A Round-up of Interesting Education Articles

Some news stories I’ve perused and wanted to share. My brief comments are in italics.

2 School Entrepreneurs Lead the Way on Change
Published: June 19, 2008
Wendy Kopp and Richard Barth are a power couple in the world of education, emblematic of a new class of young social entrepreneurs seeking to reshape the United States’ educational landscape.

Big Paycheck or Service? Students Are Put to Test
Published: June 23, 2008
Many college officials are asking whether more should be done to encourage students to consider public service.
Shouldn’t philanthropy taught at home or in elementary school? If kids are still “me, me, me” in college, then is it possible to help them see that it cannot always be all about them? I think that we all have to do a better job teaching children the importance of giving back when they’re young!

Breaking Down Barriers to Get Parents Involved
Published: June 22, 2008
A principal is trying to reach out to immigrant parents, who often are on the sidelines in an era of hovering parents.
Thank goodness! Parents should not be marginalized!

Education Reality Check
College costs are skyrocketing and students are struggling. So what can the presidential candidates do?
Check out this CNN Video, which deals with tax credits, student loans, and more ways help afford college.

Fuel Costs May Force Some Kids To Walk: Montgomery Weighs Altering School Bus Rules
By Daniel de Vise
Published: Monday, June 23, 2008
Looks like even kids will be feeling the crunch due to the surge in oil prices.

Hillsborough Has Plenty Of Takers On Teacher Interview Day
The Tampa Tribune
Published: June 13, 2008
They’re breaking down the doors to teach in Florida and in many other places around the U.S.A. This article reminded me of how lucky I am to have a classroom teaching position since there are many trained teachers out there who aren’t as fortunate with regard to classroom placements.

Homeschool is a constitutional right for parents
By: Damien M. Schiff
Monday, June 23, 2008
The ‘debate’ about homeschooling is alive again. (Not that it ever wasn’t alive, but now it’s in the news in California.)

Teen moms: Pregnancy pact a dumb idea: Girls just want to have – babies

By Jessica Heslam and Jessica Fargen
Friday, June 20, 2008
The notion that 17 girls made a pregnancy pact with each other disturbs me. I watched the Gloucester Mayor’s Press Conference yesterday and look forward to finding out what went wrong and how this can be prevented from happening again.

The Power of a Teacher
From “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch”
June 19th, 2008
A T.C. Grad talks about her experiences at York Prep.