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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. High-school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as “JeffCo,” have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE



Mapping the Chinese Conquest of the Planet

According to a map I made and recently discovered in my high school history textbook, I would have been 24 when I became a “Red Chinese” subject, and atomic weapons would have been removed from the equation.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



4 Dead, 284 Missing in South Korea Ferry Sinking

South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank Wednesday with 462 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island.

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Do the Charter School Hustle

Since I’m a public school teacher, everybody always asks me what I think about charter schools. You got an hour?

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Michigan High School Protected Star Athlete Over Rape Victim, Lawsuit Alleges

Despite the principal’s plea to not report the attack, the victim filed charges against the basketball player out of fear he would strike again. Those fears were confirmed just two weeks later when he is said to have sexually assaulted another student. The story gets even more heartbreaking as it progresses.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE


Revenge of the ‘Dirty Girls’

Back when I was a freshman in high school, a senior made a short documentary about a group of extremely young feminists in my class who were dismissed as “dirty girls.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Teacher Delivers Incredible Lecture to Students on Meaning of Life

High school teacher Jeffrey Wright has turned his own life experience parenting a special needs child into a lecture that profoundly impacts his students’ lives. “When you start talking about physics, you start to wonder, ‘What is the purpose of it all?’ he says. “Kids started coming to me and asking me those ultimate questions.”

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Student-Run ‘Fantasy Slut League’ Uncovered at California High School

In a letter sent to parents Friday, Piedmont High School Principal Rich Kitchens wrote that the league was set up by a group of the school’s varsity athletes, who would secretly “draft” female students and then get points for engaging in sexual activity with them.

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Whites Only’ High School Reunion Party Stirs Outrage

A Louisiana high school class’ plan for its 40th reunion is being met with outrage after a letter leaked on the Internet revealed that a party was for only white graduates.

Posted on Sep 2, 2012 READ MORE



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High School All Over Again

Washington journalism is like high school. It has the same cool kids, mean girls, social rankings and the big prom—the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner. But unlike what happens in high school, the insular behavior of the Washington media affects the whole nation.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Brits Are Crackers for the American-Style Prom

The once-mighty British television empire has fallen to the blitzkrieg of inane American tele-teens. At least that’s the conclusion we’re drawing from this Guardian report, which says shows such as “90210” and “Glee” are responsible for a 500 percent explosion in prom bookings at just one hotel chain.

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE


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A Teachable Moment From an Esteemed Teacher

At a time when our country’s educational system is sliding down our government’s priority list, it takes reminders like this one, by noted California educator Jim Mamer, to set us straight and offer some much-needed inspiration.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE



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High School Dropouts Aren’t Helping

A smaller percentage of American high-schoolers are making it through all four years, reports The Christian Science Monitor. Lower graduation rates add up to an economic loss of billions in wages and tax revenue and a gloomy future in competing with those overachieving brainiacs in China and India.

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


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ACLU Sues School for Nixing Prom in Dispute With Lesbian Student

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Thursday against Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss., after the school district decided to cancel this year’s prom rather than let a lesbian student, Constance McMillen, don her choice of formal wear and take her girlfriend to the dance.

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‘3, 6, 9, 12, Budgets Cuts Can Go to Hell’

In retaliation against California’s tuition hikes and education budget cuts, students from across the state kicked off a “Day of Action and Strike in Defense of Public Education” on Thursday with assemblies, walkouts and teach-ins. The action was part of a national protest.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Daymon J. Hartley

Anti-Abortion Protester Shot Dead Near Michigan School

A 63-year-old anti-abortion activist who had been staging a protest, reportedly involving graphic images of fetuses, in front of a Michigan high school was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Pointing to a dramatic structural problem with schooling in Los Angeles, California’s Department of Education reported Tuesday that the dropout rate of students in the L.A. Unified School District has risen to a whopping 34.9% for the 2008-09 school year.

Posted on May 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Cutting Classes to Cut Costs

Although this might strike the kids involved as a good deal, it’s a definite sign of the times for the adults: A rural Minnesota school district has decided to strike Mondays from the calendar this fall in order to save money, making classes slightly longer on other days to make up the lost time.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Liberating the Schoolhouse

UCLA professor Wellford Wilms, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the crisis of public education in America, offers a must-read counterpoint to Bush’s blather about “No Child Left Behind.”

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


Shooting at Cleveland High School

A gunman went on a shooting rampage in a high school in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday.  The gunman, who aimed shots at several people before killing himself, had apparently made threats at SuccessTech Academy last week.  According to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, three teenagers and two adults were injured.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Teachable Moments With Bill O’Reilly

A high school student from Boulder, Colo., who appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” to weigh in about a recent assembly at his school that featured frank discussions about sex and drugs successfully dammed the rising tide of outrage coming from Bill O’Reilly by taking a page from the Fox pundit’s own book.

Posted on Jun 25, 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


Public Schools Mulling Bible Literacy Class

The high school course on the Bible’s influence on society would be an elective. story
It’s such an obvious end run around the Constitution’s Establishment Clause that we’ll hold fire. But check this: The course textbook contains a boxed feature that shows how the Bible was used “to justify and even encourage anti-Semitism.” Wow! A whole boxed feature? We wonder if there’s a footnote about that whole Spanish Inquisition thing….

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


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