August 24, 2016 |
Ellen Meinberg Tarlow, 88, formerly of Glenside, a Holocaust survivor who narrowly escaped Germany for America and later told of her family's ordeal at the hands of the Nazis, died Sunday, Aug. 21, of heart failure at the Quadrangle in Haverford. Mrs. Tarlow lived through Kristallnacht - Nov. 9 and 10, 1938 - when, as part of the anti-Semitic rage that gripped the country, storm troopers broke into her family's home in Gütersloh and smashed everything. Just 10 years old, she turned on her bedside lamp to see a soldier above her, armed with a shiny ax and a pistol.
August 20, 2016 |
Robert Dudley Bell Sr., 89, formerly of Drexel Hill, an educator who knew how to play and prompted others to do the same, died Saturday, Aug. 6, of cancer at Shannondell at Valley Forge, a retirement community. A child of the Great Depression, Mr. Bell, who grew up at 50th and Catharine Streets in West Philadelphia, developed a knack for turning household items into toys. The imagination and playfulness he showed early on reemerged later. As a teacher and recreation director in the William Penn School District in Delaware County, he introduced games and projects to schoolchildren from Aldan, Colwyn, Darby Borough, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, and Yeadon.
August 19, 2016 |
Sister Patricia Joseph Corkery, 94, an educator and retreat director who also delved into the history of her religious order, died Friday, Aug. 12, of complications from a stroke at McAuley Convent in Merion. Patricia Corkery graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School in 1940. She worked as a bookkeeper until entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1943. Early in her career, she was the vocal music teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Philadelphia. She went on to teach music at Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, Va., and at what is now Merion Mercy Academy.
August 16, 2016
ISSUE | TUITION ASSISTANCE A boost for an education and work skills Whether you are starting your first job, only looking to work in the summer, or are a returning employee, McDonald's is offering educational opportunities through its Archways to Opportunity program. New eligibility requirements allow employees at my four restaurants in Philadelphia County who work a collective nine months (rather than nine consecutive months) to receive tuition assistance. That benefit applies to the approximately 130,000 teenagers employed by corporate-owned and franchised McDonald's restaurants in the summertime.
July 27, 2016 |
CARSON WENTZ lobbed a pass to rookie wideout Marcus Johnson down the left sideline early Monday morning. Johnson slowed a bit, adjusted and caught the ball on his right hip. As players regrouped for the next snap, Doug Pederson talked with Wentz. Pederson pantomimed Wentz's passing motion and traced the imaginary arc of the ball with his pointer finger. Wentz nodded. Two passes later, Wentz unfurled a perfect back-shoulder throw to rookie wide receiver Xavier Rush, who caught it in stride along the right sideline.
July 22, 2016 |
Theodore J. Berry, 98, a Main Line physician, author, and educator, died Thursday, July 14, of pneumonia at his home in Naples, Fla. Dr. Berry lived in Villanova and then Bryn Mawr before moving to Naples in 1999. He was a prominent figure at Bryn Mawr Hospital for 45 years, practicing internal medicine and serving for a time as chief of staff. He retired in 1993 as director of medical education. Although Dr. Berry was hard-driving and productive, he also was very genial. Quietly and discreetly, he was physician and friend to the Main Line's elite families.
July 20, 2016
A Michigan educator who was part of a team that established one of the first cyber charter school in that state has been named CEO of King of Prussia-based PA Virtual Charter School. John Chandler was involved in opening Great Lakes Virtual Academy. His appointment as the top administrator of PA Virtual was effective July 1, the school announced Monday. He replaces Joanne Barnett who announced her retirement plans earlier this year. - Martha Woodall
July 16, 2016
ISSUE | EDUCATION Fund schools equally As a former member of the Lower Merion school board, I disagree with the commentary about the controversies involving charter schools and student testing ("Can Real World and Education World get along?" Wednesday). Neither annual testing nor state-based curricular standards will help our young people learn. We already know that large numbers of students in Lower Merion test "advanced" and that too many students in the Philadelphia School District - whether in charter schools or traditional public schools - test "below basic.
July 16, 2016 |
Paul B. Winkler, 79, of Lawrenceville, N.J., the groundbreaking executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education from 1975 to May of this year, died of cancer on Tuesday, July 12, at his home. In March 1994, the New Jersey Senate adopted "an act regarding genocide education in the public schools. " It stated that "every board of education shall include instruction on the Holocaust and genocide in an appropriate place in the curriculum of all elementary and secondary school pupils.
July 14, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: I know you provide a booklet to help teens with questions about sex. But when should I talk to my son or give him a copy? He will turn 9 soon. I know that is young, but kids today are exposed to so much so early. - Kristen in Maryland DEAR KRISTEN: You're absolutely right; they are. They also mature earlier than children of previous generations. That's why it is so important for parents - and guardians - to begin discussing subjects like alcohol, drugs, sex, and family values well before their children start experimenting.