Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks.
Parents in Prince George’s County were given a chance to weigh in this week on the school system’s plan to shift some sixth-graders from elementary to middle school, to expand some specialty programs, and to open a new elementary school with a creative and performing arts theme in Hyattsville.Read full article >>
Growth signals success, and shrinkage spells trouble.
That’s a presumption often made about business and other ventures. It might not necessarily hold true for certain sectors of higher education. Many colleges prize stability, above all.Read full article >>
The Fairfax County school board Thursday unanimously approved the creation of two new auditing positions within the school system, as the administration seeks to address a projected nine-figure deficit next year.Read full article >>
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray stopped into an all-school assembly at Two Rivers Public Charter School on Friday morning to surprise math teacher Bill Day with the news that he has been selected as the District’s 2013-14 teacher of the year.Read full article >>
A tenured sociology professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder is leaving the school after being told by school officials that she could no longer teach a lecture on prostitution -- which includes a voluntarily skit in which students portray the lives of prostitutes as they speak to an interviewer -- in a long-popular course called “Deviance in U.S. Society.”Read full article >>
Donald E. Heller is dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University who, in this post, describes a recent written encounter with the National Council on Teacher Quality, an organization created by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Foundation in 2000 in order to promote alternative teacher certification and try to diminish the influence of education schools. Last June it published its first evaluations of teacher education programs around the country, and, not surprisingly, they were not good. Neither were many of the reviews of the methodology that the NCTQ used in coming up with their evaluations. Heller provides something of an update in this post.Read full article >>