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College Graduation Celebration Goes Bad!

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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

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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

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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!

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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'

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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  • Correction: Students Pepper-Sprayed story 25 Aug 2016 | 4:58 am

    ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Aug. 24 about a parent arrested for pepper-spraying students at a school, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green said the incident happened during a fight and the woman was trying to stop her son from being jumped. Green tells the AP she never said that.

  • Texas college students rally against gun law with sex toys 24 Aug 2016 | 9:41 pm

    Students holds signs and sex toys as they protest a campus carry law in Austin, Texas, Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016. Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms. (AP Photo/John Mone)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of University of Texas students waved sex toys at a campus rally during the first day of classes, protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.


  • Behind legal furor over transgender policy, schools wonder what to do 24 Aug 2016 | 5:51 pm

    When a federal judge blocked the Obama administration’s guidelines for transgender rights in public schools this week, he stopped schools from having to follow them – at least for the time being. Courts will decide if public schools will have to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice – as President Obama claims federal law demands – or if the injunction against his guidelines will stand. Recommended: How much do you know about gay rights in America?

  • Complaint: Black students punished more harshly than whites 24 Aug 2016 | 4:59 pm

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Black students and students with disabilities attending public schools in Virginia's capital city are more severely and more frequently punished than their classmates, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

  • The Latest: District says it welcomes dialogue on discipline 24 Aug 2016 | 4:45 pm

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a federal complaint alleging that public schools in Virginia's capital city more frequently and more harshly punish black students and those with disabilities than their classmates (all times local):

  • How Teachers Are Bringing Financial Literacy Lessons to the Classroom 24 Aug 2016 | 10:59 am

    "When kids know how money works, they are more careful with their spending and take better care of their things that cost money," says Kristi Ekern, a fifth-grade teacher in the Denver metro area. "Children tell me they speak in the evenings with their parents, and parents are listening to the kids when they're evaluating investments," says Neme Alperstein, who recently retired from teaching the fifth grade in Queens, New York. During her 28 years of teaching, she used a program called the Stock Market Game, a virtual investing platform provided by the SIFMA Foundation, to teach students about investing by creating a hypothetical investment portfolio and following real stocks.

  • Schools Are More Diverse, but America’s Teachers Probably Won’t Be 24 Aug 2016 | 5:13 am

    Schools Are More Diverse, but America’s Teachers Probably Won’t BeIn the darkest days of racial segregation, it used to be said that a professionally dressed, well-respected African American strolling through the neighborhood wearing a suit and tie, or a dress with pearls, must be a doctor—or a teacher. At a time when blacks and Latinos make up the majority of America’s public school students, however, a new study produced by Brookings’ Brown Center on Education Policy shows teachers of color are vanishing from the nation’s classrooms at an alarming rate, with surprisingly few college students willing to replace them. “Making serious progress toward a teacher workforce which is as diverse as the students it serves will require exceptionally ambitious patches” to fix the brain drain, according to the study, titled High Hopes and Harsh Realities: The Real Challenge to Building a Diverse Workforce.


  • Why Trump Is Failing With College Grads 23 Aug 2016 | 5:42 pm

    The support of white voters with a college education is the key battle of the 2016 presidential contest, and Donald Trump is losing it. In 2012 Mitt Romney beat Barack Obama by 14 points among college-educated whites, according to exit polls. The average of top national surveys shows Mr. Trump trailing Hillary Clinton among these voters by nine points, and the latest Pew Research Center survey gives Mrs. Clinton a 14-point edge.

  • Graduate students at private colleges can unionize: U.S. labor board 23 Aug 2016 | 3:37 pm

    In a 3-1 vote, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said that graduate students working as academic assistants are employees who get organizing rights under federal labor law. The NLRB's decision allows Columbia University research and teaching assistants to vote on whether they want to join a United Auto Workers affiliate.

  • Labor board says graduate students can unionize 23 Aug 2016 | 2:59 pm

    Graduate students working as teaching assistants at private universities may unionize following a much-discussed ruling in their favor. The National Labor Relations Board decided Tuesday on a case from Columbia University graduate students who said their status as employees required the right to collective bargaining with the university, The Wall Street Journal reported. Both the cost and economic necessity of higher education and even graduate work have risen in recent years, giving private universities with sought-after names and reputations increasing power.