The same day it was revealed that the Army’s top sexual-assault prosecutor has been suspended after allegedly sexually assaulting someone at a sexual-assault conference, the US Senate rejected a bill that would have overhauled the way the Pentagon handles sexual-assault cases.
Have a nice day.
yesterday was pretty cool. i got to interview candidates for my grad program. I co-interviewed with the dean of my program thus getting to spend like 6 hours in the same room as him so we got pretty chummy which was nice since i didn’t really know him before. also got to spend some quality time…
i made this little video with footage ive take from the last week. its a little shakey ( literally and in other ways, but its fun working with video!)
nostalgia 101 i heard this song this morning, remembered this video and then watched it like 5 times
This video made has me catching feelings. Sometimes you forget how good things can be.
When New York completed the Erie Canal in 1825, Boston grew so envious it stopped referring to its rival by name. (Massachusetts Governor Levi Lincoln would only call it “a neighboring state.”) When Boston responded by building the country’s first true railroad system, it was New York’s turn to worry about keeping pace with its “enterprising neighbors.”
Baltimore's people of the woods: Inside the hidden homeless camps made of milk crates, wooden doors and tarps on the outskirts of town
On the edge of Baltimore’s woodlands, dozens of the city’s transients live in makeshift homes which they consider safer than homeless shelters. Photographer Ben Marcin has captured some of the Baltimore shanties in his thought-provoking photo essay, ‘The Camps’.
Tragically fascinating. If you look carefully, it’s surprising what you can see. It’s also clear how hard many of us work to “not see.”
In a recent discussion board thread on reading comprehension challenges in autism, a special-education teacher commented that her students can’t understand the assigned reading passages. “When I complained, I was told that I could add extra support, but not actually change the passages,” she wrote. “It is truly sad to see my students’ frustration.”
Why must this teacher’s students contend with passages that are too complex for them to understand? She attributes this inflexibility to the Common Core, new standards—created in 2009 by a group of education professionals, none of them K-12 classroom teachers or special-education experts—that have been adopted by 45 states. Though most Common Core goals are abstract and schematic, collectively they constitute a one-size fits-all approach that, in practice, has severely straightjacketed America’s special-needs students.
The teacher I quoted above—one of the many special-ed instructors I
teach at the Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania
education schools—is hardly alone. She’s echoing the concerns of dozens of other special-education teachers I’ve spoken with, most of whom have already gotten the message from their supervisors or superiors that they must adhere to the standards and give all their students the designated grade-level assignments.
Precocious students, students with learning disabilities, precocious students with learning disabilities: How does the Common Core suit them?
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