Notes in the Margins: Naps, employer demands and essay limits

Employers Put Heat on Schools Big U.S. employers, worried about replacing retiring baby boomers, are wading deeper into education and growing bolder about telling educators how to run their business. (The Wall Street Journal)

Why college app essays should be limited to 500 words Five hundred words will take some work for many kids. That might be a good thing. Not to be overly utopian, but it might be the best thing for student writing since the evolution of the opposable thumb. (The Washington Post)

Summer Job Outlook Bleak for Teens Summer job hiring is off to a slow start for people ages 16-19, according to new employment numbers from the government. (U.S. News & World Report)

University looks to naps for better grades Health educators at the University of California at Davis are encouraging napping to boost academic performance. (USA Today)

Sewanee Prez: Getting Out Of The Academic Cost Spiral Our institution said no to ever-rising tuition. Everyone else can and should too. (Forbes via NAICU)