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Schoolbooks and Slavery in 1864: Lessons in the North and South
When you visit Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, two of the first objects you’ll see are books: The First Dixie Reader, used in the South, and The Gospel of Slavery: A Primer of Freedom, used in the North. Both were likely used in schools to teach children to read; both were published in 1864, during the American Civil War; and both discuss slavery. However, the lessons on slavery in each book are completely different. According to curator Lily Wong, the books help “set the stage” for the exhibition, which explores “both the stunning advances [in rights and freedoms for African Americans] and equally stunning reversals that unfold in the 50 years after the end of slavery.”
history  education  children  usa  politics  racism  books 
13 days ago by iamfantastikate
Boy Talk: Breaking Masculine Stereotypes
Jeffrey Leiken, who runs mentoring programs and has facilitated a boys’ group at a Northern California school for more than a decade, said well-designed boys’ groups encourage “empathy and teach conflict resolution, collaboration and tolerance. This is about life skills development...”

Opening up in front of other boys requires courage because competition, and the distrust that grows from it, is often central to male relationships. So, educators at the University School of Milwaukee were amazed when they started a boys’ lunch for the middle school football team members, and the constant blame and bullying that had become routine yielded to an “almost instantaneous effect of creating a better climate on the team,” said Will Piper, the middle school athletic coordinator, in an email.

Contrary to fears that when boys learn emotional authenticity they become too “soft” or “weak,” just the opposite occurs. “This hasn’t changed me as a person,” said Nico Petricone, a Sheridan seventh grader. “I’m still the same. But I feel emotionally stronger, more stable. Being in this group has given me more confidence about who I am.”
children  education  gender  health 
13 days ago by iamfantastikate
Surgery students 'losing dexterity to stitch patients'
A professor of surgery says students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients...

The professor, who teaches surgery to medical students, says young people need to have a more rounded education, including creative and artistic subjects, where they learn to use their hands...

Alice Barnard, chief executive of the Edge education charity, says: "The government pays lip service by saying creative subjects are important, but its policies demonstrate otherwise..."

The report warns that entries to creative subjects have fallen by 20% since 2010, including a 57% fall in design and technology GCSE.
health  science  education  uk 
15 days ago by iamfantastikate
A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley
“On the scale between candy and crack cocaine, it’s closer to crack cocaine,” Mr. Anderson said of screens...

He has five children and 12 tech rules. They include: no phones until the summer before high school, no screens in bedrooms, network-level content blocking, no social media until age 13, no iPads at all and screen time schedules enforced by Google Wifi that he controls from his phone. Bad behavior? The child goes offline for 24 hours...

And there are those in tech who disagree that screens are dangerous... “It’s contrarian,” Mr. Toff said. “But I feel like I’m speaking for a lot of parents that are afraid of speaking out loud for fear of judgment.” He said he thinks back to his own childhood growing up watching a lot of TV. “I think I turned out O.K.,” Mr. Toff said.
education  parenting  children  learning  health  science  future-unknown 
15 days ago by iamfantastikate
What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist Is the Accused?
An 11-month Title IX investigation found Professor Ronell, described by a colleague as “one of the very few philosopher-stars of this world,” responsible for sexual harassment, both physical and verbal, to the extent that her behavior was “sufficiently pervasive to alter the terms and conditions of Mr. Reitman’s learning environment.” The university has suspended Professor Ronell for the coming academic year.

In the Title IX final report, excerpts of which were obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Reitman said that she had sexually harassed him for three years, and shared dozens of emails in which she referred to him as “my most adored one,” “Sweet cuddly Baby,” “cock-er spaniel,” and “my astounding and beautiful Nimrod.”

Coming in the middle of the #MeToo movement’s reckoning over sexual misconduct, it raised a challenge for feminists — how to respond when one of their own behaved badly. And the response has roiled a corner of academia.
abuse  sexism  crime  creepy  education  equality 
august 2018 by iamfantastikate
The Complexity of Simply Searching For Medical Advice
As we increasingly rely on search and on social to answer questions that have a profound impact on both individuals and society, especially where health is concerned, this difficulty in discerning, and surfacing, sound science from pseudo-science has alarming consequences. Will we have to fight the battle of keyword voids at a grassroots level, wrangling with the asymmetry of passion by tapping people to find these voids and create counter-content? Do we need to organize counter-GoFundMe campaigns to pay for ad campaigns that promote real science? Or will the tech platforms where this is occuring begin to understand that giving legitimacy to health misinformation via high search and social rankings is profoundly harmful? Getting high-quality, fact-based health information shouldn’t be dependent on the outcome of SEO games, or on who has more resources for pay-to-play content promotion.

