Eleven Texas School Boards Ordered to the Classroom

Houston ISD trustees admonish TEA for delaying campus turnaround plan implementation. Graphic by Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune The Texas Education Agency told 11 school boards and superintendents they must take special training because their plans for fixing underperforming schools haven’t made the grade. By Aliyya Swaby / 11.02.2016 The superintendents and elected school[…]

The Medieval Power Struggles that Helped Forge Today’s Universities

La Sorbonne, Paris / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Giles Gasper / 03.10.2016 Senior Lecturer in Medieval History Durham University As universities prepare for a new regime of regulation aimed at monitoring the quality of their teaching, they may find some comfort in the 900-year-old history of debates around autonomy, governance, who can award qualifications and[…]

This Woman’s Voice Makes World History Intimate to Millions in Spanish

Uribe in one of her history programs. Photograph shared on Google with permission for republication.   By Laura Vidal (left) / 08.31.2016 Sara Holmes (right, Translator) For years, Diana Uribe’s colorful and friendly voice made Colombians pause and listen. The world and its events seemed closer, and more lucid, because of her storytelling. The 57-year-old award-winning radio journalist and[…]

Banned Books Weeks: September 25 – October 1, Fighting for the Freedom to Read

From the Banned Books Week Coalition: The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of[…]

Handwriting is Dying a Slow Death

Nuns and school teachers everywhere are cringing at the grave state of handwriting. Are perfectly looped Gs and right-slanted sentences becoming obsolete? By Adriana Gallina / 09.14.2016 “The digital revolution is both launching us into a no-handwriting future, and also sending us backwards in time to when the spoken word ruled,” she says. But, she adds,[…]

Here’s How Homeschooling is Changing in America

Homeschooling is a growing trend in America. Children learning at Woodlands Nature Station in Kentucky. Land Between the Lakes KY/TN By Dr. Kyle Greenwalt / 09.11.2016 Associate Professor of Education Michigan State University As children head back to school, an increasing number of their homeschooled peers will be starting their academic year as well. Homeschooling[…]

Why There is Value in On-Campus Living

Students are moving into their dorms. How best can they learn? Tulane Publications By Dr. Beth McCuskey / 08.21.2016 Vice Provost for Student Life Purdue University Does living on campus support learning and student success? As families consider the living options available to their college students and look at the costs of college education, what[…]

Music Training Speeds Up Brain Development in Children

How does music training in early childhood help the developing brain? / woodleywonderworks By Dr. Assal Habibi / 08.03.2016 Senior Research Associate, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences University of Southern California Observing a pianist at a recital – converting musical notations into precisely timed finger movements on a piano – can be a[…]

Free Speech Not Present at Some Universities

Universites Not Out of the Safe Space Yet / www.spiked-online.com By Dr. Walter M. Brasch / 08.06.2016 Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications/Journalism Bloomsburg University Like most Jews, Benjamin Aaron Shapiro, a respected journalist, is an advocate for social justice, following the Jewish concept of Tikun Olam, literally translated as “repair of the world.” Unlike most[…]

How Campus Policies Limit Free Speech

Why do campuses have “free speech zones”? John By David L. Hudson, Jr. / 05.31.2016 First Amendment Expert, Adjunct Professor of Law Vanderbilt University Colleges and universities are supposed to be places where freedom of expression flourishes. Sadly, that is not the case. At a recent debate on the Yale University campus, 66 percent of[…]

Snowflake College Students

By David Robertson / 05.27.2016 Snowflake college students are the subject of a lengthy article published by The New Yorker. In The Big Uneasy, author Nathan Heller introduces his readers to the snowflake students who attend Oberlin College, a place where, according to Heller, the norms run left of Bernie Sanders. Just how flaky are[…]

REDUX: Bourgeois Knowledge #UniversityCrisis

By Dr. Antonio De Lauri Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Cultures and Societies of the Middle East University of Milan-Bicocca Young man: Hey, what’s he talking about? Old man: The professor is discussing ideas of justice and humanity in the philosophy of Plato. Young man: Plato? Old man: Plato, the Greek philosopher… Young man: Yeah,[…]

The Hefty Price of ‘Study Drug’ Misuse on College Campuses

Using medicines to stay awake? Scott Akerman By Dr. Lina Begdache Research Assistant Professor Binghamton University For more sources and information, see “What is Dopamine and How Does It Affect the Brain“, by Zoe Miller from The Babble Out Nonmedical use of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) drugs on college campuses, such as Adderall, Ritalin,[…]

What is Wrong with America’s Civic Education?

What are America’s children learning in civics classes? USAG- Humphreys By Dr. Peter Levine Associate Dean for Research in Philosophy and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs Tufts University Any election demands knowledge, attention and wisdom from the whole electorate. When a campaign season does not seem to be going well, there’s often[…]

Who Says Libraries are Dying? They are Evolving into Spaces for Innovation!

Today’s libraries are offering skill-building programs. Knight Foundation By Crystle Martin Postdoctoral Researcher University of California, Irvine With the expansion of digital media, the rise of e-books and massive budget cuts, the end of libraries has been predicted many times over. And while it is true that library budgets have been slashed, causing cuts in[…]

Philosophy in Schools: Promoting Critical, Creative, and Caring Thinking

A Community of Inquiry at the 2014 Victorian Primary Philosothon conducted at the National Gallery of Victoria. Image source: http://vaps.vic.edu.au/ Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools, Author provided By Dr. Laura D’Olimpio Senior Lecturer in Philosophy University of Notre Dame Australia It has been a good week for philosophy. The results of a year long[…]

Attorneys General Come Down on Accreditor of For-Profit Colleges

Orange County Register Citing ProPublica’s reporting, thirteen attorneys general called on the federal Department of Education to revoke the recognition of the quasi-regulator. By Annie Waldman / 04.11.2016 Twelve state attorneys general have asked the federal Department of Education to revoke the recognition of the much-criticized Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and School. If ACICS[…]

Climate Change Deniers on a Pennsylvania School Board Want More ‘Balanced’ Science Textbooks

Image by Les James / Creative Commons From Hemant Mehta at The Friendly Atheist / 03.29.2016: The Quakertown Area School District in Pennsylvania is having one of those meaningless fights about being fair and balanced in science classrooms. But it’s not about evolution this time; it’s about climate change. The school board’s curriculum committee says[…]