It’s National Spelling Bee time again, and some Post colleagues put together a great graphic that tests your ability to spell, here. Below is a selected list of words that won the bee in various years going back to the first one in 1925. You can see the entire list here.Read full article >>
Strauss: Mindy Kaling to Harvard law grads: ‘I’m afraid a couple of you probably are evil. That’s just the odds.’
Here’s yet another in my series of interesting/amusing/surprising commencement speeches that have been given in the 2014 graduation season. This one was delivered at Harvard Law School on Wednesday by Mindy Kaling, creator, producer and star of “The Mindy Project” and who had been a cast member on “The Office.” She was introduced by a student who noted that “Ms. Kaling has stated on multiple occasions that she is ‘obsessed with justice.’ Well, it seems like she’s come to the right place to find like-minded people.” Incidentally, Kaling’s a Dartmouth grad.Read full article >>
(Update: Ravitch confirms on her blog that she won’t be a candidate, which is what the original post said.)
Diane Ravitch a candidate for New York governor?
New York newspapers, including The New York Times, are reporting that the Working Families Party, whose New Jersey affiliate just helped get Ras Baraka elected mayor of Newark on the issue of school reform, is considering making her its candidate in this November’s election if it decides not to endorse incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A party source confirmed that she is one of several possible gubernatorial candidates and that the winner will be decided when party leaders meet this Saturday. The Daily News reported that Ravitch was interested.Read full article >>
The news this week about the closing of traditional public schools in the Recovery School District in New Orleans raises questions about whether African American students are getting an equal opportunity to attend the best public schools in the city.Read full article >>
The Maryland State Board of Education has dismissed an appeal by a nonprofit group and dozens of Prince George’s County residents who challenged the county board of education’s decision to allow MGM Resorts to use it as a casino training facility.Read full article >>
Montgomery County will lose a longtime school principal this summer, with the just-announced departure of Nelson McLeod from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.
McLeod sent a message to parents Wednesday saying that a cardiac condition had kept him on extended leave for six weeks and that he would step down from the position for medical reasons on June 30.Read full article >>
Fairfax County schools administrators announced a permanent replacement for the principal position at Fort Hunt elementary near Alexandria, six months after the school’s leader resigned.
Thomas Fitzpatrick, an assistant principal at Weyanoke Elementary, will become the new principal at Fort Hunt beginning July 1. He will replace interim principal Janet LeBel, who joined the faculty after Barbara Leibbrandt resigned in January.Read full article >>
It’s the newest thing in education, at least for the moment: teaching kids to learn to code computers. In fact, there is a growing chorus in the business and education world for all students to learn to code and program computers. It is the 21st Century, after all, and it’s a computer world. But education historian Larry Cuban says not so fast. In this post, Cuban looks why the growing call for all students to learn to code won’t work out as supporters hope. Cuban was high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This post appeared on his blog. (Coding and programming are not exactly the same thing but Cuban says that for this piece they can be seen as interchangeable.)Read full article >>
Three Prince George’s County high school graduates have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars.
Oloruntobi Dare of Charles H. Flowers High School, Charmaine Scarlett of Forestville High School and Maimuna Sidibay of High Point High School are among 1,000 minority students nationwide who will receive the “good-through-graduation” scholarships to any college or university of their choice.Read full article >>
Motherlode Blog: Submitted: Teenagers Do Not Need Smartphones, So They Should Pay for Them. Discuss.
Some female students at a high school in Utah apparently broke the “modesty” standards for their yearbook and discovered that their photos had been changed digitally, with sleeves and necklines added to cover their skin, and a tattoo removed.Read full article >>