<![CDATA[Ranker: Recent Education Lists]]> http://www.ranker.com/list-of//education http://www.ranker.com/img/skin2/logo.gif Most Viewed Lists on Ranker http://www.ranker.com/list-of//education <![CDATA[53 Hilarious Test Answers From Kids]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/funny-kids-test-answers/robert-wabash
Kids these days: can't live with 'em, can't teach 'em anything because the Internet shows them that they can be a smartass instead of submitting real quiz answers. Tests were once about studying, knowing the most, reveling in the honest hard work of memorizing the basics of being a person in American society. Getting stuff wrong meant feeling SHAME. But these days all kids care about is submitting creative test answers that will make their Gen Y teachers laugh, making sure everyone is having a "good time." 

Back in the day, each and every one of these damn kids would have been slapped on the wrist for writing down sassy words and drawing goofy pictures instead of, you know, actually finishing their tests. From hilarious teacher reviews to funny kids test answers that make you wish you were that clever when you were little, these are the best and funniest test answers provided by clever children who didn't care about their grades as much as they did about getting a laugh. 

Sometimes, their grades reflected their lack of effort - but unfortunately, a lot of the time, you can see that the teacher actually kind of appreciated a kid giving a smartass test answer, even if it wasted everyone's time. What is the lesson here? Nothing matters as long as you are kind of funny and can answer any test questions you are handed no matter how little you know about the correct answer.

No matter where the world is going (downhill) with all this, these are the funniest kids test answers that will are sure to make you smile. 
53 Hilarious Test Answers From Kids, kids, lifestyle, family, education, schools, other, Children's, arts & culture,

Suck It Up, Kids

Historical Accuracy

Good Advice, Actually

Guide Davey Bones!

Kid Tells It Like It Is

She's Not Wrong...

Oh, Miranda

Warren's Future

A Valuable Lesson

Math Problems

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<![CDATA[Things You Miss Most About High School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/things-you-will-miss-most-about-high-school/samantha-dillinger
List of reasons why I miss high school--prom, football, lockers, writing notes to friends and the school cafeteria. We take all of these special things for granted when we are in school and we don't realize that they are some of the best things about high school. After you graduate, a lot changes and friends drift apart and move all over the country.

High school is a time when you are closest with your childhood friends and you still get to act like a child, but have fun like an adult (sort of..) Even if high school was a hard time and wasn't as cool as a typical high school movie, odds are that there are some things that you miss about high school. Vote for the things that you miss and add any bit of high school nostalgia that you can think of.   
Things You Miss Most About High School,

No Responsibilities!!

Having Friends You've Known Since You Were a Kid

Feeling Like You Can Be Anything When You Grow Up

Not Having to Work

After School Activities

Summer Break

Easily Being in Shape

No Bills
No rent, no utilities and no groceries
Always Having Someone to Hang Out With

Goofing Off During Class
Making fun of the teacher and talking to new classmates who would become friends

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<![CDATA[The Best Novels About Prep School]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-novels-about-prep-school/ranker-books
List of the Best Novels About Prep School. Nothing quite captures the zeitgeist like privileged teen angst, as displayed in the best novels about prep school. From The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield to Hogwarts’ Harry Potter, the best boarding school fiction isn’t just the stuff of dark hallways and confused sexuality; it’s the stuff of legend.

English professors might scoff at a few of these selections. However, this list of the best novels about prep school is comprised of volumes that have consistently gained the reader stamp of approval, whether over several decades (Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), or spanning centuries (Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol).

The best novels about prep school share a few common themes: a general search for meaning, good versus evil, suicide and suicidal thoughts, lost love, unrequited love, and waning youth. The protagonists from these academies might be students (Gene Forrester, in John Knowles’ A Separate Peace) or teachers (Mr. Chipping, in James Hilton’s Goodbye, Mr. Chips), but often their struggles mirror each other.

While the best boarding school books primarily feature characters from advantaged backgrounds, the painful, isolating, thrilling and confounding experiences of adolescence resonate across generations, socioeconomic status, gender identities -- muggle or magical-born. That’s why this definitive list of the best novels about prep school speaks to so many readers.

The Best Novels About Prep School,


A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Separate Peace

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Jane Eyre

The Catcher in the Rye

The Chocolate War

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The World According to Garp

Winter Light

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<![CDATA[Universities With the Best College Sports Programs]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/universities-with-the-best-college-sports-programs
College sports programs are a large source of pride among American universities. What are the colleges with the best sports programs& It's time for the fans to decide!

