Education News from Washington Post
Blessed Sheriff is a junior in the International Baccalaureate program at Richard Montgomery High School in Montgomery County, Md., who wants to be a writer and study psychology. She won second place in the 2013 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, in Washington, D.C., earlier this year. Here’s a poem, titled On the Definition of Hope, that she wrote and performed at Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr’s State of the Schools event held on Monday.Read full article >>
When a student at Elliston Elementary in rural Montana logs onto her laptop for a remote lesson over the Internet, Tressa Graveley must ration the Web for the rest of her tiny school. The teacher tells other students to shut down their browsers and stop streaming video or there won’t be enough bandwidth for the eighth-grader’s lesson.Read full article >>
Do educators agree on anything these days? A few things, it turns out. Here’s a post on what those are, from Roxanna Elden, a National Board Certified Teacher, speaker, and author. Her book, “See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers“ is a funny, honest, practical guide widely used for teacher training and retention.Read full article >>
Who has not played the game “Who Has It Worse?” at one time or another? Here’s a column from the Harvard Crimson, the university’s student newspaper, about how this particular game is played to excess during midterm season. It was written by Brooke H. Kantor ’15, a Near Eastern languages and civilizations concentrator in Dunster House. While she writes specifically about Harvard, you could substitute just about any school and the same dynamic would hold.Read full article >>
The veteran Fairfax County middle school principal who was arrested on embezzlement charges this week allegedly used county funds and federal grant money to pay her son for work that authorities think he never performed, schools officials said Tuesday.Read full article >>
Michelle Obama faced an auditorium of low-income students at Bell Multicultural High School in the District on Tuesday and urged them to aggressively chase a college degree, saying it would lift their own lives and the fortunes of the nation.Read full article >>
The largest charter-school operator in Texas, an organization with a solid academic record but lingering allegations of connections to a controversial Muslim cleric, is seeking to expand to the District next year.Read full article >>
The 2013 math and reading scores for the National Assessment of Educational Progress were recently released and there has been a lot of loud reaction -- both triumphant and defeatist -- about the results. If you listen to D.C. public schools officials, a bump up in scores proves the results show how brilliant their school reforms have been. Meanwhile, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement that national results “are reason for concern as much as optimism.Read full article >>
At many research universities, the deep federal budget cuts known as the sequester continue to cloud the future of laboratories and the scientists who staff them.
This week university presidents meeting in the nation’s capital denounced the sequester, as they have since before it took effect in March, and urged Congress to roll it back so that federally sponsored research can resume at a normal pace.Read full article >>
A Maryland teacher has started a petition to cancel this year’s administration of the Maryland School Assessment test because the results will have no validity and it is “an irresponsible waste of taxpayer money and instructional time to administer this test.”Read full article >>
The interim president of the University of the District of Columbia who proposes scrapping the school’s NCAA Division II athletic program is crystal clear on the obvious follow-up question.
James E. Lyons Sr. said he has no desire to serve as president of the school beyond his interim term.Read full article >>
The nauseating fraternity/sorority stories -- many of them involving hazing -- just keep on coming.
The latest is from Wilmington College in Ohio, where three pledges of Gamma Phi Gamma who were taken to the basement of the fraternity, called “Gobbler House,” and subjected to a series of miserable exercises, including being blindfolded, told to strip, had their mouths stuffed with limburger cheese and hit with “towels and shirts that had the ends balled up in knots” or which had items tied inside to “inflict pain,” according to an affidavit published by Smoking Gun.Read full article >>
A sparse crowd watched the Firebirds of the University of the District of Columbia begin the men’s basketball season this week, a loss to New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce University. It just might be the last home opener the Firebirds ever play.Read full article >>
Muslim leaders in Montgomery County may have hit a stumbling block in their efforts to persuade school district officials to declare one of the two major Islamic holy days of the year an official school holiday.Read full article >>
The Loudoun County School Board is seeking input for its superintendent search. Through an online survey, officials are asking parents and other community members what characteristics they want to see in the new schools chief.Read full article >>
Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua P. Starr delivered his yearly “State of the Schools” address Monday, sounding a familiar theme of student hope as he called for collaboration and “embracing the new” in Maryland’s largest school system.Read full article >>
I’ll use any excuse to write about John Lennon, but here’s a really good one: Twice, John Lennon earned three detentions in the same day when he was a young student at Quarry Bank High School for Boys in Liverpool, according to school detention records being auctioned.Read full article >>
A record number of foreign students are enrolled at American colleges and universities in 2012 -- led by hundreds of thousands of Chinese -- while, at the same time, more American students are studying abroad than ever before, according to a new report.Read full article >>
Here are some facts and figures explaining who America’s veterans are, when they fought, and more. This is courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, which puts out data on major American holidays every year.Read full article >>
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
That’s when the armistice ending World War I began in 1918, and that is the origin of Veterans Day (note that it is spelled without an apostrophe), a U.S. holiday often confused with Memorial Day.Read full article >>