Fresno school official has a gift for giving
Supt. Larry Powell is retiring for one day, then going back to work for much lower pay so he can give his original salary and benefits back to the school district.
“We’ve become so focused on academics that we’re losing the essentials: the arts, people who instill a love of learning,” he said. “We’re driving kids away from school.”
He has an extensive yo-yo collection and still goes into the classroom to teach physics lessons with his spinning toys.
The Powells “adopted” nine Hmong girls and their families, taking them on outings, tutoring them and preaching that the girls must not lose themselves or their dreams.
“They’re all in college now,” Dot said as she and her husband welled up with tears.
This gives me hope for the future of public education :)
(Source: Los Angeles Times)
2:51 pm • 4 September 2011 • 45 notes
Calling all past and present Ph.D. students! Have you ever felt the urge to convey your graduate work in the form of interpretive dance? Well now’s your chance; Science Magazine’s 2011 “Dance Your Ph.D.” Contest has officially begun!
A $500 dollar prize will be awarded to the best dances in the categories of physics, chemistry, biology, and social sciences. The grand-prize winner will receive an additional 500 bucks, plus travel and accommodations to the TEDxBrussels conference held in Belgium on November 22, where you will be formally recognized as the world’s foremost footloose scientist.
If anyone has tips on how to turn a book about the philosophical grounding of the idea of human rights into an interpretive dance, drop me a line please.
More info on the contest is here (HT: Tia Simoni).
This is seriously the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
9:58 pm • 1 September 2011 • 10 notes
The National: 'Road trip! American student joins rebels in fight for Qaddafi stronghold'
Saw a tweet about this earlier, but here’s the story: “Chris Jeon, a 21-year-old university student from Los Angeles, flew on a one-way ticket from Los Angeles to Cairo, travelled overland to Tripoli, and is now waiting with rebels for the anticipated climactic battle for Sirte.”
The picture is worth a THOUSAND WORDS. (via LA Weekly)
9:58 pm • 1 September 2011 • 24 notes
Ivy League Fooled: How America's Top Colleges Avoid Real Diversity
It turns out the Ivy League’s racial diversity stats are only half the story. People in search of egalitarianism at places like Harvard and Columbia shouldn’t just be asking what color students are, but where they’re from, too.
Call it the Ivy League’s dirty little secret: While America’s most elite colleges do in fact make it a point to promote ethnic diversity on their campuses, a lot of them do so by admitting hugely disproportionate numbers of wealthy immigrants and their children rather than black students with deep roots—and troubled histories—in the United States.
The problem, of course, isn’t that black immigrants are going to Ivy League schools in large numbers; educational success should be applauded no matter where the student is from. But the large numbers of African immigrants on American college campuses, coupled with the remarkably small numbers of native blacks on those same campuses, calls into question the effectiveness of America’s affirmative action programs. While affirmative action started as a system to right the wrongs of slavery and institutional anti-black racism, helping wealthy immigrants who weren’t here for those struggles doesn’t serve any of the program’s original intentions.
» via GOOD
A close personal friend of mine attended Yale, the first in her family to attend Yale or any university. When she arrived at Yale she realized that she needed a bit more money to accomodate her needs, well by now you must be asking yourself what kind of job does an intelligent Latina at Yale attain? She cleaned the rooms of the wealthier students on campus.
Powerful points to be made in questioning whether or not affirmative action policies are as effective as the expectations made during their inception. And an interesting take on education, as well. What
does can one do to combat the issues associated with barriers based on race, gender, ethnicity, or class?
1:10 am • 1 September 2011 • 62 notes
A mock trial focusing on cyberbullying is the culmination of a 10-week series on the legal system for Los Angeles middle school students. It was sponsored by a downtown law firm and the nonprofit Heart of Los Angeles.
Photo: Prosecutor Olimpia Aguillon, 11, left, and defense attorney Michelle Kweon, 12, with Bingham and McCutcheon’s Mike McDonough and Kate Conrad. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times
I genuinely miss Mock Trial and how relevant the issues brought up in the cases were to the current day and age.
(Source: Los Angeles Times)
1:39 pm • 29 August 2011 • 17 notes