Whether it's basketball, football, or even baseball season, universities and alumni want to be the best athletic program, period. What university has the best sports program& Here are the colleges with the greatest all around sports programs in the country. If you don't vote for your top athletic college, you are letting down your favorite athletes and your classmates. Don't be a cause of shame for your alma mater!

Notice your favorite school missing from the ranks& Add a contributing list to give a vote with some heft. You can also use the voting buttons to say whether you think a college should have been included or not.
Universities With the Best College Sports Programs,

Michigan State University

Ohio State University

Stanford University

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Michigan

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Notre Dame

University of Oregon

University of Texas at Austin

University of Florida

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<![CDATA[Pretentious Words You Secretly Don't Know How to Pronounce]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/prententious-words-you-cant-say/robert-wabash
What are some of the most overused, mispronounced words people use to try to sound smarter? There are plenty of pretentious vocabulary words people frequently mispronounce. The English language is a mash-up of so many different languages and influences that it can be hard to keep up with new additions, but some words are just so impossible it seems like they're trying to screw you up on purpose. Below are some of the worst examples of pretentious, unpronounceable words people use to try to sound cool.
Pretentious Words You Secretly Don't Know How to Pronounce,

broo-SKET-tuh, and/or broo-SHET-tuh -- No one really knows how to accurately pronounce the name of this popular Italian appetizer, but if you ever go to an Italian restaurant, you're sure to overhear at least one person rudely correcting someone else.
ah-sah-EE -- An extremely overpriced berry that mostly contains stuff you can get from orange juice.
FUH -- Most people mispronounce the name of this traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, causing them to tragically miss out on a universe of immature jokes and puns.
UHH-vv -- An individual artist's entire body of work. Kind of hard to pronounce even when you technically do know how to pronounce it, honestly.
pro-PISH-us -- When things seem inclined to go your way, e.g. "my odds of totally destroying this loser in Hearthstone appear propitious."
kwah-FYOOR -- A hairstyle which is expensive, time-consuming, and often ginormous.
day-noo-MAHN -- The end of a story, but French.
on-WEE -- A consuming, Goth-like sense of boredom.
shar-KOO-tuh-REE -- A big plate of cold cuts, cheese, and sometimes olives/pickles/etc. Except that it's French.
shuh-MEEZ -- The sexually-repressed term for a "sexy" nightie.

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<![CDATA[The Worst U.S. Colleges (Based on Graduation Rates)]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-u-s-colleges-_based-on-graduation-rates_/admiralcrunch
Here's a list of colleges that are not good at their jobs based on one statistic: six-year graduation rate.  Education author John Palladino (Here's a link to his book) believes a university demonstrates a reasonable dedication to educating students if they maintain at least a 50% graduation rate.  That can be tough at lower tier state schools where students who excel transfer to flagship schools, so failure to retain students isn't always a bad thing.  But once retention rates sink well below 50% the reasons are usually related to poor financial aid, poor student support services, and above all, instructors who are unable to engage their students.  Many online, for-profit schools are among the biggest culprits when it comes to leaving students with huge debt and no degree.

 This list includes colleges with graduation rates under 20% as cited by CollegeFactualCollegeMeasures.org, or U.S. News & World Report (but see below.) 

Schools whose graduation rates put them in the bottom 5% have been flagged as Dropout Factories by the Education Trust on their College Results website -- currently that means about a 16% graduation rate or less.  US News & World Report lists institutions with higher loan default rates than graduation rates as Red Flag Schools.  Both warning labels are being added to schools during updates starting Feb. 2015
Public colleges that did not make their graduation rate data available include: Athens State University, Charter Oak State College, Governors State University (not the same as Western Governors University), San Diego State/Imperial Valley, Thomas Edison State College & the University of Baltimore.

Private, non-profit colleges that did not make their graduation rate data available include: Amberton University, Antioch University (Los Angeles), Atlantic Union College, Bethany University, California Institute of Integral Studies, Golden Gate University, John F. Kennedy University, Ottawa University (Kansas), Temple Baptist College & Trinity International University.
Proprietary or For-Profit universities that did not make their graduation rate data available include: American Intercontinental University, Argosy University, Capella University, Jones International University, Northcentral University, Patten University, Sullivan University, and Walden University. However, Senator Tom Harkin's 2012 investigative report has statistics for some of the schools and the findings are included here, sometimes shown as overall corporate performance instead of the company's individual institutions and sometimes shown as individual campuses of the campus.  
Edit: A friend who teaches secondary school wanted me to point out that many of these public and non-profit schools are Historically Black Colleges or are institutions that largely serve the Black community, the Native American community, or are listed by HACU as Hispanic-serving institutions.  The point being that at least some of these institutions may be the only options available for their students and therefore need the support to improve instead of being left to die.  
By the way, the college engulfed in flames above is (was) not in the United States, but abandoned Alma College in Ontario, Canada.

