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September 1st, 2011
04:34 PM ET

Former "Blossom" star speaks out about controversial t-shirts

A t-shirt for young girls offered on the J.C. Penney website reads, "I'm too pretty to do homework, so my brother has to do it for me." The shirt was being offered to girls ages 7 through 16. However, this shirt is off the shelves now because J.C. Penney got hit with so much outrage that they removed it from their website. You may remember Mayim Bialik from the hit series "Blossom" and she also stars in "The Big Bang Theory". Well she joined CNN's Brooke Baldwin on the phone from Los Angeles because Bialik has something to say about those J.C. Penney shirts.

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September 1st, 2011
02:47 PM ET

Today's BIG I: 10-year-old launches anti-straw campaign

Today's BIG I Randi Kaye talked to Milo Cress, a 10-year-old who's launched an anti-straw campaign

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September 1st, 2011
12:55 PM ET

U.S. must improve math grade to retain global edge

Dave Schechter
Senior National Editor

The 7th-grader was struggling with a homework project, creating a PowerPoint presentation on the origins of mathematics. One requirement was to note similarities between Babylonian and Chinese math. I helped him research this question, all the while assuming that his teachers had good reason for its inclusion.

But it did make me think about what math skills are being taught and remember my own less-than-stellar math grades.

Math may have been my least favorite subject. I concurred with a yearbook entry that mocked a slogan on our high school’s walls: “Two years of mathematics is not a service to mankind.”


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