As schools across the country are working to improve their graduation rates, some experts say the problem starts with the way high schools are fundamentally designed to weed out students.
Camille Farrington, a former high school teacher and now a research associate at the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research, has studied persistent failure in American high schools.Read full article >>
“Thank you,” Washington Post sports writer Mike Wise wrote in this great love letter to Miami Heat basketball star LeBron James, “for giving youngsters someone to emulate.”
Love him or hate him — and it seems that more people love to hate him than perhaps anybody else in professional sports — James has been a role model to young people. That’s not because he has been perfect; it’s because he hasn’t been perfect and has apologized for it. After he left Cleveland for the Heat in a public way that was slammed as being crass, James later apologized, Wise noted, showing “humility and perspective.” And, Wise said, James “speaks about social concerns, damn the financial risk.”Read full article >>
Hundreds of Hayfield Secondary students gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Fairfax County school Monday night to remember Dave Tremaine, who died of cancer earlier in the day — two weeks after he stepped down as principal and the day before graduation ceremonies.Read full article >>
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Here are books for and recommended by teachers, from Scholastic Instructor magazine and titled the “Ultimate Summer Reading List for Teachers:”We searched far and wide to come up with a list of great books for you to crack open during the summer break—and, most important, we asked our teacher advisers and Facebook teachers what they were looking forward to reading (or rereading!). We received an avalanche of interesting responses. It was hard to choose just a few but here are some newer releases that you can pick up at your bookstore or download to an e-reader, plus teachers’ dog-eared favorites. Read full article >>
Standing on the edge of the football field at his all-black school in Arlington County, Dennis Turner used to gaze across the Potomac River at the Washington Monument.
It was the early 1960s. The civil rights movement was raging, but he felt stuck in time.Read full article >>
High Point High School in Beltsville, Md., is a step closer to getting a new building.
The Prince George’s County Board of Education has agreed to accept a feasibility study that provides the district guidance on “how to implement a future modernization at High Point High School.”Read full article >>