I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to education. Remember when former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum branded President Obama a snob for wanting everyone in America to go to college? Well, I constantly build schools in the air resembling ivy covered college campuses fashioned after antiquity’s trivium and quadrivium.
In a report out today, New Orleans students from Vietnamese and Latino families say they are not getting the resources they need at school. The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) surveyed 100 students across six schools and collected stories from students and their families. It found a lack of services for Limited-English speakers.
Students describe being placed in English as a Second Language classes below their skill level. Juan Fortanel, 17, says his middle school ESL classes did not feel serious.
Teachers have taken a by any means necessary approach to closing the achievement gap even at the expense of student learning. Georgia’s Fulton County District Court indicted 35 educators, including former Superintendent Beverly Hall, for a cheating scheme that ultimately produced the wrong kind of results. Dozens of Atlanta public schools teachers, leaders and other personnel are turning themselves in to authorities.
However, are teachers completely at fault? An accountability system predicated on achievement test growth may be a co-conspirator.
Public institutions of higher learning in Louisiana have been facing many physical and financial challenges in recent years.
However, an innovation at the University of New Orleans attempts to attract and support highly qualified students whose fields of study will benefit both the institution and the city. Jack Hopke spoke about these initiatives with Adam Norris, UNO's Director of Public Relations.
Plans to create a statewide program that would give college tuition grants to Louisiana students who graduate early from high school have been scrapped.
The scholarship program was approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last year in the state's education financing formula, with expectations it would begin in the 2013-14 school year.
In an era of school takeover, the response of Xavier Preparatory Academy’s closing reminds us why we still need our historically black institutions. Education should strive to form literate, cultural communities that realize self-reliance. This is true in general, but this is particularly true when educating the descendants of the formerly enslaved. Xavier Prep, St. Augustine High School, Dillard and Xavier Universities as well as SUNO remain some of the few places that promulgate the black middle class in both word and in deed.
The New York Times' David Carr has a look at two upcoming episodes of "This American Life" which focus on the trials and tribulations of a violence-plagued neighborhood in Chicago, and how it affects the students, staff and teachers of Harper High School.
The first episode airs this Saturday at 1 p.m. on 89.9 WWNO.
One of the discussions that comes up every time there is a mass shooting at a suburban school or a movie theater is how underreported other, equally disturbing killings are - like the ones at urban high schools and in city neighborhoods.
Tulane University is reaching out to girls attending middle school with an opportunity to focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Organizers hope a one-day workshop will pique their interest in subjects that have historically attracted more boys than girls.
Remember when football was king. Governments and their fanatical residents used to invest so much time and money just for a chance to say, “See, I won a championship. I live in the best city.” When you look back, you have to ask, “What were we thinking?”