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Skipping Shakespeare? Yes, English majors can often bypass the Bard.

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:01am
William Shakespeare, born in England about this time 451 years ago, is in little jeopardy of being forgotten in literature or popular culture. His native language has gone global. His poetry and plays, endlessly influential, are read, translated, adapted and performed around the world.Read full article >>
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U-Va. dean assails her portrayal in alleged rape story in Rolling Stone

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:22pm
In times of crisis, countless University of Virginia students have turned to Associate Dean Nicole Eramo.From her campus office in Peabody Hall, Eramo counsels young adults — mostly women — in the aftermath of what is in most cases the darkest moment of their lives: deciding what to do after they have been sexually assaulted.Read full article >>






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Montgomery seeks clarity stemming from ‘free-range’ parenting debate

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:03pm
As Maryland’s “free-range” parents face a neglect investigation for allowing their young children to walk home alone from a Silver Spring park, county officials have pressed for more answers about general police and child-welfare practices that the widely debated case has brought to the surface.Read full article >>






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Philadelphia charter schools also feel education budget squeeze

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 8:20pm
Education news in Pennsylvania, home to the nation’s biggest gap in funding for poor and wealthy school districts, has in recent years featured a steady stream of stories about the programs, materials and staff that schools are lacking. Read full article >>






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Pa. schools are the nation’s most inequitable. The new governor wants to fix that.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:09pm
PHILADELPHIA — At Martin Luther King High, a hulking half-full school here, there aren’t enough textbooks to go around. If teachers want to make a photocopy, they have to buy paper themselves. Though an overwhelming majority of students are living in poverty, no social worker is available to help. Private donations allow for some dance and music classes, but they serve just 60 of the school’s 1,200 students.Read full article >>






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Arizona State University to offer freshman year online, for credit

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:00pm
To start college, the typical student must meet admission requirements (if any), enroll and pay tuition. But what if anyone anywhere could try out a prominent university’s classes for a small fee and wait until the end to decide whether to pay tuition for credit toward a diploma?Read full article >>






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Brain science: Should schools teach boys and girls different subjects?

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:05pm
Among the more thought-provoking discoveries in the emerging science regarding the teen brain is the fact that the pace of brain development differs in males and females.[Why are teens oblivious to the pile of dirty clothes on the bedroom floor?]Read full article >>






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Brain science: Should schools teach boys and girls different subjects?

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:05pm
Among the more thought-provoking discoveries in the emerging science regarding the teen brain is the fact that the pace of brain development differs in males and females.[Why are teens oblivious to the pile of dirty clothes on the bedroom floor?]Read full article >>






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Student: I want to stop viruses like Ebola. But I can’t afford grad school.

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:32pm
Rebecca Ehrenkranz thought the biggest barrier to graduate school was getting admitted. Then she got in — and crunched the numbers. There’s no way, she said, that she can afford to pay this — especially when her goal is to go into public health to specialize in viral hemorrhagic fevers, a career most would agree is incredibly important but not likely to make paying off student loans easy. Read full article >>






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How does a teacher’s race affect which students get to be identified as ‘gifted’?

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 1:47pm
Black students are more likely to be identified as “gifted” when they attend schools with higher proportions of black teachers, according to a new study, and Latino students are more likely to be called gifted when they go to schools with more Latino teachers.Read full article >>






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U-Va. dean, speaking out for the first time, assails retracted Rolling Stone story

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:32am
University of Virginia associate dean of students Nicole Eramo on Wednesday publicly denounced a retracted Rolling Stone article that she says falsely portrayed her role in counseling a student who alleged that she was the victim of a fraternity gang-rape on campus. Read full article >>






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Why are teens oblivious to the pile of dirty clothes on the bedroom floor?

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:00am
Teenagers always have been a mystery puzzling their parents: What was he thinking when he drove down a one-way street the wrong way just for kicks? Why is she oblivious to the heap of clothes piled on the bedroom floor for two weeks?Read full article >>
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Why are teens oblivious to the pile of dirty clothes on the bedroom floor?

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:00am
Teenagers always have been a mystery, puzzling their parents: What was he thinking when he drove down a one-way street the wrong way, just for kicks? Why is she oblivious to the heap of clothes piled on the bedroom floor for two weeks?Read full article >>






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Strauss: Eight things teachers want you to know about them

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 5:00am
Lee-Ann Meredith taught second grade in a Chicago public elementary school for 15 years. She is the author of “Angels in My Classroom,” a story of  life in her classroom and how her 7- and 8-year-old students sustained her after her husband’s unexpected death. The following post by Meredith, which I am publishing with permission, is about teachers and what they do every day. It appeared on the  The Educator’s Room website.Read full article >>






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Strauss: N.Y. teachers union blasting Cuomo in new multimillion-dollar ad campaign

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:00am
The United Federation of Teachers in New York is launching a multimillion-dollar ad campaign  blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo for education policies that have sparked a protest movement among parents and educators.Read full article >>






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Montgomery’s Teacher of the Year makes a difference at Damascus High

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 8:46pm
Montgomery County named its 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year on Tuesday night: Joseph Gannon Jr., a longtime social studies teacher at Damascus High School.Gannon, a 27-year county educator, has spent most of his career at Damascus High, where he started the AP World History program, created the Student Travel Program and led 14 student trips abroad to 16 countries on five continents. Read full article >>
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Montgomery’s Teacher of the Year makes a difference at Damascus High

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 8:46pm
Montgomery County named its 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year on Tuesday night: Joseph Gannon Jr., a longtime social studies teacher at Damascus High School.Gannon, a 27-year county educator, has spent most of his career at Damascus High, where he started the AP World History program, created the Student Travel Program and led 14 student trips abroad to 16 countries on five continents. Read full article >>






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Amid debate about vaccines, polio remembered as a scourge defeated

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:55pm
Jackie French Lonergan was a second-grader at Franklin Sherman Elementary on April 26, 1954, when her family doctor, Richard Mulvaney, made history with the push of a syringe plunger.“We were called polio pioneers,” said Lonergan, 68, who was among the first children in the United States to receive the vaccine formulated by Jonas Salk to prevent poliomyelitis. At the time, the virus was afflicting tens of thousands of children each year, causing paralysis and sometimes death.Read full article >>
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Amid debate about vaccines, polio remembered as a scourge defeated

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 7:55pm
Jackie French Lonergan was a second-grader at Franklin Sherman Elementary on April 26, 1954, when her family doctor, Richard Mulvaney, made history with the push of a syringe plunger.“We were called polio pioneers,” said Lonergan, 68, who was among the first children in the United States to receive the vaccine formulated by Jonas Salk to prevent poliomyelitis. At the time, the virus was afflicting tens of thousands of children each year, causing paralysis and sometimes death.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Sir Ken Robinson has a lot to say about U.S. school reform (it isn’t good)

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 5:21pm
The previous post is an excerpt from a new book by Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, titled “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Changing Education.” Changing education is what Robinson has been all about for some years, as a professor, author, and adviser to governments and numerous nonprofit organizations around the world. From 1985 to 1988, he was the director of an initiative to develop arts education in England and Wales that involved a few thousand teachers and artists. He served as the head of a national youth arts development agency in the United Kingdom called Artswork. Robinson was a professor of education at the University of Warwick for a dozen years, and in 1998, he was appointed by the British government to lead a commission to examine creativity and education. He has written several books on creativity and learning, and in 2003, Queen Elizabeth II of England knighted him for his life’s work.Read full article >>






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