Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:21 pm
The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, a former president of the University of Notre Dame who tangled with the Nixon administration, died late Thursday. He was 97.
For those who knew him, Hesburgh was simply Father Ted. But make no mistake, he was a highly influential priest who moved among presidents and popes. During his 35 years as president of Notre Dome, he reinforced the importance of a college education and urged that it be affordable and accessible to all.
Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:13 pm
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Andrea Pino was the first person in her family to go to college. When she found out that she had been admitted to the University of North Carolina she was thrilled. "Not only was I going to college โ I was going to my dream school," she says. "... I was definitely one of those students that, you know, cried and threw their laptop on the floor and couldn't believe that I was going."
This week marked National Adjunct Walkout Day, a protest to gain better working conditions for part-time college instructors. Why are college professors from San Jose State University to the City University of New York taking to the streets like fast-food workers?
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 2:30 pm
Studies, research papers, doctoral dissertations, conference presentations โ each year academia churns out thousands of pieces of research on education. And for many of them, that's the end of it. They gather dust in the university library or languish in some forgotten corner of the Internet.
A few, though, find their way into the hands of teachers, principals and policymakers. Each year the American Educational Research Association โ a 99-year-old national research society โ puts out a list of its 10 most-read articles.
Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 11:30 am
For this series, we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using โ if only for a short time โ in our early schooling. Things like the slide rule and protractor, the Presidential Fitness Test and wooden blocks.
Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 10:32 am
For Whitney Bischoff, high school was tough. On the first day of her freshman year, a childhood friend committed suicide. Things weren't any better at home โ her father died when she was 7 and her mom was an alcoholic with an abusive boyfriend.
She had a hard time making friends.
And when all the stress threatened to overwhelm her, she, too, considered suicide.
"I thought family was everything," Bischoff says. "I thought, if I didn't have family support โ what am I going to do? Suicide seemed like the only way out."
Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 7:16 pm
Schools don't like to use the V-word anymore โ "vocational," as in "vocational education." Administrators say the word is outdated, along with the idea of offering job-training courses onlyto students who are going straight into the workforce.
Nashville, Tenn., is trying a new approach. The public school system there is encouraging every high school student, regardless of college plans, to take threecareer-training classes before they graduate.