Angela Warye

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How the Survivors of Parkland Began the Never Again Movement

By Sunday, only four days after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, the activist movement that emerged in its aftermath had a name (Never Again), a policy goal (stricter background checks for gun buyers), and a plan for a nationwide protest (a March …

Nikolas Cruz

Trans Students, School Shooting, And Bill Gates Answers A Tough Question

It's been a difficult week for schools in this edition of our weekly roundup.<p><b>School shooting in Parkland, Fla.</b><p>At least 17 people were shot dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School near Ft. Lauderdale, and many more injured, on Valentine's Day. The suspect is a 19-year-old former student who was …

Education

Students across nation are planning walkouts and speaking out about school shootings

High school students and teachers across the nation are planning walkouts this spring to push Congress to address solutions for school shootings, Newsweek reported.<p>Students tweeted about the proposed walkouts with the hashtags #NationalSchoolWalkout, #April20 and #April20Walk on Twitter. It’s part …

Guns

'No one can deny the holidays are fantastic but without them the physical and mental strain of teaching would be too much'

<i>“Ah, you teachers with your 3 o'clock finishes and your massive holidays, eh!”</i><p>Don’t punch me, please. Instead, read on: here are three answers to the …

Wiping

One teacher's brilliant idea to stop school shootings has nothing to do with guns

A few weeks ago, I went into my son Chase's class for 
tutoring. I'd e-mailed Chase's teacher one evening and said, "Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you're sending home 
is math—but I'm not sure I believe him. Help, please." She 
e-mailed right back and said, "No problem! I can tutor Chase …

Teaching

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.<p>But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many …

Guns

One Teacher’s Brilliant Strategy to Stop Future School Shootings—And It’s Not About Guns

A few weeks ago, I went into my son Chase’s class for 
tutoring. I’d e-mailed Chase’s teacher one evening and said, “Chase keeps telling me that this …

Teaching

17 killed in mass shooting at high school in Parkland, Florida

The teen gunman accused of opening fire with a semi-automatic rifle at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, officials said Thursday.<p>Authorities said the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, concealed himself in the crowd …

Nikolas Cruz

Seven real-life skills your teenager needs before going away to college

In my job teaching college English and creative writing, I hold individual conferences with my freshmen every semester, and this year’s were a doozy: One young woman wanted me to help her with a criminal complaint; one young man sought advice on finding a neurologist; and another student asked me …

College & University

What students know that experts don't: School is all about signaling, not skill-building

Parents, teachers, politicians and researchers tirelessly warn today's youths about the unforgiving job market that awaits them. If they want to succeed in tomorrow's economy, they can't just coast through school. They have to soak up precious knowledge like a sponge. But even as adulthood …

Subpar

DeVos At The One-Year Mark; Black Lives Matter In Schools; Zero Tolerance

It's been a year since Betsy DeVos was sworn in as Education Secretary, and this month marks the first anniversary of our weekly education news roundup!<p>Let's pause to mark those moments ... and then get on to this week's headlines.<p>While DeVos has in some ways made little progress on her signature …

Education

How To Help Your Teen Who's Failing High School Classes

Finding out your teen has failing grades can be frustrating and scary. After all, failed classes could mean a lower GPA, trouble getting into …

Teaching

Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse – Eudaimonia and Co

You might say, having read some of my recent essays “Umair! Don’t worry! Everything will be fine! It’s not that bad!” I would look at you politely, …

United States

'Measuring teacher effectiveness by exam results ignores what makes a good teacher'

Late last year, David Koretz published a book that exposes the fallacies behind using standardised test data as a means of evaluating teachers and …

'Is teaching still a long-term career option? If we're not careful it will become a dying profession...'

Is teaching a long-term career option any more? I ask this question because it seems that class teaching, at this moment in time, isn’t a job that …

Teaching

Betsy DeVos visited a charter school, praising it as a 'shining example' — now it's shutting down

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and first lady Melania Trump visited Excel Academy Public Charter School last spring, DeVos praised the school as a "shining example of a school meeting the needs of its students, parents and community." Melania Trump called the charter school "an exceptional …

Education

No-Nonsense Educator Named D.C. Public Schools’ 2018 Teacher of the Year

More than half of Tumeka Coleman’s 40 students came into her third grade English Language Arts classroom in September performing below their grade …

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos declares: ‘Common Core is dead’

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said earlier this week that Common Core — a controversial set of federal education standards — “is dead” at her department.<p>What did DeVos say?<p>During a conference hosted by the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday about “lessons learned” about school reform …

Mom Finds Son With Down Syndrome Who Has "12-Word Vocabulary" Singing Duet With Sister

After asking her daughter to babysit her younger brother while she was in the shower, Amanda Bowman Gray stepped out of the bathroom to quite a scene: Lydia playing her guitar and singing a duet version of "You Are My Sunshine" with Bo, her 2-year-old brother. Despite the fact that this type of …

Cute

Why Are Kids Impatient, Bored, Friendless, and Entitled?

(CCO-Creative Commons)“<i>Kids today are in a devastating emotional state</i>! Most come to school emotionally unavailable for learning. There are many …

Parenting

Watch the History of the World Unfold on an Animated Map: From 200,000 BCE to Today

"Where are you from?" a character at one point asks Babe, the hapless protagonist of the Firesign Theatre's classic comedy album <i>How Can You Be in Two</i> …

How the American Education System Suppresses Critical Thinking

One mother in a popular magazine once told a reporter about what she thought was happening in the schools. “It’s the brightest, the best and the most …

We laugh at Russian propaganda. But Hollywood history is just as fake

From Churchill to Getty, the trust we rely on to interpret the world is being corroded by an entertainment industry that has lost faith in fiction<p>She staggers on to the screen, blood streaming from her face. Some of her wounds are flesh ones, but others are deep. Nobody cares, because her …

Bill Gates Says America's College Dropout Rate Is Tragic. This Startup Aims to Fix It

Keeping students in school helps them--and the economy.<p>Last October, Bill Gates weighed-in on America's alarmingly high college drop-out rate in a video he posted on his blog: "The U.S. has the highest college dropout rate. We're number one in terms of the number of people who start college but …

College & University

Science Says This Technique Can Help You Raise Calmer, More Resilient Kids

This 2-step tool can bring them out of chaos and into confidence. It works for grownups, too.<p>My eighth grader is back to the books after a week of pneumonia-induced absence. With each missed school day came another layer of overwhelm at the thought of making up all that work.<p>He'd finish a coughing …

Louisiana school board president on teacher arrest: Everyone wants to side with the 'poor little woman'

A Louisiana school board president drew criticism Wednesday for his response to a video that shows a female teacher being forcibly removed from a school board meeting after questioning the school superintendent’s pay raise.<p>The video shows middle school teacher Deyshia Hargrave being handcuffed and …

Law Enforcement

Parents, It's Time To Stop Undermining Our Kids' Teachers

I am the father of three children, a son (age eight) and two daughters (ages seven and four). My wife is a school teacher who has taught …

Teaching

Ohio schools must now give ACT or SAT to all juniors

It's testing season in Ohio, and this spring is the first in which school districts statewide are required to give the ACT or SAT to all …

College & University

Kim Jong-nam Was Killed by VX Nerve Agent, Malaysians Say

Report: How Charter Schools Are Used to Hide Dropouts and Game the Educational System