GUEST EDITORIAL The Road to Hell? By Howard Gardner, Ph.D. If the proverbial inter-planetary visitor observed educational policymakers around the world, she would soon infer their single preoccupation: “How to raise scores on international comparisons like the TIMMS or the PISA tests.”...READ MORE
A MEMORABLE VISIT TO YALE
Yale University: Lux et Veritas By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
The three interviews with Yale University researchers that appear below constitute prime examples of the motto of Yale University—“Lux et Veritas,” light and truth—a Latin translation of a Hebrew phrase that appears on the seal of Yale University. An accepted interpretation holds that the Biblical expression refers to the intention of God’s will as it was revealed to a high priest and through the priest to the people. Lux et Veritas is, of course, an appropriate motto for Yale, which was founded in 1701 to provide and promote academic and religious training. Such a mission was typical of the time, and it continues to inspire the scholars featured in these articles, for whom the highest form of research means embracing the ethical dimensions and societal implications of their work, especially as that work affects the education of children.
Education Update Exclusive Interviews Senator Edward Kennedy: National Center for Learning Disabilities Awardee By Dr. Pola Rosen |
May 2005 Education Update: The Kennedy Family has been involved in helping children with special needs for many decades, including the Special Olympics. How did you first become involved in special education? Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy: My family became particularly committed to children with disabilities and their families because of our sister, Rosemary, who had mental retardation. In many ways she still had real potential, and my parents did their best to see that she could develop as much as possible....READ MORE
Stanley H. Kaplan Supports Middle School Math Instruction at CCNY By Alfred Posamentier, Ph.D. |
Several years ago, the math teacher shortage in New York City secondary schools reached near-crisis level. Despite the best efforts of the department of education to recruit the best and brightest new teachers for its schools, the national shortage of math majors and the outflow of experienced math teachers led to the evolution of a largely under-prepared and inexperienced math teacher corps in New York City....READ MORE
More Les Paul By Andrew Schiff |
Throughout history, education has usually placed emphasis on the student-teacher relationship. Socrates taught Plato, Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller and other examples flood the history books....READ MORE
Sadlier Conference on Advances in Mathematics By Lauren Shapiro,
Edited by Barbara Lowin Part 2 of 2 In 2006, President Bush created a National Mathematics Advisory Panel, comprised of 20 expert panelists and five ex-officio members, to advise him and the secretary of education on the best use of scientifically-based research on the teaching and learning of math, with a specific focus on preparation for and success in learning algebra....READ MORE
A Reprieve for Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification By Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Renee v. Duncan recently declined to invalidate a regulation under the federal No Child Left Behind Act that allows teachers participating in alternative routes to certification (licensure) to be considered “highly qualified.”...READ MORE
COLLEGE PRESIDENTS’ SERIES President Kimberly Cline, Mercy College By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Recently completing her first year as the 10th president of Mercy College—an approximately 9,000-student, private, nonprofit liberal arts college with a main campus in Dobbs Ferry and four campuses in metropolitan New York—Dr. Kimberly R. Cline reports no surprises, only delights. Her initial sense of Mercy College as a “student centered” institution has proved true in ways that have encouraged her to forge ahead, particularly in an area she strongly believes will put Mercy College on the academic map as a national leader: a revolutionary mentoring program called PACT (Personalized Achievement ContracT)....READ MORE
COLLEGE PRESIDENTS’ SERIES President Debora Spar, Barnard College By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
As conventional as it first sounds, when Debora Spar mentions “getting to know students” as the most memorable aspect of her first year as president of Barnard College, she immediately follows with an explanation and examples that prove her gifts for fast, thoughtful analysis and extraordinary personal charm....READ MORE
Learning By Hand: A Case for Handwriting Enhancing Reading By Dr. John J. Russell,
Head of Windward School
In the February 23, 2009 issue of Newsweek, Jessica Bennett predicted the doom of writing in longhand. In her cleverly-titled article, “The Curse of Cursive”, she states that “penmanship, like hieroglyphics and the IBM Selectric, has lost its purpose,” and she goes on to deliver the coup de grace by saying, “Let’s erase it for good.”...READ MORE
GUEST EDITORIAL CUNY and New York City Public School Graduates are Thriving By Jay Hershenson
New York City public high school graduates are thriving at CUNY Colleges, like Fei Yan Mock, who received her foundation for learning at the New York City Lab High School in Manhattan and is now an undergraduate at Hunter College majoring in biochemistry and classical studies....READ MORE
Sadlier Conference on U.S. Mathematics Achievement By Lauren Shapiro
In 2006, President Bush created a National Mathematics Advisory Panel (NMAP), comprised of 20 expert panelists and five ex-officio members, to advise him and the Secretary of Education on the best use of scientifically-based research on the teaching and learning of math, with a specific focus on preparation for and success in learning algebra....READ MORE
Fighting for Geoscience Education By Dr. Michael J. Passow
When National Science Education Standards was released in the 1990s, earth and space science education was boosted toward a position of equality with biology, chemistry, and physics....READ MORE
The Dean's Column The Arithmetic Uniqueness of the Number 11 By Alfred S. Posamentier, Ph.D.
The number 11, since it is 1 greater than our base 10, has some lovely properties that can be used not only to shortcut some calculations, but also to exhibit some of mathematics’ hidden treasures....READ MORE
A Perspective on ADHD By Raul Silva, M.D.
In this column I would like to share with the readership my own perspectives on what is probably the most common neuropsychiatric condition in our schools today....READ MORE
Remembering A Life Long Past By Jan Aaron, Staff Writer They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Life in Poland Before the Holocaust will be exhibited at the Jewish Museum through October 1....READ MORE
Reunions Around the Nation 2009 Honors Awarded at SUNY Downstate Medical Center By Dr. Pola Rosen The impressive array of brainpower at a recent reunion of doctors of all ages at SUNY Downstate Medical Center (DMC) was only surpassed by the unwavering service to humanity and the humility demonstrated by so many attendees....READ MORE
Strip Searches in
Public Schools By Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.
The United States Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Safford Unified School District # 1 v. Redding, involving the strip search of a thirteen-year-old girl in an Arizona school district....READ MORE
Kudos to 39 Years As Dean By Dr. Pola Rosen
How many people can a teacher influence? To answer that mathematical question, you had to attend the recent retirement dinner honoring Dean Alfred Posamentier, mathematician, author and mentor to scores of students across time and the span of oceans....READ MORE
Teachers College Profile: Professor Pearl Kane, Klingenstein Center, Independent School Leadership By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Though she holds a number of prestigious titles—Klingenstein Family Chair Professor of Education in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College Columbia University, Director of the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership, and Advisor for Master’s degree programs focusing on school leadership—not to mention being the recipient last November of honors at the European Council of International Schools, in Nice, and the National Association of Principals of Girls Outstanding Achievement Award, in February, Pearl Rock Kane hardly mentions her own accomplishments and speaks in a soft spoken manner about the significance of leadership for the country’s schools....READ MORE
Quinn Bradlee: A Different Life By Steven Frank
Born into a privileged family, Quinn Bradlee has had anything but an easy life. During childhood, he was told he’d never be able to read a book let alone write one....READ MORE