Ultimately, the question is, how do we incorporate factual accuracy into rankings when no one is willing to be the “arbiter of truth.” Unfortunately, the answer is not easily Googled.
health  science  money  education  advertising  seo 
july 2018 by iamfantastikate
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Debt to Me
I started the conversation by asking, “Theoretically, if I were to, say, kill myself, what would happen to the debt?”
money  usa  education 
july 2018 by iamfantastikate
What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?
When children could see illustrations, language-network activity dropped a bit compared to the audio condition. Instead of only paying attention to the words, Hutton says, the children's understanding of the story was "scaffolded" by having the images as clues.

"Give them a picture and they have a cookie to work with," he explains. "With animation it's all dumped on them all at once and they don't have to do any of the work."

Most importantly, in the illustrated book condition, researchers saw increased connectivity between — and among — all the networks they were looking at: visual perception, imagery, default mode and language.
education  books  children  learning  science 
may 2018 by iamfantastikate
Drew Cloud Is a Well-Known Expert on Student Loans. One Problem: He’s Not Real.
Drew Cloud’s story was simple: He founded the website, an "independent, authoritative news outlet" covering all things student loans, "after he had difficulty finding the most recent student loan news and information all in one place."

He became ubiquitous on that topic. But he’s a fiction, the invention of a student-loan refinancing company.
education  media  money 
april 2018 by iamfantastikate
Schools Add Washing Machines, See Attendance Improve
“After just one month, we saw an impact,” Gunn tells CityLab. The more long-term results of the program have actually been remarkable. The first year saw over 90 percent of tracked students increase their attendance, with those most in need of the service averaging an increase of almost 2 weeks. Teachers surveyed reported that 95 percent of participants showed more motivation in class and were more apt to participate in extra-curricular activities. The results support research demonstrating that chronic absenteeism isn’t because of kids’ lack of smarts or motivation, but is largely due to coming from a low-income household.
poverty  education  children  teens  u.s.a.  kindness  equality 
february 2017 by iamfantastikate
Ultra-Orthodox rabbis ban women from going to university in case they get ‘dangerous’ secular knowledge
Written in Yiddish, the decree warns: “It has lately become the new trend that girls and married women are pursuing degrees in special education. Some attend classes and others online. And so we’d like to let their parents know that it is against the Torah. We will be very strict about this. No girls attending our school are allowed to study and get a degree. It is dangerous. Girls who will not abide will be forced to leave our school. Also, we will not give any jobs or teaching position in the school to girls who’ve been to college or have a degree. We have to keep our school safe and we can’t allow any secular influences in our holy environment. It is against the base upon which our Mosed was built.”
judaism  religion  sexism  gender  education  new-york  u.s.a.  equality 
august 2016 by iamfantastikate
Who's downloading pirated papers? Everyone
He looked at his list of abstracts and did the math. Purchasing the papers was going to cost $1000 this week alone—about as much as his monthly living expenses—and he would probably need to read research papers at this rate for years to come. Rahimi was peeved. “Publishers give nothing to the authors, so why should they receive anything more than a small amount for managing the journal?”

Many academic publishers offer programs to help researchers in poor countries access papers, but only one, called Share Link, seemed relevant to the papers that Rahimi sought. It would require him to contact authors individually to get links to their work, and such links go dead 50 days after a paper's publication. The choice seemed clear: Either quit the Ph.D. or illegally obtain copies of the papers. So like millions of other researchers, he turned to Sci-Hub, the world's largest pirate website for scholarly literature. Rahimi felt no guilt. As he sees it, high-priced journals “may be slowing down the growth of science severely.”
science  money  equality  statistics  internet  education 
may 2016 by iamfantastikate
UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet
UC Davis contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub the Internet of negative online postings following the November 2011 pepper-spraying of students and to improve the reputations of both the university and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, newly released documents show.

