We thought a project that grew out of the columnist Nicholas Kristof’s post-Ferguson series, “When Whites Just Don’t Get It,” might be a fitting Reader Idea to inspire other educators to tell us how you’re talking and teaching about race and ethnicity.
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Below are nine paragraphs from a Jan. 14 article, “Far Ahead of Curve, a 6-Year-Old Thrills a Nation.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?
Washington University in St. Louis, with a small share of lower-income students, is announcing a major expansion of financial aid.
Members of the West Virginia Board of Education will take up the teaching of climate science after accusations that the curriculum had been revamped to appease the state’s fossil fuel industry.
The university canceled plans for Muslim students to deliver the traditional call from the school’s iconic chapel tower, and instead the call will be sounded from the quadrangle in front of it.
Duke University canceled plans Thursday to begin a weekly Muslim call to prayer from the campus chapel this week, an initiative that had set off debate on social media. A school spokesman and a Duke Muslim leader said that a serious and credible security threat played a role in the decision.Read full article >>
Parents in Maryland are being investigated for allowing their children to walk home from a park unsupervised. When did we abandon this idea that our children should learn to move about in the world without our hovering presence, and what have we lost?
Just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thousands of D.C. middle and high school students can go see the Oscar-nominated film “Selma” free starting Thursday, thanks to a fundraising effort led by the March on Washington Film Festival.Read full article >>
A bill advances in Virginia to derail a ruling granting in-state tuition for some students who came to the U.S. illegally
Thousands of Virginia students who were brought to this country illegally as children had been told this spring they could qualify for in-state tuition — but a bill advancing in the Virginia Senate puts that in doubt. Read full article >>