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Israeli Textbook Gives Arab View of the State’s Birth

A top Israeli education official has authorized a textbook for exclusive use in Arab Israeli schools that tells a different side of the story of Israel’s creation in 1948.  For starters, the text acknowledges that Palestinians dubbed the historical event “al nakba” (the catastrophe).

Posted on Jul 22, 2007 READ MORE


fashion show
wulfweard.blog.co.uk

The Battle Over Sex Education

While many schools continue to move toward abstinence-only (aka “keep your fingers crossed”) sex education, some communities are fighting for more candid and honest curricula. A Maryland school district, for example, just won the right to teach middle and high schoolers about homosexuality and the proper use of condoms.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


schoolchildren
AP Photo/Francis Specker

The Education Blame Game

It’s not just kids who get left behind in an educational system that fetishizes data and quantitative measures instead of qualitative progress.  Teachers, particularly in lower-income schools, end up punished and humiliated because they are judged to be “underachievers,” according to educator Sharon Scranage.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


War and Censorship at Wilton High

Students at Wilton High School in Connecticut weren’t allowed to discuss the war, unless it was with a military recruiter, so they wrote a play about it. “Voices in Conflict,” which was quickly banned by the school, has made it to New York where it brought the audience to tears.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


Obama Cools on Affirmative Action

Barack Obama doesn’t think anyone should cut his two daughters any slack when they apply to college—not because of their race, at least. In the unlikely event that the Obama family goes broke, then maybe.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


The Field Trip From Hell

A school in Tennessee recently staged a drill with a fake gunman during a week-long field trip that left students terrified and in tears. The sixth-graders were told a teacher dressed in a hooded sweatshirt was a shooter on the loose and that it was not a drill. The school’s principal said the incident “involved poor judgment.”

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE


davis
AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Truthdigger of the Week:  Baron Davis

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Baron Davis, not just because he played a crucial role in steering the Golden State Warriors to their first NBA playoff victory in 16 years, but, more important, because he has used his celebrity status to draw attention to key issues such as the underrepresentation of African-Americans at top-notch universities.

Posted on May 5, 2007 READ MORE


Time to Crack Down on the Student Loan Cesspool

The markers of a mushrooming student loan scandal are identical to so many of the rest: The Bush administration, determined to turn the federal government into a favor bank for its corporate cronies, ignored every indicator that the $85-billion-a-year student loan industry was rife with corruption.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


windows
microsoft.com

Microsoft Wants a Billion New Customers

Microsoft has given itself less than eight years to find another billion PC users. To help meet that goal, the company has pledged to sell $3 bundles of Windows XP and Office software to governments that provide schools with free computers. That’s about 2 percent of the cost of Office alone.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


kissing
time.com

Abstinence Classes a Bust

So much for just saying no as a sex education policy:  A large-scale congressional study of the effects of costly abstinence education programs in American schools concluded that one or two years of classroom indoctrination had no significant impact on if and when teens have sex.

Posted on Apr 14, 2007 READ MORE


In Their Place

After 400 years of abuse, African-Americans continue to struggle with an inequitable America. If we’re serious about leaving no child behind, we should start by offering black families a fair shot in life.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


Judge OK’s Student Gay Rights Club

A federal judge has ruled that Florida’s Okeechobee High School must grant the same privileges to the Gay-Straight Alliance that it grants to other student clubs.

Posted on Apr 7, 2007 READ MORE


We Must Learn Again

The author takes aim at the shortcomings of the contemporary American educational system, laments the current state of arts education, and wonders what exactly schools are preparing younger generations to do—and become.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


family
washingtonpost.com

Married With Children in the Minority

Fewer than a quarter of American households contain a married couple with children, down from half in 1960. While the numbers are lower across the board, the nuclear family appears to have become a luxury, with wealthier people far more likely to marry before having children.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


Drew Faust
harvard.edu

Harvard Chooses First Woman President

A year after its president was forced to resign because of a controversial remark about gender, Harvard University is about to appoint its first woman president. The promotion of Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian, will end a 371-year-long drought of female leadership at one of the nation’s oldest institutions.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Sports Stars Try to Level the Academic Playing Field

Basketball superstar Baron Davis and the Chicago Bears’ Brendon Ayanbadejo have started an organization to raise awareness of the dwindling enrollment of minority students at their alma mater, UCLA. California’s anti-affirmative action Prop. 209 has had a devastating effect: This year’s freshman class of 5,000 contains fewer than 100 African American students, 20 of them on athletic scholarship.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Wikipedia

Leaving Children Behind

The No Child Left Behind Act’s relentless focus on testing blinds us to the egregious funding shortages that plague our nation’s public schools.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Gustavo Dudamel
From Scott Dalton / The Los Angeles Times

Paul Cummins: We Reap What We Sow

A wildly successful Venezuelan governmental program that makes free musical instruments and training available to all children should serve as a model for the U.S. as we struggle to keep guns out of kids’ hands.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Paul Cummins: Writing Poetry Beats Armed Robbery

An enrichment program for incarcerated L.A. youths is proving that non-punitive rehabilitation can and does work.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


With Luck, They’ll Die With the Old Year

Lake Superior State University has recommended the banishment of 16 words and phrases from the English language, including “Brangelina” and “ask your doctor.”  The annual list targets expressions that are irritating, overused or generally ill-applied.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

More Trouble for Ahmadinejad

The student movement that led to revolution in Iran may now be setting its sights on the country’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was protested last week during an appearance at the same university where the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy was planned.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


fingers crossed
researchmatters.harvard.edu

95% of Americans Have Had Premarital Sex

A new study of 38,000 Americans has found that 95 percent had premarital sex, challenging the wisdom of the abstinence-only sex education programs favored by the Bush administration.  According to the study’s author: “It would be more effective ... to provide young people with the skills and information they need to be safe once they become sexually active—which nearly everyone eventually will.”

