"These tests are harmful. They do nothing but stress us out and take away precious learning time. They don't make learning fun, they are all-consuming. ... We do not learn from these tests. Do we not go to school to learn?"
Owen Hotaling, a freckled fifth grader in a sweatshirt and a bright red kn ... More >>
The Times recently reported that Wellness in the Schools, a nonprofit program which was working to serve healthier lunches in 30 New York City public schools would be discontinued because it did not meet new federal nutrition standards. But yesterday, after City Council speaker Christine Quinn enc ... More >>
According to a group of elementary school kids from the Milestone School in Mount Vernon, those unidentified flying objects sighted over Chelsea last afternoon that had everybody all worked up are actually just escapee balloons from their teacher's engagement party, the Daily News reports. S ... More >>
Results were released yesterday for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and the results are very mixed under the tenure of Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. The national test, which looks at reading proficiency, showed some progress for the city's fourth-g ... More >>
Why do Chinese adults keep attacking Chinese schoolchildren? Most recently: A man broke into a school in the Shandong Province on Friday and beat five preschoolers before setting himself on fire.
This has been the fourth assault on Chinese students in just over a month, and the third in thr ... More >>
You gotta love the vox populi traditions of New England. Though New Hampshire got gay marriage passed back in ought-nine, opponents have been busy and the judiciary committee of the NH House recently considered recommending repeal. (The effort failed.)
State representative Nancy Elliott (R- ... More >>
Since Mike Bloomberg and Joel Klein do have a real record to sell, why do they insist on embellishing it? And why does every newspaper in town, now even including the New York Times, lend itself to the Department of Exaggeration's (DOE) campaign to merge the renewal of mayoral control and the re- ... More >>
It was the kind of scarring childhood experience that might be discussed at length in a therapist's office someday: When I was growing up on Staten Island and didn't have enough money to attend my school's end-of-the-year carnival, I pressed my face against the school-yard fence and watched all the ... More >>
Oh cute: Google has announced its Doodle for Google art contest winner. It's Christin Engelberth of Bernard A. Harris Jr High School in San Antonio, Texas, and here's her prize piece, selected by a panel of judges from Google, the Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, and the National Design Museum. She's i ... More >>