The payments were made as the university was trying to boost its image online and were among several contracts issued following the pepper-spray incident.

Some payments were made in hopes of improving the results computer users obtained when searching for information about the university or Katehi, results that one consultant labeled “venomous rhetoric about UC Davis and the chancellor.”
police  education  california  politics  u.s.a. 
april 2016 by iamfantastikate
This is why Finland has the best schools
In Finland, children don't receive formal academic training until the age of seven. Until then, many are in day care and learn through play, songs, games and conversation. Most children walk or bike to school, even the youngest. School hours are short and homework is generally light.

Unlike in the United States, where many schools are slashing recess, schoolchildren in Finland have a mandatory 15-minute outdoor free-play break every hour of every day. Fresh air, nature and regular physical activity breaks are considered engines of learning. According to one Finnish maxim, "There is no bad weather. Only inadequate clothing."

One evening, I asked my son what he did for gym that day. "They sent us into the woods with a map and compass and we had to find our way out," he said.
education  finland  children  health  psychology  politics 
march 2016 by iamfantastikate
Texan who says Obama was a gay prostitute holds commanding lead in Board of Education vote
Bruner has stated that:

- “School shootings started after the schools started teaching evolution.”

- “Many of the (sexual education) books which teachers read to your small children are not allowed in jails and prisons because of the bad effect the books have on the prisoners. These books stimulate children to experiment with sex.”

- “The Democrat Party had JFK killed because the socialists and Communists in the party did not want a conservative president.”

