"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" are under scrutiny in a Virginia school district, following a parent complaint about the inclusion of racial slurs in the books. Officials with the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom support teaching the titles, suggesting that schools teach the books' historical contexts or forgo reading the books aloud.
Leaders often fall into four categories -- bystanders, regulators, negotiators and collaborators -- Peter DeWitt, an author, presenter and former elementary-school principal, writes in this blog post. He offers questions for reflection to help leaders identify which style they most often use.
Improving data and network security is one of the top five IT priorities for higher-education CIOs, according to this year's Campus Computing Project survey. Hiring and retaining qualified IT staff also made the list, with 82% of respondents reporting that this is "very important."
Students at a South Carolina elementary school must have no absences, tardies or early dismissals if they want to achieve perfect attendance or participate in some special programs. Officials say the new policy is intended to stress the importance of attendance and time spent in class.
About 700 US elementary- and middle-school educators and librarians have been trained on Tufts University's Novel Engineering program, which integrates engineering projects into lessons built around novels. The program gives teachers resources to combine projects with familiar books, such as designing a device to keep Fudge, the protagonist from "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," away from his brother's turtle.
A group of Colorado high-school students and their teacher, John Hopper, are working to preserve a site that was used for the internment of Japanese-Americans after the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii. The students maintain the internment camp's buildings, cemetery and landscaping, and they curate artifacts donated to the museum.
Fourth-grade students from a Hawaii elementary school recently contributed to a project to restore a wetland ecosystem. Students grew native plants in the classroom and brought them to the wetland, while learning about ecology and gaining skills, such as how to measure water quality.
Catherine Good, a psychology professor at Baruch College who worked with growth-mindset pioneer Carol Dweck, offers ideas for integrating the concept in math class. Suggestions include taking steps to overcome culturally-driven ideas about math, such as not being "a math person."
The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights works to ensure equal access to education and, under the Obama administration, has issued guidance on hot-button topics such as transgender students' rights. As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, some education leaders are considering the future of civil rights in education.
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce will be led by US Rep. Virginia Foxx during the new term, officials recently announced. Foxx, a Republican member of the committee, has said she supports limited government involvement in higher education.
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