Every year high school seniors across the country apply to college in what can only be described for most as a nerve-wracking and even soul-draining experience. They — and their parents — rail about the time-consuming and complicated process, but year after year the process survives. What, though, if it were changed in a really big way? In this post, Dennis Eller, college counselor at the private Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, imagines how a new college admissions process could work. He has been the Canterbury college counselor since 1988 and has led sessions on this topic and others at both state and national conferences of high school and college admission counselors. His college counseling program at Canterbury School was recently featured in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette for its innovation and comprehension.Read full article >>
When men hit women, it is behavior that is universally condemned. But when adults hit children — ostensibly to discipline them, at home and in school — the reaction is too often different, with many people calling the behavior acceptable. Paul Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina, looks at this issue in the following post, which appeared on The Conversation website, a new independent source of news and views from the academic and research community. This post is part of a global series, “Domestic violence and sports,” which examines how different sports across the world are dealing with the issues of family violence and respect for womenRead full article >>
Carla Ferris can name the moment that local elections in the District changed from background noise on the radio to something personal: the day she enrolled her daughter in school.
Before that, she said, “I really couldn’t have told you much, if anything, about politics in D.C.”Read full article >>
Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Eric Williams started his day when the sky was just half-lit and the air brisk. His first task was to accompany Hillside Elementary School students for a walk-to-school event with physical education teacher Jenny Aubel.Read full article >>
John Deasy was an impressive superintendent of the Prince George’s County schools when I knew him six years ago. He cared about kids. He had good ideas. He worked very hard. That got him one of the biggest jobs in education, superintendent of the Los Angeles schools in 2011. He made some improvements, including a rise in the level of challenge and achievement in those schools, but he lost touch with his school board — a common occurrence — and had to quit this month.Read full article >>