- “It is a goal of United Nations' Agenda 21 and the One World Order to reduce the population of the world by 2/3.”
nottheonion  texas  wtf  funny  republicans  education 
march 2016 by iamfantastikate
What Is College Worth?
In 2001, according to the Economic Policy Institute*, a liberal think tank in Washington, workers with undergraduate degrees (but not graduate degrees) earned, on average, $30.05 an hour; last year, they earned $29.55 an hour. Other sources show even more dramatic falls. “Between 2001 and 2013, the average wage of workers with a bachelor’s degree declined 10.3 percent, and the average wage of those with an associate’s degree declined 11.1 percent,” the New York Fed reported in its study. Wages have been falling most steeply of all among newly minted college graduates. And jobless rates have been rising. In 2007, 5.5 per cent of college graduates under the age of twenty-five were out of work. Today, the figure is close to nine per cent. If getting a bachelor’s degree is meant to guarantee entry to an arena in which jobs are plentiful and wages rise steadily, the education system has been failing for some time.
education  money  politics  u.s.a.  statistics 
september 2015 by iamfantastikate
Simple Photo of Man Holding Baby Sparks Important Parenting Conversation
The situation unfolded when the baby of a student in Engelberg’s Hebrew University class — open to students’ kids by a matter of the professor’s policy — began to cry. Engelberg scooped him up into his arms to calm him, continuing on with his lecture on organizational management without missing a beat. Someone in class snapped a photo of him holding the boy, who was wearing blue footie pajamas covered in stars, and posted it to social media. The rest is history.
education  cute  parenting  equality  gender  equality  children  israel 
may 2015 by iamfantastikate
From Suburban Cafes To The Fields Of Queensland, Worker Exploitation Is Rife In Australia
Casualised and insecure labour now makes up nearly a third of Australia’s workforce. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2013 there were 2.25 million workers “without paid leave” – in other words, casuals – working in this country. You can add an extra 986,000 independent contractors, many of whom are in effect employees of their main client, but without any of the normal entitlements of employment, including superannuation. And then there are those working without any protections at all – the army of cash workers in our cafes and restaurants, building sites and offices, many of whom are taking home $15 or $12 or even $10 an hour, cash in hand, no questions asked, and no entitlements extended. Try it yourself: ask your favourite barista if they are paid in cash. You may be surprised at the answer. Many cafes and restaurants flout employment law, paying their often young and itinerant workforce “off the books” while maintaining a semblance of propriety with doctored ledgers and dubious accounting procedures.  A survey back in 2012 by the Victorian Trades Hall found that a quarter of workers aged 18-30 had worked off the books or for cash.
australia  money  corruption  futurology  education 
may 2015 by iamfantastikate
U.S. cracks down on female teachers who sexually abuse students
Female educators who sexually abuse their students are facing tougher prosecution in part because there are more women police officers. There is also a greater awareness among prosecutors, judges and the general public that students who are victimized by an authority figure, regardless of gender, experience trauma with life-long consequences. "Law enforcement is increasingly feminized, and women are much less prone to the old attitude: 'Oh, this is just some kid who got lucky,'" said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center. "They recognize the issues involved and they go after women who violate the statutes."
abuse  education  police  politics  sexism  gender  equality  children  u.s.a. 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
Lister takes down State of Alabama auction from eBay after 'vitriol'
The seller did not seem to be particularly motivated to rid himself of the property. He seems to lay out things that would likely be found upon a full inspection. In fact, the seller seems to be quite bitter with the item. "Education - 49th out of 50," the seller wrote. "15% of the state is illiterate. So, upon purchase, you might want to invest a little money in dictionaries. A whopping 60% of Alabama believes in Creationism. 60%!!!! Bring a lot of bibles!"
funny  alabama  u.s.a.  politics  lgbt  christianity  religion  education 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
World Access for the Blind
World Access for the Blind is a non-profit organization that facilitates the self-directed achievement of people with all forms of blindness, and increases public awareness about the strengths and capabilities of blind people.
charity-nonprofit  education  amazing  disability 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Kenyan grandmother at school with her great-great-grandchildren
She joined Leaders Vision Preparatory School five years ago and has also served her village of Ndalat in the Rift Valley as a midwife for the last 65 years. In fact, she has helped deliver some of her own classmates, who are aged between 10 and 14. Affectionately known as "Gogo", which means grandmother in the local Kalenjin language, she says at 90 she is finally learning to read and write - an opportunity she never had as a child.
uplifting  kenya  amazing  amazing-women  education 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Clothing tops the gift list from parents: Technology lags in gifts for children
