Texas has a security camera law for special education classrooms with the goal of preventing abuse — will it work?
So long as students face effective penalties for reporting sexual harassment, we will be unable to resolve the sexual harassment crisis in American colleges and universities.
A fun bit of trivia: I ruled the school geography bee through a chunk of both grammar and middle school, though I certainly never made it to state. I’m not quite sure why I got so into geography and why I got so good at answering questions on the fly, because high pressure situations usually […]
Web series are the new black, as the media likes to remind us, with many publications taking to the web with spotlight features via video, and individuals as well as organisations using the web series as a fun educational tool. Meanwhile, television is embracing the web, with some creators skipping networks and cable companies altogether to […]
Many communities in the United States are closing their schools, though for different reasons, all of which are pushing towards consolidation, packing more students into a smaller space. Officials justify this on the grounds that funds can be used more efficiently this way, potentially increasing the offerings available at a given school, but not everyone—parents, […]
I almost hesitate to add to the ongoing culture and social wars over sexual education in the United States, but here goes: We need age-appropriate gender education provided alongside sexual education. While people have a tendency to lump gender and sexuality together in vague, mish-mashy terms, they aren’t the same thing, and even a strong […]
Defining ‘disability’ can be a slippery thing. There are definitions government agencies use for the purpose of demographic studies and addressing requests for reasonable accommodations. Workplaces, educational institutions, hospitals, and long-term care facilities use their own definitions, and within the disability rights movement, there are many ways to conceptualise disability. This is not, in other […]
This has been a tough year for facts. Earlier this year, Oklahoma made the news for banning AP history — among other things, state officials claimed it showed the ‘worst parts of America.’ Several months later, Florida was in the news for a bizarre policy requiring state officials to avoid the words ‘climate change,’ and […]
Some disabilities are evident and hard to miss. Others emerge later in life, but they’ve been there all along. Autism spectrum disorders are a commonly cited example, with some people only being diagnosed in adulthood. Learning disabilities, though, are another disability that may not necessarily be evident — though they should be — and are […]
Some of the worst-paid professions in the United States surround the education system. Teachers. Librarians. Paraprofessional support staff. You don’t go into the education field for the money — it’s dubious that anyone ever did — but for the reward of teaching the next generation. That said, you also don’t go into the system to […]