announcement, Pitruzzello explained that cryptocurrency solutions and blockchain technology innovation is “about philanthropy.”

“I am committed to helping students build their startups and careers as a way of giving back to those that helped me get started,” said Pitruzzello. “Holberton’s approach to providing cutting-edge software engineering training to people from different backgrounds, including entrepreneurs like myself, as well as those from disadvantaged backgrounds, has resonated with me from day one — I am very excited that this education model is launching next door to us right here in New Haven,” the Scroll Network founder added.

Connecticut Engineering School Receives $  10,000 BTC Donation
Both Holberton and MIT record academic certificates on the Bitcoin Core (BTC) network.

Blockchain-Backed Academic Certificates

Another interesting fact about the Holberton school is it was one of the first schools to deliver academic certificates that are secured and accessible via the BTC blockchain. Around three years ago, on Oct. 21, 2015, the New Haven software engineer program announced it was recording the certificates in order to “tackle the threats of false resumes and fake certificates.” “By having students’ certificates available in a public blockchain, Holberton School makes it easier for employers to check if a candidate is truly a graduate from the school,” Holberton stated at the time.

Connecticut Engineering School Receives $  10,000 BTC Donation

The well-known Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston also uses the BTC chain to record academic certificates through a program called Blockcerts launched in 2016. The following year, the MIT Registrar’s Office issued diplomas to 111 graduates using the blockchain platform. Holberton is unique because students are able to attend with no upfront tuition, but are asked to contribute a portion of their salary from post-Holberton employment. However, Holberton director Nadine Krause emphasized that students still need help with living expenses and the digital currency donation was very helpful.

“We’re honored that [Nathan Pitruzzello] chose to support Holberton students in this way and to help further our mission of making our program accessible to more people, regardless of an individual’s experience level or financial means,” Krause concluded.

What do you think about the BTC donation to Holberton School New Haven? What do you think about schools that record academic certificates by using blockchain technology? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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High School Student’s Doodle Leads to Deportation

January 3, 2019 |

Alex attended Huntington High School on Long Island, and he committed three big sins in the eyes of the authorities: He once wore blue sneakers to the school, he wrote “504” on his school bag and on a school calculator, and he doodled a devil with horns on his bag….
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South Korean Business School Launches Crypto MBA Program

December 23, 2018 |

South Korean Business School Launches Crypto MBA Program

A major business school in South Korea is now offering a master’s degree in cryptocurrency. Crypto MBA is a one-and-a-half-year program that covers topics such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, smart contracts, crypto funds, Dapp planning, game theory, and how to write persuasive whitepapers. Meanwhile, the government is working on follow-up crypto regulations.

Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations

Crypto MBA

South Korean Business School Launches Crypto MBA ProgramSeoul School of Integrated Sciences and Technologies, often known as Assist, announced on Friday that it is now offering a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program dedicated to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. The new course is “a master’s degree program in blockchain, cryptoeconomics and token economy courses from technological, cryptoeconomic and business strategic perspectives,” the school described.

Claiming that it has “launched the world’s first crypto MBA course for a business graduate school,” Assist wrote:

The mission of Assist business school’s Crypto MBA program is to remedy the lack of academic research and systematic education currently available in the industry, despite a high level of social interest in the blockchain and cryptocurrency.

South Korean Business School Launches Crypto MBA ProgramThe professional graduate school has been offering master’s degrees and doctorate degrees in business administration since 2004. Its website claims that the school “has been evaluated as the no. 1 graduate school for business administration,” noting that large corporations such as LG Electronics, KT, Doosan Infracore, and Korea Electric Power Corporation continuously use its courses.

Crypto Curriculum and Regulation

South Korean Business School Launches Crypto MBA ProgramAccording to Friday’s announcement, “The curriculum includes Bitcoin, Ethereum, smart contract, cryptology, EOS, deep learning and system dynamics mechanisms. The cryptoeconomics curriculum consists of digital currency studies, microeconomics, macroeconomics, behavioral economics and theory on currency finance, game theory and mechanism design.” In addition, students will learn about “management mechanisms, strategic statistics, digital financial accounting, digital marketing strategies, crypto funds, Dapp planning and writing strategy for the persuasive whitepaper.”

South Korean Business School Launches Crypto MBA ProgramThe South Korean government is currently working on additional crypto regulatory measures following the implementation of the real-name system in January. Initial coin offerings (ICOs) have been banned domestically since September last year. However, a number of lawmakers have introduced several bills to regulate them.

Recently, a fintech startup filed a complaint with the country’s constitutional court alleging that the government’s ICO ban is unconstitutional.

Crypto Classes on the Rise

While Assist offers an actual MBA degree in crypto, a growing number of business schools worldwide have added crypto classes including Stanford Graduate School of Business, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Mcdonough School of Business. Cnbc previously reported that these top schools “are expanding classes in digital currency and blockchain to keep up with demand from students and their future employers.”

South Korean Business School Launches Crypto MBA ProgramStanford’s business school, ranked number one globally by the Financial Times this year, added a course called “Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies.” The school’s website describes, “The course covers all aspects of cryptocurrencies, including distributed consensus, blockchains, smart contracts and applications. We will focus in detail on Bitcoin and Ethereum as case studies.”

Wharton, ranked number one by Forbes, added a class in the fall called “Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Distributed Ledger Technology,” while Georgetown offers an elective that teaches topics such as the history and evolution of fintech, blockchain technology, and their applications.

What do you think of the Crypto MBA program? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Judge: School, Cops Had No Legal Duty to Protect Parkland Teens

December 18, 2018 |

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit claiming sheriff’s deputies and school officials failed to protect students during the Feb. 14 Parkland shooting. Claiming severe trauma and psychological injuries, 15 students of Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School argued their civil and due process rights were violated. “Viewed properly, the…
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Team Trump says it’s making school lunches ‘great again.’ It’s making them less healthy

December 15, 2018 |

It wasn’t until the Trump administration recently rolled back nutritional standards for school lunches that I became aware of an organization called the School Nutrition Assn., which sounds like the sort of group that fights to protect our kids from the ravages of junk food.

So it was with more…


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Michigan mom calls police on son too ‘lazy’ to get out of bed for school: ‘I did what I needed to do’

December 14, 2018 |

A Michigan mom called the police to take her son to school after he wouldn’t get up from bed.
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