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Anyone who's had any recent experience with the American education system knows that most of the time, it's not an inherently queer-friendly place. From the locker room at gym to the video about where babies come from in health class, it's a straight straight world out there.
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With their district already under an embarrassing desegregation order, the Governing Board of the Tucson Unified School District acquiesced to the demands of notorious Tea Party state officials last night and voted 4-1 to terminate the city's nationally acclaimed Ethnic Studies/Mexican American Studies program.
As part of the state-mandated termination of its ethnic studies program, the Tucson Unified School District released an initial list of books to be banned from its schools today.
At universities, educational software largely means enterprise-scale, expensive, feature-stuffed "learning management systems."
Here at GeekDad we review a lot of products — books, toys, gadgets, software — and I know it’s impossible for most parents to actually afford all of the cool stuff that gets written up. Heck, most of us can’t afford it either, and we’re envious of the person who scored a review copy of a cool board game or awesome gizmo. (Disclosure: that person is probably me.)
Salman Khan, a former hedge fund analyst, started the non-profit Khan Academy in 2006 as a way to bring free, online education to students and educators all over the world. He got the idea after using his webcam and basic software to tutor his younger cousin in maths. Since then, Khan Academy’s 2,700 educational videos have received more than 98 million total views via YouTube.
An Illinois teacher at Eureka High School is on paid suspension for showing clips of "The Daily Show" in school. Rhett Felix, a first-year government and law teacher, showed three segments from Jon Stewart's show to his sophomore-level class , The Pantagraph reports. Parents of the students complained that the clips had obscenities, sexual content and the perception that the teacher carries liberal bias.
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New York University pulled out of the National Merit scholarships, becoming at least the ninth school to stop funding one of the largest U.S. merit-based aid programs, because it doesn’t want to reward students based on a standardized test. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. distributed more than $50 million to students in the 2009-2010 year based on the PSAT college entry practice exam. Most of the money comes from almost 200 colleges, including Northwestern University and University of Chicago , to fund awards of as much as $8,000 over four years.
September 26, 2011
When we make music we don't do it to reach a certain point, to get to the end of the song or composition. The journey or the playing itself is the point. During which we come to feel our basic inseparability from the whole universe, wipe out identification with thoughts and escape the interminable chatter that goes on in our heads.
Posted at 07:57 PM ET, 07/30/2011