The Learning Network: What Organizations Do You Think People Should Give to This Holiday Season? Why?
Each December, Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, lists some organizations around the world that are doing wonderful work, and suggests giving to them might make inspiring gifts.
The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Senate Torture Report Faults C.I.A. for Brutality and Deceit
Note to teachers: Please preview this edition of 6 Q’s before you assign it to students, as both the article and our questions concern methods of torture.
For the past six years, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has pressured states to use standardized test scores of students to evaluate their teachers. He has liked the idea so much that he made it a condition for states who want certain pots of federal funds as well as federal relief from the worst mandates of No Child Left Behind.Read full article >>
Following Rolling Stone’s account of a gang rape at the school, its president, Teresa A. Sullivan, has been trying to navigate a path that has shifted by the day.
About 70 students from an East Village high school and some parents crossed the Brooklyn Bridge to present a petition to the United States attorney’s office.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology said it has determined that a retired faculty member, Walter Lewin, a physicist with a distinguished teaching career, has “engaged in online sexual harassment.”
Montgomery County’s schools chief proposed a $2.4 billion budget for next fiscal year that would boost spending by $103.6 million as it seeks to address the district’s surging enrollment and gaps in student achievement. Read full article >>
CHARLOTTESVILLE — After one of its most tumultuous fall terms in memory, the University of Virginia is plunging ahead with plans to beef up campus safety, rein in alcohol abuse, reform its fraternity culture and prevent sexual assault.Read full article >>
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has been all over television and radio lately talking about the deaths of two black men, Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, during encounters with white police officers. He has complained about protests nationwide against the decisions by grand juries in both cases not to indict the officers, and he has insisted that the real problem isn’t police overreaction but, rather, violence by blacks against other blacks. A verbal fight on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Georgetown University sociology Professor Michael Eric Dyson gives some of the flavor of Giuliani’s remarks, such as this exchange about violence in black areas, taken from the transcript of the show:Read full article >>