April 29, 2015 |
During summers in the 1960s, William J. Jordan took a break from teaching American history to South Jersey high school students and taught Revolutionary history to tourists in Philadelphia. The National Park Service gave him its uniform, its distinctive flat-brimmed hat, anointed him a seasonal park ranger, and assigned him to tours of Independence National Historical Park. "I know he loved that time in history," daughter Karen Jordan said. "He gave us all copies of the Constitution, his children," she said.
March 23, 2015 |
A GROUP OF TEACHERS and staffers at Olney Charter High School yesterday filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board requesting the federal agency conduct an election that would allow employees to become unionized. The filing included signed union authorization cards from Olney employees and stated that the new union would be part of the Alliance of Charter School Employees, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, according to the petition. More than 70 percent of the 150-person staff signed on to the effort, which may face a challenge from Olney's charter operator, ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania.
May 29, 2014 |
Martin A. Yaffe, 87, of Mount Laurel, a history teacher at Pitman High School from 1955 to 1988, died Sunday, May 25, at home of non-Hodgkins' lymphoma. Mr. Yaffe grew up in the Feltonville neighborhood of Philadelphia and dropped out of Olney High School to enlist in the Navy during World War II. He worked as an electrician on the USS Zaniah, whose crews helped repair ships damaged in combat off the Philippines and Okinawa, surviving more than 100 attacks by kamikaze aircraft, his daughter Beth Glenn said in a phone interview.
May 16, 2014 |
When cellphones flashed "noon" in Ziaira Williams' history class, students shifted in their seats, exchanged glances, and then filed out into a hallway of purple and gold, launching a two-hour protest of Camden City School District layoffs. Williams' history teacher received a layoff notice Monday and said goodbye to his exiting pupils with silent pats on the back and nods of appreciation, Williams said. "They're glad we're doing this. They said, 'Go ahead,' and honestly, I don't care if I get in trouble - I want my teachers back," the 17-year-old junior said.
April 25, 2014 |
Thomas G. Santoro, 64, of Philadelphia, a retired Cherry Hill history teacher, died Saturday, April 12, of multiple myeloma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Santoro taught in the Cherry Hill school system for more than 30 years at Joyce Kilmer Elementary and Carusi Middle Schools. He made ancient history come alive for his students. For example, for a lesson on Greek culture, students were allowed to dress up as Greek gods and goddesses. The death of Julius Caesar was told through a newspaper produced by students.
September 13, 2013 |
Eugene L. Krawitz was the catcher for the Hawley High School baseball team in the late 1940s, in a game against Honesdale High in Northeastern Pennsylvania. "The bases were loaded. Louie Graff was our pitcher and my brother called for a pickoff at third base," Mr. Krawitz's older brother, Edwin, recalled. But his brother's throw sailed into left field and a run scored. An inning or two later, the bases were loaded again and the same thing happened. When the outraged Hawley coach met Eugene Krawitz and the pitcher on the mound, he asked what the heck was happening.
September 5, 2013
Last week, Editorial Page Editor Sandra Shea wrote a separate, signed column ("Hey, teachers: Do the math") about the points that teachers are making in the current school-budget crisis, and questioning some of them. The response was heavy and rapid, from teachers and others, in support of teachers and not, via snail-mail, email and online. Here's a sampling. I AM a 2011 graduate of Rutgers University and a certified history teacher in New Jersey. I am currently getting my cert in Pennsylvania.
June 20, 2013 |
RICHMOND, Va. - Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is taking his book-turned-movie franchise and running with it. O'Reilly already has signed a deal with the National Geographic Channel for the movie version of his book Killing Jesus: A History , to be published Sept. 24. And he has three similar books in the works. While he declined to divulge the topics, the projects will make "very, very dramatic history come alive on the page and then in the movies," O'Reilly said in an interview on the Richmond set of Killing Kennedy , the film adaptation of his book about President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination.
May 16, 2013 |
Ed Malone has been named the football coach at Gloucester. Malone, 30, replaces longtime coach Leon Harris, who is still the school's athletic director. Malone was appointed by the Gloucester Board of Education on Tuesday night. Malone, a 2000 Gloucester graduate, played under Harris and served as an assistant coach with the program for the last 10 years. "We have so much tradition," Malone said of Gloucester football. "We've had so much success under Coach Harris. Things are working.
February 4, 2013 |
Joe Becton put on his half top hat and straightened his bow tie, tugged at the lapels of his morning jacket, and strode through the lobby of the Independence Visitor Center. "Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus!" His voice filled the room. Park rangers grinned. Tourists stared. "Steal away, steal away home, I ain't got long to stay here," he sang, walking into the center's theater followed by a small crowd. For the next hour, he led the group through a whirlwind history of the Underground Railroad, punctuated every few minutes by a traditional song or spiritual.