by on February 8, 2018
On the first day of Black History Month, a Daily News story broke about a Bronx middle school teacher who taught a lesson on slavery in several classes by making Black students lie on the floor, and then stepping on their backs. The incident left students traumatized and the Department of Education allowed the teacher to return to the classroom, until a reporter exposed the story. Education advocates rally in front of city hall “Like many others, I am completely outraged to by the ac...
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by on March 15, 2018
I worry less about Kim Jong-Un than I do Betsy DeVos. The North Korean dictator, for one, doesn't have dominion over the educational futures of nearly 51 million elementary and secondary students and countless more in college. Barring a nuclear attack, of course, the wealthy charter-school champion is poised to play a much larger role than Kim will in determining the future of United States. The sophomoric invective he directs at us pales in comparison to the utter disrespect that President Tr...
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by on December 26, 2017
Documents on the Falklands, Northern Ireland’s Troubles, and the infamous Zinoviev letter among those ‘misplaced’, leaving historians suspicious The hoard came to light during high court proceedings brought by a group of elderly Kenyans who were detained and abused during the Mau Mau insurgency in 1950s Kenya.  Thousands of government papers detailing some of the most controversial episodes in 20th-century British history have vanished after civil servants removed them from the country...
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by on July 17, 2018
What is Devosian Philosophy There has been a systematic attempt to destroy public education in America through the Devosian Philosophy without any regard for the effects on poor black, brown and white kids and their families. Two of the leaders of this group are of course Betsy Devos and her husband, Dick Devos. The Devosian philosophy has emerged at the right time under a seemingly classist and racist administration that looks to keep the poor, poor and only provide access to opportun...
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by on February 10, 2018
For obstinate officials at Christ the King High School, a mind is a terrible thing to change. The parents of Malcolm Xavier Combs were rebuffed again Thursday by school administrators over their African-American son’s desire to put the name “Malcolm X” on his senior sweater. “I don’t understand it,” said Mychelle Combs, the mother of 17-year-old Malcolm, after a frustrating morning meeting with school president Michael Michel. “They are supposed to teach the students tolerance and t...
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by on March 22, 2018
"Their most powerful asset in their fight to bring change is their idealism," Murray says of student protestors. Bill Murray Bill Murray is currently making the press rounds supporting Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” but the actor took a break from talking about his role in the stop-motion movie to praise the Parkland high school students advocating for stricter gun control laws. Speaking to NBC’s THINK editor Megan Carpentier, Murray compared the teenagers, all survivors of the Febru...
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by on December 27, 2017
Four-year-old Leo Griffin leaves a Chicago protest against the alt-right movement held to remember the victims of violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Va. It's not every year that a new Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, becomes a household name, satirized on Saturday Night Live, never mind being the most unpopular member of a historically unpopular cabinet. But we live in interesting times and the nations' schools and colleges are no exception. Here's a look back at the major momen...
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by on July 18, 2018
Here's how to use a library card to get free access to the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and many more. There’s literally never been a better time to get a New York City Library card. Besides having free access to millions of books, New York Public Library cardholders can now use their cards to reserve a Culture Pass, which grants them free entry to dozens of cultural institutions around the city. The program is also available to cardholders for the Brooklyn Publ...
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by on February 14, 2018
At least one person is dead and more than 20 others are reportedly injured after a mass shooting at a south Florida high school Wednesday, police said.  The gunman was taken into custody nearly two hours after the shooting was reported, authorities said.  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The shooting happened about 2 p.m. at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale, according to the Coral Sprin...
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by on March 23, 2018
The student-led March for Our Lives rally aims to ride momentum for gun-control activism that began in February after the Parkland, Fla., school killings Thousands of students marched down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the U.S. Capitol during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in Washington on March 14. Young people from across the U.S. are piling into buses, cars and airplanes and heading to Washington, D.C., where they plan to gather by the tens of thousands o...
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by on January 12, 2018
Catalyst Academy participants listen to Matt Reid, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, discuss the “unseen majority” of microorganisms in soils and their outsized environmental influence. Cornell University has extended its partnership to incorporate computer science instruction and opportunities for immersive, on-campus science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement with Public Prep, a New York City nonprofit network that develops tuition-free ...
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by on July 19, 2018
Hide and seek could take on new meaning if schools take RealNetworks up on this offer. The company is offering K-12 learning institutions free facial recognition software that can be downloaded via its website, Technology Review reports. The software is called SAFR, and according to a press release, it uses IP-based cameras and other hardware to “recognize staff, students, and visitors in real time to help improve school safety.” It also promises to “streamlin[e] entry, record keeping, ca...
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