Defund the Police to Fund Public Schools – Education Article

 Back in the pre-Coronavirus days when we still had in-person classes I used to come to school in a suit.   Every day, suit and tie.   I didn’t have to – the dress code allowed me to wear pretty much whatever I wanted and most teachers dressed much more casually.   Now let me be clear – I’m not saying my way was the only way. Each teacher has his or her own way of doing things that work…

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America Has Failed in Every Way But One – Education Article

 This year has been a disaster.   We are living through a global pandemic yet have inadequate health screenings, medical equipment or a viable vaccine.   We are witness to public lynchings of black people at the hands of law enforcement yet our legal system continues to be slow to act if at all.   Our schools and hospitals are starved for resources yet police have riot gear, tear gas and army surplus tanks to patrol the streets.   Climate…

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Bob Burchell obituary | History

My friend and former colleague Robert Burchell, who has died aged 79, was a historian of the US whose career saw a huge growth in the subject’s popularity in the UK. He was professor of American history at the University of Manchester and the first director of the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. Born in Plymouth, Bob was the son of Lucy (nee Symons) and Arthur Burchell, an electrician at the Devonport submarine base. His earliest…

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Quiz: how much do you know about Britain’s castles? | Education

Fancy testing your knowledge of some of Britain’s oldest buildings? Of course you do. And here’s your chance, with the Guardian’s castles quiz. Remember, it’s just for fun – let us know how you get on in the comments. Or complain that you don’t think the questions are right or fair, just like you would do in person at your local pub quiz if you ever get to visit one of those again … The Guardian’s castles quiz Which of…

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Richard Sharpe obituary | Education

If any scholar could bring back to life the holy men and scholars of the Middle Ages it was Richard Sharpe. Richard, professor of diplomatic at Oxford University since 1998, who has died aged 66 of heart failure, was a man of abundant energy, which he poured into writing and editing a torrent of books and articles that threw light on all aspects of these men – saints and sinners alike. He was equally energetic outside his study – his…

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HBO’s “Bad Education” Aims at Public School Theft While Ignoring More Frequent Fraud at Charter Schools & Testing Companies – Education Article

 “Bad Education” is a frustrating movie to watch as a public school teacher.   It does a fine job telling the true story of a wealthy New York district where administrators stole millions of dollars for themselves.   But it ignores the far more frequent waste and malfeasance caused by school privatization, high stakes testing and runaway ed tech.   Maybe I’m being too sensitive, but there is no subject more political than public schools.   During the current Coronavirus…

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Bernie Sanders Supporters Have Every Right to Be Furious – Education Article

 Dear non-Bernie Sanders supporters,   Shut up.   Seriously.   Sit down, and shut the fuck up.   You’ve been doing an awful lot of talking lately, and there’s a few things you need to hear.   We, the Bernie supports, are sick and tired of the never-ending flow of bullshit coming out of your mouths.   For the past five years you’ve called us Bernie Bros, Bernie’s Internet army, Russian bots, naive, sexist, racist, privileged, pigs.   Yet women,…

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Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 General Election – Education Article

 With Bernie Sanders dropping out of the 2020 Democratic Primary, I can think of only these 10 reasons to vote for Joe Biden in the November general election:   10) He’s not Donald Trump. 9) He’s not Donald Trump. 8) He’s not Donald Trump. 7) He’s not Donald Trump. 6) He’s not Donald Trump. 5) He’s not Donald Trump. 4) He’s not Donald Trump. 3) He’s not Donald Trump. 2) He’s not Donald Trump. 1) He’s not Donald Trump.  …

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Roger Fieldhouse obituary | Education

My friend and former colleague Roger Fieldhouse, who has died aged 79 after a short illness, contributed significantly to two academic fields: local history; and the history and philosophy of modern British adult education. Roger was appointed tutor/organiser for the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) in North Yorkshire in the mid-1960s, and developed a lifelong love of the area. He worked with local people to explore the history of their own communities. His book A History of Swaledale and Richmond (1978)…

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How Did America’s Schools Cope with Spanish Flu vs. Coronavirus? – Education Article

  They say history repeats itself.   And if you’ve read any accounts of the bygone days of yesteryear, the current crisis certainly appears like a rerun.   Look at all the closed businesses, frightened people venturing out wearing face masks or self quarantined in their homes. It sure looks a lot like 1918.   The Spanish Flu epidemic that swept the nation a little more than a century ago bares more than a passing resemblance to COVID-19, the coronavirus.…

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Top 10 Things I Want My Students to do During the Coronavirus Quarantine – Education Article

      Dear Students,   A schoolteacher without a classroom is kind of like a firefighter without a fire.   Or a police officer without crime.   But here we are – self-quarantined at home.   Our classroom sits empty, and everyday this week we sit here at home wondering what to do.   I want you to know that I’ve been thinking about all of you.   I hope you’re doing alright during this unprecedented moment in history.…

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Bernie Sanders Would Be the First Jewish President – What That Means to Me – Education Article

 Being Jewish is not something I advertise.   Some of my earliest memories are trying to explain to school friends that no, I didn’t kill Jesus – and, yes, I do eat matzo but it isn’t made with baby’s blood – and would they like to come over to my house and play Legos?   I’ve been called “yid,” “kike,” “heeb,” even just plain “Jew” with the lips curled and the word hurled at me like a knife.   Heck.…

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Letter: Zara Steiner obituary | Education

Zara Steiner will certainly be remembered “with great affection” by her female students. She was also an encouraging, engaging and exacting tutor of male students. While at Queens’ College, Cambridge, in the early 1970s, I was supervised by her for the American history paper, not her specialist subject but one to which she brought great knowledge and all her analytical acumen. It was worth the cycle ride to New Hall, and I too remember her with great affection. Source link

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Don’t Extend Kids’ School Day; Shorten Parents’ Work Week – Education Article

It’s rough being the parent of an American school student.You often leave for work before your kids have even made it to school yet – and you get home long after they’ve returned.When exactly are you supposed to parent?   Your kids have to get themselves to school. They have to get themselves home. And helping with homework, talking about their days, even setting a good example are all luxuries you have to pay dearly for with an ever-shrinking amount…

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Discovery of velvet bag may solve gory mystery of Walter Raleigh’s missing head | Education

On the eve of the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh’s execution for treason, a discovery at a medieval manor in Surrey may help solve the mystery of what became of his severed head. A red silk velvet bag found in the attic of West Horsley Place, former home of Raleigh’s son, could have been used by Raleigh’s widow to carry around his embalmed head, according to the stately home and a historical costume expert. Accounts of the beheading at…

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Richard More: the Shropshire outcast who sailed to riches on the Mayflower | Education

He was only six when he was disowned by his wealthy father, torn from his adulterous mother and shipped to America with the pilgrims on the Mayflower to begin a new life as a servant. For centuries, the extraordinary tale of the Shropshire childhood of Richard More – a celebrated New England sea captain and one of the “first comers” to America – was lost in the mists of time. Now a group of local historians hopes to reignite interest…

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