For much of my life, I have been obsessed with China. A TV documentary about the Great Leap Forward caught my eye when I was 16. I studied Chinese language, government and history in college and graduate school, then spent five years as The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Hong Kong and Beijing. My wife, who was my Los Angeles Times competitor, and I wrote a book about the country.Read full article >>
A proposal to improve Dunbar High School by converting it to an autonomous and selective school has generated widespread debate among teachers, students, alumni and community members. It’s a debate not only about the future of Dunbar, one of the District’s most storied public schools, but also about the city’s ability to serve all students.Read full article >>
For years, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has lamented that the United States isn’t anywhere near as serious about educating its young people as the South Koreans. He did it in 2010, for example, in a speech in which he told the story about how South Korea’s then-president, Lee Myung-bak, once told President Obama that his country’s biggest educational challenge was that “parents are too demanding.” And he just did it again, in a Jan. 13 speech to a parents summit sponsored by the National Assessment Governing Board, in which he told the story about how South Korea’s then-president, Lee Myung-bak, once told President Obama that his country’s biggest educational challenge was that “parents are too demanding.”Read full article >>
Diane Ravitch, the education historian who has become the leader of the movement against corporate-influenced school reform, gave this speech to the Modern Language Association on Jan. 11 about the past, present and future of the Common Core State Standards.Read full article >>
Johns Hopkins University said Friday its board of trustees has approved a five-year contract extension for university President Ronald J. Daniels.
Daniels took the helm of the 21,000-student research university in March 2009. Among his priorities have been redeveloping a downtrodden east Baltimore neighborhood next to the university’s medical complex, increasing undergraduate financial aid and promoting interdisciplinary scholarship.Read full article >>
Bring the Prohibition Era alive — Free Lesson Plan Download
Today would be Al Capone's 115th birthday. Download this complete lesson plan for free today and bring the people of the Prohibition Era to life! These interactive lessons allow your students to learn first-hand about the background of the 18th Amendment, the individuals who fought for and against Prohibition, and its eventual repeal. Use these hands-on, modular activities to teach this important part of our history.