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Career And Education

Recycling Failed Education Policies

Written by Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:49.

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander will likely become chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Though he has yet to be elected by his Republican peers, he has given several interviews that indicate how he would change the way educational services are delivered in our country. For all his bluster, though, his approach is essentially to privatize and push states rights.

Verbal Abuse in the Workplace: Are Men or Women Most at Risk?

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 24 November 2014 16:58.

There is no significant difference in the prevalence of verbal abuse in the workplace between men and women, according to a systematic review of the literature conducted by researchers at the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal and the University of Montreal. Verbal abuse is the most common form of workplace violence. It can lead to many consequences, particularly at the psychological and organizational levels. Several studies underline the importance of taking into account sociodemographic variables such as victims' sex to better understand the phenomenon. However, the results are often contradictory and offer no conclusions as to the greater prevalence of verbal abuse in one gender or the other.

Court Rules Michigan Has No Responsibility to Provide Quality Public Education

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 24 November 2014 16:46.

DETROIT — In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District. A 2-1 decision reversed an earlier circuit court ruling that there is a “broad compelling state interest in the provision of an education to all children.” The appellate court said the state has no constitutional requirement to ensure schoolchildren actually learn fundamental skills such as reading — but rather is obligated only to establish and finance a public education system, regardless of quality. Waving off decades of historic judicial impact on educational reform, the majority opinion also contends that “judges are not equipped to decide educational policy.”

School Environment Affects Teacher Expectations

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:06.

The school environment in which teachers work is related to their expectations of students, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal. "It is known that low teacher expectations are negatively associated with student achievement and school effectiveness. While we know that expectations are primarily determined by the specific characteristics of teachers, we have shown that the school environment also plays a determining role," says lead author of the study, Marie-Christine Brault, a post-doctoral researcher at the university’s Institut de recherche en santé publique de l'Université de Montréal (IRSPUM).

Combining Math and Music Leaders in Disparate Fields Explain What Unites Them

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:33.

Anthony Cheung’s formal mathematical training essentially ended with high-school calculus. But as a musician and composer, he has explored mathematical phenomena in new ways, especially through their influence on harmony and timbre. Composers found new ways of fusing the two musical qualities late last century, said Cheung, assistant professor in music at the University of Chicago. “Through technology and thinking about acoustics, we can change sounds on the computer in innumerable ways,” said Cheung, whose musical composition earned him a 2012 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome.

Changes to PLUS Loans May Help Blacks

Written by Freddie Allen Washington Correspondent on Monday, 11 August 2014 16:02.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – This fall, the Department of Education plans to announce changes to PLUS loans that officials say will make it easier for parents to qualify for the financial aid program that thousands of Black college students rely on every semester. In an effort to combat a rising number of parent loan defaults in 2011, the department began to enforce more strict borrowing guidelines, a move that disproportionately affected Black parents, especially ones that lost homes and jobs and were burdened by high levels of debt incurred during the Great Recession.