This summer, Matthew Robson, a 15-year-old Londoner, was awarded a two-week internship at Morgan Stanley, after his mother had a brief conversation with a senior analyst about her son’s difficulty finding real-life work experience, according to the TimesOnline. The 15-year-old was put to work in the bank’s media and internet research department where he wrote How Teenagers Consume Media, a report that has caused a sensation among fund managers, CEOs, and analysts in Tokyo, London, and on Wall Street. The report, which Matthew says reflects the collective views of about 300 teenagers, appears to spell doom and gloom ...


Elementary school students at Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s alma mater imagine what their futures could hold.


Hundreds of new Minnesota teachers are out of work and unable to find other teaching jobs.


While Michael Jackson will be remembered as the “King of Pop” to millions, few people will recall Jackson’s early school days as well as Felicia Childress, his Garrett Elementary kindergarten teacher in Gary, Ind. Childress recounted some of her fond memories of Jackson’s youth in an ABC 7 News video. The 92-year old teacher said that she remembers Jackson as a happy kindergartener who—presaging his later life— was often the center of attention in the classroom. She also noted that young Jackson had a slight speech impediment, common among many children. "Michael had this stammer, but when ...


A new study on teacher turnover found that teachers often leave the profession due to tensions with school officials and fellow educators over differing teaching philosophies and school policies, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Nationwide, one third of the teachers leave the profession within their first three years, and by the end of five years, only 40 to 50 percent of the teachers remain. Four researchers at Georgia Southern University interviewed 134 teachers at a large metropolitan elementary school to study teacher turnover. One unique aspect of the study was that it was suggested by the schools’ teachers, who wanted ...


Our sister publication Digital Directions, as part of its coverage of the National Educational Computing Conference this week in D.C., provides this video clip of University of Michigan professor Elliot Soloway discussing the need for the effective use of technology in the classroom. Soloway believes that schools are failing to keep up with the transition from the industrial age to the era of "the knowledge worker" who relies exclusively on mobile devices. Because computers are just an add-on in schools, he argues, we are selling students short. Elliot Soloway: Ed-Tech Classroom Climate from Education Week on Vimeo. Incidentally, Soloway ...


Forty-one teachers from Illinois recently got a lesson in how to teach agriculture—straight from the farm. Teachers from DuPage County, Ill., participated in a four-day course on farming and food production in a partnership program between Aurora University and the DuPage County Farm Bureau, according to the Chicago Tribune. Teachers can receive graduate-level credit for the course if they create two lesson plans. Upon completing the course, educators are encouraged to introduce students to agriculture careers by incorporating the farming lessons into math, science, social studies, and language arts classes. "There are so many things our kids in the suburbs...


The valedictorian of a charter high school in Los Angeles was barred from making her graduation speech due to her participation in recent school sit-ins organized to protest the direction of the school, according to the Los Angeles Times. Aurora Ponce, the senior class president of the Accelerated School, one of a family of charter schools in South L.A., said the school administration has also taken away her summer tutoring job and other honors. "We, as students, we feel like we are not being heard," said Ponce, who has a near-perfect A average. "The administration treats us like we're ...


In 2007, Greg Craven, a high school science teacher from Oregon, posted a YouTube video titled, “The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See,” debating the science behind global warming, according to The Guardian. The video went viral and after millions of views, thousands of comments, and 78 additional YouTube videos, Craven has followed up with a book, What's the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate. The homemade videos (complete with "horns and brimstone") and the book attempt to deconstruct the global warming argument, although Craven claims he hasn’t been completely successful on ...


A recent lawsuit and an upcoming documentary examine Communist allegations made against hundreds of teachers in the 1950s.The lawsuit was filed against the City of New York by Lisa Harbatkin whose parents were school teachers. Harbatkin wants 150,000 documents related to 1,500 teachers who were investigated for Communist ties reopened, according to The New York Times. The 1952 Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, which investigated Communist influence in schools, accused two-thirds of New York City teachers of being “card-carrying Communists.” Similar interrogations took place in Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, and Buffalo. One accused teacher, Irving Adler, age 96, ...


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