Tag: Education

‘God Is Good’: Security Guard Reinstated After Being Fired for Telling Student Not to Call Him the N-Word

Imagine your job firing you for telling someone not to call you a racial slur, then the conflicting range of emotions you’d experience once your job decided to reinstate your employment. According to NBC 15, that’s exactly what’s happened to Marlon Anderson, a security guard at Madison West High School in Madison, Wy.: The Madison […]

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Could Betsy DeVos Cost Trump the Election?

In 2016, Darrin Camilleri was 24 and teaching at a Detroit charter school 20 miles from where he grew up, when Michigan lawmakers took up a measure to implement more rigorous oversight of the city’s charter schools. Seemingly anyone could open a charter in Detroit, and the schools closed just as suddenly as they opened. […]

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How Chicago Public School Teachers Are Fighting for Black Children’s Futures

Class was canceled for 300,000 Chicago public school students Thursday, as tens of thousands of teachers and their supporters headed to the picket line to strike for better conditions in their schools. If you haven’t been paying attention, you might assume the Chicago Teachers Union’s escalation is a matter of money—and to be sure, there […]

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Why Did a Georgia School District Ban This #1 Bestseller About Race?

A Georgia school district has blacklisted a bestselling book for teens dealing with race, police brutality, Martin Luther King Jr. and the glare of the white gaze, effectively banning the book from the district’s libraries, curriculum and students who want to learn about race, police brutality, Martin Luther King Jr. and anything other than stuff […]

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Why Did a Georgia School District Ban This No. 1 Bestseller About Race?

A Georgia school district has blacklisted a bestselling book for teens dealing with race, police brutality, Martin Luther King Jr. and the glare of the white gaze, effectively banning the book from the district’s libraries, curriculum and students who want to learn about race, police brutality, Martin Luther King Jr. and anything other than stuff […]

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Do Works by Men Toppled by #MeToo Belong in the Classroom?

For Martina Myers, a high school English teacher on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, Sherman Alexie’s novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” seemed too good to be true: funny, well-crafted and focused on Native American youth. Her students at Piñon High School, many of whom struggled with substance abuse and mental illness, […]

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Coursera extends its course catalog and authoring tools to colleges

Fresh off an acquisition and the launch of a feature that enables partners to create course-integrated projects, online education giant Coursera is making a play for brick-and-mortar college’s business. It today announced Coursera for Campus, which it describes as a new program designed to help universities — even those which aren’t partners — supplement their […]

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Harvard Won a Key Affirmative Action Battle. But the War’s Not Over.

The bitter fight over Harvard’s race-conscious admissions process — and affirmative action nationwide — is far from done. The university won the first round on Tuesday, when a federal judge ruled there was no evidence of explicit bias in Harvard’s treatment of Asian-American applicants. But from the beginning, the plaintiffs suing Harvard were preparing for […]

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Report: Two Out of Every 5 White Harvard Students Got In Because of the White Privilege-Affirmative Action Loophole

Photo: Scott Eisen (Getty Images) Merit. According to conservatives, affirmative action haters and the official position of the Trump administration, race-conscious college admission policies unfairly discriminate against more-qualified students (pronounced “hoo-wyatt pee-pole”). Even though college entrance exams have been shown to favor students from richer, better-educated families; in spite of the fact that the SAT […]

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Hundreds of Chained Men and Boys Are Rescued in Nigeria

KADUNA, Nigeria — The Nigerian police have rescued more than 300 men and boys who were chained and starving in a building believed to be an Islamic school in the northern city of Kaduna, in what a police official on Friday described as a case involving human slavery. Many of the captives were children who […]

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White Girls, 11 and 10, Arrested in Alleged Hate Crime in School Bus Beating of 10-Year-Old Black Girl

Photo: iStock Two white girls, ages 10 and 11, are facing assault charges, including one who’s also facing a hate crime charge, after a vicious beating of a 10-year-old black girl on the school bus. Police in Gouverneur, N.Y., a small town not far from the Canadian border, arrested the two white girls Monday following […]

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Office 365 gains AI-powered presenter coach and educational 3D models

Back in June, alongside an updated PowerPoint Designer, Microsoft unveiled Presenter Coach, an AI-powered PowerPoint feature designed to provide guidance with respect to pacing, tone, and attention. Today, the company announced that Presenter will launch this week for Office 365 customers on the web, alongside inking in Office for the web, new Whiteboard templates, and […]

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Google launches AI lab in Bangalore, India

Google today launched Google Research India, its first AI lab in India. The news comes today as Google also pledged to expand its AI-powered flood prediction system in India to warn nearby residents through smartphones or human volunteers. The lab will be led by IIIT Bangalore Infosys foundation chair professor Manish Gupta, who has a […]

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California Is Set to Require Public Universities Offer On-Campus Abortions

When Zoe Murray got pregnant as a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she knew she wanted an abortion. So she went to her student health center, where she went for almost every other health problem. The nurses there could not help her. Murray ended up getting a ride to the nearest […]

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Felicity Huffman Gets 2 Weeks in Jail for Gaming Educational System — Not So Long Ago, a Black Mom Wasn’t So Lucky

Photo: Tommaso Boddi (Getty Images for The Weinstein Company) With tears of misspent white privilege streaming down her face, actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for paying a fixer to change her daughter’s SAT scores in order to secure her a spot in the college of her choice. It was […]

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