The Worst U.S. Colleges (Based on Graduation Rates),

American Public University System
2.4%  For-profit, West Virginia (Brands include American Public University and American Military University)
Cambridge College

2.9% - Mass, private non-profit, listed as a Dropout Factory by the Education Trust

Capella University

2.7% - For Profit university, Minnesota - most recent information unavailable

Great Basin College

3.3% - Nevada, public, Listed as a Dropout Factory by The Education Trust

Paul Quinn College

3.8% - private religious college, Texas. marked as a Drop-Out Factory by the Education Trust.  Lost regional accreditation in 2009, but picked up accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. The agency is recognized by the State of Texas.  The graduation rate has actually improved from 0.6% last year. 

South University

4.4%  For Profit, a US News Red Flag school and listed as a College Dropout Factory

University of Phoenix

3.6% (online campus) For Profit university, in addition to the online campus, many of the physical campuses are marked by the Education Trust as Dropout Factories.

The University of Phoenix's parent company has been investigated and sued for deceptive business practices related to recruitment and falsifying financial information for investors. Lawsuits initiated by the Federal Trade Commission are continuing as of January 2016. 

Virginia College

1.4% For profit, Flagged as a dropout factory by College Results, owned by Education Corporation of America

Western International University

1.5% - for profit (Apollo Group) - U.S. News red flag school and listed as a Dropout Factory

Antioch University Seattle

2.7% - Washington State, Non-profit, private

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<![CDATA[Kids Who Got Suspended for Dumb Reasons]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/kids-who-got-suspended-for-dumb-reasons-091715/mike-rothschild
The growth of the "zero tolerance policy" has led to a vast number of students being suspended, expelled, or even arrested for "crimes" that virtually nobody considers crimes. Because of schools adopting harsh rules against drugs, violence, bad behavior or anything they deem misconduct, students have been subject to punishments that far outstrip anything they might have done wrong.

In past instances, kids as young as six have been led out of class in handcuffs and wrongfully suspended for wearing the wrong clothing, making noises, bringing something that looks like it maybe could possibly almost be a weapon, or just bothering someone. This culminated in the arrest and suspension of Ahmed Mohamed, a high school freshman who made a clock for a science project, and was interrogated by police because his English teacher thought it looked like a bomb.

But Ahmed was far from the first student humiliated, arrested, and traumatized, and kicked out of school over nothing, or for doing something that only skirted the edges of a zero tolerance policy. Here are some of the most egregious cases of zero tolerance gone wrong. Which kids were accidentally suspended for the silliest reasons? Vote up the worst and most ridiculous cases of kids being suspended over nothing below.

Kids Who Got Suspended for Dumb Reasons,

The Third Grader Expelled Because of Her Grandma's Cake
A Delaware third grader was expelled for a year because her grandmother had sent a birthday cake to school, along with a knife to cut it. The teacher used the knife to cut and serve the cake, then promptly turned the student in for having a knife. The expulsion was eventually overturned.

The Student Arrested for Burping
A 13-year-old New Mexico student was arrested, handcuffed, and hauled off to juvie - all for the crime of disrupting his class by burping once. Apparently the young man burped "audibly" during gym class, prompting his teacher to complain to school authorities. This same student had earlier been stripped searched in front of numerous adults after being accused of selling pot - which was never found. The boy's parents filed a lawsuit against the school.

Middle Schooler Suspended for Helping Classmate During Asthma Attack
Anthony Ruelas, a 15-year-old hero from Gateway Middle School in Killeen, Texas, was suspending for carrying a sick child to the nurse. According to reports, Ruelas's classmate had an asthma attack during class. The teacher, waiting on an email from the nurse, told the class to remain in their seats and stay calm, even after the ailing student fell out of her chair. Ruelas, not content to watch his fellow either grader suffer, got up, said "‘f—k that we ain’t got time to wait for no email from the nurse," and carried the girl to the nurse's office. He was suspended for two days for not following directions from his teacher. 

