Month: November 2018

Earlier this month, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released newly proposed Title IX regulations regarding how schools should handle reports of sexual harassment and violence. When they are formally put into place, these guidelines will narrow the definition of sexual misconduct so fewer cases fall under Title IX’s umbrella. It would also make schools responsible
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How educators are respected in relation to other professions can be a key marker in determining their overall status in an individual country. In China and Malaysia, the teaching profession is often placed on par with doctors. In Finland, the public aligns teaching with social work. Other countries rank teaching alongside librarians. These are just
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Twitter users also spotted “Be Best” ornaments, referring to the first lady’s youth campaign to encourage “positive social, emotional and physical habits” in children. Nothing screams Christmas like red Christmas trees. The tree with the Be Best ornament must be the Hypocritemas tree!! — Michele Stryker (@_stryker1) November 27, 2018 Will you be giving that
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Any 19- or 20-year-old victim of rape can imagine what it would be like to be cross-examined, through an advocate, in a live hearing, by their rapist. Painful. Traumatic. And avoidable—if they simply opt not to report their assault. Sexual assaults on campuses already are under-reported by victims—an estimated 90 percent never come forward. The
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In the days since Camp Fire ravaged Butte County, consuming 150,000 acres and more than 10,000 homes, Annie Finney’s house has been turned into a makeshift school, filled with a group of eager second-graders.  Finney, a teacher at Children’s Community Charter School in Paradise, California, is one of the lucky ones. Most of her school
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After a bitterly contested and, many say, politically driven debate that played out in the public eye, the Texas State Board of Education approved new standards last week for social studies curriculums in public schools. One notable change making headlines: Students in the state will soon learn that slavery played “the central role” in causing the
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By Jen E. Clarke, executive director, One To World Corporate conversations around improving diversity and inclusion have become more critical in recent years, fueled by the charged political atmosphere of the Me Too movement, athletes taking a knee, border barriers and more. Less prominent, but critically important still, is the threat to a boundary that’s
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released her long-awaited proposed Title IX guidelines Friday morning, and there’s a lot to unpack.  The proposed regulations essentially provide more protections for the accused and make it harder for survivors of sexual violence to report harassment and assault by narrowing the definition of sexual misconduct. Additionally, the guidelines essentially prioritize
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(AP Photo/Steven Senne) That scent of cool mint or mango that sometimes wafts from the student bathroom or the back of the school bus? It’s the olfactory evidence of growing, widespread use of e-cigarettes by middle and high school students. “The bathrooms shouldn’t smell like blueberry flavoring,” notes Oklahoma teacher Christine Pankrantz in a recent
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(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) The 2018 midterm election results gave educators much to celebrate. More than 1,000 teachers, professors, education support professionals (ESP), and administrators from both major parties won state and local legislative seats across the country. That’s about two-thirds of almost 1,800 current or former
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If I asked you to describe the quintessential college head football coach, you’d tell me about a man, most likely one who is middle-age and white, wearing a headset and a hoodie or a polo shirt (depending on the team you root for) while pacing a sideline. Behind a microphone and in front of cameras,
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Death and grief are natural parts of the human experience, but mourning a loss is also an incredibly complex process. When a young child loses a loved one, parents often grapple with the challenge of explaining the concept of death and helping their little one through the grieving process (all while grieving themselves). To help
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Unfortunately, many toy aisles still specifically designate interests based on what they think little boys and little girls should like. Though there are a few gender-neutral toys at places like Walmart and Target, a lot of toys in their selections are still pretty gendered, which means it can be nearly impossible to find home-related toys
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