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
By Jonathan Zimmerman I live in two worlds. In one of them, Education World, there are angry and divisive battles over our public schools. But in the other one, known colloquially as the Real World, there's an enormous degree of consensus about them. Witness Hillary Clinton's recent speech to the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers' union. It was a lovefest, for the most part, as Clinton endorsed higher teacher pay and the other standard items on the NEA's wish list.
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.
July 8, 2016 |
Joel Legatt, 33, loves his job teaching math at Northeast High School. But he says the day-to-day life of a classroom instructor is like being an emergency-room doctor performing triage - minus the life-and-death situations: So much to do, and no time to sit back and think. That's one of the reasons Legatt and three Northeast colleagues are excited to have been selected for a coveted fellowship program at Stanford University designed to keep talented young high school educators from leaving the field.
July 7, 2016 |
Sister Helen St. Paul Herberich, 95, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 72 years, died of heart failure at Assisi House, the order's retirement home in Aston, Delaware County, on Sunday, July 3. Sister Helen was born Helen Christine Herberich in Philadelphia, where she attended St. Aloysius Parish School and graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School. She entered the convent in 1941 and took her first vows in 1944. At a time when the sciences attracted few women, she earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the Catholic University of America and a master's in biology from Villanova University.
July 2, 2016 |
Less than a week before Camden County College's newly appointed president officially assumes his role, the county Board of Freeholders and the college board of trustees introduced Donald A. Borden to the community. Borden addressed county officials and faculty, staff, and students Thursday morning in Taft Hall at the college's Blackwood campus. The college appointed Borden as its fifth president April 5 and he will start Wednesday. "As long as I'm in this position, we will be student-centered.
June 30, 2016 |
Cheryl Bembery Darden, 69, a former social worker in the Philadelphia court system who devoted her career to helping children, died Thursday, June 9, in her home in Altadena, Calif., from complications of multiple myeloma, according to her family. A Philadelphia native, Ms. Bembery Darden spent her early career with the Common Plea Court Counseling and Referral Unit, working with children. She worked under Grace Nash, who had helped her and her sister find homes as teenagers after their grandmother could no longer care for them, said her sister, Sharon Bembery.
June 30, 2016 |
Joanne Huntington Tunnell was a trailblazer, a fierce advocate for women's education known for her intelligence and independent spirit. "She was very opinionated, but not judgmental," said daughter Kathleen Handel. "She was always very understanding and tried to see things from your perspective. " Ms. Tunnell, 86, of West Chester, who with her husband started a fund to support education for girls, died Friday, June 17, of a heart attack at Paoli Hospital. Ms. Tunnell was born in Rochester, N.Y., and her family moved several times because of economic hardship during the Great Depression.
June 27, 2016 |
In an unprecedented move, the CEOs of nine of Pennsylvania's 13 cyber charter schools have invited state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera to join them in a conversation on improving virtual education. Their letter, which was sent Thursday, came a week after three national pro-charter organizations released a report calling for improved oversight of cyber charters and cracking down on poorly performing ones nationwide. "Although none of the data in that report is new, and many of the recommendations are inappropriate or illegal in Pennsylvania, the basic premise that we could do more to assure the quality and accountability of cyber education is valid," said Reese Flurie, CEO of Harrisburg-based Commonwealth Charter Academy.