Fewer Fairfax County students took Advanced Placement tests in 2013 compared with the year before, according to data released by the school system this month. And among those students who did take the tests, scores declined slightly.Read full article >>
Here’s a really sweet video showing Rion Holcombe, a 20-year-old with Down syndrome, opening up a letter from Clemson University accepting him into the two-year ClemsonLIFE non-degree program for students with special needs. You can’t help but smile watching this video, taken by his mother.Read full article >>
A Muslim cleric who lives in seclusion in Pennsylvania and has been linked to a network of more than 135 public charter schools in the United States is believed to be deeply involved in the political drama that is unfolding in his home country of Turkey.Read full article >>
I know it’s more common to do a Top 10 list but here are 11 of The Answer Sheet’s most popular posts in 2013, some that I wrote and others that some of my wonderful guest writers have authored. I have chosen posts that seem to me to be revealing about the path that corporate-influenced school reform took in the past year and about what is ahead for 2014. The subjects include the Common Core State Standards, the demoralization of teachers, Teach For America and the standardized testing obsession.Read full article >>
Brian Stewart’s rejection letter from a fraternity at Morgan State University in Baltimore stated that members had reviewed and vetted his application and that, unfortunately, not enough brothers wanted him to join.Read full article >>
Mike Wandey’s life revolves around Virginia Tech football.
The freshman tailback wakes up at about 7 each morning. First there’s breakfast check, then study hall in the stadium followed by a few classes. Afternoons are spent eating, resting, lifting weights and practicing, then another study hall. Wandey often stays up late with his five roommates, who also are members of the Hokies team.Read full article >>
You’ve heard it and you’ve sung it, but you probably don’t know by whom or why ”All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)” was written.
It turns out it was penned by a music teacher and textbook editor named Don Gardner, in the 1940s. There are different stories about how he came to write it. All of them place Gardner in Smithtown, N.Y. at the time. An obituary published in The Boston Globe in 2004 says:Read full article >>
Last week, Ned Vizzini, the young author of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” and other popular works for young adults, sadly took his own life. Here is a tribute from James Blasingame, associate professor of English Education at Arizona State University, and the 2010 president of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.Read full article >>
Students bustling in the hallways of Fairfax County’s James Madison High School hear Spanish teacher Shani Moser before they see her: The handcart she rolls from class to class is decorated for the holidays with bells.Read full article >>