A 17-year-old Egyptian science prodigy attending the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles this month decided to use the opportunity to defect and seek asylum in the United States out of fear that he would be arrested by authorities back home.Read full article >>
Alexandria’s technology director has recommended that the school board approve purchasing tablets for every student at the city’s high school.
Chief Technology Officer Elizabeth Hoover told the board Thursday night that tablets are less expensive and easier for teachers to manage than the laptops that students would otherwise be given.Read full article >>
With a piercing gaze into the camera, the Virginia Military Institute graduate urges viewers to comb through a federal report on a sex discrimination probe at the college in Lexington until they find a sex assault case called “Complaint 2.”Read full article >>
A ”trigger warning” is a short statement on a written piece of work or even a television show ( think Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) noting that the material may be sexually graphic, violent or in some other way upsetting. This month The New York Times ran a story by Jennifer Medina about the warnings that has sparked a stream of articles in magazines, newspapers and blogs about the subject, many of them ridiculing the idea.Read full article >>
The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Young Iranians Arrested for Being Too ‘Happy in Tehran’
Prince George’s County schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell is the first to admit that when he pledged to visit all 205 schools in Maryland’s second-largest school district during his first year on the job, he wasn’t so sure it was a realistic goal.Read full article >>
Several small schools in western Loudoun County have been added to an annual list of the state’s most endangered historic sites by a preservation advocacy group.
The schools were included among about 800 historic schools statewide that Richmond-based Preservation Virginia is hoping to protect as districts increasingly replace smaller school buildings with larger, centrally located facilities.Read full article >>
Strauss: Texas superintendent tells parents: Your children’s standardized test scores don’t mean much
Paul Jones, superintendent of the Paris Independent School District in Texas, posted a rather unusual letter to parents on the district’s website.
Jones informed parents that they would soon receive their children’s scores on state-mandated standardized tests and that they shouldn’t put very much stock into them. In fact, he told them they were part of a “punitive” system in which assessments “do not reflect the quality of teaching or learning.”Read full article >>