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The Open Source School Redefines Education in Italy
by Alessia Clusini -- Translation by Nicole Stojanovska.
August 12, 2016
Threading elements of the great educational experiments of Bauhaus and Roycroft Community models together with Pierre Levy's modern definition of "collective intelligence," La Scuola Open Source (The Open Source School) embodies the principles...
In the early part of the last century, as a result of the social and economic changes produced by the industrial revolution, an architect named Walter Gropius conceived a school in Germany aimed at creating new professionals to provide an answer to the demand of innovation generated by the changes in time. That school was Bauhaus - a place that would become a legend. It was born from the union of an art academy, a technical college and a faculty of architecture. Within a few years, combining skills and working on real projects with the help of many internationally renowned experts, a pedagogical experiment of historic proportions was born.
Homeschool numbers up again here
July 30, 2016
The number of homeschooled children in Wilkes County continued to increase in 2015-16, but not quite by as much as in adjoining counties and statewide.
There were 784 children enrolled in homeschools in Wilkes in the 2015-16 school year, up 7.5 percent from 729 in 2014-15. That was the first single digit increase since 7.9 percent in 2011-12.
California Bill Would Ultimately Erase Religious Schools
by Holly Scheer
June 21, 2016
Proponents of Senate Bill 1146 say they need to give students grounds to sue religious schools for teaching their religion, because 'discrimination.'
People used to expect that attending something sponsored by religious organization required abiding by mores and behavior that religious body professes. There was a simple option for avoiding the ideas or practices of a belief system you don't agree with: don't frequent their space. This courteous expectation naturally applied to all religions and expressions of faith. California is now attempting to end this system of free association that allows people to define their local and religious cultures. California Senate Bill 1146 (SB 1146), which is slated for a vote Tuesday, seeks to limit the religious exemptions from federal Title IX regulations that colleges and universities use for hiring instructors, teaching classes, and conducting student services in line with their faith. Under SB 1146, a college would be eligible for an exemption only for training pastors or theology teachers .
DIY schooling on the rise as more parents opt for home education
by Warwick Mansell
May 5, 2016
No one knows exactly how many children are being taught at home, but new figures suggest numbers in England are growing. Why is this?
In some of England's largest local authority areas, hundreds of young people are being home educated: Kent listed 1,285 children; Essex, 1,234; Norfolk, 1,052; and Lancashire, 918. About 85% of local authorities documented a rise in home education over those three years, with 27 authorities reporting a doubling of numbers.
STEM: Incorporating Technology and Geography
March 25, 2016
One would think that teaching about inventions would be easy. Unfortunately, since many of our greatest inventors lived during the age of what is known as the patent wars, giving proper credit where credit is due is often difficult.
Too often I have read history books in which an invention is casually mentioned as part of one person's biography. But we have many inventions that need to be studied as part of their own timeline. Sometimes, a product's timeline from start to finish can even surpass the length of a person's timeline. An inkling of an idea could start in the mind of one person, only to be fully realized a decade later by someone new, and then perfected decades later by a third person, and lastly patented by someone not even involved with the early steps of the invention. Just Google "who invented (insert product)" and you'll see. What is an easy way to get started on studying inventions? Incorporate them with your geography!
GMO Giant Monsanto Purchases School District in Michigan for $65 Mil
by R. Hobbus J.D.
March 3, 2016
KALAMAZOO, Mi. - The sustainable agricultural and agrochemical company Monsanto has purchased a public school district in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for $65.7 million.
Dr. Hanz-Friedrich Goebbels, an Austrian-born biochemist and former warden at a high-security psychiatric facility in eastern Germany, has been appointed by Monsanto to serve as the Kalamazoo school district's superintendent. Dr. Goebbels spoke to reporters inside the gymnasium at Woods Lake Elementary School Thursday afternoon, saying, "The pupils shall continue their studies as planned. I expect everything will run smoothly and efficiently."
Teach Your Child To NEVER Get On This Bus and Then to Run Like Hell
by Dave Hodges
March 1, 2016
There are two drills that are conducted in every public school across America, and parents should be leery as to the end game intent of these drills. The drills are popularly known as bus evacuation drill and school lock-down drills.
On the surface, these drills seem like a good idea as they appear to be designed to protect children in times of emergency. However, the manner in which some of these drills have been acted upon is very concerning. In the past couple of days, the following letter has been appearing all over the internet and the persons reporting on this development are acting as if this is something recent and novel and that we should suddenly be concerned about.
Rethinking the Promise of a College Degree
by Blake Boles
February 23, 2016
College graduates held onto more jobs during the recession than those who only completed high school, according to a new Georgetown study. They also continue to earn more: somewhere between $280,000 and $550,000 over a lifetime.
Young people considering college should certainly be aware of these numbers, but they should also take them with a grain of salt. A statistical average provides meaningful information about a population, but not an individual. Just because many people find financial security through college doesn't mean you must also.
VCU professor says Nicole Lovell's online activities should serve as warning to parents, teens
by Sarah Kleiner and Ali Rockett
February 14, 2016
Apps that are designed to make the user nearly anonymous have found favor with those who prey on young girls
Seeking affirmation, sexual or otherwise, is an age-old human condition, but the preponderance of mobile devices and social media apps allows us to cast a net into a worldwide abyss of unknown potential. The United Nations said there were more than 7 billion cellphone subscriptions in 2015 - 97 for every 100 people on Earth. Many criminal justice experts, educators and parents say that net has grown too large to leave unchecked in the hands of children and young adults who do not have the tools or the wherewithal to recognize when they're being duped - or worse.
California rapidly turning into medical police state: Mandatory vaccines and genetic discrimination now routinely harming children
by Daniel Barker
February 8, 2016
California health authorities are increasingly applying police state measures by forcing vaccinations and practicing genetic discrimination - violating constitutional principles and privacy rights.
The state's schools are now being penalized financially for not enforcing mandatory vaccinations; meanwhile children are being expelled for having a genetic predisposition to certain diseases - even when they don't actually have the diseases in question. Despite much controversy and outrage over California's vaccination laws, it seems that now health officials are emboldened to push even more authoritarian measures regarding the 'health' of the state's citizens.
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