The Huffington Post visited the Norman Thomas High School in Manhattan to see how the BODY project works in real life. (Video by Hunter Stuart)
Walk into just about any public high school in the U.S. and you will see a lot of the kids overweight or obese. In fact, 40 percent (!) are. This disturbing finding has not gone unnoticed in the White House where First Lady Michelle Obama has initiated the “Let’s Move” campaign with its critical message that obesity is bad for our children’s health, right now and into the future. But there is another message that has not yet reached the Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, or other educators seeking to improve education in this country: that message is that being overweight or obese interferes with a young person’s ability to learn at school. (more…)
The City University of New York has long spent much of its energy and resources just teaching new students what they need to begin taking college-level courses.
But that tide of remedial students has now swelled so large that the university’s six community colleges — like other two-year schools across the country — are having to rethink what and how they teach, even as they reel from steep cuts in state and local aid. (more…)
N.Y.’s Archbishop says: Let parochial schools come to the rescue
Davis Guggenheim’s new documentary, “Waiting for Superman,” portrays a country clearly displeased with the current government-run school system. I compliment the filmmaker for shining a light on the challenges so many face in trying to find the best possible education for their children. (more…)
At the heart of Chancellor Joel Klein’s strategy to close failing New York City schools is a belief that demographics don’t predict destiny.
Perhaps no place in the city embodies that idea better than 1224 Park Place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. There, two middle schools—M.S. 334 and M.S. 354—share a building. Each is 90% black and 10% Hispanic. The special-education population is roughly the same at about 30%. Their budgets are based on the same formula. (more…)
By KEVIN P. CHAVOUS and HOWARD FULLER The New York Post
Charter schools began in New York state more than 11 years ago as one means of providing a public-educational choice for students — particularly those at risk of academic failure and whose families can’t afford to live in communities with good schools or obtain private education. (more…)
New York’s education cartel will be in its Sunday best today: It’s Trash the Charter Schools Day!
A 2,000-strong United Federation of Teachers rent-a-mob is expected in the streets downtown this morning, as Harlem state Sen. Bill Perkins convenes a public hearing meant to libel the wildly successful charter-school movement. (more…)
In Sunday’s Asbury Park Press, an article in the @issue section posed the question, “Are vouchers boon or bane to education?” Based upon my experience as a teacher in a Title I (formerly “Abbott”) urban high school, I feel compelled to add my voice to the legislation being proposed in Trenton that would give tax credits to state businesses that contribute to a voucher fund for students. (more…)
Why has the NAACP joined with the United Federation of Teachers to sue to stop the closing of 19 failing New York City public schools? The teachers union’s opposition to the move is understandable – it represents educators, including the ones who are directly affected by these closings. (more…)