Education

Are Parent-Teacher Conferences Becoming Obsolete?

A Colorado school district is replacing in-person meetings with online data systems, but experts argue the change could further isolate families.<p>A school district north of Denver is doing away with the traditional parent-teacher conferences this year, instead urging parents to log in to a website …

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Malia Obama's Harvard boyfriend revealed to be British student Rory Farquharson who was head boy at Rugby School

Malia Obama's boyfriend has been revealed to be a former British public schoolboy who met the former first daughter at Harvard University.<p>Rory Farquharson, a former head boy at the prestigious Rugby School, was linked to Barack Obama's eldest daughter after footage emerged appearing to show them …

Barack Obama

AltSchool wants to change how kids learn, but fears that it’s failing students are surfacing

Earlier this week, Business Insider reported that numerous families have grown frustrated with the education their children are receiving at AltSchool, an ambitious, venture-backed, San Francisco-based ed tech company that four years ago began opening physical grade schools and promising parents …

Andreessen Horowitz

Oak Lawn woman accused of sexually abusing boy

An Oak Lawn woman has been charged with sexually abusing a boy, according to Chicago police.<p>Megan Kotarski, 28, of the 9800 block of South Pulaski Road in Oak Lawn, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. She is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday after turning herself in to …

News

The death of the MBA

U.S. graduate business schools — once magnets for American and international students seeking a certain route to a high income — are in an …

MBA

Rethinking Math Class With Conrad Wolfram

Subscribe: Android | RSS<p>Why is the current state of math education not suited for the modern world of computers and phones and other devices?<p>That’s …

Mathematics

After Reporting Her Rape, a Teen Girl Says She Was Pushed Out of High School

DarbiAnne Goodwin says she was raped off campus during her sophomore year—and when administrators failed to offer her meaningful support following the incident, she felt her only choice was to enroll in an "alternative school."<p>DarbiAnne Goodwin had always been a model student, with a near-perfect …

Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

Step into any college lecture hall and you are likely to find a sea of students typing away at open, glowing laptops as the professor speaks. But you won’t see that when I’m teaching.<p>Though I make a few exceptions, I generally ban electronics, including laptops, in my classes and research …

Business

Missouri school trashes hot lunches given to students with debt and gives them PB&Js

At a high school in southwestern Missouri, students with no lunch funds who pick up a tray of food can have it taken away from them and trashed, …

Walmart

A Virginia Mom Sent Her Daughter To School With A Recorder To Catch Bullying, Now She’s Charged With A Crime A

A Virginia mother, fed up with her daughter being bullied and the school allegedly not doing anything about it, sent the girl to school with a …

Crime

Good NY Times Column On Ineffectiveness Of Note-Taking On Laptop During Lecture, But What About Ineffectiveness of Lectures?

Susan Dynarski has a nice column in today’s NY Times, Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting. She covers research that you can find …

Teaching

Was Walt Whitman 'gay'? New textbook rules spark LGBTQ history debate

Walt Whitman never publicly addressed his sexual orientation in his poems, essays or lectures. He lived from 1819 to 1892, a time when “gay” meant little more than “happy.”<p>Biographical materials, however, note he was involved for decades with a man named Peter Doyle. And in works like the "Calamus" …

LGBTQ

Listen to Teachers to Improve Schools

Despite the investment of countless millions of dollars over the past 17 years by philanthropists, top-down strategies have done very little to …

Bill Gates

Head promises change as Croxteth school slammed by inspectors

The head of a troubled Croxteth school has vowed to turn it around after it was slammed by inspectors.<p>Ofsted branded the De La Salle Academy …

Education (UK)

A Silicon Valley startup is quietly taking over U.S. classrooms

Silicon Valley is determined to improve education by infusing it with technology. Its latest example is Kiddom, whose personalized learning software …

Technology

'Nonwhite' student linked to racist graffiti inside school, officials say

School officials in a Missouri community were making plans Tuesday to discipline a “nonwhite” student whom they said had confessed to writing a racial slur and the phrase “White Lives Matter” on a mirror inside a girls’ restroom at a high school.<p>Parkway schools Superintendent Keith Marty said in a …

News (U.S.)

