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How Silicon Valley Plans to Conquer the Classroom How Silicon Valley Plans to Conquer the Classroom
They call it the “Church Lane Hug.” That is how educators at Church Lane Elementary Technology, a public school here, describe the protective two-armed way they teach students to carry their school-issued laptops. Administrators at Baltimore County Public Schools, the 25th-largest public school system in the United States, have embraced the laptops as well, as part of one of the nation’s mos...
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DeVos Asks the Education Establishment to ‘Rethink’ Schools DeVos Asks the Education Establishment to ‘Rethink’ Schools
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos slammed the established "education system" Tuesday, kicking off a "Rethink School" tour to highlight innovative ways educators are meeting the needs of students in K-12 and higher education. "It's time to rethink school," DeVos said to students at the Woods Learning Center in Casper, Wyoming, Tuesday morning, where she began the weeklong tour. "For far too ...
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Universities reaffirm support for undocumented students. Universities reaffirm support for undocumented students.
Numerous universities are issuing new statements in support of undocumented students in the wake of the Trump administration announcing that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, created five years ago by President Obama, would end in six months unless Congress takes action. Many higher ed institutions had previously made moves to support undocumented students and the DACA program...
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A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry. A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry.
Few middle schoolers are as clued in to their mathematical strengths and weakness as Moheeb Kaied. Now a seventh grader at Brooklyn’s Middle School 442, he can easily rattle off his computational profile. “Let’s see,” he said one morning this spring. “I can find the area and perimeter of a polygon. I can solve mathematical and real-world problems using a coordinate plane. I still need to get be...
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Campus Political Fights Come Home for the Summer. Campus Political Fights Come Home for the Summer.
College in the summer: Dorms and quads are quiet, and it seems that the whole community is catching its breath. No marches, sit-ins, shout-downs, protesters giving professors whiplash. No arguments over free speech, Black Lives Matter, Israeli boycotts, abortion, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, President Trump. But the fighting hasn’t stopped. It has just come home for the summer. College s...
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Columbia Settles With Student Cast as a Rapist in Mattress Art Project. Columbia Settles With Student Cast as a Rapist in Mattress Art Project.
It was a performance art piece that became famous: A woman who felt that Columbia University had mishandled her charge of rape against a fellow student turned that anger into her senior arts thesis, a yearlong project in which she carried a 50-pound mattress whenever she was on the Morningside Heights campus. The woman, Emma Sulkowicz, won national acclaim and was largely embraced by her fellow...
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One Brooklyn school wants to change how kids - and teachers - are taught One Brooklyn school wants to change how kids - and teachers - are taught
At Brooklyn Lab High School, getting kids into college will just be the beginning. The real goal for each and every student is graduating from college, or perhaps even enrolling in graduate school -- and then thriving in their future careers. “In high school, we should be practicing the things that matter most for adult life and for future success,” said Eric Tucker, one of the school’s foun...
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Education Chief Wants More Well-Rounded Learning Education Chief Wants More Well-Rounded Learning
Education Secretary John B. King Jr. wants to see a return to a more well-rounded education for schoolchildren, one that spotlights the importance of science, social studies, world languages and the arts. In a speech Thursday in Las Vegas, King said some schools have focused too intensely on reading and math and testing in those subjects under the 2002 No Child Left Behind law. It was a complai...
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Graduation Speeches a Window Into Political Climate Graduation Speeches a Window Into Political Climate
President Donald Trump gave his first commencement speech as president at Liberty University, the world’s largest Christian school, doing little to curb a recent trend toward politicization in graduation day remarks. “I accepted this invitation a long time ago,” Trump on Saturday told graduates at the school whose president, Jerry Falwell Jr., was among the first leaders in the white evangelica...
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Family by Family, How School Segregation Still Happens Family by Family, How School Segregation Still Happens
Elana Shneyer and Adam Kaufman live a few hundred feet from Public School 165, the Robert E. Simon School, on West 109th Street, at the edge of Morningside Heights in Manhattan. When they started looking for a kindergarten for their son, who will start in the fall, the school was an early stop. That made them unusual. Although their neighborhood is diverse, the children who go to P.S. 165, i...
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