June 13, 2012
John Vasconcellos could be forgiven for having a migraine right now. As a longtime California legislator, he was the driving force behind the state's Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. That group's 1989 report helped persuade schools nationwide to nurture their students' self-esteem as a way of eliminating social problems and academic failure. Yet for the last few days, the loud accolades have gone to a Massachusetts English teacher whose speech to graduating high school students dumped on all that carefully cultivated self-worth.
May 28, 2012 |
Herman Cain had 9-9-9. Lately, Mitt Romney is all about E-E-E. As in, the economy, energy and -- new this week -- education. Romney rolled out his education plan at a speech in Washington last week, and followed up with a visit to a charter school in West Philadelphia. Now, both the Associated Press and Education Week are taking him to task for what they deem to be misstatements about President Obama's education record. Fair? Along with touting his own education record as governor of Massachusetts, the presumptive Republican nominee attacked Obama for, among other things, being a tool of the teachers unions.
June 4, 2006 |
When seven high school students from immigrant families answered a museum's call to help create an exhibition on local immigration, there was a hitch. The students -- who came from Mexico, South Korea, Russia and China -- didn't want to use the word "immigration," not even once. "Their friends and neighbors hear the word 'immigration' and make so many assumptions," said Sheila Sibley, education manager at the Newton History Museum, just west of Boston.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2002 |
Twenty-five years ago, just about every seminarian on this campus was a young man who spoke such fluent Greek that he could pass for native in the cafes of Athens. Today, more than 20% of students at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology have no Greek roots.
November 25, 2001 |
Police arrested three students Saturday on charges of allegedly plotting a Columbine-style massacre at their high school. Police seized bomb-making instructions, knives, shotgun shells and pictures of the suspects holding what appeared to be handguns from their homes in this coastal city about 50 miles south of Boston.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2001 |
The first thing Alex Tempel did after waking up Monday morning was to mark off the final day on the makeshift calendar he has kept next to his bed for the last 300 days. Then he flew home. The calendar is a sheet of construction paper on which his father had written rows of numbers, from 300 to 1. At 14, Alex is still learning the concept of weeks, months and years. But by marking off each number, he knew he would be another day closer to leaving Randolph, Mass.