27 juillet 2017

The US and Mexico: Education and understanding

The ConversationLast week, officials from the U.S. and Mexico revitalized their commitment to fight cross-border smuggling of drugs, arms and money. U.S. officials recognized America’s demand for drugs as “the magnet” that feeds drug smuggling, and Mexico committed to tackle jointly the elements of the cartels’ business model. More...

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How Trump’s harsh education cuts undermine his economic growth goals

The ConversationThe Trump administration has some ambitious goals that include trillions in tax cuts, a significant military buildup and a fresh investment in infrastructure. More...

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The decline in foreign students hurts America’s future

The ConversationThe Trump administration’s nationalism (as most recently witnessed in his pro-travel ban Twitter reaction to the London attacks) has had an unfortunate effect on universities in the United States. Namely, some international students, surmising that they’re unwelcome or unsafe studying in the U.S., are not applying. More...

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The Fresh Air Fund’s complicated racial record

The ConversationNew York City’s Fresh Air Fund has sent city kids, most of them low-income, to suburban and rural neighborhoods for two-week summer vacations for the past 140 years. Originally intended to restore malnourished, sickly and white immigrant children to health, the fund expanded its mission in the 1960s to focus on – as director Frederick Lewis put it in 1969 – “bridge-building and unifying” across racial lines. More...

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Students’ test scores tell us more about the community they live in than what they know

The ConversationThese high-stakes decisions include, but are not limited to, student promotion to the next grade level, student eligibility to participate in advanced coursework, eligibility to graduate high school and teacher tenure. In 40 states, teachers are evaluated in part based on the results from student standardized tests, as are school administrators in almost 30 states. More...

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The Supreme Court, religion and the future of school choice

The ConversationThe Supreme Court recently decided that Trinity Lutheran Church should be eligible for a Missouri state grant covering the cost of recycled playground surfaces. Though the state originally rejected the church’s application on grounds of separation of church and state, the Supreme Court ruled that this rejection was, in fact, religious discrimination. More...

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Race, cyberbullying and intimate partner violence

The ConversationOver the past two decades, cyberbullying has become a major focus for parents, educators and researchers. Stopbullying.gov lists several effects of cyberbullying, including depression, anxiety and decreased academic achievement. More...

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24 juillet 2017

American Cloaca: At Standing Rock, Part 5

By Oronte. It was cold in the astronomical twilight before dawn on Saturday, December 3. The flap to the tipi had blown open during our brief sleep, and wind swirled over the bodies and detritus of cold-weather camping inside. The tiny burner on the propane tank had gone out, and a cast-iron stove made for the US Army nearly a century earlier sat useless as a hernia in the center of the floor. More...

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American Cloaca: At Standing Rock, Part 4

By Oronte. Our little group arrived at Veterans Stand for Standing Rock on December 2, after 22 hours on the road. Cell use was hampered by police countermeasures, so we had trouble finding our local contact and host, Cyrus, a Navajo vet who’d served with the 75th Rangers in Afghanistan. Read more...

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3 Reasons to Build Your Alt-Ac Career in a Small College Town or Rural University

By Joshua Kim. Let’s say that you are an alternative academic (alt-ac). Someone determined to build a career around ideas -- teaching, research, and service -- outside of a traditional faculty role. More...

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