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Publix Suspends Contributions To NRA-Backed Politician Amid Protests
"Publix knows we're not going away," one gun-control activist said.
All The Things The NRA Has Blamed For The Texas School Shooting
Godlessness. Too many doors in schools. Ritalin. Guess what's not on the list?
How I Paid Off $22,000 Of Student Debt In 6 Months
I felt financially trapped; I had borrowed to get to this place, and it appeared I had made a mistake.
Betsy DeVos Stirs Uproar By Saying Schools Can Call ICE On Undocumented Kids
The education secretary said it's a local decision, but she didn't argue against it.
Michelle Obama Reflects On ‘Scary’ Time At Princeton With Sweet Throwback Snap
"I was black and from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, while Princeton’s student body was generally white and well-to-do."
High School Teacher Defeats Kentucky House Majority Leader In GOP Primary
The upset comes after widespread teacher protests over pension and education budget cuts.
Harvard Overseer Resigns In Protest Over University Endowment, Fossil Fuel Investments
"For Harvard to continue to profit from activities that might and likely do accelerate us toward climate disaster ... is unconscionable."
Abolish Standardized Testing For College Admissions
Testing perpetuates systemic inequalities, and it isn't even an accurate indicator of achievement.
Boy Says Teacher Told Him It Will Be His Fault When Police Shoot Him At Age 16
Malachi Pearson's story resonated with people of color on Twitter, who shared their own heartbreaking experiences of racism at school.
Democrats Want To Boost School Funding To Address Teacher Walkouts
Their agenda would steer $100 billion toward schools and salaries and guarantee teachers' right to join unions.
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Student Artists From Rose Tree Media School District Celebrated at the U.S. Department of Education
About 250 student artists, teachers, parents, and school administrators from the Rose Tree Media School District in Pennsylvania, along with U.S. Department of Education (ED) staff, recently celebrated the students’ “Interpretations of Portraiture” exhibit at ED headquarters in Washington, D.C. ...
Seventh Cohort of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Announced
On May 16th, the U.S. Department of Education named the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS), District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country, 46 schools, six districts, and six postsecondary institutions were honored for ...
A Counselor’s Thank You to Teachers
We hear about all the great teachers in the counseling office. The one who set the times tables to the tune of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” ensuring kids will remember them forever, even if it will take a while to get to eight times nine. Mr. Jones, the history teacher who dressed up like Benjam...
What is APAHM?
APAHM stands for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. It was first designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week by President Carter under Public Law 95-419 in 1978. In 1992, it was designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by President Bush under Public Law 102-450. This is a ti...
Youth and Money Matters
When you were in middle or high school, did you learn money basics? Did you take a personal finance class? If so, you were among the less than half of Americans who did. Today, only 17 states require high school students to take a personal finance class before they graduate, and only about six te...
Soliciting Input for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers
[Note: The comment period has expired and comments have been closed.] The United States Department of Education (Department) recognizes that family engagement in school is an important component of student success. As schools improve their efforts to engage families, we know that some schools, di...
Autism – A Family’s Journey and the Lights Along the Way
Note: April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism. There was a time when I couldn’t even say the word out loud. It was too painful, too devastating to utter. I wanted to believe that if I didn’t say the word, it didn’t exist. But it does exist; it’s real, and it’s beautiful, and it’s challen...
Bank Accounts, Student Loans, Credit Cards, Oh My!
In addition to covering my United States Government and Politics curriculum, every year I put my students through a mini “adulting 101” bootcamp. During the first semester of school we focus on basic “adulting” skills like registering to vote, laundry care, vehicle maintenance, building a resume,...
Honoring MLK Jr.’s Drum Major Legacy: Innovative Pathways to Success
To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., earlier this month the U.S. Department of Education hosted the Honoring MLK Jr.’s Drum Major Legacy: Innovative Pathways to Success event. Honoring Dr. King at this time held even more significance because the following day was the 50th anniversa...
Note: April is National Autism Awareness Month. Just like any other school day, Eugene, my son with autism, left on the bus this morning to go to a day program provided by our school district. For the last 20 years, he and I wait for the bus by sitting on our front porch. As he Continue Reading T...
Taking the embarrassment out of health problems
Yale Medicine explores why discussing potentially embarrassing symptoms with your doctor may be the only way to get the treatment you need.
Yale team awarded for soft robot that can carry its own power supply
Professor Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio and her team received recognition at an international conference for a soft robot that can lift 200 times its own weight.
