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.
Ben Carson ‘Much More Comfortable’ If Kindergarten Teachers Had Guns
“You obviously are not going to have a weapon sitting on the teacher’s desk, but be secured in a place where kids cannot get to it,” Carson said on ABC’s “The View” today. “They aren’t likely to go into a place where they are likely to get shot,” Carson told USA Today. Carson has said to stop gun violence that data collection is needed to prevent mass shootings from happening.
Philadelphia college on lockdown after reports of gunman on campus
The Community College of Philadelphia was on lockdown on Tuesday following reports of a person with a weapon on campus, police said. No shots were fired and there were no reports of any injuries, said Tanya Little, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department. The Community College of Philadelphia, the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia, has about 15,000 full-time students.
Arkansas teachers top off a sweet day for Peltz' Trian hedge fund
Billionaire fund manager Nelson Peltz on Monday added a big new client when he took in $150 million in cash from the Arkansas Teachers Retirement System, part of a trio of welcome victories for the activist, whose portfolio has faced a bumpy ride lately. The $14.5 billion pension fund's decision to invest with Peltz' Trian Fund Management rounded off a sweet day for the 73-year old veteran investor, who also unveiled a $2.5 billion stake in General Electric and saw his investment in chemicals maker DuPont jump 5.64 percent after CEO Ellen Kullman said she was retiring. "The Trian team are like mechanics who can tell you what's wrong with your old car by hearing you drive up to the garage," said George Hopkins, executive director of the fund, which pays out $80 million in monthly benefits to 42,000 retirees.
7 Sobering Reasons 59 Million Kids Around the World Don’t Have Teachers
If it’s Oct. 5, that means it’s World Teachers’ Day, the annual celebration in which folks take to social media to express their admiration and thanks for the educators in their lives. Perhaps all the stressed-out teachers who read the many messages of gratitude will remember the creative spark that made them want to enter a classroom—the same energy that got Robin Williams standing on a desk reciting the Walt Whitman poem “O Captain! My Captain!” in Dead Poets Society.
Not all anti-bullying laws created equal
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - - Anti-bullying policies in most U.S. states aim to protect kids against abuse from their peers in school and online, but their effectiveness varies widely depending on where students live, a study suggests. In states where the laws followed at least one U.S. Department of Education (DoE) recommendation for anti-bullying policies, teens were 24 percent less likely to report bullying and 20 percent less likely to report cyber-bullying, the study found. The DoE recommends, for example, that laws include explicit descriptions of prohibited behaviors and spell out clear reporting practices and specific consequences.
Why are Philadelphia colleges on alert today?
“Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI Philadelphia Field Office notified local colleges and universities of a social media posting which threatened violence at a Philadelphia-area college or university for Monday, October 5,” the agency said in a statement. Recommended: Gun laws: How much do you know?
Why student debt is worsening for college graduates
America's $1.2 trillion in student debt is having consequences in far-reaching ways. College dropouts and students who borrowed to attend for-profit colleges are at risk of default. Many Generation X parents ...
Trump latest to recommend guns in classrooms. What do teachers say?
“How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order?” asked NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, pointing out that banks, sports events, and power plants are typically protected by armed guards. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump? Although gun control advocates had hoped Sandy Hook would prove a turning point, 28 states currently allow adults who own legal guns to bring them on school property.
NYC celebrates 150th anniversary of 'Alice in Wonderland'
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is marking the 150th anniversary of "Alice in Wonderland" with an array of events celebrating the adventures and characters in the beloved children's tale.
Students get tutoring, encouragement at Santa Ana PAAL program