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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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  • GOP leaders look to pass schools plan in Kansas Legislature 24 Jun 2016 | 1:33 pm

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republicans struggled Friday to find enough support to push an education funding plan through the Kansas Legislature to satisfy a court mandate and end a looming threat that public schools across the state may shut down.

  • Panel votes against accreditor of for-profit colleges 24 Jun 2016 | 3:02 am

    In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016 photo a sign rests near Lincoln Technical Institute, in Somerville, Mass. The nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges faces a vote Thursday that could lead to its demise, leaving hundreds of thousands of students at risk of losing access to federal financial aid. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)WASHINGTON (AP) — An advisory panel to the Education Department has voted to recommend the government sever ties with a group that accredits many of the nation's for-profit colleges, including schools once owned by the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges Inc. — a critical vote that could lead schools to close their doors and threaten financial aid to hundreds of thousands of students.

  • Kansas GOP lawmakers advance plan to avert school closings 23 Jun 2016 | 7:00 pm

    Protestors gather for a rally near the south steps of the Kansas Statehouse at the same time a joint meeting of the House and Senate budget committees is underway to address the issue of school finance funding, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in Topeka, (Nick Krug /The Lawrence Journal-World via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republicans advanced an education funding plan Thursday in the Kansas Legislature as the best way to satisfy a court mandate, pushing past doubts that it would avert a threatened shutdown of the state's public schools.

  • Abigail Fisher Lost, but Challenges to Affirmative Action Aren’t Over 23 Jun 2016 | 6:53 pm

    Abigail Fisher Lost, but Challenges to Affirmative Action Aren’t OverIt was a case intended to be a wrecking ball for affirmative action in college admissions. The opinion, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, supports diversity as “a critically important mission” in higher education while “closing off many of the doors that [affirmative action foes] had hoped would remain open,” Ifill said.

  • Mexican government meets with radical teachers' union 23 Jun 2016 | 11:39 am

    Protesting teachers, accompanied by a mediation commission, huddle together in discussion inside the courtyard of the Interior Ministry, as they await the start of a meeting with Secretary of the Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, in Mexico City, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The negotiations between the striking radical teachers and the government come three days after a clash between protestors and police in Oaxaca state left eight dead. Though who started shooting is disputed, journalists filmed police firing their weapons in the confrontation, which also left more than 100 injured. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Leaders of a radical teachers union met with Mexican government representatives late Wednesday to try to defuse tensions after eight people died in clashes in the southern state of Oaxaca, but managed only to schedule another meeting for Monday.

  • Swiss college students set a new world record for the fastest electric car 23 Jun 2016 | 10:49 am

    Swiss college students set a new world record for the fastest electric carStudents from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University have developed the world's fastest electric car, much faster than any production electric or gas engine car. The Grimsel ran a time of 1.5 seconds from 0-to-62 in just 100 feet.

  • Amid campaign worries, Trump to check on courses in Scotland 23 Jun 2016 | 10:42 am

    In this June 22, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in New York. The nation’s framework for economic security and health care in retirement is financially unsustainable, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to the presidential candidates. Unusual for a Republican, Trump has promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, the health care program for low-income people. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK (AP) — Facing questions about meager fundraising, slipping poll numbers and campaign instability, Donald Trump is tending to business — in Scotland.

  • Affirmative Action Survives at the Supreme Court 23 Jun 2016 | 9:35 am

    Updated at 2:16 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Thursday the University of Texas at Austin’s plan to increase student diversity, defeating a conservative challenge that sought to imperil affirmative-action programs in higher education.

  • 3 teachers resign over insulting chat messages about kids 23 Jun 2016 | 8:49 am

    CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) — Three teachers at a Rhode Island charter school have resigned for exchanging disparaging and profanity-laden chat messages about students.

  • What Employers Think About Your Online IT Degree 23 Jun 2016 | 8:30 am

    When Reza B'Far completed his online master's degree in computer science through University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering, he watched the same lectures as the on-campus students. "The degree that you got was the equivalent of a normal college degree," says the 44-year-old, who now works as vice president of development for the computer technology corporation Oracle. In recent years, employers have become more accepting of online bachelor's and master's degrees in information technology and related fields, like computer science, recruiters say -- though not all are totally comfortable with them.