As he has done each year since entering office, President Obama delivered a back-to-school speech for the nation's students. He urged students not only to work hard to get A's, but to "take some risks once in a while" and "color outside the lines every now and then." While most educators approved of the speech and its message, some Republicans don't think it's appropriate for the President to be speaking to the nation's students. What did you think of the president's speech? Watch the speech .
You don't often see the words "racist" and "cupcake" in the same sentence, but that changed this week. Some young Republicans disliked a bill in California that would allow universities to consider race or nationality when admitting students. To protest this policy (known as affirmative action), they held a purposefully "racist" bake sale. The price of a cupcake depended on what race the customer was. Opponents of affirmative action say that it's unfair and unnecessary. Supporters say that it's necessary to repair the oppressive policies of the not-so-distant past. Do you think universities should be able to consider race when deciding who to admit? Learn more .
The No Child Left Behind law has been controversial ever since President George W. Bush signed it in 2001. The law expanded the role of the federal government in education, by essentially telling the states that their own reading and math standards weren't good enough. It also required them to test students more. Now Obama wants to give more power back to the states. Do you think tests are the best way to measure knowledge and skills? Learn more .
This week in sports: LSU became the #1 ranked college football team according to AP polls after beating some tough competition on the road. And the Boston Red Sox completed one of the biggest collapses in sports history to lose the wild card race to the Tampa Bay Rays. How much do you think mental strength contributes to winning in sports? Learn more about LSU . Read about the Red Sox collapse .
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