April 28, 2015 |
Fairhill Elementary School haunted Pepón Osorio: a boxy, unlovely structure at Sixth and Somerset, all graffiti, trash, and broken promises. The artist and professor at Temple University's Tyler School of Art often rode his bicycle past the building, one of two dozen schools the Philadelphia School District closed in 2013. "There was a sense of abandonment around the building, of lifelessness," said Osorio, whose work often touches social-justice themes. "And the idea came to me: What if I reactivate this area?
March 17, 2015 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - George Zimmermann calls it a "living classroom. " Leaving PowerPoint presentations and books behind at Stockton University, the professor leads his students into the Pine Barrens that surround the Atlantic County school like a vast emerald ocean. They walk among shortleaf pines, white oaks, red maples, and Atlantic white cedars while taking up tough questions: How can they manage the forest's health? How can they protect it from fires, pathogens, and insects?
March 11, 2015 |
THE REV. EDMUND Dobbin always said his first love was teaching. So it had to have been something of a relief when Dobbin left the presidency of Villanova University at the end of the 2005-06 academic year after 18 years. Sure, he said, he loved it, but being an administrator is a far cry from the hands-on experience of the classroom, the shaping of young minds, the interaction with students hanging on your every word - at least in theory. "Teaching was always my first love," he said on leaving the presidency and stepping into a classroom at the Main Line university he served for so long.
March 3, 2015 |
At 12, Jimera know she wants to be a teacher, and she already has what it takes to be a good one, beginning with the fact that she loves going to school. Her favorite subjects in fifth grade are English, math, and history, but, truth be told, there isn't a class that she doesn't enjoy. In addition to her own studies, she helps tutor other students in her classroom. The grownups around her describe Jimera as a born leader, intelligent, resilient, and outspoken. Charming, too. Outside school, her activities are wide-ranging, from camping, jumping rope and swimming to singing and dancing.
February 12, 2015 |
Only 45 percent of low-income children who eat lunch at school in Pennsylvania also eat a school breakfast, according to a report released Tuesday by a national food research group. Pennsylvania's score was several percentage points below the national average - and New Jersey's - in the School Breakfast Scorecard compiled by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). One notable exception, however, is Penn Wood Middle School in Darby Borough, the site of the news conference to discuss the findings.
February 9, 2015 |
With lagging student test scores and only about 120 students in grades K-4, Spring City Elementary School three years ago looked more like a candidate for closure than for an extreme makeover. But with the boldness of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, the Spring-Ford Area School District gambled on a radically different approach to fixing the struggling school near the border of Montgomery and Chester Counties. It spent roughly $300,000 over three years to arm students and their classrooms - even kindergartners - with the latest desktops, iPads, Apple TVs, and smartboards.
November 6, 2014
ISSUE | N.J. SPENDING Travel expenses So it appears that, once again, New Jersey politicians are going to be reaching into our wallets to fund transportation projects ("N.J. transportation leader: Lawmakers will find funds for projects," Nov. 1). The transportation fund is $19 billion in debt as a result of their mismanagement. Now they plan an added tax on gasoline. Is it any wonder so many move to more tax-friendly states? |Steven Bockman, Blue Anchor ISSUE | POSTELECTION Open golden door As a lifelong resident of the region, I have encountered countless hardworking immigrants drawn to this country by the same promise of a better life that led my Irish grandparents to these shores.
October 28, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater may well be the friendliest stage group in town, in the way audiences are greeted and gently indoctrinated into classical theater. As much as that friendliness is appreciated, its production of Henry V walks a line between reinterpretation and trivialization in an updated version that takes place in a modern classroom where a handful of kids reenact the play. It's a 40/60 situation, the larger proportion being the less desirable. Such ideas are often used as framing devices that disappear once the plot kicks in and the actors start playing the characters for real.
September 28, 2014 |
For professor Randy Weinstein's chemical engineering course at Villanova University, students are supposed to watch on video what has traditionally been the heart of college learning - the lecture - before they show up for class. So he gave them a quiz to make sure they'd done just that. "Everybody watched the carbon-dioxide video," Weinstein said, nodding with satisfaction when he saw that 88 percent of the students answered one of the questions correctly. Weinstein had embedded the video in a 27-minute lecture he recorded for the class - chemical engineering thermodynamics II - from the comfort of his dining room table.
September 26, 2014 |
There was a day, not so long ago, when a parent could simply bake up a Funfetti mix and unself-consciously tote a dozen Technicolor-speckled cupcakes to school. Since then, of course, the acceptable choices have narrowed, due to a growing focus on allergies and sensitivities, not to mention general health and behavioral concerns, backed up by school policies and watchful parents. Forget the Funfetti - too much food dye and hydrogenated oils. Eggs and dairy are usually iffy, as is wheat.