Divorce. Dinosaurs, Birthdays. Religion. Halloween. Christmas. Television. These are a few of the 50-plus words and references the New York City Department of Education is hoping to ban from the city’s standardized tests.Read more »
Around the country and the world educators are starting to enforce best friend bans, instead encouraging kids to have large groups of friends. The educators don't care if parents are fine with their kids having a best friend, or psychologists warnings that not going through the best friends experience can stunt the development of children. They think this is better.Read more »
Eric Dompierre loves sports, especially basketball. Eric never let his Down Syndrome stop him from playing but now he may have to cheer on his team from the bleachers. Its a battle between Eric's family and the Michigan High School Athletic Association with the latter claiming that because he's 19 years old, Eric isn't allowed to play in his senior year of high school.Read more »
Schools in Brazil have started to place computer chips in school uniforms to keep track of pupils and reduce truancy.Read more »
I think apprenticeships have the potential to create a much more efficient learning model. Most people learn by doing, not by reading books, listening to lectures or taking tests. If you tray to cram too much information inside at a time, you will not retain much for very long. Testing a person for their knowledge has huge drawbacks namely that you are testing for memory skills, not practical working knowledge. If you learn a little and use it right after, it will reinforce that knowledge and make the learning of the subject much more satisfying.Read more »
From the Mumbai slums to Nigerian shanty towns and Kenyan mountain villages, tens of millions of poor children are opting out of the state sector, and their number is burgeoning.Read more »
If you flush it....we will tax you....even if you have a septic system.Read more »
Chardon High School shooting, Occupy London, and Indonesia tweets: Morning roundup
By Elizabeth Flock
A Chardon High School student wounded in Monday's early morning shooting has been declared brain-dead. Russell King Jr., 17, was a junior who studied technologies for alternative energies. Chardon student Daniel Parmertor died hours after the shooting. Three other students, Nickolas Wajczak, 17, Demetrius Hewlin and Joy Rickers, 18, remain hospitalized. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)Read more »
DETROIT, March 13, 2012—Oakland University in Michigan has denied the appeal of a student who was barred from campus, suspended for three semesters, and required to undergo "sensitivity" counseling for authoring a class assignment in which he stated that he found his instructors attractive. While the assignment specifically permitted students to write creatively about any topic, the university bizarrely classified his "Hot for Teacher" essay as "unlawful." Joseph Corlett came to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help.Read more »
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