It’s not even Thanksgiving but the battle over religious Christmas music at school events has already been enjoined in at least two school districts as the seemingly never-ending confusion continues over the answer to this question: Can public schools play religious music in holiday celebrations?Read full article >>
First Lady Michelle Obama has taken on a new policy role: helping to promote the idea among young people about the important of going to college. She began this week speaking to students at Bell Multicultural High School in the District, telling them about the goal President Obama set several years for the United States to have the highest college graduation rate in the world by 2020. (You can see the transcript of her comments here.) She said:Read full article >>
Annandale High School football coach Mike Scott interrupted the half-time program of his school’s marching band last Friday, attempting to force the band off the field before their performance was finished, according to an account in the school’s student newspaper.Read full article >>
When a teacher noticed what looked like smoke rising in her Eastern Middle School classroom one day this fall, she quickly investigated, finding an eighth-grade boy holding an e-cigarette.
The “smoke” was vapor, but for Casey B. Crouse, principal at the Silver Spring school, the episode was the first signal of what she would learn is a troubling teen trend nationally: An increasing number of students using electronic devices that simulate tobacco smoking.Read full article >>
Not one, not two, but 10 national educational organizations are planning to host a blowout digital event to talk about (what else?) international standardized test scores. There’s even a new Web site just for PISA Day, called, you won’t be surprised to learn, PISADay.org.Read full article >>
Da’Shawn Hand, the nation’s top college football recruit, has set his sights on the nation’s top-ranked football team, announcing Thursday that he plans to attend the University of Alabama.
Alabama has claimed 15 national championships, the most in the country. The school’s football coach, Nick Saban, is widely admired as a talented force who grooms players for professional careers.Read full article >>
How do people become lifelong readers? That’s a subject tackled in a new book, “Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits ,” by Donalyn Miller, a sixth-grade language arts teacher in Texas who is known as the Book Whisperer.Read full article >>
It’s been quite a week for me. First I had a somewhat reasonable educational excuse to write about John Lennon -- school records showing that he was quite adept at getting detentions were being put up for sale. And now, thanks to Rutgers University, I get to write about a new Bruce Springsteen course.Read full article >>