Technology gifts were cited about half as often as clothing as likely presents for girls. And while boys are more likely to receive the technology items than girls, they are still less likely to receive a computer, smartphone or gaming system than they are to receive clothing, entertainment or toys and games. Books are a more likely present from parents to girls than technology gifts. Top technology items include laptops, notebooks and computers for boys 12-14 (19% parents intending to purchase) and in-home game consoles like Xbox or Wii for boys 15-17 (18%) and boys 6-11 (16%). Game consoles are a far less popular gift for girls of the same ages. Girls ages 12-14 are more likely to receive a cellphone (15%) from their parents compared to only 3% of boys the same age. Girls are three times as likely overall to receive a phone as a gift (9% for girls compared to 3% for boys).
shopping  money  children  parenting  sexism  education  gender  equality  toys 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Most Say Religious Holiday Displays on Public Property Are OK
Fully 65% of American adults believe in all four of these elements of the Christmas story – the virgin birth, an angel announcing the birth of Jesus to shepherds, wise men following a star to bring gifts to Jesus, and that the baby Jesus was laid in a manger. Just 14% say that they do not believe any of these events actually happened (including those who responded to an earlier question by saying they do not believe Jesus ever actually lived, and were therefore not asked about other parts of the Christmas story). About one-in-five (22%) have mixed views on the Christmas story, saying they believe in at least one element, but not all of them.
statistics  u.s.a.  politics  religion  christianity  nopenopenope  education 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Make your Wikipedia donations count
The WMF remained a small organization with just a few employees to help organize the volunteer writers, photographers, and administrators, maintain and expand the servers, and support the (mostly volunteer) programmers who worked on small improvements to the core Mediawiki software. Back in the 2005-06 tax year, the WMF had total expenses of less than $700,000. But now, the WMF runs a budget of nearly $46 million. When you draw back the curtain to see just how the WMF is spending this staggering influx of money, you discover that improving Wikipedia’s content is not really in the budget. Nearly $20 million goes toward salaries and wages — but none of the staff edit Wikipedia as part of their job function.
wikipedia  corruption  money  media  education 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Family, Friends Remember 12-Year-Old Boy Who Committed Suicide
Shimizu had previously attended Folsom Middle School, but was only recently being home schooled. He killed himself yesterday. “I didn’t see why people would tease him because he was so nice,” said a fellow cheerleader. Those who knew Shimizu say he was the only male cheerleader with the Vista Junior Eagles Cheer Team. “I heard that people called him gay because he was a cheerleader,” said.
suicide  children  education  california  sexism  equality  gender  equality  lgbt  u.s.a. 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
This Teacher Taught His Class A Powerful Lesson About Privilege
“To move into the upper class, all you must do is throw your wadded-up paper into the bin while sitting in your seat.”
equality  education  racism  sexism  ugh-fucking-buzzfeed 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Christian University Stands by Decision to Keep Bill Cosby as Speaker at Benefit Dinner, Despite Outcry From Sexual Assault Victims Group
Officials at a West Tennessee Christian University sparked a fiery debate over Christian values Wednesday for standing by their decision to invite embattled comedian Bill Cosby to serve as keynote speaker for the school's benefit dinner scheduled for next month, despite outcry from an advocacy group for victims of sexual assault.
religion  christianity  abuse  celebrity  tennessee  u.s.a.  education  politics  crime  sexism  gender  equality  equality 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
High School Students Punished for Not Saying “Under God” When Leading Pledge of Allegiance Over Loudspeakers
Adrianna Teboe didn’t didn’t say “Under God” when it was her turn. She was marked down as a result. Derek Giardina didn’t say “Under God” when it was his turn. He’s now failing the class.
atheism  politics  u.s.a.  california  religion  education  teens 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Mississippi teacher allegedly makes racist remark to students
WTVA reported that Dominique Witherspoon and Paris Howell were telling jokes in class on October 20 when their teacher twice asked them to stop. According to Witherspoon the teacher, who is caucasian, said, "Be quiet before I send your colored selves to the office."
racism  mississippi  equality  u.s.a.  children  education 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Curriculum Reviewer Barry Spurr Mocks 'Abos, Mussies, Women, Chinky-Poos' | newmatilda.com
Professor Spurr also takes aim at “bogans” “fatsoes”, “Mussies” and “Chinky-Poos”, and laments the reality that Australia is less white than it was in the 1950s. He calls Nelson Mandela a “darkie” and Desmond Tutu a “witch doctor”; describes his University of Sydney chancellor Belinda Hutchinson as “an appalling minx”; likens Methodists to “serpents”; refers to women as “whores”; and in response to a comment about a female victim of a serious sexual assault being a “worthless slut”, he suggests that she needs more than just ‘penis’ put in her mouth, before it’s “stitched up”.
australia  education  politics  racism  sexism  equality 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Students 'should learn to respect authority' – and how to disobey it
Overall, 37% of Americans think that classes should give greater emphasis to patriotism while 41% say that greater emphasis should be given to critical thinking. 55% of under-30s and 56% of Democrats say that history lessons should prioritize critical thinking, while 57% of over-65s and 61% of Republicans say that it should have a greater emphasis on patriotism.
