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College Graduation Celebration Goes Bad!

Harvard Law School Langdell Library in Cambrid...
Harvard Law School Langdell Library in Cambridge, Mass. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Three women go down to Mexico one night to celebrate college graduations, and wake up in jail, only to find that they are to be executed in the morning, though none of them can rem…

The changing face of higher education

The WSJ reports this morning that the University of North Carolina is now offering its MBA in an online format (UNC Makes Risky Online Bet, WSJ, 7/7/11, p. B6), becoming one of the first mainstream non-profit learning institutions to embrace online learning.  This …

How To Grow Your Bonsai

Unlike office buildings or universities, an online collaboration can not be seen.  The word “collaboration” may even put some people off as sounding too “brainy”.  But, as any soccer mom knows, collaboration is a tangible part of everyday life.  It is a system…

Comics? Big Deal!

I came across Byron Preiss in an old newspaper article.   He wanted to use comic books to teach kids how to read.  I wanted to learn more about him. so I started an Internet search for a man who built a publishing empire from a comic book and a dream  …

Money Talk At The Kitchen Table

I learned about money at the kitchen table. When I had a question about money – especially after I had started working part time in high school – I would sit down with my mom and dad and we would talk about what I needed to know. There was no set curriculum or lesson plan – …

Bullying is the problem: One solution is 'Operation Respect'

Bullying is a common experience for many of our children. The effects of bullying can be profound and in certain instances even fatal. According to Mona O'Moore of the anti-Bullying Centre, Trinity College Dublin, "There is a growing body of research which indicates that ind…

Recession and the preschool child: Needs and wants

It is never too early to get a firm handle on what is a need and what is a want. Thinking back in my life, and the lives of friends, I see that many moments of perceived distress were pegged to, or exacerbated by, the perception that something I “needed” was out of reach whe…

Technology in early childhood education

What is the relationship between Technology and the preschool child? To click or not to click, that is the question. The utilization of computers and software for early childhood education is quite controversial. There are strong proponents and even more adamant opponents. I…

Lions and Tigers and Robots...Oh My!

OK. So robots are now in the classroom.  They’re everywhere else so why not in school.  True, they are not very sophisticated but it will only be a matter of time before you won’t be able to walk through the cafeteria without stepping on one of these buggers.It…

Listening is Respect

Listening is respect. I have often wondered why we have classes and awards for speaking skills but none for listening skills. Speaking and listening are two sides of the same coin. Listening, in general, and particularly when communicating with children is neglected as spea…

What's in a language!

Of the many languages that children are born with, the verbal is the most prized by society. As parents, we are in a hurry to teach our children to talk. We want them to have a rich repertoire of words and for them to use their vocabulary appropriately. Since most of us are …

Autism: Music, movement and the Mozart effect

As a 'piano person', and former piano teacher, I have a deep respect and admiration for the impact that music can make in a person's life. As a former teacher of young children, I stand amazed at how the pull of music and musical activities can take a faltering classroom env…

Mr. Rogers and his impact to PBS funding

There is a website that I discovered recently and return to consistently now: Reggio Inspired. I return to it because it is one of the most thoughtful, intellectual, and pragmatic early childhood places I have heretofore found. This is a place where teachers of young childre…

Early childhood literature based curriculum

One of the greatest pleasures in life is a great read. Books are a window to places we can often only dream of. A well-written book can open perspective about nearly everything, which in turn can dramatically change not only a viewpoint, but also a person's "way of being". …

Infant stimulation in early childhood education

Long before Kindergarten, before preschool and even before the first pair of pull-ups goes on, there is a barrage of events taking place in the area of cognitive development. One doesn’t simply go into a classroom and immediately assimilate all the pieces of knowledge requir…
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  • Settlement over Florida principal who hypnotized students 7 Oct 2015 | 1:01 pm

    Settlement over Florida principal who hypnotized studentsThe families of three North Port High School students who died after being hypnotized by former Principal George Kenney will receive $200,000 each from the Sarasota County School District under a settlement agreement unanimously approved by the School Board.

