Tag: Education (K-12)

Teenager Arrested in Charlottesville After Racist Online Threat Shuts Schools for 2 Days

The authorities in Charlottesville, Va., arrested a teenage boy on Friday in connection with an online threat made against “specific ethnic groups” at the public high school there, as the city’s schools remained closed for the second day in a row. A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged in connection with the threat, which appeared […]

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What Rural America Has to Teach Us

Everybody says rural America is collapsing. But I keep going to places with more moral coherence and social commitment than we have in booming urban areas. These visits prompt the same question: How can we spread the civic mind-set they have in abundance? For example, I spent this week in Nebraska, in towns like McCook […]

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Only 7 Black Students Got Into N.Y.’s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Only a tiny number of black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in New York City on Monday, raising the pressure on officials to confront the decades-old challenge of integrating New York’s elite public […]

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The Cruel Irony of ‘Free’ College Promises

For the past week, America’s fleeting attention span has been captured by the sprawling college admission bribery scandal unveiled by the Justice Department, sparking talk of how untold numbers of the wealthy and famous use fraud to get special treatment for their children, in a supposedly meritocratic system. The revelation of this particular scheme comes […]

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Is Computer Code a Foreign Language?

Maryland’s legislature is considering a bill to allow computer coding courses to fulfill the foreign language graduation requirement for high school. A similar bill passed the Florida State Senate in 2017 (but was ultimately rejected by the full Legislature), and a federal version proposed by Senators Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana, and Maria Cantwell, Democrat […]

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The Scandals of Meritocracy

In the last year elite college admissions has been touched by three different but related scandals. The newest one is also the most entertaining, because it includes pretend water polo players, staged standardized tests and outright bribery, all to help desperate rich people and TV stars buy their progeny into a top-flight school. The other […]

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The 8-Year-Old Homeless Refugee Chess Champion

In a homeless shelter in Manhattan, an 8-year-old boy is walking to his room, carrying an awkward load in his arms, unfazed by screams from a troubled resident. The boy is a Nigerian refugee with an uncertain future, but he is beaming. He can’t stop grinning because the awkward load is a huge trophy, almost […]

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More to Fear for Yeshiva Students

As New York City has finally begun to exercise oversight over ultra-Orthodox yeshivas that have graduated students without a basic education, some of those Jewish schools have defied city health department scrutiny and helped to feed a measles outbreak. Forty children have contracted measles in recent months, all of the […]

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The Checkup: Using Arts Education to Help Other Lessons Stick

In “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” Betty Smith’s 1943 autobiographical novel about growing up poor in the early 20th century, the public school that the heroine attends is a pretty bleak place. But “there was a great golden glory lasting a half-hour each week when Mr. Morton came to Francie’s […]

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Video With ‘Racist, Homophobic’ Language Surfaces at Elite Private School

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Several students at an elite private school were involved with a video that the school on Monday said showed them using “racist, homophobic and misogynistic language.” The school, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, said in […]

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An Agenda for Moderates

Ideas drive history. But not just any ideas, magnetic ideas. Ideas so charismatic that people devote their lives to them. In his 1999 book, “The Real American Dream,” Andrew Delbanco described the different ideas that, at different stages, drove American history. The first stage in our history was driven by […]

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How Parkland Was Different, and Why Much Remains the Same

On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student slaughtered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The next day, David Hogg, a student who survived the attack, expressed his frustration at the pattern of political inaction that seems to follow mass shootings in the United States. He […]

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A School That Embraces a Trendy Model: The Start-Up

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] They brainstorm in conference rooms equipped with whiteboards, use high-end computers and equipment and are given free breakfast and lunch. Except these are no start-up workers. They are students at an unusual New York […]

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‘Everyone Was Taught to Be Accepting.’ Readers Share Stories of Their Christian Educations

In the polarized United States, where clashing religious and ideological views unfold daily on social media and television and radio talk shows, the Twitter hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools ignited a firestorm. Its creator, Chris Stroop, a former evangelical Christian, urged those who had attended Christian schools to use it and “tell how […]

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Charter Schools Suffer Setback in Aftermath of Los Angeles Strike

LOS ANGELES — Carrying protest signs, thousands of teachers and their allies converged last month on the shimmering contemporary art museum in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Clad in red, they denounced “billionaire privatizers” and the museum’s patron, Eli Broad. The march was a preview of the attacks the […]

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Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike to End With Tentative Deal for More Pay

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles public school teachers reached a tentative deal with school officials on Tuesday to end a weeklong strike that had upended learning for more than half a million students in the nation’s second largest public school system. The teachers won a 6 percent pay raise and […]

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