The Five Year Old Suspended Over a Hello Kitty Bubble Gun
A Pennsylvania five year old was suspended from her kindergarten after making a "terrorist threat" - suggesting she and a friend should have a bubble fight with their pink Hello Kitty bubble shooters. She was initially suspended for 10 days (this was reduced to two) and given a psychological evaluation. Her parents threatened to sue the school.

The Student Arrested Over a Maple Leaf
A Virginia middle school student was arrested, given a one year suspension, and forced to undergo psychological counseling because he was caught carrying a leaf that looked suspiciously like a marijuana plant. Except it wasn't pot at all - it was a maple leaf allegedly put in his backpack by another student. The charges were eventually dropped and the boy allowed to go back to school - but he had to attend a different school in the district, and was still subjected to random pat-downs.

The Boy Nearly Suspended for a Tiny LEGO Gun
A Massachusetts six year old was nearly suspended for bringing a Navy LEGO figure on his school bus - one that happened to be carrying a tiny rifle. His fellow students allegedly panicked and told the driver, who told school officials. After deeming the quarter-sized toy non-threatening, the boy was merely given detention and forced to write a letter of apology.

The Girl Suspended for a "Paper Gun"
A Philadelphia elementary school student was suspended, searched in front of other students, and reduced to tears after being caught with a piece of paper folded and torn in the shape of a gun. The paper had been given to her by her grandfather, and she threw it out - only to have another student take it out of the trash and give it to their teacher.

The Girl Stripped Searched on Suspicion of Carrying Advil
Arizona eighth grader Savana Redding had her belongings searched when another student went to school authorities with a tip that she was carrying drugs - two Advil tablets to be exact. When nothing was found, the school ordered her strip searched - and again found nothing. Redding's parents sued the school, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court.

The Second Grader Suspended for a Pop-Tarts Gun
A Maryland boy was suspended for biting his breakfast Pop-Tarts pastry into the shape of a gun and saying "bang bang" to another boy. The school felt this was a threat, despite the fact that the boy was actually trying to chew the pastry into the shape of a mountain, before realizing it sort of looked like a firearm. His family litigated with the school for over two years - and his suspension was upheld.

The Boy Suspended for Getting a Basketball Player's Face Shaved Into His Hair
Texas middle schooler Patrick Gonzalez loves the San Antonio Spurs so much that when they made the playoffs in 2012, he wanted to get the face of one of their players cut into his hair. His mother even made sure the carving, of popular reserve forward Matt Bonner, was okay with the school. They said yes, so Patrick got the haircut - then got suspended anyway. Bonner made good though, and hooked up Patrick with playoff tickets.

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<![CDATA[What School Lunch Is Like in 8 Different Countries Around the World]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/school-lunches-in-other-countries/steve-wright

Have you ever wondered what school lunch in other countries looks like?

You often hear that America has school lunches that are low in nutrition and flavor and promote bad eating habits to children. International school lunches, however, are certainly a mixed bag when it comes to providing everything a growing child needs while not costing the various governments millions of dollars.

Some countries, like Finland, have found a way to provide excellent school lunches that are free. Public school lunches in other countries, however, can get very expensive, with some schools in France charging the equivalent of a restaurant meal for food in their school cafeterias.

If you have ever wondered what school lunch around the world looks like, then this is the list for you. Keep reading to find out what kids around the world have at school lunch.

What School Lunch Is Like in 8 Different Countries Around the World,


Brazilian schools have the second largest lunch program in the world, feeding 42 million of the country's schoolchildren - for free. The government requires 30 percent of the ingredients for lunches to be sourced from local, family farms. By doing this, the country has helped four million farmers and also reduced childhood malnutrition at the same time. This also encourages children to stay in school longer as eating healthy, good quality food is often easier at school that at home.


The massive economic divide in China means that in some schools lunch is provided, while in others children have to bring their own food. China has recently been involved in a movement to cut waste and extravagance, and through this, the children who do not eat the lunch that is provided are given black marks that count on their end-of-year report cards. Lunches are traditionally Chinese dishes that use white rice, fish, and local vegetables.


The most unique aspect of Finnish school meals is that they are free. This change was part of a social revolution during WWII and Finns see the free school meals program as an essential part of their culture. The Finnish model means that school lunches cost eight percent of the education cost of each pupil. Each meal must have fresh and cooked vegetables covering half the plate, fish at least once a week, and berries or fruit for dessert, among other regulations.