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Paul Cummins: Turning Around L.A. Unified

We’re never going to make any progress reforming the nation’s most dysfunctional school systems unless we first address the segregation that partitions our communities.

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi women
washingtonpost.com

Dreary Prospects For Iraq’s Women

For years Iraqi women enjoyed access to education and professional careers. After the U.S. invasion, President Bush promised to expand those freedoms, but the prevalence of sectarian violence and religious fundamentalism has stripped Iraq’s women of many of the rights they had been accustomed to.

Posted on Dec 16, 2006 READ MORE


Paul Cummins: Cheap Children

Despite our planet’s vast resources, we condemn over 20,000 children a day to miserable, preventable deaths. The escape from this tragedy begins with a fresh perspective on education.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


Ellen Goodman: Men Are From Mars, Women Want to ‘Make Things Better’

Post-election polls show that while men were angry at Bush, women cast their votes seeking real improvement.  But will the Democrats be able to deliver on women’s expectations?

Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


Rpbert Scheer

Truthdig Podcast: House Politics, Traitor Joe, Education and O.J.

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer breaks down the race for speaker, Lieberman’s threats, the reason the education system is broken and O.J.‘s revolting hypothetical.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Videocast: Robert Scheer on House Politics, Traitor Joe, Education and O.J.

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer breaks down the race for speaker, Lieberman’s threats, the reason the education system is broken and O.J.‘s revolting hypothetical.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


Classroom
thecollegetrack.com

Paul Cummins: The Elephant in the Classroom

In this excerpt from his new book, “Two Americas, Two Educations,” the co-founder of the trailblazing Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Calif., argues that America contradicts its purported belief in the value of education by egregiously underfunding it.

Posted on Nov 13, 2006 READ MORE


Paul Cummins: A Generation in Peril

The co-founder of the trailblazing Crossroads and New Roads schools in Santa Monica grapples with a report which concludes that more students now attend de facto segregated schools than before Brown v. Board of Ed.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


Paul Cummins: Fighting the Wrong Battles in Education Reform

The co-founder of the trailblazing Crossroads and New Roads schools in Santa Monica argues that if we can?t fund cuts in class sizes and improve educational resources, nothing else we do will matter a whit.

Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


file peeping
smh.com.au

Government Admits to Yet Another Domestic Spying Program

The Education Department has admitted to searching through millions of student loan records on behalf of the FBI.  The government says the operation, known as ?Project Strike Back,? was meant to uncover information on individuals allegedly related to terror investigations.

Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE


tests suck
chembio.niu.edu

Generation F

The national SAT score average has suffered its most severe drop in 30 years.  Educators insist that kids are just as intelligent, but that a recent redesign of the test, which placed increased emphasis on math and critical reading skills, is to blame for the poor showing.

Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


The Boy Crisis
From Newsweek.com

Ellen Goodman: The ‘Boy Crisis’ Is a Red Herring

Although it’s sexier and more startling to talk about boys falling behind girls in schools, the real dividing line is race and class.

Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


Gene Gerard: Abstaining from Sex Education Politics

New Truthdig contributor Gene Gerard, a longtime college professor of history, religion and ethics, examines the efforts of conservative legislators to stifle discussion of contraceptives in public schools—in favor of abstinence-only education.   

Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


Abstinence documentary

Abstinence War Room

Check out this documentary about a faith-based abstinence program that religious-right forces installed in New Mexico public schools. Watch for the part about the covert “purity” war room.

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


Buzz Wilms
Courtesy Wellford Wilms

Taking Back Our Schools—and Fixing Them

The director of the Education Leadership Program at UCLA forcefully argues that public education funds must be diverted from bloated bureaucracies and redirected into the schools, where principals, teachers and parents can meaningfully influence what is being taught.

Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE


Newspaper Punctures Myth of ‘the Boy Crisis’

The Washington Post refutes an earlier Newsweek cover story that claimed boys are falling badly behind girls in public school education.

Posted on Apr 11, 2006 READ MORE


Poll: Half of U.S. Rejects Evolution, Backs Bible

The Gallup report summarizes the findings: “[A] substantial portion of Americans…[are] not so quick to agree with the preponderance of scientific evidence.”
Support for the such beliefs declines steadily with education: Among those with high school diplomas, 58% are Bible backers; among those with postgraduate degrees, only 25%.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


Boston Church Lagging on Pedophile Reforms

The state attorney general is blasting the Boston Archdiocese for its failure to implement safeguards to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Missing: a system to track abusive priests, and prevention programs in schools.

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


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