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Motherlode Blog: The Language of Autism: Disease or Difference?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 5:24pm
The debate over whether autism is a disease to be cured or a variation to be celebrated is an abstraction, utterly disconnected to our day-to-day experience. To describe that, I cannot avoid the lexicon of illness.






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Motherlode Blog: Looking for a Family That Is Looking to Eat More Vegetables

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:57pm
Want cookbook author and Times columnist Martha Rose Shulman to help your family eat more healthily? We’re looking for you.






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D.C.’s Roosevelt High to become international-themed school

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:37pm

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Wednesday that she plans to transform Roosevelt High into an “international relations focused school” when it reopens, fully renovated, in fall 2015.

Roosevelt is one of several neighborhood high schools with poor test scores and high truancy rates that has struggled to attract students in recent years. Its relaunch is part of the school system’s broader effort to redesign secondary schools across the city.

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Laura Nedd Shelton named Prince George’s Teacher of the Year

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:45pm

Sixteen years ago, Laura Nedd Shelton was a correctional officer in a men’s prison in Virginia wondering how she could help affect people’s lives — especially young men’s lives — before they made bad choices that had an impact on their futures.

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Starting Out Behind: How Student Debt May Be Stunting the Economy

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:22pm
Evidence is mounting that rising levels of student loan debt are restraining the ability of young adults to buy homes and enter the “grown-up” economy.
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The Learning Network: Social Experiments: Investigating Questions Related to Personality Attributes

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:02pm
In this lesson, students learn about current research on social structure and personality attributes in a type of communal spider, then design their own research questions related to personality.






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Strauss: Is Georgetown University ‘Catholic enough’?

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:38am

William Peter Blatty, the famous author of “The Exorcist,” a graduate of Georgetown University, and a doctrinaire Catholic, submitted a petition to the Vatican last year asking church officials to strip his alma mater of  the labels Catholic and Jesuit because, it says, neither the faculty nor the student body are, in fact, Catholic enough.

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Motherlode Blog: 5 Things to Consider in Choosing a Camp for a Special-Needs Child

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:20am
Sending a child with special needs, physical or otherwise, to summer camp isn’t just a matter of filling out the forms.






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Schmoke named president of U. of Baltimore

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:04am

A top official at Howard University was named president of the University of Baltimore on Wednesday.

Kurt L. Schmoke, interim provost and general counsel at Howard, is no stranger to Baltimore. He was a three-term mayor of the city from 1987 to 1999. In the past decade Schmoke has held a variety of positions at the historically black university in Northwest Washington, including law school dean.

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Strauss: Why D.C. should take Youth Court program off life support

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:50am

The Youth Court of the District of Columbia, one of the only organizations dealing with juvenile delinquency in Washington, is currently on life support, writes Michael Shank, associate director of legislative affairs for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Here’s his post about why the D.C. mayor should keep it.

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Strauss: Holder, Duncan asked to investigate ‘racially discriminatory’ school closings in New Orleans

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:49am

This week marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that was intended to strike down the “separate but equal” doctrine that codified racism in America’s public schools. You can read a report here about what it has and has not accomplished. Following is an open letter (see full text below) to Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan from a national organization called Journey for Justice Alliance requesting that they investigate “racially discriminatory school closings” in New Orleans.

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Motherlode Blog: Talking to Children About Their Disabilities, With Metaphors and Minecraft

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 9:07am
Those of us who have kids with disabilities in our lives spend countless hours discussing them, yet, we rarely, if ever, talk directly to children themselves about their challenges. These conversations can be scarier for the grown-ups than they are for the kids.






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The Learning Network: What Are the Most Memorable Works of Visual Art You Have Seen?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 5:21am
What are the most interesting or memorable works of visual art — whether sculptures, drawings, paintings, photography or anything else — that you’ve seen? Why do you think they have stayed with you?
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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Privilege at Princeton

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:43am
What does the expression “check your privilege” mean?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Math, May 14, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 4:11am
Can you calculate the number of nights a Queens resident has rented out his spare bedroom if you know how much he charges and how much money he has made?






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