• Exchange Student

    Exchange Club hosts deaf and hard of hearing student program | Quincy Public Schools

    QUINCY — The Quincy Exchange Club hosted Quincy and Mendon students who are deaf and hard of hearing at its meeting Friday for an annual holiday tradition considered a club favorite. After opening remarks from Exchange Club president Erik Dolieslager, Art Awerkamp introduced Kate Sanders from the Quincy Public Schools. Sanders has taken over the stewardship for the deaf and hard of hearing program for QPS. Awerkamp presented a check for $1,000 to the program on behalf of the Exchange Club. “Back in August, our students and our staff started asking if we were going to do the Exchange Club program again,” Sanders said. Sanders noted that the time during…

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  • Education

    As feared, virtual education put a damper on public school performance | Education

    As key test scores later showed, the sudden lurch to virtual education in public schools because of the pandemic was a jolt to students and teachers as well as parents. “We were just so caught off guard,” said Livingston Parish educator Kim Albin. The reliance on distance learning for major parts of the 2020-21 school year is also getting much of the blame for the plunge in Louisiana’s annual school performance scores. Nearly three our of four public schools and school districts showed drops, according to results released Dec. 5 by the state Department of Education. The longer students spent learning from home the bigger the drop. Scores fell nearly…

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  • 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

    Public Education Is Set Up to Fail in the Pandemic

    A father and son walk past P3 321 in New York City following the Phase 4 reopening. (Alexi Rosenfeld / Getty Images) Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Thank you for signing up for The Nation’s weekly newsletter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Sign up for our Wine Club today. Did you know you can support The…

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  • Education

    Lauren Appell: COVID unmasked the public education cartel and teachers, school boards, unions can’t handle it

    A coordinated effort by the far-left and their media accomplices is in full swing as they scramble to paint the narrative that parent concern about public education is a manufactured fairy tale by right-wing loony-toon activists, conspirators and extremists.  The elephant in the room is that it was COVID that opened the eyes of parents, exposing the corrupt teacher union/educrat monopoly plaguing public education. I call it the “education cartel.” It’s comprised of teachers, union activists, administrators, school boards and their cohorts in the liberal media.  The education cartel flew largely under the radar prior to COVID and it was blindsided. Sunlight really is the best disinfectant and the pandemic exposed these ringleaders operating under the veil of “educating” our kids as nothing more…

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  • Online School

    Washington County Public Schools will open first all-online school

    Washington County Public Schools will open its first online-only school this fall. The Academy of Blended Learning Education (ABLE) will be based at the former Funkstown Elementary School and is open to all students kindergarten through 12th grade who thrived, enjoyed and did well with online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic, school system officials said. Applications from interested families are being accepted through Thursday, June 17. “Students will get their education online with live teachers,” said Robert Stike, the principal of the ABLE school. “It will be a mix of live and assigned work. It’s a real benefit for those students who thrived through distance learning, and really enjoyed learning in this…

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  • Science

    Stephen Hawking’s archive, office acquired for UK public

    Lucy and Tim Hawking stand with the whelchair used by their late father Professor Stephen Hawking which has been acquired by the Science Museum Group, in London, Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Science Museum Group and Cambridge University Library will announce that they have acquired the historic contents of Professor Stephen Hawking’s office (going to SMG) and his archive (going to CUL). Credit: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth London’s Science Museum and the Cambridge University library said Wednesday they have acquired a large collection of items belonging to late physicist Stephen Hawking, from his personalized wheelchairs to landmark papers on theoretical physics and his scripts from his appearance on “The Simpsons.” The entire…

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