A group of historians is studying classified ads published in newspapers seeking to recover slaves who escaped captivity in the US. The team aims to create a searchable archive of the ads to help researchers study trends, such as details and descriptions of the slaves and how they moved across the country.
Nine school districts in California, including Los Angeles, are seeking a waiver from portions of No Child Left Behind and are pledging to develop their own ways for evaluating the success of schools. The request -- filed jointly by the districts belonging to the California Office to Reform Education -- calls for the evaluation of schools based on standardized test scores, along with attendance, suspensions and graduation data, using district-developed formulas.
England Education Secretary Michael Gove's plans to reform the country's history curriculum to teach historical events as part of a narrative has received support from a group of 15 historians. The plan, which has been criticized by history teachers, includes the reintroduction of some topics that had been eliminated from the curriculum under other regimes and calls for history to be taught in chronological order.
Teachers and students in Catholic schools in North Carolina and Tennessee watched Pope Benedict XVI's last appearance as church leader on television and discussed the religious and historical significance of his resignation and status as pope emeritus. "This is something that we have not seen in several hundred years and everyone has sort of had to refresh themselves on how to handle certain protocols with the resignation as opposed to the death of a Pope," said Davis Bodie, who teaches middle-school social studies and religion at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville, Tenn.