University landscapes: an opportunity for agroforestry
The Yale Agroforestry Collaborative explores how the university’s landscape — and the broader environment — can be made more multifunctional and interactive.
Study examines the rise of plaque in arteries
A new Yale study looks at how arterial plaque forms at a molecular level, and may help produce targeted treatments for heart disease and stroke prevention.
‘Ladies First’ exhibit at Peabody spotlights women in STEM
The exhibit, which highlights two dozen pioneering female doctors, scientists, and engineers, was curated by the Peabody’s EVOLUTIONS Afterschool Program
Moses Mendelssohn’s Hebrew Writings
Edward Breuer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and David Sorkin, the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History (Yale University Press)
Modern birds evolved from ground-dwelling ancestor, after asteroid hit
The asteroid the killed off the dinosaurs may have cleared the way for a ground-dwelling common ancestor of modern birds to thrive, according to new research.
Scientists look to systems approach for next generation of cancer research
2018 Systems Biology Institute Symposium featured representatives from Yale and other research institutions to better understand how cancer harms the body.
Historian’s curiosity leads to insight into China’s Cultural Revolution
Yale history professor Denise Y. Ho’s work focuses on how museum exhibitions reinforced revolutionary ideas of class and power in Mao’s China.
Deep Bulldogs set for NCAA championship
There is no women's rowing event where depth is more important than the NCAA Championship, where the women's crew team will compete this weekend.
Could a little-known virus become the next global pandemic?
A recent outbreak of Nipah in South India has renewed interest in the virus, which has a mortality rate of up to 70 percent and has no vaccine or cure. Stephen Luby explains risk factors and potential interventions.
Provost presents budget plan at Faculty Senate
The 2018-19 budget supports the academic enterprise and new long-range planning initiatives.
Faculty diversity in the spotlight at senate meeting
At Thursday’s meeting the Faculty Senate heard a report on initiatives aimed at increasing faculty diversity and a presentation of the annual report on faculty gains, losses and composition.
Scholars discuss U.S.-North Korea summit cancellation
Stanford scholars offer their reaction to the cancellation of the highly anticipated summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea.
Feminism debated at Cardinal Conversations event
Philosopher Christina Sommers, journalist Andrew Sullivan and Stanford law Professor Deborah Rhode discussed sexuality, politics and feminism as part of the fourth event of the Cardinal Conversations initiative.
Numbers about inequality don’t speak for themselves
In a new research paper, Stanford scholars Rebecca Hetey and Jennifer Eberhardt propose new ways to talk about racial disparities that exist across society, from education to health care and criminal justice systems.
Labor law expert on penalties for NFL teams when players kneel during national anthem
Professor Emeritus William Gould IV, a former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, discusses teams and players’ rights and how the new policy might play out.
Stanford readies for new EU privacy regulations
In a Q&A, Wendi Wright, Stanford’s chief privacy officer, explains how new data protection regulations going into effect May 25 in European Union countries will affect offices throughout the university, including Bing Overseas Study Program sites in the EU.
Reducing emissions could save trillions
Stanford scientists found that the global economy is likely to benefit from ambitious global warming limits agreed to in the United Nations Paris Agreement.
Two faculty are announced as HHMI investigators
Howard Chang and Elizabeth Sattely join 22 other Stanford faculty as Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. The seven-year term frees faculty to pursue the most innovative biomedical research.
Watching This Film Can Humanize Your College Process
Parents are part of the college admission process, too. We don't often think about their feelings and worries as they see their children heading off to college. One small film expertly takes on the feelings awakened when a father visits colleges with his son.
Congrats, College Graduates! Here's How To Spend The Summer
The great thing about being a recent college grad is that you’ve already done the thing the world expects of you. Everything else for the next few months will be a bonus. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your next six months.
Your Great Analytics Hire Was A Disappointment. Why?
CXO's - Have you been thinking about bringing together all the various analytics functions within your organization into a central Center of Excellence (COE)? Is the BigData not delivering to your vision? Then this blog might answer some of your questions.
The Royal 'We' In College Admission
When families use the royal "we" in college admission, educators cringe. Perhaps it does not have to be taboo but instead can be a positive sign.
Starbucks Shuts Down For Racial Bias Training. Schools Have Been Doing The Same Training For Years
As Starbucks closes more than 8,000 of its stores for racial bias training Tuesday, a look at how schools have been doing the same work for years — with mixed results
Why Common Core Standards Alone Won't Boost Test Scores
Higher academic standards like those in the Common Core were supposed to improve student performance, but that hasn’t happened. Teachers need more specific guidance than standards provide, and they need to build knowledge beginning in the early grades that standards don't reach.
