Dozens of teachers from across the country are converging this summer on the campus of Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, N.Y., for workshops on the history of the Erie Canal. The educators will learn about historical facts and folklore surrounding the waterway, as well as taking tours of the canal's lock system and a museum. The college received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct the weeklong workshops.
Students recently learned about the arts, games and other aspects of Native American culture during a summer program through the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History in Iowa City. The program for third- to sixth-grade students was developed by Denise Oriano, a recent graduate of the university's School of Art and Art History. "I love knowing that they're listening and enthusiastically learning and being engaged," Oriano said.
A group of students from Menasha, Wis., and local police officers recently teamed up to help an elderly couple clean up their property, a task that was too large for the disabled couple to manage on their own. The students, ages 10 to 17, were part of YouthGo, a Wisconsin-based organization that encourages young people to get involved in communities.
Two students from Newtown South High School in Massachusetts are spending their summer vacations conducting service-learning projects in the Dominican Republic and Panama through the international outreach program called Amigos de las Americas. Besides operating a day camp for youths, the Massachusetts teens will be planning service projects based on the needs of the communities, such as starting recreation programs or making repairs to buildings.
The Tennessee Department of Education's plan to drop stand-alone high-school geography courses and merge the material into history and other social studies courses means students will get little exposure to key concepts, such as physical geography, writes Derek H. Alderman, a geography professor at the University of Tennessee. The Tennessee State Board of Education is scheduled to vote Friday on the proposal.