Education News from Washington Post
Problems with the new version of the online Common Application — which is accepted for college admissions by more than 500 colleges and universities — has prompted some schools to push back early decision deadlines, and others are waiting to see when the problems are resolved before deciding whether to do the same thing.Read full article >>
How many times have you heard “whatever it takes to get the job done’ and worried about what it takes? Here’s a piece on how this relates to school reform, by Athur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. His writing can be accessed at http://www.arthurcamins.com/. This post represents the personal views of Mr. Camins and not that of the Stevens Institute of Technology.Read full article >>
Some Muslims in Montgomery County are pushing for public school district to close schools on two major religious holidays, including one, Eid al-Adha, that is being celebrated today, according to this Post story by my colleague Donna St. George. Muslims say that their community should be respected in regard to the school calendar in the same way that Christians and Jews are. What’s wrong with that reasoning?Read full article >>
Kenneth Doles and his 6-year-old son, Manhattan, stood in the media center at William Beanes Elementary School in Suitland, each with a borrowed tie draped around his neck. Doles stood in front of his son, instructing him in the art of tying the perfect half-Windsor knot.Read full article >>
Prince William County Public Schools is planning to hire a transition specialist who will help children in military families adapt to their new schools, school officials reported.
Military families move on average six to nine times during their school careers, school officials reported. A transition specialist will work with school counselors at Ashland, Henderson and Pattie elementary schools, which have the highest concentration of military families in the county.Read full article >>
If there is one video that every school reformer should watch from this month’s “Education Nation” broadcasts (which were heavy with school reformers, celebrities and business people and light on reform critics), it’s the interview that Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC commentator and Tulane political science professor, conducted with a young boy who talks about going to school hungry.Read full article >>
So you think that Christopher Columbus discovered America in the Ni a, the Pinta and the Santa Maria and also, while he was at it, proved the Earth wasn’t flat?
Wrong, wrong and wrong. Given that the European explorer has a U.S. federal holiday to his name -- and is honored by holidays in other countries as well -- let’s look at the disturbing truth about the fearless but brutal Columbus.Read full article >>
The 7-year-olds in Natalie May’s class have to stretch their fingers across the keyboards to reach “ASDF” and “JKL;” as they listen to the animated characters on their computer screens talk about “home keys.”Read full article >>
With this region’s high concentration of Advanced Placement tests, AP stress, scores and credit are hot topics. Much less is heard about Patricia Palmer Dulman’s particular AP nightmare. Her son had to retake two tests at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington County because of administrative errors.Read full article >>
At a special training seminar for Fairfax County teenagers over the summer, LaNaya Butler learned how to help her high school classmates in times of crisis.
Just days into the start of the school year last month, Butler, 16, a junior at Mount Vernon High School, found the skills she had picked up in the Youth Mental Health First Aid program useful. In the early hours of Sept. 15, her close friend since the third grade, Gerard Gomez, was shot and killed after a dispute at a hotel party. Gomez, also a Mount Vernon junior, died on the sidewalk outside the Marriott Residence Inn in Tysons Corner.Read full article >>
On other holidays, the choice has been difficult: Education or faith? But this year, with the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha on Tuesday, the Shraim family decided against school. Their teenagers might fall behind in their classes. They might feel torn. But they will stay home to celebrate.Read full article >>
As Montgomery County seeks community reaction to a proposal to shift the opening bells of high school to 8:15 a.m., allowing teens to get more sleep, surveys suggest a change of public mood on the issue since the 1990s.Read full article >>
It’s not just in the United States where veteran teachers are feeling a bit unwanted in the push for young recruits from programs such as Teach For America.
The Guardian newspaper in England published a post in its Secret Teacher blog, written by teachers who write anonymously, with this headline: “There’s an insidious prejudice against older teachers.’ The piece refers to a program in England called “Teach First,” which, it turns out, is a founding partner with Wendy Kopp’s Teach For America in a growing network of dozens of organizations in countries around the world that try to change the teacher corps. It’s called Teach For All, which I wrote about in this post:Read full article >>
A Fairfax County first-grade teacher, best known for her dedication to her students in and out of the classroom, was named the 2014 Virginia teacher of the year on Friday night.
Melissa Porfirio, 39, of Springfield’s Crestwood Elementary was one of eight teachers from across the state up for the honor.Read full article >>
Maryland was among the first states to administer a comprehensive test of skills for kindergarten students. The assessment gives educators and policymakers a picture of where students are and what the achievement gap looks like at the starting line.Read full article >>
The teacher ratings madness continues. In this piece, Aaron Pallas, professor of sociology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, asks and answers this question: Are there really no highly effective elementary or middle-school teachers in Syracuse? Pallas writes the Sociological Eye on Education blog — where this post appeared — for The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, non-partisan education-news outlet affiliated with the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media.Read full article >>
A 12-year-old girl got sick late last month while she was at her Philadelphia school -- a school without a full-time nurse. She died later that day. Here’s a piece on what happened to Laporshia Massey from the website of the nonprofit Parents United for Public Education in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia school district has been in a state of crisis for years in large part because of under-funding by the state. Drastic budget cuts this year led to what was referred to as a “grim new normal” that included the closure of two dozens schools, layoffs of more than 3,800 personnel and other cuts that left some schools without money for paper and new books.Read full article >>
D.C. Public Schools teachers may have to work without pay if the federal government shutdown continues past the end of the month.
A spokesman for Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said that nearly 4,000 teachers and other city workers will be paid on time on Tuesday. But that may be the last on-time payday for a while for the men and women who educate city kids.Read full article >>
Controversy over the name of Washington’s professional football team has reached the hallways of the District’s Wilson High, where a student told Principal Pete Cahall that she found her classmates’ Redskins clothing offensive.Read full article >>
A federal judge has dismissed most of a lawsuit that sought to stop the closure of 15 D.C public schools but is allowing several of the plaintiffs’ civil rights claims to move forward.
“In the end, Plaintiffs have failed to allege facts that would sustain the majority of their counts,” Judge James E. Boasberg wrote in an opinion Thursday. “Some issues at the heart of this case, however, remain open.”Read full article >>