Robots: A Revolution In Child's Play
Despite the public fear that technology may be detracting from imagination in childhood, emerging EdTech companies are showing that robots can play a critical role in sparking creativity and inspiring a love of learning.
Why Is Public Support For State Universities Declining?
State universities are facing tepid state governmental support. One factor is that health care spending is crowding out funds for schooling, and other trends make it unlikely legislative appropriations will rise robustly in the future.
The Most Controversial Commencement Speeches Of 2018
The most contentious commencement speech so far this year had nothing to do with Trump. It was delivered at a lesser-known women’s college by an alumna in her 80s.
Study: Online College Classes Cost Less To Deliver Because They Are Larger, Hire Cheaper Teachers
A study of online college programs by Arizona State University finds that colleges save money on online programs by building larger classes and hiring cheaper, less experienced teachers - factors that have little relation to online programs at all.
Arranging library books by genre seen as more user-friendly
Some schools experimenting with “genrefication” say it dramatically boosts circulation.
Report: Successful personalized learning uses innovative staffing
Schools are making time for “intensive collaboration” among teachers.
In Minnesota, open enrollment benefits small, rural districts
Other states consider the impact of such policies on the racial makeup of schools.
Is putting the 'why' of learning front-and-center key to improving struggling rural schools?
A former South Carolina governor and U.S. secretary of education sees project-based learning across all subjects as key to engaging students and boosting results in high-poverty rural schools.
Are fears about preparing students for future jobs overstated?
Frequently cited data could be overstated or misleading, with some economists expecting many current types of work to persist amid innovation.
Construction firm providing education and skills to students
Wentworth Institute students have logged 4,500 hours learning about construction techniques from Gilbane Building Co. and partners at the Boston campus.
Protest culture grows within, outside of black campuses
HBCU students are living out time-honored traditions of resistance against social injustice and administrative concerns, but finances and politics are threatening the existence of their campuses.
Rutgers-Newark redefines honors program for social equity
The urban campus of New Jersey's flagship university takes an innovative approach to enrolling and supporting students from its surrounding community.
Colleges face increasing number of students seeking learning accommodations
As many as one in four students on some campuses need support in learning and testing exemptions.
Lynn University creates physical and virtual service hubs to enhance student experience
Leaders are trying to bring an Apple, Ritz Carlton customer service experience to students.
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A Wall Of Poppies On The National Mall Honors Fallen Soldiers
In Washington, D.C., a dramatic memorial of bright red flowers pays tribute to men and women who died in uniform.
New Jersey Attorney General On Investigating For-Profit Colleges
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says if Betsy DeVos won't investigate fraud at for-profit colleges, he will. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man taking on the secretary of education.
Teachers Win At The Polls; DeVos Fields Questions On The Hill
Democrats weren't satisfied with DeVos' answers at a congressional hearing. That and more, in our weekly roundup of education news.
USC President C.L. Max Nikias Stepping Down Amid Gynecologist Scandal
A prolific fundraiser who had held the confidence of the board of trustees, Nikias faced criticism from faculty who demanded his resignation over reports of sexual misconduct by a campus doctor.
From Oprah To Rex Tillerson: Commencement Speeches For The Class Of 2018
It's graduation season and a time of transition for college seniors, and commencement speakers across the country offer advice on a common theme — how to survive outside the bubble of school.
Why Is Undergraduate College Enrollment Declining?
Undergrad enrollment in the U.S. is down for the sixth straight year. Women enrolling in higher education saved colleges in the 1980s. So who can save colleges today?
What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?
There are many ways young children encounter stories. A new study finds a "Goldilocks effect," where a cartoon may be "too hot" and audiobooks "too cold" for learning readers.
'I Hope This Will Set A Precedent,' Says Trans Teen Who Won Case Over Bathroom Access
Gavin Grimm was a high school student in Virginia when his local school board denied him access to the boys' bathroom. His case has stretched for years; now a federal judge has decided in his favor.
For Troubled Kids, Some Schools Take Time Out For Group Therapy
A growing number of schools are offering training for emotional and social skills that can benefit kids in school and throughout their life.
Court Sides With Transgender Student In Bathroom Case
A federal court has ruled in favor of a transgender student in Virginia who wanted to use the boys' restroom at school. The school had blocked him from doing so.
