By Jackie Botts (Reuters) - A picture book for second graders about a family with two moms. A lesson for fourth graders about Gold Rush era stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst, who was born a woman but lived as a man. These are just some of the ways U.S. public school students will learn about LGBTQ - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer - history in a growing number of states moving to mandate inclusive K-12 curriculum. It is the latest chapter in a decades-long push to teach students about the trials and contributions of marginalized communities - from suffragettes to black Americans - whose stories have often been absent from classrooms. At the forefront is California where the curriculum became law in 2011. New Jersey became the second state in January, limiting its mandate to middle- and high-school students. On Thursday, Colorado lawmakers voted to mandate LGBTQ curriculum for K-12 public school students. Governor Jared Polis, the nation's first openly gay governor, will … [Read more...] about ABCs of LGBTQ history mandated for more U.S. public schools
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A recent column in Reason magazine argues that homeschooled students are smarter and more tolerant than their publicly-educated peers. A recent column from Reason magazine contributor J.D. Tuccille makes the case that homeschooled students are brighter and more tolerant than their peers that attended public schools. Tuccille cites a study in an academic journal that focuses on school choice and homeschooling that makes the case that homeschooled students are the most willing to extend political freedoms to those with whom they disagree:“Students with greater exposure to homeschooling tend to be more politically tolerant—a finding contrary to the claims of many political theorists,” reports research published in the Journal of School Choice. Defined as “the willingness to extend civil liberties to people who hold views with which one disagrees,” this finding of greater political tolerance among the homeschooled has … [Read more...] about Reason Mag: Homeschooled Children Are More Tolerant than Public School Students
Updated 6:03 pm PST, Tuesday, January 29, 2019 A commuter arrives at Metra Western Avenue station, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Chicago. The extreme cold and record-breaking temperatures are crawling into a swath of states spanning from North Dakota to Missouri and into Ohio after a powerful snowstorm pounded the region earlier this week. less A commuter arrives at Metra Western Avenue station, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Chicago. The extreme cold and record-breaking temperatures are crawling into a swath of states spanning from North Dakota to ... more Photo: Kiichiro Sato, AP Photo: Kiichiro Sato, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 A commuter arrives at Metra Western Avenue station, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Chicago. The extreme cold and record-breaking temperatures … [Read more...] about Cold forces Thursday closing of public schools
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper U.S. | Voters Widely Support Public Schools. So Why Is It So Hard to Pay for Them? Supported by ByDana Goldstein Nov. 14, 2018 If it were going to happen any year, it should have been this one. After a wave of teacher walkouts fired up people on both sides of the party line, the time seemed ripe for big investments in public schools. In reality, the results for school funding after the midterm elections last week were mixed, and illustrate a paradox in how Americans view education. Polls showed that the public supported the picketing teachers across the country who protested low pay and classroom funding. And a diverse group of candidates, Democratic and Republican, were elected after casting themselves as education champions. But many voters, particularly in conservative and swing states, were unwilling to open … [Read more...] about Voters Widely Support Public Schools. So Why Is It So Hard to Pay for Them?
Public school students in Georgia's Class of 2018 improved their scores on the SAT this year and outperformed the national mean score of 1049 with a mean of 1054, according to a release from the Georgia Department of Education. "We are seeing historic improvements in our education outcomes here in Georgia," state School Superintendent Richard Woods said. "On the SAT, which was once used to label Georgia as 'last in the nation' in education, Georgia's public school students are now beating the national average — that's in addition to an all-time-high graduation rate and students beating the national average on the ACT as well. We have made unprecedented investments in a well-rounded, student-centered education system and we're seeing the results of that shift. "Most importantly," Woods said, "our students and educators have worked tirelessly, and I commend them. Every educator, student, and supporter of public education in this state should feel a deep pride in the progress our … [Read more...] about Georgia public school students beat national average on SAT