There is no national school lunch program in France, so lunches there are funded by the local municipalities. This means that the wealthiest in Paris can pay up to $7 for a school meal, with an average cost being around $3 and low-income support being available. These three and four-course meals are provided to around 6 million children each day, with primary and middle school children having a set menu and high schools having a couple of options. Kids are also mandated to spend 30 minutes at the table to properly eat their food.


School lunches in Japan tend to be authentic, home-style meals as opposed to the fried, stadium food you see in the US. Most schools source their food from local farms and as a rule, the food is never frozen. The meals are balanced and lean heavily on traditional Japanese staples such as rice, fish, and soups. In many ways, it is a throwback school lunch system as the type and quality of the meals haven't changed much in four decades. The meals are also a communal experience as students serve their own classmates. Lunch periods are typically 45 minutes long and are used to teach children about community and nutrition.

South Korea

Most American kids would be pretty intimidated by a South Korean school lunch. Bringing lunch from home is unheard of in South Korea and the monthly cost for lunches is around $34 (with subsidies available). The lunches may be mysterious, but they are also nutritious and filling, with no microwaveable food and everything prepared fresh on the day it is served. Soups and fish are major staples of South Korean school lunches.

United Kingdom

School lunches in the UK had become such a problem that the government brought new legislation into effect in 2015 to make the meals healthier. Meals today must include one or more portions of vegetables or salad, while there may be no more than two portions of fried or pastry-based foods each week. The drive toward healthier eating was spearheaded by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. There is, however, a class divide that sees the poorer communities still eating school lunches that are not seen as nutritious enough compared to other countries.

United States of America

American school lunches are typically not fondly remembered by adults. Budget cuts in schools have seen the quality of school lunches eroded over the years to the point that First Lady Michelle Obama has become involved. Stats seem to back this up, noting that two out of three middle schoolers who eat school lunches regularly are overweight. 

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<![CDATA[The Smartest Celebrities]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/smartest-famous-people/celebrity-lists
The smartest celebrities are those who have documented high IQs, multiple degrees from distinguished universities, and a history of long hours spent studying complicated subjects. A number of famous actors are members of the "high IQ society" Mensa - or, at least, a number of online sources say they are. Those people are included here, as are businessmen, musicians, and even wrestlers with impressive academic résumés. For example, Swedish-born action star Dolph Lundgren, aka Ivan Drago, has a master's degree in Chemical Engineering and was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to M.I.T. Likewise, Oscar winner Natalie Portman has a Harvard degree, has lectured at Columbia University, and can speak five languages. And Bill Gates founded Microsoft. Which of these most brilliant celebrities surprises you most?

For brevity, this list does not include career politicians or widely recognized geniuses in academia.
The Smartest Celebrities,

Bill Gates
Reported IQ: 160
Dexter Holland
Reported IQ: 170
James Woods
Reported IQ: 180
Jayne Mansfield
Reported IQ: 163
Jill St. John
Reported IQ: 162
Masi Oka
Reported IQ: 189
Michael Crichton

Paul Allen
Reported IQ: 170
Quentin Tarantino
Reported IQ: 160
Judy Holliday
Reported IQ: 172

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<![CDATA[The Best Countries for Study Abroad]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-countries-for-study-abroad/ranker-travel
List of the Best Countries to Study Abroad ranked from best to worst. Almost every college and university has programs that allow their students to study abroad. How do these young scholars decide which nation will provide them with quality education and a great adventure? Vote on this list of the best countries to study abroad and share your wisdom with all adventurous undergrads.
There are many factors to consider when deciding which country to spend a semester in while you study abroad. If your a foodie, Italy is your best bet to immerse yourself in decadent cuisine. France offers beautiful scenery, vast culture and rigorous curriculums, providing students studying abroad with an unforgettable experience.

For a semester abroad that is inexpensive, check out what the various African countries have to offer. Kenya and Tanzania both offer students a quality education mixed with rich cultural diversity and amazing opportunities to observe wildlife, while remaining easy on the pocket book. Mexico also provides studious travelers with wonderful educational opportunities for a fair price. Another bonus to heading south of the border is that for many students home is only a few hours away.

Which country will land in the top spot on this list of the best countries to study abroad? Time will tell, but be sure to vote to make sure that your favorite spot is featured high on the list.
The Best Countries for Study Abroad,










United States of America

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