education  u.s.a.  wtf  statistics  politics 
october 2014 by iamfantastikate
Fungus Deadly to AIDS Patients Found to Grow on Trees
Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples from areas around Los Angeles hardest hit by infections of the fungus named Cryptococcus gattii (CRIP-to-cock-us  GAT-ee-eye).
health  science  teens  education  amazing  amazing-women  amazing-youngsters 
august 2014 by iamfantastikate
Degrees of Spending
Education is a key influencer of consumer behavior that often reveals interesting patterns in the different ways Americans spend their money. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, discover how your spending likely compares to others using the visualization below.
education  statistics  equality  money  u.s.a. 
august 2014 by iamfantastikate
The never-empty nest
The reasons young adults are living with Mum and Dad are well-known: more go to university or TAFE; low government support for student living allowances; insecure entry-level jobs. Rents are high and first homes out of reach unless parents contribute to the deposit. But there’s more to the story than economics. Speaking broadly, our kids seem to like our company, and we theirs. The generation gap that plagued us in our youth is generally no big deal today. Many of us left home young at a time when the Vietnam War, the Rolling Stones, and sexual liberation split the generations. Now that we’re parents, our views on pre-marital sex are usually relaxed, including it happening under our roof. Many parents and adult children share tastes in popular culture. Adult children text their parents often, and befriend them on Facebook. When I left home at 21, and then moved to the US at 22, my poor parents waited six weeks between letters.
parenting  children  australia  money  education 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
2008 was a terrible year to graduate college
Back in 2009, a representative survey of American four-year college graduates found they had a 9 percent unemployment rate. Now that same survey, conducted by the Department of Education, has caught up with the Class of 2008 again. The results are a little more hopeful this time around — but they show that the class of 2008 is still lagging when compared with college graduates as a whole. The economic scars from graduating into a recession are deep, even five years later.
statistics  money  education  u.s.a.  politics 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today
Fidgeting is a real problem. It is a strong indicator that children are not getting enough movement throughout the day. We need to fix the underlying issue. Recess times need to be extended and kids should be playing outside as soon as they get home from school. Twenty minutes of movement a day is not enough! They need hours of play outdoors in order to establish a healthy sensory system and to support higher-level attention and learning in the classroom.
health  science  children  education 
july 2014 by iamfantastikate
Rape victims say Bob Jones University told them to repent
In their many sessions, Sarah said Berg fixated on her “sin,” and then blamed her when she failed to “get better.” She said Berg told her that she needed to repent of any pleasure she experienced during her abuse. Since BJU doesn’t recognize psychiatric concepts like post-traumatic stress disorder, she said she was also told that she was choosing her trauma symptoms.  “I remember her looking at me and saying, ‘You know that the nightmares are your own fault, because you're choosing to replay pornographic thoughts in your mind,’” she said. According to emails, Berg also advised Sarah to call her rapist and ask for forgiveness. Sarah said Berg told her that if she didn’t forgive, God wouldn’t be able to “use her."
religion  christianity  sexism  education  equality  gender  equality  crime  abuse  u.s.a.  south-carolina 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing
Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language — and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We asked a group of scientists to tell us which scientific terms they believe are the most widely misunderstood. Here are ten of them.
science  education  language 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Young Adults, Student Debt and Economic Well-Being
Specifically, student debtor households are accumulating less wealth, in part, because they tend to owe relatively large amounts of other debt as well, from car loans to credit card debt. Among the young and college educated, the typical total indebtedness (including mortgage debt, vehicle debt and credit cards, as well as student debt) of student debtor households ($137,010) is almost twice the overall debt load of similar households with no student debt ($73,250). Among less-educated households, the total debt load of student debtors ($28,300) is more than ten times that of similar households not owing student debt ($2,500).
education  money  poverty  statistics  u.s.a.  politics 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Boko Haram leader: 'I will sell' kidnapped Nigerian girls
"There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women," he continued, according to a CNN translation from the local Hausa language. Boko Haram is a terrorist group receiving training from al Qaeda affiliates, according to U.S. officials. Its name means "Western education is sin." In his nearly hourlong, rambling video, Shekau repeatedly called for Western education to end. "Girls, you should go and get married," he said.
religion  islam  sexism  gender  equality  equality  education  nigeria 
may 2014 by iamfantastikate
Evidence Of Racial, Gender Biases Found In Faculty Mentoring
The very worst in terms of bias is business academia. So in business academia, we see a 25 percentage point gap in the response rate to Caucasian males vs. women and minorities.
