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 children are free to brainstorm with other early childhood professionals regarding "out of the box" concepts...which is basically the whole premise of Reggio. (Parents will enjoy a peek into the Reggio Emilia world from the teaching professional's point of view as well, I'm sure.)On my latest trip to Reggio Inspired, I came upon this video gem, posted by one of the members. As I watched the soul warming essence of Mr. Fred Rogers I was simultaneously bombarded with grief and with joy. Grief that our world no longer contains this individuated soul, and joy that in such a short lifetime...so many were touched so deeply, and profoundly changed at a root level.
It was part of Mr. Roger's genetic makeup to be an advocate for the very young child. I do not believe that anyone has ever been able to see through the eyes of a child as throughly as he. In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon. I trust you will share in my appreciation of his intelligence, thoughtfulness,empathy and strength, as he attempts to retain funding for PBS which was in jeopardy. Click on this link to view the video.
Elite NYC school apologizes for past abuse
24 May 2013 | 7:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Horace Mann School, one of New York City's most prestigious private schools, has apologized for more than three decades of sexual abuse perpetrated by some of its teachers and administrators, according to a letter posted on its website Friday.
Louisiana to push ahead with paying private firms to teach kids
24 May 2013 | 3:25 pm
By Stephanie Simon (Reuters) - Louisiana's schools chief vowed on Friday to push ahead with a plan to let students take classes from private firms and nonprofits at taxpayers' expense, despite a legal setback and objections from some educators. The Course Choice plan, which goes far beyond any other U.S. school program in letting families customize a child's education, had been thrown into doubt after the state Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that Louisiana could not divert money meant for public schools to private organizations. ...
Many Ark. college students to see hike in tuition
24 May 2013 | 9:50 am
Many Arkansas college students will see a hike in tuition next year. Officials said Thursday that the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition and fees ...
Wash. college students ask Congress for stability
24 May 2013 | 9:43 am
College students in Washington state say they need Congress to give them affordable student loans at a rate they can depend on, instead of a yearly debate on rising interest rates. "The fact that ...
It’s official: Chicago Public Schools will close 49 elementary schools for good
23 May 2013 | 8:36 pm
Autumn seemed like dark days for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The Chicago Teachers Union had declared a strike, shutting down public schools across the city. Nearly two weeks later, Emanuel had capitulated to substantial salary increases for teachers over three years.
Kids, teachers from devastated school reunite
23 May 2013 | 5:46 pm
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Students from a suburban Oklahoma City elementary school destroyed by this week's tornado reunited with their teachers Thursday and collected whatever could be salvaged from the ruins.
Michigan budget panel OKs fund boost for colleges
23 May 2013 | 2:41 pm
Michigan's community colleges and universities could receive roughly 2 percent more in overall funding next fiscal year. Republican-led conference committees approved the community college and higher education ...
Financial literacy program aimed at Neb. schools
23 May 2013 | 2:02 pm
A new program will offer an online education in financial literacy to Nebraska high school students and parents. State Treasurer Don Stenberg on Thursday unveiled the new initiative, which will be available ...
Kids from tornado-hit school reunite with teachers
23 May 2013 | 1:44 pm
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Students from an elementary school flattened by a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb have reunited with their teachers and collected what belongings could be salvaged from the wrecked building.
Chicagoans React to Controversial Vote to Close 50 City Schools
23 May 2013 | 11:22 am
Chicago parents and residents are fired up after countless hours of protesting were denied by a vote to close 50 schools by the Chicago Board of Education yesterday. Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school system in the U.S., faces a $1 billion budget deficit, says The Washington Post. The decision is the most widespread school closing thus far in the country. All but one closing will happen at the end of the 2012-13 school year, and the remaining closing will happen at the end of the 2014 school year.
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