The university canceled plans for Muslim students to deliver the traditional call from the school’s iconic chapel tower, and instead the call will be sounded from the quadrangle in front of it.
Duke University canceled plans Thursday to begin a weekly Muslim call to prayer from the campus chapel this week, an initiative that had set off debate on social media. A school spokesman and a Duke Muslim leader said that a serious and credible security threat played a role in the decision.Read full article >>
Parents in Maryland are being investigated for allowing their children to walk home from a park unsupervised. When did we abandon this idea that our children should learn to move about in the world without our hovering presence, and what have we lost?
Just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thousands of D.C. middle and high school students can go see the Oscar-nominated film “Selma” free starting Thursday, thanks to a fundraising effort led by the March on Washington Film Festival.Read full article >>
A bill advances in Virginia to derail a ruling granting in-state tuition for some students who came to the U.S. illegally
Thousands of Virginia students who were brought to this country illegally as children had been told this spring they could qualify for in-state tuition — but a bill advancing in the Virginia Senate puts that in doubt. Read full article >>
Put this in the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category.A Montgomery County, Md., middle school teacher assigned her English students in four separate classes a story in which they had to describe how they would kill her — and the description had to include at least three gerunds, three infinitives and three participles.Read full article >>
In this lesson we explore different facets of the historic relationship between Cuba and the United States and give students a chance to predict what might come next. In follow-up activities students can delve more deeply into the history, culture, economics and politics of the communist nation 90 miles south of Florida.
The first major financing deal of the year in education technology dwarfs the biggest deals in the sector last year.
A longtime Montgomery County educator who is part of the superintendent’s executive leadership team is leaving for the top job at a private school in Virginia Beach.Christopher S. Garran, associate superintendent for high schools in Maryland’s largest school system, will start July 1 as head of Cape Henry Collegiate, an independent K-12 school with about 900 students.Read full article >>
The Learning Network: Should Newspapers Reprint Cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad That Some Deem Offensive?
Would being able to see the Charlie Hebdo cartoons help readers better understand an important news event? Are the cartoons deliberately offensive, and will republishing them likely offend reasonable readers?
Perhaps the key struggle between Democrats and Republicans over the rewriting of No Child Left Behind will be about annual standardized testing.Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican from Tennessee who just became chairman of the Senate education committee, says he is determined to get a bill rewriting No Child Left Behind to the Senate floor by the end of February. That would be something of a feat, given that NCLB was signed into law in 2002 and was supposed to be rewritten in 2007. Congress has been unable to get the job done since then.Read full article >>
I’m a parent. I have taken my children out of school for family events and other trips. I am also an educator, and I have seen the havoc these absences can wreak on students and their teachers.
D.C. Council member David Grosso (I- At large), the newly appointed chairman of the education committee, outlined a broad approach to education reform this week, involving every agency in the city to help prepare students to learn.Read full article >>
Here are the first six paragraphs from a Jan. 2 article, “The Unending Anxiety of an ICYMI World.” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?