A fascinating article about how science students can benefit from courses in the humanities.

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Monday was the first day of Dartmouth’s Spring term. So, as I often do at this time, I started teaching my course for non-science majors called “Understanding the Universe: From Atoms to the Big Bang.”

This is what students like to call a “physics for poets” class — a class that explores the history of how humanity has confronted some of the deepest questions we can ask about the material world and our place in it, without the math. It is a class that tries to capture the true spirit of the liberal-arts education, mixing the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences as different and complementary ways of knowing the world and why we matter. In fancier words, as an intellectual history of physics and astronomy, the class requires that scientific thinking be contextualized culturally, so that students can situate the ways in which some of the most revolutionary ideas in the past 2,000 years emerged when they did.

Read Entire Article:  https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2018/03/28/597496820/teaching-and-learning-at-the-boundaries-of-two-cultures

Kids Learn Why Bees Are Awesome


Bees are vital to the world’s food supply. To educate schoolchildren about the importance of honeybees, the Sweet Virginia Foundation is using a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience. The kids get up close and personal with the insects, donning beekeeper suits and actually interacting with a buzzing hive.

Watch Video:  https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/150815-kids-bees-pollinators-farms-vin?source=relatedvideo

Helpful information for people considering teaching school as a career.



Teachers and professors have a wide variety of responsibilities, including developing classroom curricula, teaching courses, proctoring exams and helping guide students toward academic success. Although all teachers have the same basic work functions, their jobs may vary significantly depending on their classroom placement and specialty.

Teachers can choose between several classroom settings, and the students’ age helps determine the direction of their instruction. The most common teaching levels are elementary, middle school, high school, early education, special education and post-secondary education. Some teachers might also choose to work with students in online courses.

Read Article:  https://www.learnhowtobecome.org/teacher/

Retired instructors reflect on changes in nursing education

Connie Meloun

For 50 years, Gadsden State Community College has been a leader in nursing education in northeast Alabama. During this time, the College has seen a lot of changes – cutting-edge technology; a competitive program; an increase in student applications; and a rise in the number of faculty required to teach nursing practices.

In 1967, Gadsden State had a class of 11 students who were taught by two faculty members – Sister Anne Joachim Hogan and Gayle Adams Hawkins. Today, the nursing program has a total enrollment of 353 students and a faculty of 18 instructors.

“There have been many changes at Gadsden State,” said Brenda Holman, a retired nursing instructor. “During my time, campuses changed; names changed. We saw a lot of growth but, what stands out to me is how proud the community has always been of Gadsden State. We have always been a community-based school. Everyone has a connection to Gadsden State, and everyone loves Gadsden State.”

Read Article:  http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/news/retired-instructors-reflect-changes-nursing-education

Preparing for kindergarten, and beyond: Early education meets a variety of needs


There are a number of reasons people choose to put their young children in child care. For some, it’s about preparing children for kindergarten and beyond. For others, it’s about ensuring children are cared for while parents and guardians are at work.

Read Article:  http://www.kokomotribune.com/news/local_news/preparing-for-kindergarten-and-beyond-early-education-meets-a-variety/article_acdc499a-c557-11e7-9b61-a387c34ff26c.html

16 of the most beautiful schools in the world


Education is meant to enrich students, and part of that experience is ensuring that they learn in a quality environment.

This year’s shortlist for the World Architecture Festival, held over three days in November in Berlin, Germany, include feats of educational design from the US, France, Vietnam, India, and everywhere in between.

Here’s a sampling of the most beautiful schools in the world.

Read Article:  http://www.businessinsider.com/most-beautiful-schools-in-the-world-2017-7/#the-east-sydney-early-learning-centre-in-sydney-australia-blends-the-indoors-and-outdoors-with-open-air-rooms-and-faux-grass-play-areas-1

How the California wildfires have affected 250,000 students.


The wildfires in Northern California cut across a wide swath of the state — including dozens of school districts, hundreds of schools and hundreds of thousands of students. At one point, classes were canceled for 260,000 students in 600 schools.

And while schools are slowly coming back on line, there remain many that may not resume classes for days or even weeks.

It’s the latest in a series of crises across the country — including hurricanes in TexasFlorida and Puerto Rico — that have left millions of children, teachers and parents scrambling both to resume teaching and learning and to confront the emotion and trauma that disasters like these can leave in the minds of children.

Read Article:  http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/10/21/558754511/california-wildfires-have-disrupted-school-for-a-quarter-of-a-million-students

The changing face of education in Detroit.

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A new era in education between charter schools and the city’s public school district will be the focus of a conversation Wednesday night as top education leadership takes the stage for a discussion on the State of Schools in Detroit.

Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District; Rob Kimball, associate vice president for charter schools at Grand Valley State University and Cindy Schumacher, executive director of the Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, will speak on education from 6-8 p.m. at Gesu Catholic Church in Detroit as part of a forum created by 482Forward, a citywide education network in Detroit.

Read Article:  http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/10/25/education-leaders-talk-state-education-detroit/106976128/


Education Department warns of extortion cyberthreat against schools

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K-12 schools in at least three states have been targeted for extortion by hackers, and institutions of higher education may be subject to the same cyberthreat, a cybersecurity official at the U.S. Department of Education warned this week.

Recent cases emphasize how critical it is for schools and colleges to anticipate a cyberattack and for IT staff to take the necessary measures to protect their institutions, the official said Monday.

Read Article:  http://edscoop.com/ed-department-warns-of-new-cyberthreat-against-schools

College-Bound? Concidering Applying for Early Decision? What You Should Know.

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While early action has few drawbacks, early decision should only be used when a student is 100 percent sure of his or her first choice school. (PeopleImages.com/ Getty Images)

Colleges typically offer two early admissions options – early action, in which students receive a non-binding offer of admission, and early decision, in which students, if accepted, must attend the college in question.

While one can argue that there are few drawbacks to early action, early decision (or ED, for short) is another matter. Students who are considering applying ED to a school should weigh a number of questions very carefully before deciding on this path. While applying early decision can open doors that may otherwise have been difficult to enter, its binding nature also closes a number of other doors if you are admitted. Here are four important questions to ask yourself before applying to a college ED:

Read Aricle:  https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-admissions-playbook/2015/09/21/ask-yourself-these-4-questions-before-you-apply-early-decision?src=usn_tw