Wait-listed by your dream college? I have good news and bad news.
First the bad.
In the late 1990s, I had one of my few news scoops. It was a front-page story revealing that at some selective colleges the number of applicants on the wait-list approached, and sometimes exceeded, the number of applicants accepted. Those college admissions officers could not bear to reject young people just as accomplished as the ones they were accepting. So they inflated their wait lists.Read full article >>
Erica Berry has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a law degree and master’s degree in public health, but she says that her heart has always been in education policy.
So when the Prince George’s County Board of Education advertised for an executive director who would help it craft and review policy, collaborate with the new schools chief and help develop ways to improve parental involvement in the school system, Berry decided to apply.Read full article >>
Jasmine Loftland held her hand over her left eye and squinted with her right.
“It just looks like a big, white board,” said Loftland, 16, her contact lenses sitting in a green-and-white case nearby. She covered the other eye. “It’s worse,” she said, shaking her head as she giggled. “Honestly, I don’t see the arrows.”Read full article >>
Who is mucking up science education? Scientists or politicians?
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead’s education policy adviser, Mary Kay Hill, has sent a letter to John Friedrich, senior campaigner for Climate Parents, a group dedicated to preserving the Earth’s changing climate, saying that Mead has been concerned that scientists are mucking around with science education. The scientists, it seems to Mead (R), are making political conclusions -- not observations based on overwhelming research -- when they say that human activity is changing Earth’s climate.Read full article >>
Here’s a video showing a lesson in thermodynamics with Peeps. Yes, Peeps.
(If you don’t know what Peeps are, they are marshmallow candies in animal shapes. They used to appear in stores at Easter time but now are found year-round.)Read full article >>
International Education: Setbacks Aside, Climate Change Is Finding Its Way Into the World's Classrooms
Sara Stevenson is the librarian at O. Henry Middle School in Austin, Texas, who is sick and tired of assaults on the very notion of public education. Here are her reflections on the value of public education and what is being done to it in the name of ”‘reform.”Read full article >>
Dozens of members of the clergy in Newark have warned Gov. Chris Christie (R) that school reform efforts by his appointed superintendent are causing so much controversy and “unnecessary instability” in the city that they are “concerned about the level of public anger we see growing in the community” over the issue.Read full article >>
Brock Cohen taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 12 years and is now pursuing a doctorate at the University of Southern California while working at the nonprofit Los Angeles Education Partnership as a schools transformation coach. He helps develop community schools, which build strategic partnerships with both public and private organizations to provide essential supports and resources that low-income and high-needs students often go without. Cohen says these schools share a moral imperative to remove barriers to learning so that disadvantaged children can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Here’s a new piece by Cohen on what a 17-year-old boy taught him and the value of community schools.Read full article >>