podcast  racism  sexism  education  science  psychology  equality  gender  equality  u.s.a.  politics 
may 2014 by iamfantastikate
Nearsightedness and the Indoor Life
Although myopia rates are relatively low in agricultural regions and nations, the difference is most likely associated with academic work and near work demands, and has less to do with outdoor light intensity. "The higher the academic stress, the higher the prevalence and the earlier the onset of myopia," Liu said, noting there are differences even between school districts in the same city.
health  science  education 
may 2014 by iamfantastikate
Here's Why We Know The Gender Wage Gap Really Does Exist
Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day by which women supposedly have put in enough extra work to catch up to what men will make in a year. That’s because even when they work full-time, year-round, they still make 77 percent, on average, of what similar men make. But conservatives have recently argued that the pay gap is a myth because various factors like education, job choice, and career paths can explain some of that 23 percent gap. It’s true that the gap represents many factors. Yet even when they are all taken into consideration, here’s why we know there is still an unfair difference between what women and men make.
money  gender  equality  equality  poverty  u.s.a.  politics  education  sexism 
april 2014 by iamfantastikate
Mississippi sex ed class compares women to dirty peppermint patties.
According to the Los Angeles Times, teachers in Oxford, Miss., are asking “students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became.” Says Marie Barnard, a public health worker and parent: “They're using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she's had sex—that she's been used. … That shouldn't be the lesson we send kids about sex.”
mississippi  sexism  sex  education  u.s.a.  politics  religion  christianity 
april 2014 by iamfantastikate
Guest: Dick’s Drive-In proposes a middle ground for the minimum wage
Instead, a smart minimum wage would increase as your education and skills increase. For example, if you were a high-school dropout but you earned a GED, your minimum wage should go up. Graduate from high school, and it should go up again. Continue your education and earn a technical certificate, and it should go even higher. A smart minimum wage would also include the value of tax-free benefits and other compensation. Health insurance and scholarships matter. They provide thousands of dollars of tax-free compensation to employees. Just as important, employers can often purchase these benefits for their employees at a much lower cost than employees can for themselves.
money  poverty  education  seattle  washington-state  u.s.a.  politics  equality  uplifting 
april 2014 by iamfantastikate
Ted Cruz tells home-schooled kids: The ‘job of a chaplain is to be insensitive to atheists’
“I guess it was deemed insensitive to atheists. I kind of thought it was the job of a chaplain to be insensitive to atheists.” After a round of applause, the senator added: “To welcome them into the forgiving arms of a loving god.”
religion  christianity  u.s.a.  politics  republicans  education  atheism 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
How one college went from 10% female computer-science majors to 40%
With a three-step method, Harvey Mudd College in California quadrupled its female computer science majors. The experiment started in 2006 when Maria Klawe, a computer scientist and mathematician herself, was appointed college president. That year only 10% of Harvey Mudd’s CS majors were women. The department’s professors devised a plan.
education  gender  equality  equality  science 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
Little Girl Taken Out Of Christian School After Told She's Too Much Like a Boy
The letter reads in part, "We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education."
sexism  children  education  religion  christianity  gender  equality  equality 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In
Researchers at the University of Minnesota, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studied eight high schools in three states before and after they moved to later start times in recent years. In results released Wednesday they found that the later a school’s start time, the better off the students were on many measures, including mental health, car crash rates, attendance and, in some schools, grades and standardized test scores.
health  children  education  u.s.a. 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus
Droujkova, who earned her PhD in math education in the United States after immigrating here from Ukraine, advocates a more holistic approach she calls “natural math,” which she teaches to children as young as toddlers, and their parents. This approach, covered in the book she co-authored with Yelena McManaman, “Moebius Noodles: Adventurous math for the playground crowd,” hinges on harnessing students’ powerful and surprisingly productive instincts for playful exploration to guide them on a personal journey through the subject. Says Droujkova: “Studies [e.g.,  this one, and many others referenced in this symposium] have shown that games or free play are efficient ways for children to learn, and they enjoy them. They also lead the way into the more structured and even more creative work of noticing, remixing and building mathematical patterns.”
children  education  math 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
Swiss teacher accidentally shows X-rated amputee porn on overhead projector
As his students sat peacefully with their heads buried inside their books, he decided to take a sneak peek at several hardcore movies and pics of naked women with amputated limbs. Unluckily for him, it was also projected onto the wall for all his pupils to see.