Scott Thompson: Wait until 8th grade, or just say no

Since technology made it possible, parents have been struggling with the idea of giving their kids a cellphone and at what age to do it.<p>Many will …

Parenting

Girls are better than boys at solving problems in teams, finds new global study

Girls are better than boys at problem-solving in teams, according to the world's first global study examining the skill.<p>Analysts said the findings …

Education (UK)

There's a tiny boarding school in Vermont where students work on a dairy farm and can live in cabins without electricity — and it produced one of the most influential billionaires in Silicon Valley

• <b>The Putney School, located in southern Vermont, is small and located on a dairy farm.</b>• <b><br>The 238 students there must work on the farm and in other jobs to graduate.</b>• <b><br>They don't learn their grades until halfway through high school.</b><p>Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn and a Greylock Partners investor, …

Kaia Gerber Looks Exactly Like Mom Cindy Crawford in Their High School Portraits

Glamour. Apparently it runs in the genes. Take it from Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber: Crawford shared a side-by-side photo of her and Kaia's high school portraits, and not only do they look unbelievably alike, but they also both look like they're posing for the after picture of a skincare …

Cindy Crawford

Primary school children banned from decorating Christmas tree after school was given 'inadequate' Ofsted rating

Primary school children have been banned from decorating their town’s Christmas tree after the school was given an "inadequate" Ofsted rating.<p>Padstow School in Cornwall said it declined to be involved in the tradition this year due to "a commitment to ongoing improvement".<p>The decision has provoked …

Christmas

Another ex-student files suit claiming former Evanston drama teacher molested him

Another former student from Evanston Township High School student has accused a now-retired theater director of molesting him in the 1980s.<p>Daniel Romain, who attended the school from 1981 to 1985, filed suit Tuesday against former drama director Bruce Siewerth.<p>Romain’s suit is in addition to two …

Teacher suspected of narcotics possession, escorted from school by police

A Northwest Indiana teacher suspected of possessing an illegal narcotic was escorted out of Lake Central High out by police Wednesday.<p>Police from St. …

Indiana

Lessons In Love For Generation Snapchat

Along with explicit sexual educationclasses, some schools are beginning to offer more G-rated lessons on love. Experts say the so-called "iGen" is woefully unprepared to have healthy, caring romantic relationships and young people need more guidance. So schools are adding classes that are less …

News (U.S.)

2VCs on ... are university degree models stuck in the past?

Higher education needs to evolve from the lecture hall to encompass new technology and meet the needs of a diverse range of learners<p><b>Politicians, the media and the public tend to think about university students as 18-year-old school leavers who go away to study a degree full-time for three years,</b> …

Education (UK)

Wharton Outshines Harvard In The Ranking Of MBA Rankings 2017

Wharton is no stranger to rankings success. In the past 25 years the school has claimed the #1 spot no fewer than ten times in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking, and sat at the top of the BusinessWeek ranking from 1994 to 2000. But the last time they were #1 was in the US News 2014 ranking. …

MBA

The Future of the Rust Belt Depends on Its Youth

A new Urban Institute report argues that the states surrounding the Great Lakes can make an economic comeback—if they invest in their young people.<p>Earlier this year, Urban Institute researcher Rolf Pendall and several co-authors issued a report on industry and labor for the states that surround the …

Rust Belt

When the bottom drops out: How losing my marriage made me more thankful

Several years ago, as a CEO and busy working mom of five children (now ages 18 to 8), I recall devouring the book "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg. I thought I had found my personal Dali Lama, giving me sage wisdom and a comrade in arms who shared stories of breastfeeding babies while simultaneously …

Health

Why I Am Thankful For Public Education

This time of year is one that explicitly reminds us to pause and consider gratitude — for family, friends, good health, faith, and the resources we …

South Korea

B.C. teacher punished after sharing inappropriate personal details with students - Surrey Now-Leader

An independent school teacher in B.C. has agreed to take a course on professional boundaries after she sent “very inappropriate and personal” …

Teaching