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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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  • Washington state girl, 16, found tied up in high school bathroom 24 Nov 2015 | 5:59 pm

    A 16-year-old girl in Washington state was physically assaulted on Tuesday and tied up in a bathroom at her Seattle high school, law enforcement and school officials said. The victim said two females assaulted her, tied her up and left her in the bathroom in an early morning incident at Highline Public Schools' Evergreen Campus, King County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cindi West said.

  • 10 Colleges Where Applying Early Increases the Chances of Getting In 24 Nov 2015 | 8:00 am

    The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or grad school search.

  • Teachers save 12-year-old girl who collapsed in cardiac arrest at Long Island school 23 Nov 2015 | 5:30 pm

    Teachers save 12-year-old girl who collapsed in cardiac arrest at Long Island schoolTwelve-year-old Jessica Lemus was in class at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown when she suddenly collapsed. It took three shocks from an AED to bring her back.

  • Wolf: Deal to end 5-month budget stalemate in 'deep peril' 23 Nov 2015 | 3:28 pm

    Wolf: Deal to end 5-month budget stalemate in 'deep peril'Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers appeared unable to bridge a divide Monday over how to slash school property taxes as part of a broader agreement to end a five-month budget stalemate that has left public schools and social services without billions in state aid.

  • Money Minute: Why college graduates dread November 23 Nov 2015 | 1:31 pm

    If you graduated from college in May, your 6-month student loan grace period officially ends right about now.

  • Pesticide-makers point to other culprits in bee die-offs 23 Nov 2015 | 8:20 am

    Sarah Myers, right, a manager at the Bayer North American Bee Care Center, shows a tray of bees to St. Thomas More Academy student Maria Pompi, left, during a tour of the center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina (AP) — In a Nordic-inspired building tucked in a corner of the Bayer CropScience North American headquarters, high school students wander through 6,000 square feet (more than 550 square meters) dedicated entirely to the specialness of bees. Children taste different types of honey and examine the differences between honeybee and carpenter bee specimens.

  • Massachusetts abandons Common Core tests, but impact's here to stay 22 Nov 2015 | 2:58 pm

    The Massachusetts State Board of Education has voted to forego Common Core testing in favor of redesigning its own state exam, an influential move from a national education leader that may hasten the end of a national high-stakes testing era, while challenging education experts to come up with a better alternative. Under intense pressure from both the right and left of the political spectrum, states have been practically tripping over each other to drop the controversial tests: Parents complained they were too hard, conservatives alleged they represented a federal takeover, and teachers' unions decried test score-based teacher evaluations.

  • Fight over who pays for public schools heads to Senate floor 22 Nov 2015 | 2:55 pm

    The Pennsylvania Senate is juggling a long-simmering fight over who pays for public schools just as Gov. Tom Wolf and top lawmakers appear to be struggling to hold together the skeleton of a budget deal ...

  • U.K. Government to Drop Feminism From School Classes 21 Nov 2015 | 5:51 pm

    U.K. Government to Drop Feminism From School ClassesTeenagers studying politics in the United Kingdom next year will learn about liberalism and civil rights and study philosophers such as Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Hobbes. Nearly 40,000 people signed a petition demanding the U.K. Department of Education redraft the syllabus for A-Plus politics courses (advanced courses for 16- to 19-year-olds) to include feminism, as it has in previous years. The syllabus included an entire section on feminism, including sex and gender, gender equality, and patriarchy.