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The Historical Importance of HBCU’s – A Discussion with Van Jones and Dr. Michael Lomax

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

The Historical Importance of HBCU’s – A Discussion with Van Jones and Dr. Michael Lomax

Josh Stewart – Historically Black Colleges and Universities have received increased attention this week, after a majority of the 104 HBCU presidents accepted an invitation to the oval office to meet with President Trump. A lot of people weren’t happy with that meeting and a statement from John Silvanus Wilson Jr., president of Morehouse, seems to indicate that the meeting and Trump’s executive order on HBCU’s won’t signal much of a change in funding, or address issues like boosting pell grants or setting up an HBCU innovation fund as...

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Eva Moskowitz talks about Betsy DeVos, vouchers, discipline — and how the ‘tide is turning’ for charter schools

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

Eva Moskowitz talks about Betsy DeVos, vouchers, discipline — and how the ‘tide is turning’ for charter schools

By Cassi Feldman – As news spread last fall that Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, was being considered for education secretary by then-President-elect Donald Trump, some fellow Democrats were apoplectic. How could Moskowitz, whose schools serve mostly low-income families of color, align herself with a staunchly conservative administration? Her meeting with Trump and subsequent endorsement of Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos for the job put her at odds with many other charter leaders. After Trump’s...

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Brazil teacher changes hairstyle to support bullied girl

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Daily, Global | 0 comments

Brazil teacher changes hairstyle to support bullied girl

“A boy had told my pupil her hair was ugly, and she was sad. I told her she was wonderful.” A Brazilian teacher has come up with a unique way to help a schoolgirl who was being bullied because of her hair. Ana Barbara Ferreira, from Sao Paulo, said her student was “sad” after being ridiculed by a boy, who had said her hair was “ugly”. “At that moment, the only thing I could tell her was that she was wonderful and shouldn’t care about what he was saying,” she wrote in a Facebook post that...

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Schools in rural areas shifting toward a 4-day week

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Daily | 0 comments

Schools in rural areas shifting toward a 4-day week

For once, both teachers and their students agree that less school is a good thing. Or at least less frequent school. A dynamic shift has begun in rural school districts across the United States, with many considering — and in some cases implementing — a four-day school week. The reason is to bring down costs and enrich the learning environment with extracurricular development for pupils. The trend has been increasingly popular in the Mountain West region of the country, with 88 districts in Colorado, 30 in Oregon and nearly half...

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Getting to the Root Cause of Sexual Assault

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

Getting to the Root Cause of Sexual Assault

“Getting to the Root Cause of Sexual Assault” By Donna Garner 3.25.17 I find it interesting that this so-called earth-shattering report from the U. T. System that stole headlines by saying, “15% of undergraduate women said they had been raped since being enrolled” was actually done through an online survey completed by only 17.1% out of 45,000 UT students. I have to wonder how truthful these college survey-takers were as they sat in their hidden cubicles filling out a survey. Were their allegations verified in any way with hard evidence by...

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Behaviour is a national problem in schools in England

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Daily, Global | 0 comments

Behaviour is a national problem in schools in England

Headteachers have ‘perverse incentives’ to hold back on poor conduct in their schools for better Ofsted ratings, government adviser says in his report Schools have a national behaviour problem and there are “perverse incentives” for headteachers to paint their school in the best light, according to the government’s behaviour tsar. Poor conduct remains a significant issue for many schools in England, and there needs to be better ways available to help tackle the problem, Tom Bennett, who advises the government on behaviour issues, said in a...

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Wellesley Student Creates Database of Professors Who Commit Microaggressions

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Daily, Higher Ed | 0 comments

Wellesley Student Creates Database of Professors Who Commit Microaggressions

“Does this professor use/perform ableist microaggressions?” Mark Tapson – In true totalitarian, Cultural Revolution fashion, a Wellesley College student has created a public database of professors who are guilty of “ableist microaggressions” or of failing to “respect” students’ pronoun preferences. Because surely the most important consideration for students choosing which courses to take should be ensuring that your professors show proper deference to your imaginary gender identity. The project called “Wellesley Professors and...

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Pastors, parents disagree over purpose of youth ministry

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Daily | 0 comments

Pastors, parents disagree over purpose of youth ministry

Michael F. Haverluck – The latest research on youth ministry in the United States found that parents and pastors are in disagreement when it comes to the goals of youth ministry. The Barna Group’s study noted and followed up on a public debate over a related topic that was brought up a few years ago, when The Atlantic published a piece titled “The Overprotected Kid,” which argued that overprotective parents keep kids from discovering things, taking risks and learning independence – without necessarily making them safer. “The ensuing...

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The Recent Supreme Court Decision- Ramifications and Repercussions

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

The Recent Supreme Court Decision- Ramifications and Repercussions

Michael F. Shaughnessy – As some of you already know, the Supreme Court has just handed down a pretty important decision regarding Special Education and kids with disabilities. I should indicate clearly first of all that I am not an attorney or lawyer- so this is not legal advice or a legal opinion, but just some thoughts about all involved. Basically, in the case of Endrew F. vs Douglas County School District there was some concern about what is termed “de minimis” education. In other words, the Court is basically saying,...

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Responsible fatherhood: He’s been a key voice in the national conversation

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Commentaries, Daily | 0 comments

Responsible fatherhood: He’s been a key voice in the national conversation

Joseph Jones knows firsthand what it feels like as a kid to not have a father around. So he’s been helping other men be good parents for decades now. David Karas – Baltimore—Amid documents and reports in Joseph Jones’s West Baltimore office are photos taken of him at events and with dignitaries, President Barack Obama among them. But Mr. Jones is perhaps proudest of another article he keeps not far from his desk – the framed graduation certificate dated Jan. 24, 1988, commemorating his completion of a drug treatment program. While the...

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