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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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  • Gun-Toting Teachers Might Be Allowed to Shoot Your Aggressive Kid 30 Jan 2015 | 6:40 pm

    As a teacher with 15 years of experience in Texas classrooms, Heidi Langan believes teachers have the skills and training to mediate tense situations. While there may be incidents of violence in some classrooms across the country, her students (she is a music teacher at Austin’s Galindo Elementary School) are less of a threat than older kids at the middle and high school levels, where school shootings are more likely.

  • State Takes Over Arkansas School District That Had To Make Teachers Wear Underwear 30 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am

    Things have gone from bad to worse for the public school system in Little Rock, Ark. In August 2013, the district announced — to the great dismay of the teachers union — a dress code that would require teachers to wear underwear. Now, a mere 18 months later, the Arkansas Department of Education has voted to assume control over management of the school district, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The narrow 5-4 vote on Wednesday by the state school board effectively wrests control of the district from the local school board (but keeps Superintendent Dexter Suggs on the job on an interim basis).

  • Experts Debate Graduation Rates for Online Students 30 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am

    Prospective students have a variety of factors to think about when they're choosing their online programs: accreditation, faculty credentials and prestige, among others. Graduation rates rarely make the top of the list. The public can be forgiven for associating online education with low completion and graduation rates. There has been little national research comparing completion rates for online and on-campus college and graduate programs, says Peter Shea, associate provost for online learning and an education professor at University of Albany--SUNY.

  • China education minister demands rejection of Western values 30 Jan 2015 | 2:33 am

    BEIJING (AP) — China's education minister has issued a stern warning against threats to communist ideological purity in higher education, saying Western values must never be permitted to infiltrate the classroom.

  • US colleges seek economic diversity in students from China 29 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm

    In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo, Yupei Guo, top, greets friend Serene Silin Li at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn. With more undergraduates coming from overseas than ever, some Ivy League universities are reaching out in new ways to attract international students of more varied backgrounds -- and particularly from China, which sends more students to the U.S. than any other country. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — Top American universities like Yale and Harvard, widely regarded overseas as places only for children of the rich and powerful, are increasing efforts to attract the best international students, regardless of their financial backgrounds.


  • Myanmar police to DNA test soldiers over murdered teachers 29 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm

    People attend a funeral service of two school teachers in Myitkyina, northern Myanmar, on January 23, 2015Myanmar police Thursday said they will conduct DNA tests on soldiers and residents in a northern village where two young teachers were murdered in a crime that has sparked widespread public anger. "We have collected hair samples of 25 soldiers who were on duty that night as well as from 10 villagers," lieutenant San Lwin of Shan state police force told AFP. The samples have been sent to the capital Naypyidaw for DNA testing to check against strands of hair found in the hands of both the deceased women, he added. Maran Lu Ra, 20, and Tangbau Hkawn Nan Tsin, 21, were volunteer teachers at IDP camps near the border town of Muse in Shan, parts of which have also been wracked by conflict between Myanmar's army and ethnic minority rebels in recent years.


  • Dartmouth College to ban hard alcohol on campus 29 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am

    (Reuters) - Dartmouth College will ban hard alcohol on campus as it seeks to cut down on binge drinking among students, the Ivy League school's president said on Thursday. The ban, which applies to students and all college-sponsored events, comes at a time when universities across the United States are trying to fight what the White House has described as an "epidemic" of sexual assault. The Hanover, New Hampshire, college is among the more than 50 elite U.S. learning institutions that the Department of Education is investigating to see if their policies on sex assault violate U.S. laws requiring equal treatment for men and women in higher education. Researchers say the culture of binge drinking on college campuses has fueled sex assaults.

  • Scholarships to Help International Students Afford U.S. Colleges 29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am

    American colleges and universities are among the best in the world, and for many students from around the globe, attending college in the U.S. would be a dream come true. Every year, thousands of students from nearly every continent flock to campuses across the U.S. to earn their degrees and take what they've learned back home. Though it's true that American colleges and universities are far from free, many offer generous scholarships to international students, and there are a handful of private scholarships available to students as well. Before you write it off as impossible, check out scholarship opportunities for funding your American college dream.

  • Top US colleges push for more diverse students from China 28 Jan 2015 | 11:03 pm

    US colleges seek economic diversity in students from ChinaYupei Guo does not fit the mold of the traditional Ivy League student from China: Her journalist parents are neither rich nor members of the governing elite. Growing up, she thought the cost would make ...


  • S&P report backs Gov. Jerry Brown's call to tame spending 28 Jan 2015 | 7:38 pm

    A new financial report released Wednesday backs Gov. Jerry Brown's call to avoid new spending, despite pressure from fellow Democrats to use the surplus on social services, higher education and other programs. ...