Students at Lake Norman High school in Mooresville, N.C., can surprise their sweethearts this Valentine's Day with a ribbon necklace that sports a glass vial containing DNA extracted from the gift-giver's cheek cells. Science club members, who made the necklaces from kits ordered through the Internet, hope the initial slow sales will increase today.
Professor Amanda E. Lewis says the inspiration for her new book, Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color Line in Classrooms, stemmed from her experiences as a student teacher at ethnically diverse schools in Oakland and Berkeley. She hopes educators who read her book will realize how implicit assumptions about people and race can shape behavior and expectations in the classroom.
If the Maryland House of Delegates passes a measure protecting funding for the popular Thornton school spending plan, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will have to either scale back the plan or fund it by raising taxes or cutting services. Earlier this week thousands of teachers, students and activists rallied at the State House to show their support for the plan.
The Visual Understanding in Education program being used by San Francisco's Marshall Elementary School teaches children sophisticated ways to evaluate artwork. Teachers credit the program with expanding students' vocabularies and giving children normally bombarded by fast-paced visual imagery the chance to contemplate a single image at their leisure.
After a four-month standoff, officials from the Boston school district and the Teachers Union have resumed contract talks. Teachers, who have been working without a contact for six months, are pressing for a 10.7% pay increase over three years, while the school district is countering with a 5.5% raise over the same period.