• Home Schooling

    Public and private school teachers choose to homeschool own children

    Amanda Hoerschelman used to teach 75 children a day. As a 5th-grade public school teacher in Texas and Georgia, she had a revolving door of 10- and 11-year-olds. She loved teaching and her students but knew they weren’t getting the one-on-one attention they needed. Still, when Hoerschelman had her eldest daughter Ava, she didn’t think twice about sending her to a brick and mortar. That all changed when the family moved to Maquoketa, Iowa, with their 5-day-old daughter Autumn in tow. The plan was Hoerschelman would go back to teaching, but the family ran into trouble finding daycare so she decided to stay home and give her daughters the individualized…

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  • Education

    Biden’s Education Department must choose accountability or a ‘Marbury v. Madison’ moment

    The Biden presidency largely has been hailed as a return to normalcy, transparency and accountability following the tumultuous years of the Trump administration. Why then, is Biden’s Department of Education refusing to allow one of its most important oversight boards to meet?   The National Board for Education Sciences (NBES) is an advisory committee tasked with ensuring that the policies and recommendations adopted by the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) are objective, secular, neutral, non-ideological and free of partisan political influence and racial, cultural, gender or regional bias. Congress believed the role of this board was important enough to require the NBES to meet at least three times…

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  • Online School

    Iowa schools choose snow days and online-only school days following winter storm

    PLEASANT VALLEY, Iowa (KWQC) – “There’s something special about a snow day too that there’s excitement around it,” Pleasant Valley Superintendent Brian Strusz said. Many students across the day were given the day off Tuesday as some areas in the QCA saw over eight inches of snow following a wintery storm that arrived Monday afternoon. But not all students in the QCA had the day off, students in Clinton had all of their classwork online today, but had the decision made for them on Monday, heading into the storm. “I think by just announcing yesterday that today would be a virtual day, everybody kind of gets the mindset that this…

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  • Home Schooling

    Why I choose not to homeschool this time around

    My children are in the sitting room in their pyjamas, eating the end of their selection boxes while their parents attempt to re-enter work after the Christmas break. They are beside themselves with delight that the coronavirus has leveraged them a few extra days off school, hoping that they might squeeze an extra week out of it. But not too much, says the eldest (very-nearly-but-not-quite-10) – “I would miss my friends”. They don’t know what’s ahead of them, and neither do we. WhatsApp groups have lit up around the country with stories of night-time teacher meetings in schools, preparing a vast amount of online teaching for the foreseeable. Teachers who are parents…

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  • Education

    More students choose local universities as Covid pandemic rages | Students

    More final-year pupils than ever before are applying to local universities so that they can study closer to home amid concerns that the impact of the pandemic may extend into the next academic year. Year 13 pupils across the country are currently finishing their applications ahead of the 15 January deadline, after which universities are no longer required to consider applications equally. A Ucas survey of more than 20,000 pupils planning to go to university suggested that nearly a quarter (23{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}) want to study closer to home, accelerating a longer-term trend. “Young people in our focus groups have said they don’t want to be far from their support networks. That’s…

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  • Education

    CHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report

    Hispanic lawmakers are urging President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report Louisiana Rep.-elect hospitalized as a precaution for COVID-19 infection Biden and Netanyahu can carefully nourish U.S.-Israeli ties MORE to appoint more latinos to his future administration’s Cabinet. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to the Biden transition team on Friday advocating for Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona to serve as Education Secretary, Politico reported. They’re also urging Biden to pick Stacie Olivares to lead the Small Business Administration. “The members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are proud to offer our enthusiastic endorsement of Mr. Miguel Cardona for Secretary…

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