omg  funny  wtf  sex  switzerland  education 
february 2014 by iamfantastikate
Nigerian Islamists kill 59 pupils in boarding school attack
The Islamists, whose struggle for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and made them the biggest threat to security in Africa's top oil producer, are increasingly preying on the civilian population. Militants from Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sinful" in the northern Hausa language, have frequently attacked schools in the past. A similar attack in June in the nearby village of Mamudo left 22 students dead.
religion  nigeria  islam  education 
february 2014 by iamfantastikate
Oklahoma schools required to teach high school students to manage finances
Oklahoma students, effective this May, now must demonstrate an understanding in banking, taxes, investing, loans, insurance, identity theft and eight other areas to graduate. Teachers are required to certify students’ working knowledge in each area.
money  education  u.s.a.  oklahoma 
february 2014 by iamfantastikate
Seattle man’s frugal life leaves rich legacy for 3 institutions
Only a tight circle of family and friends knew that MacDonald was nurturing a secret fortune. When he died in September at the age of 98, he left in his will a $187.6 million charitable trust to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Washington School of Law and the Salvation Army.
seattle  amazing  money  good-rich-people  washington-state  u.s.a.  health  education 
february 2014 by iamfantastikate
‘Shy’ male sues Women’s Studies teacher for failing him after he refused to attend class
“I felt anxiety,” Kim told The Toronto Star. “I didn’t expect it would be all women and it was a small classroom and about 40 women were sort of sitting in a semicircle and the thought of spending two hours every week sitting there for the next four months was overwhelming.” So he left the classroom, and never returned, citing the fact that he is “a generally shy person, especially around women.” He remained enrolled in the course, however, and asked Professor Trimble to waive the 15 percent of his grade that was based on participation and attendance.
funny  sexism  gender  equality  education 
february 2014 by iamfantastikate
Creationism in Texas public schools: Undermining the charter movement.
When public-school students enrolled in Texas’ largest charter program open their biology workbooks, they will read that the fossil record is “sketchy.” That evolution is “dogma” and an “unproved theory” with no experimental basis. They will be told that leading scientists dispute the mechanisms of evolution and the age of the Earth. These are all lies.
education  children  texas  politics  sexism  history  science  u.s.a.  religion  christianity 
february 2014 by iamfantastikate
Auckland school ditches playtime rules and loses...
Mudslides, skateboarding, bullrush and tree climbing kept the children so occupied the school no longer needed a timeout area or as many teachers on patrol. Instead of a playground, children used their imagination to play in a "loose parts pit" which contained junk such as wood, tyres and an old fire hose. "The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged. It's during that time they bully other kids, graffiti or wreck things around the school.
education  psychology  health  science  new-zealand  politics  children 
january 2014 by iamfantastikate
How to screw learning with one simple belief
It’s a graph showing the performance of children after they’ve been praised for their intelligence (“you must be smart”) versus their effort (“you must have put a lot of effort into that”), and then given a series of hard problems to try to solve. The kids who are taught that efforts count increase in the number of problems they can solve. Those who are told that they’re smart show a frightening decrease.
psychology  education  children  science 
january 2014 by iamfantastikate
Josh Moon's Just Saying: Paranoia has struck Alabama
I’m not exaggerating this. The letters of complaints from these two groups included such things as the chapters on Islam in these books having better pictures, the chapters on Christianity not being positive enough and a failure to mention that Islam was spread by force in many instances (unlike Christianity, which was always spread by butterflies and puppies and never crusades).
funny  religion  christianity  islam  alabama  u.s.a.  education  politics  children 
january 2014 by iamfantastikate
This District Just Got Sued for Teaching Creationism, Offering Extra Credit for Writing Bible Verses on Tests, & More
When Plaintiffs objected, Sabine Parish Superintendent, Sara Ebarb, told them that “this is the Bible belt.” She suggested that C.C. should “change” his faith or transfer to another district school 25 miles away where, in her words, “there are more Asians.”
atheism  religion  christianity  racism  u.s.a.  education  children  politics  louisiana 
january 2014 by iamfantastikate
Alhambra High School administrator resigns amid sex abuse case
A woman has accused her former teacher of sexual abuse. The victim taped a phone call, where she appears to confront her alleged female abuser. The video has since gone viral, with more than 25,000 views since it was posted on YouTube Friday. It has also led to an Alhambra High School administrator's resignation and triggered a police investigation.
crime  abuse  children  education  u.s.a.  california 
january 2014 by iamfantastikate
Faith schools accused of failing to admit pupils from poor homes - News blog - News blog - TES News
Church of England schools that select pupils on religious grounds are considerably less likely than other community schools to accept children from poor homes, according to a new study.
religion  christianity  uk  education  children  poverty  equality 
december 2013 by iamfantastikate

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