US education

Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture at Taliesin to close | Education

The architecture school that architect Frank Lloyd Wright started nearly 90 years ago is closing, officials announced Tuesday. The School of Architecture at Taliesin, which encompasses Wright properties in Wisconsin and Arizona, will shutter in June. The school’s governing board said in a statement the “gut-wrenching decision” was made after no agreement could be made with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to keep operating the school. Specific details about the negotiations between the school and foundation were not disclosed. “This…

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Can air purifiers improve students’ academic performance? | Education

A 2015 gas leak that belched toxic chemicals into the air and spread panic may have indirectly led to higher student test scores. In the days after a gas leak was discovered in Aliso Canyon, 30 miles north of Los Angeles, thousands of residents were evacuated from the area, many of whom reported headaches, nausea, stomach aches, dizziness or breathing problems. Students from two nearby schools were relocated and 18 other schools were impacted. The gas field owner, Southern California…

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Do US laws that punish parents for truancy keep their kids in school? | Education

Earlier this month, a Berks County, Pennsylvania, mother died in jail while serving a 48-hour sentence, handed down because she couldn’t pay her children’s truancy fines. She owed about $2,000 in fines and other court costs, which had piled up over more than a decade, according to the AP. But while the woman’s story took a particularly tragic turn, many more parents across the US face fines or jail time over their children’s unexcused school absences. Just how many is…

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Why parents in a school district near the CIA are forcing tech companies to erase kids’ data | Education

Parents at a public school district in Maryland have won a major victory for student privacy: tech companies that work with the school district now have to purge the data they have collected on students once a year. Experts say the district’s “Data Deletion Week” may be the first of its kind in the country. It’s not exactly an accident that schools in Montgomery county, in the suburbs of Washington DC, are leading the way on privacy protections for kids.…

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University of Georgia fraternity investigated over racist video | Education

A University of Georgia fraternity is being investigated over a video which circulated on social media and showed some of its members mocking slavery and using a racial slur. The video shows a student hitting another with a belt while saying the words “Pick my cotton” and then a racial slur. The UG Student Government Association said in a statement on Friday it was aware of the video of students “using racist language and engaging in behaviors that mock the…

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First transgender Rhodes scholar named in diverse 2020 class | Education

Minorities make up the majority of the latest group of US college students to be named Rhodes scholars, and the class includes the first transgender woman selected for the prestigious program. The Rhodes Trust announced the 32 selections late on Saturday after two days of discussions over 236 applicants from 90 colleges and universities across the US. Along with University of Tennessee graduate Hera Jay Brown, the first transgender woman in the program, the class includes two non-binary scholars. “As…

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Panic over school shootings got me suspended at 13. What I needed was someone to listen | Education

At 13, I was suspended from middle school for a week because school administrators were worried I might start shooting people. It’s a story that often surprises and amuses friends now – my violent side is limited to hitting people on the roller derby track. I wasn’t a safety risk to my fellow students when I was 13. I was a severely depressed teenager trying to stand up to bullying who got caught in the zero-tolerance policies so common in…

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When did airbrushing your child’s school photo become a thing? | Art and design

It was with predictable panic that I remembered at two minutes to 8am that it was school photo day. As I bundled my daughters out of the door I did a quick scan of their school uniforms – both were toothpaste-free and fairly dog hair-free too, although my eight-year-old does spend large portions of her life lying on the floor with her arms around the dog, so that’s a battle I‘m never going to win. We had moved as a…

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Panic Attack review: a wake-up call the woke won’t read | Education

When a member of the American Nazi party spoke at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, he did so at the invitation of a leftwing student group. As a stunt to promote the event – part of a series which also featured Malcolm X, the conservative William F Buckley, communists and a member of the fringe rightwing John Birch Society – the students wore Nazi uniforms. All such guests were “greeted politely”, according to the feminist scholar Jo Freeman,…

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Harvard president compares fundraising changes to abolition of slavery | Education

The president of Harvard University has apologized for likening the 13th amendment to the US constitution – which abolished slavery – to changes in how colleges raise funds. On Tuesday, the Boston Globe reported, Larry Bacow suggested that as the 13th amendment outlawed slavery, wealthy alumni could no longer be “owned” by their alma maters. The comment came during a meeting of “hundreds” of fundraising and alumni relations staffers, in a discussion of a fundraising campaign that encourages graduates to…

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MIT’s female staff members express outrage over Epstein donations in letter | Education

A letter signed by more than 60 of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) leading female faculty members outraged over donations from Jeffrey Epstein, and the wider professional culture at the elite institution, was handed to the university’s president, L Rafael Reif, on Wednesday. The letter described the decision by MIT to court, accept and then disguise donations from Epstein, a financier and convicted sex offender, as “profoundly disturbing” ahead of a heated two-hour faculty meeting. The Wednesday meeting came…

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California schools were once the nation’s envy. What went wrong? | Education

California once had one of the best funded, most envied public education systems in the United States. Now schoolteachers in Los Angeles, who went on strike this week to vent years of frustration, say they struggle with overcrowded classrooms and children whose need for academic support, psychological services and English-language coaching outstrips anything they can provide. Many schools do not have a full-time nurse or counselor. In many of the poorer neighborhoods – in south LA, or the north-eastern San…

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