  • Falling Student Loan Default Rates Still Challenge Borrowers 7 Oct 2015 | 9:00 am

    Earlier this week, the Department of Education announced that the cohort default rate for federal student loans, which is one of the more visible metrics used to determine a school's eligibility to participate in the federal student aid programs, decreased for the second year in a row. The new rate of 11.8 percent is certainly an improvement over last year's 13.7 percent, and the Student Loan Ranger is happy to see the continuing downward trend. This blog spent some time last year explaining in detail why these cohort default rates may not be the most transparent way to determine the success rate of student loan borrowers and the schools they attended.

  • Ben Carson ‘Much More Comfortable’ If Kindergarten Teachers Had Guns 6 Oct 2015 | 6:24 pm

    Ben Carson ‘Much More Comfortable’ If Kindergarten Teachers Had Guns“You obviously are not going to have a weapon sitting on the teacher’s desk, but be secured in a place where kids cannot get to it,” Carson said on ABC’s “The View” today. “They aren’t likely to go into a place where they are likely to get shot,” Carson told USA Today. Carson has said to stop gun violence that data collection is needed to prevent mass shootings from happening.

  • Philadelphia college on lockdown after reports of gunman on campus 6 Oct 2015 | 10:25 am

    The Community College of Philadelphia was on lockdown on Tuesday following reports of a person with a weapon on campus, police said. No shots were fired and there were no reports of any injuries, said Tanya Little, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department. The Community College of Philadelphia, the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia, has about 15,000 full-time students.

  • Arkansas teachers top off a sweet day for Peltz' Trian hedge fund 5 Oct 2015 | 6:12 pm

    Billionaire fund manager Nelson Peltz on Monday added a big new client when he took in $150 million in cash from the Arkansas Teachers Retirement System, part of a trio of welcome victories for the activist, whose portfolio has faced a bumpy ride lately. The $14.5 billion pension fund's decision to invest with Peltz' Trian Fund Management rounded off a sweet day for the 73-year old veteran investor, who also unveiled a $2.5 billion stake in General Electric and saw his investment in chemicals maker DuPont jump 5.64 percent after CEO Ellen Kullman said she was retiring. "The Trian team are like mechanics who can tell you what's wrong with your old car by hearing you drive up to the garage," said George Hopkins, executive director of the fund, which pays out $80 million in monthly benefits to 42,000 retirees.

  • 7 Sobering Reasons 59 Million Kids Around the World Don’t Have Teachers 5 Oct 2015 | 4:54 pm

    7 Sobering Reasons 59 Million Kids Around the World Don’t Have TeachersIf it’s Oct. 5, that means it’s World Teachers’ Day, the annual celebration in which folks take to social media to express their admiration and thanks for the educators in their lives. Perhaps all the stressed-out teachers who read the many messages of gratitude will remember the creative spark that made them want to enter a classroom—the same energy that got Robin Williams standing on a desk reciting the Walt Whitman poem “O Captain! My Captain!” in Dead Poets Society.

  • Not all anti-bullying laws created equal 5 Oct 2015 | 10:33 am

    By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - - Anti-bullying policies in most U.S. states aim to protect kids against abuse from their peers in school and online, but their effectiveness varies widely depending on where students live, a study suggests. In states where the laws followed at least one U.S. Department of Education (DoE) recommendation for anti-bullying policies, teens were 24 percent less likely to report bullying and 20 percent less likely to report cyber-bullying, the study found. The DoE recommends, for example, that laws include explicit descriptions of prohibited behaviors and spell out clear reporting practices and specific consequences.

  • Why are Philadelphia colleges on alert today? 5 Oct 2015 | 8:32 am

    “Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI Philadelphia Field Office notified local colleges and universities of a social media posting which threatened violence at a Philadelphia-area college or university for Monday, October 5,” the agency said in a statement. Recommended: Gun laws: How much do you know?

  • Why student debt is worsening for college graduates 5 Oct 2015 | 5:33 am

    America's $1.2 trillion in student debt is having consequences in far-reaching ways. College dropouts and students who borrowed to attend for-profit colleges are at risk of default. Many Generation X parents ...

  • Trump latest to recommend guns in classrooms. What do teachers say? 4 Oct 2015 | 3:47 pm

    “How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order?” asked NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, pointing out that banks, sports events, and power plants are typically protected by armed guards. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump? Although gun control advocates had hoped Sandy Hook would prove a turning point, 28 states currently allow adults who own legal guns to bring them on school property.