27 juillet 2017

Dear students, what you post can wreck your life

The ConversationHarvard recently rescinded admission offers for some incoming freshmen who participated in a private Facebook group sharing offensive memes. The incident has sparked a lot of discussion: Was Harvard’s decision justified? What about the First Amendment? Do young people know the dangers of social media. More...

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The Fresh Air Fund’s complicated racial record

The ConversationNew York City’s Fresh Air Fund has sent city kids, most of them low-income, to suburban and rural neighborhoods for two-week summer vacations for the past 140 years. Originally intended to restore malnourished, sickly and white immigrant children to health, the fund expanded its mission in the 1960s to focus on – as director Frederick Lewis put it in 1969 – “bridge-building and unifying” across racial lines. More...

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Fulfilling the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The ConversationAs we celebrate 27 years of ADA, we can see the significance of this law. It has challenged discrimination and helped remove many barriers so that roughly 56.7 million Americans with disabilities can lead independent lives. More...

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Learning disabilities do not define us

The ConversationI am an educator of educators. I teach others how to be the best teachers. But, I’m also different.
I have learning challenges.
As we celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I’m reminded of my personal journey. More...

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Textbooks in the digital world

The ConversationFor decades, textbooks were seen as the foundation for instruction in American schools. These discipline-specific tomes were a fundamental part of the educational infrastructure, assigned to students for each subject and carried in heavy backpacks every day – from home to school and back again. More...

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30 years after Edwards v. Aguillard: Why creationism lingers in public schools

The ConversationThis month marks the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Edwards v. Aguillard, a groundbreaking case that ruled it unconstitutional to require creationism to be taught in public schools. More...

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What do protests about Harry Potter books teach us?

The ConversationOn Monday, June 26, 2017, Harry James Potter – the world’s most famous wizard – will celebrate his 20th birthday. His many fans will likely mark the occasion by rereading a favorite Harry Potter novel or rewatching one of the blockbuster films. Some may even raise a butterbeer toast in Harry’s honor at one of three Harry Potter-themed amusement parks. More...

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New legislation may make free speech on campus less free

The ConversationThe Wisconsin State Assembly, for example, recently passed a campus speech bill that would require public colleges and universities to punish students who disrupt campus speakers. The legislation is now heading to the State Senate for consideration. More...

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Students’ test scores tell us more about the community they live in than what they know

The ConversationThese high-stakes decisions include, but are not limited to, student promotion to the next grade level, student eligibility to participate in advanced coursework, eligibility to graduate high school and teacher tenure. In 40 states, teachers are evaluated in part based on the results from student standardized tests, as are school administrators in almost 30 states. More...

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What Trump’s education budget could mean for students in poverty

The ConversationDubbed “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for 2018 seeks to achieve faster economic growth and debt reduction. But only US$59 billion of that budget has been slated for education – a $9.2 billion cut (13.5 percent) compared to last year. More...

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