Alcibiades in the Shadow of Achilles
Alcibiades—the famously handsome Athenian, ward of Pericles, friend and pupil of Socrates, and charismatic general infamous for serial disloyalty—was one of the most remarkable figures of the Golden Age of Athens. In Nemesis: Alcibiades and the Fall of Athens, David Stuttard gives us a riveting a...
The American Tradition of Torture
As expected, at this week’s Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearings for Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, the C.I.A.’s post-9/11 “interrogation program” and Haspel’s own role in the program and its aftermath took center stage. Haspel sough...
Is Postal Banking Coming?
United States Senator for New York Kirsten Gillibrand has just introduced major new legislation to create a Postal Bank, which would establish a retail bank in all of the U.S. Postal Service’s 30,000 locations. As detailed by the Senator’s announcement, the Postal Bank “would effectively end pred...
In Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age, Bernard Harcourt assays the deeply troubling implications of pervasive surveillance in our age of lives lived online, and the degree to which we willingly trade our privacy for the fleeting rewards of digital affirmation. To Harcourt, a prof...
The Rule of Code vs. The Rule of Law
Many compare the emergence of the blockchain to the arrival of the internet, and anticipate a corresponding transformation in communications, business, and individual freedoms. In Blockchain and the Law, new this month, Primavera De Filippi and Aaron Wright examine both the profound opportunities...
On Human Rights in an Unequal World
In the space of less than a decade, Samuel Moyn has defined—and largely created—the field of the history of human rights. With 2010’s radically revisionist The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History, he revealed how our modern notion of human rights was birthed only in the 1970s, showing their rise...
The Devil’s Playlist
Ministers denounced it from their pulpits. Sunday school teachers warned their classes of its demonic origins. Yet Christianity and rock ’n’ roll music were surprisingly intertwined from the time when the music first made national headlines in the mid-1950s, and have remained closely linked ever ...
Making Sense of Neoliberalism
Most people would likely claim a general understanding of neoliberalism as a movement of laissez-faire principles aimed at ensuring free markets and an “unfettered” economy. In Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism, one of the first intellectual histories of the movement, Q...
Build a Better Flytrap
The tiny, innocuous fruit fly has been a subject of research for more than a century, and is discussed in upwards of 100,000 scientific publications. Its surprising parallels with humans—the fruit fly has a beating heart, a brain, and other organs comparable to our own; exhibits complex behaviors...
Celebrating Loebs, Illustrating Heraclitus
This January, our dear friends at the Seminary Co-op threw a month-long #ceLOEBration to cheer the publication of the Loeb Classical Library’s nine-volume edition of Early Greek Philosophy, edited and translated by André Laks and Glenn W. Most. As part of the fun, the Co-op invited readers to sub...
Princeton senior Krolewski receives Witherspoon Scholarship to study in Scotland
Princeton University senior Sara Krolewski has been awarded a Witherspoon Scholarship to study literature at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Four faculty members honored for excellence in mentoring graduate students
Four Princeton University faculty members will receive Graduate Mentoring Awards during the Graduate School's 2018 Hooding ceremony.
Twenty-eight Princeton students named 2018 Bogle Fellows in Civic Service
The Bogle Fellowship offers first- year students the opportunity to develop a service or civic engagement-related project or internship and directly connect that summer experience to their academic work or career interests.
Salutatorian Katherine Lim translates computer code and Catullus
Katherine Lim, a computer science major, will deliver the salutatory address in Latin at Princeton's 2018 Commencement on June 5.
2018 Commencement events
Princeton University is celebrating the accomplishments of its undergraduate and graduate degree candidates at year-end events Sunday through Tuesday, June 3-5.
Valedictorian Berlin entwines compassion, creativity through 'deep listening' at Princeton
From hearing the Dalai Lama speak during his first semester on campus to creating new theater works, valedictorian Kyle Berlin has infused his Princeton experience with a commitment to service and social change.
Brangwynne selected as Howard Hughes Medical Investigator
Clifford Brangwynne, whose research explores the hidden order within cellular liquid, has been named a 2018 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.
Four outstanding secondary school teachers to be honored at Princeton Commencement
Princeton University will honor four outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2018 Commencement.
Bernard Lewis, eminent Middle East historian at Princeton, dies at 101
Princeton University scholar Bernard Lewis, one of the world's foremost historians of Islam and the Middle East, died May 19. He was the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus.
Mpala, Kenya: 'Walking where our ancestors walked'
Over spring break, 15 students from the "Human Evolution" course traveled to the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya, to consider questions of culture, climate change, conservation and human-wildlife conflict.