When two Grade 6 students at St. George Catholic School in Ottawa were assigned a class project on social justice, they chose gay rights as their topic.
“A lot of people, they don’t know they’re being rude, but they make being gay a bad thing,” said 11-year-old Quinn Maloney-Tavares, who picked the topic with her friend, Polly Hamilton. “They need to know that it’s not a bad thing.”
But school principal Ann Beauchamp had other ideas. She vetoed the topic.
“The girls were upset and disappointed,” Quinn’s mother, Ann Maloney, said Wednesday.
EDMONTON – An Edmonton teenager and her mother have successfully filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, alleging the Edmonton Public School District’s use of a Christian fundamentalist abstinence education program infringed upon their rights as non-Christians.
Last July, Emily Dawson, then 17, was enrolled in a summer course of Career and Life Management at McNally High School. No Alberta high school student can graduate without taking CALM, a mandatory course.
Two facts --- students are taking longer to get their PhDs in economics, and students are dropping out of PhD programs before finishing. Faced with these facts, Greg Mankiw reflects on the structure of graduate education and the role that MA programs can in fact play in improving graduate education in economics.
Higher education is one of the great successes of the welfare state. What was once the privilege of a few has become a middle-class entitlement, thanks mainly to government support. Some 3.5m Americans and 5m Europeans will graduate this summer.
For Ontario students, EQAO stands for those pesky tests they have to write every few years up until Grade 10.
For teachers it’s a job requirement, one some consider valuable for the in-depth data they get about their students, and others see as a joy-killing, even dangerous, waste of precious time and money.
Parents, if they know the acronym, may still have only a fuzzy grasp of what it’s all about.
The Israeli education ministry has been accused of bowing to religious extremists after it agreed to censor a chapter on sex education from textbooks used in state-run religious schools.
Orthodox Jewish teachers and principals objected to the chapter in the science textbook that deals with reproduction, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
The ban will affect junior high school students in the “state-religious” educational system — meaning schools that combine religious and secular curricula.
Today, as part of her nationwide listening tour, Secretary Pritzker visited
Year Up in Seattle, WA. Year Up is a national non-profit
organization operating in 12 cities that provides urban young adults
with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to
pursue professional careers and higher education.
She toured the facilities with Lisa Chin,
Executive Director of Year Up Puget Sound Seattle, and John Stanton,
Year Up Board Chair. On the tour she saw a Business Communications class
where students learn the fundamentals of effective
communication in a professional setting. Some of the skills taught
include public speaking, email etiquette, and giving presentations in a
business setting. She also visited the IT Apps class where students use
office productivity applications to build their
own business plan, which they present to the class as a final project.
Year Up focus on learning skills and obtaining needed credentials
during their first six months in the program. In the second six months,
students apply those skills through corporate sponsorships. Students can
earn up to 23 college credits during their
year of study. Year Up is an excellent of example of how employers,
community colleges and non-profits can come together to teach young
adults the skills valued by employers.
I have a great deal of sympathy for Michelle Apperson, the Sacramento "Teacher of the Year" who was laid off. Assuming she deserved the award, she should not have been laid off.Sixth-grade teacher Michelle Apperson passed down a simple message to her students.