Tag: Education (K-12)

Kindergartner Invites His Entire Class to His Adoption Hearing

The 5-year-old boy, wearing a blue vest and a maroon bow tie, sat on a swivel chair in front of a judge as his kindergarten classmates filled two rows of courtroom seats behind him. The students held rulers adorned with paper hearts — the theme being “love rules.” The boy, Michael Clark Jr., was one […]

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Can Biology Class Reduce Racism?

Please sign up here to have the Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox. COLORADO SPRINGS — Biology textbooks used in American high schools do not go near the sensitive question of whether genetics can explain why African-Americans are overrepresented as football players and why a disproportionate number of American scientists are white or Asian. […]

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After 10 Years of Hopes and Setbacks, What Happened to the Common Core?

The plan was hatched with high hopes and missionary zeal: For the first time in its history, the United States would come together to create consistent, rigorous education standards and stop letting so many school children fall behind academically. More than 40 states signed on to the plan, known as the Common Core State Standards […]

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114,000 N.Y.C. Students Are Homeless. Meet 2 of Them.

Weather: Cloudy with a high in the mid-40s and a slight chance of rain. Expect a mostly sunny and brisk weekend. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sunday (Immaculate Conception). ImageSandivel, 10, at Public School 188 on the Lower East Side.Credit…Brittainy Newman/The New York Times Darnell, 8, lives in a homeless shelter in Queens and commutes […]

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Mississippi Is Leading the Way on Education

“Thank God for Mississippi.” That’s a phrase people would use when national education rankings came out because no matter how poorly your state performed, you could be sure things were worse in Mississippi. Not anymore. New results on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a standardized test given every two years to measure fourth- and […]

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America’s Education Problem

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher For decades, the United States has spent billions of dollars trying to close its education gap with the rest of the world. New data shows that all that money made little difference. Today, we investigate how […]

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Teachers and Other Readers Sound Off on International Exam Results

The recent results of the Program for International Student Assessment have teachers and those invested in America’s education system engaged in a spirited discussion about what is to blame for the country’s stagnant test results and what should be done about it. The test, which is given every three years, measures a 15-year-old student’s reading, […]

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‘It Just Isn’t Working’: Test Scores Cast Doubt on U.S. Education Reform

The performance of American teenagers in reading and math has been stagnant since 2000, according to the latest results of a rigorous international exam, despite a decades-long effort to raise standards and help students compete with peers across the globe. And the achievement gap in reading between high and low performers is widening. Although the […]

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Beacon High School Is Half White. That’s Why Students Walked Out.

Naia Timmons, a junior from Harlem, stood surrounded by classmates in the middle of the street outside Beacon High School as hail began to fall. She shouted into a bullhorn: “I continue to recognize the privilege I had of escaping the system that many of my friends could not.” Naia identifies as black and white. […]

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He Gave Thanks for His 2 Dads. His Teacher Condemned Gay Couples.

A substitute teacher at a Utah public school asked members of a fifth-grade class what they were thankful for before they left for Thanksgiving break. When one of the students answered that he was “thankful for finally being adopted by my two dads,” the teacher retorted that “homosexuality is wrong,” one of the boy’s parents […]

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Students Fainting From Hunger in Venezuela’s Failing School System

BOCA DE UCHIRE, Venezuela — Hundreds of children filed into their school courtyard to hear a local Catholic bishop lead prayers for their education. “We pray for the youths who are on the streets and can’t come to school,” said Bishop Jorge Quintero, addressing the Augusto D’Aubeterre Lyceum school in the beach town of Boca […]

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Teacher Fired After Asking Trump to ‘Remove’ Immigrants Wins Her Appeal

A high school English teacher in Texas who was fired after she sent tweets to President Trump asking him to rid her school of undocumented immigrants should be reinstated or be paid a year’s salary, a state agency ruled this week. But the ruling is probably not the last turn in the story, as the […]

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When a Disappointment Helped Lead to a Nobel Prize

When Michael Kremer looked at the data for a study underway in Kenya in the 1990s, he was taken aback. Mr. Kremer, a professor at Harvard, expected that the data would show how much better children in western Kenya did in school when they had textbooks. But the preliminary answer was: not at all. “I […]

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Texas Is Taking Over Houston’s Schools, Prompting Charges of Racism

HOUSTON — Harold V. Dutton Jr. was proud to have walked the same high school halls that Barbara Jordan, the first black woman elected to Congress from the South, did. Ms. Jordan graduated in 1951 from Houston’s Phillis Wheatley High School, a pillar for nearly a century in the Fifth Ward, one of Houston’s historic […]

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How to Break the Poverty Cycle

In 1962, 58 African-American 3- and 4-year-olds, all from poor familiesand likely candidates for failure in school, enrolled in Perry Preschool in Ypsilanti, Mich. This was a novel venture, and parents clamored to sign their children up. Louise Derman-Sparks, who taught there, told me she “fell in love with the kids. They were so excited, […]

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A Teacher, an Artist, a Scientist and More. They’re All Visionaries.

One wanted to be a professional basketball player. Another wanted to be a dancer. And someone else wanted to be an astronaut. They all ended up making impacts in different careers. For our series on Visionaries, The Times interviewed 12 people who are taking risks and working to change the world. ______ Technology visionary: Jeri […]

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Minority Voters Chafe as Democratic Candidates Abandon Charter Schools

ATLANTA — The night before Democratic presidential candidates took to a debate stage here last week, black and Latino charter school parents and supporters gathered in a bland hotel conference room nearby to make signs they hoped would get the politicians’ attention. “Charter schools = self-determination,” one sign read. “Black Democrats want charters!” another blared. […]

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3 Afghan Schools, 165 Accounts of Students Being Raped

KABUL, Afghanistan — The 14-year-old Afghan boy said his teacher had asked him for “a little favor” in return for not failing him on his final exams. Then the man took him to the school library, locked the door and raped him, the boy said. At the same school, a 17-year-old boy reported similar treatment […]

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Teacher Threw Away Students’ Black Lives Matter Posters, A.C.L.U. Says

A school district near Sacramento, Calif., said it is investigating an episode in which a teacher threw away student posters related to the Black Lives Matter movement. The district, the San Juan Unified School District in Carmichael, Calif., said in a statement that it apologized if any student felt “discomfort” about what happened, the television […]

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Nazi Symbols and Racist Memes: Combating School Intolerance

BEAVERTON, Ore. — An 18-year-old senior at Battle Ground High School in Washington State was immersed in a fighting video game with a couple of online friends in March when news broke about a violent shooter targeting New Zealand mosques. The three friends, including one in Virginia and another in Britain, often frequented the chat […]

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Virus Outbreak Closes Colorado Schools for More Than 20,000 Students

When a virus appeared last week, a Colorado school district closed one high school in an attempt to stymie an outbreak. A few days later, a nearby middle school was closed. By Thursday, administrators were forced to close an entire school district that serves more than 22,000 students. More than 40 schools in the Mesa […]

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