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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 20, 2011 Finding Fault in the Palestinian Messages That Aren’t So Public
QUOTE: For years, many Israeli and Palestinian analysts have said that what Palestinian leaders tell their own people in their own language — as opposed to English-language statements tailored to opinion in the rest of the world — is the truest reflection of their actual beliefs. This has had the effect of further entrenching the sides to the conflict and undermining confidence that it can ever be resolved.
New York Times Jan 07, 2011 Rift in Arizona as Latino Class Is Found Illegal
QUOTE: ...Mr. Acosta’s class and others in the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American program have been declared illegal by the State of Arizona — even while similar programs for black, Asian and American Indian students have been left untouched....It was Mr. Horne, as the state’s superintendent of public instruction, who wrote a law aimed at challenging Tucson’s ethnic-studies program. The Legislature passed the measure last spring, and Gov. Jan Brewer signed it into law in May amid the fierce protests raging over the state’s immigration crackdown.
New York Times Nov 14, 2009 Selling Lessons Online Raises Cash and Questions
QUOTE: Joseph McDonald, a professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University, said the online selling [of lesson plans] cheapens what teachers do and undermines efforts to build sites where educators freely exchange ideas and lesson plans.
New York Times Oct 08, 2009 Chinese history textbooks: The fragility of truth
QUOTE: SCHOOL textbooks in China have a habit of bending the truth, to suit Communist Party dogma or to reinforce moral messages. Rarely does anyone challenge them. Exams require rote learning, and children are not encouraged to question received wisdom.
Economist Jul 14, 2009 Can Corporate Funding Save Endangered College Classes?
QUOTE: Could the next step in saving American education be Introduction to Nutrition, Sponsored by McDonald's or PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Accounting 101?
Time Magazine Apr 27, 2008 Truth: Can You Handle It? Better Yet: Do You Know It When You See It?
QUOTE: when asked to recall which information was false, the seniors couldn't do it. They remembered all of the information as true, knowing that they'd heard something about shark cartilage somewhere. In fact, the more times that they were told the information was false, the more they believed it was true.....As students must absorb increasingly more information throughout their education, perhaps expecting them to assess whether it's true is simply too much. Four errors to Britannica's three ain't bad -- and probably good enough for the research the average person does on a daily basis.
Washington Post Apr 01, 2008 In Gaza, Hamas’s Insults to Jews Complicate Peace
QUOTE: Such incitement against Israel and Jews was supposed to be banned under the 1993 Oslo accords and the 2003 “road map” peace plan. While the Palestinian Authority under Fatah has made significant, if imperfect efforts to end incitement, Hamas, no party to those agreements, feels no such restraint.
New York Times Mar 10, 2008 Home-schoolers reel from California court blow
QUOTE: A ruling that parents in the state 'do not have a constitutional right' to home-school their children prompts anger, confusion. Schwarzenegger may ask legislature to intervene.
Christian Science Monitor Mar 06, 2008 District to Settle Bible Suit
QUOTE: The federal suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the People for the American Way Foundation...It argued that the course curriculum...promoted Protestant Christianity and a specific reading of the Bible as a literal historical document.
New York Times Jan 10, 2008 Critics of Saudi Academy Say Textbooks Promote Intolerance
QUOTE: Some textbooks used by an Islamic school in Fairfax County contain language intolerant of Jews and other groups as well as passages that could be construed as advocating violence, according to two reviews of the materials.
Washington Post Nov 07, 2007 Inquiry Set Into Purchases From Bush Brother’s Firm
QUOTE: The inspector general of the Department of Education has said he will examine whether federal money was inappropriately used by three states to buy educational products from a company owned by Neil Bush, the president’s brother.
New York Times Jul 20, 2007 New Manuals Push A Putin's-Eye View In Russian Schools
QUOTE: [Two new Russian high school] books reflect the themes dominating official political discourse here: that Putin restored Russian strength and built what the Kremlin calls a "sovereign democracy" despite American efforts to isolate the country .... But critics say the term is a self-serving veil for unchecked executive power...
Washington Post Jul 08, 2007 Summer Reading Title Prompts Resistance From Parents, Not Students (The Island)
QUOTE: Commack High School thought it was doing incoming sophomores a favor by adding “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a slender and popular $14 paperback, to its summer reading list .... Now “Perks” has been attacked as overly graphic — make that pornographic — by the parents of some Commack 10th graders.
New York Times May 10, 2007 Four Officials Profited From Publishers, Report Finds
QUOTE: Four officials who helped oversee a federal reading program for young students have pocketed significant sums of money from textbook publishers that profited from the $1 billion-a-year initiative, a Democratic congressional report disclosed yesterday.
Washington Post Nov 09, 2005 Kansas School Board Casts Doubts on Evolution: Schools to Teach Doubts About Evolutionary Theory
QUOTE: The Kansas Board of Education voted Tuesday that students will be expected to study doubts about modern Darwinian theory, a move that defied the nation's scientific establishment even as it gave voice to religious conservatives and others who question the theory of evolution.
Washington Post May 05, 2005 Teachers, Scientists Vow to Fight Challenge to Evolution: Creationists Seek Curriculum Change; Kan. Education Hearings Open Today
QUOTE: Alarmed by proposals to change how evolution is taught, scientists and teachers are mobilizing to fight back, asserting that educational standards are being threatened...
Washington Post Apr 13, 2003 Vikings? Such friendly folk, say textbooks
QUOTE: "Vital pieces of history have been taken out of schoolbooks and the curriculum in the European-wide drive to pretend the union has a common identity and background," said Soysal. "But, unless our children understand the truth about how Europe was created, they will never appreciate the current world conflicts or understand European reactions to them."
Guardian Unlimited Feb 07, 2003 Textbooks said to 'hide' problems with Islam
QUOTE: "When any dark side [of Islam] surfaces, textbooks run and hide,"
Washington Times Oct 09, 2002 Bilingual Education on Ballot in Two States
QUOTE: Teachers, parents and politicians on both sides of the debate say that teaching English as a second language to 4.4 million students in public schools is critical to helping them succeed in American society. But they are at odds over which approach is most effective.
New York Times Aug 19, 2002 Algebra = X in One School, Y in Another: Teaching Inconsistent as Standards Waver
QUOTE: Educators across the country say the effort to improve and accelerate middle school math instruction is suffering because school boards, principals and teachers start with the most watery versions of algebra...
Washington Post Nov 07, 2001 Politics and Curriculum: How History is Taught
QUOTE: The interplay of politics and curriculum is the subject of "Censoring History" (M. E. Sharpe, 2000), edited by Laura Hein and Mark Selden. The book recalls a slogan from Orwell's "1984": "Who controls the past controls the future." That is true not only of totalitarians; every nation tries to shape the future when it teaches history.
New York Times Jul 24, 2001 With School Testing, Unresolved Questions: Hill, White House Differ Over Standards
QUOTE: ...difficulty congressional negotiators face in devising school accountability standards that will be useful in states with widely differing educational standards measured by a variety of math and reading tests.
Washington Post Jul 10, 2001 Japan's Refusal to Revise Textbooks Angers Neighbors
QUOTE: The Japanese government announced today that it would order no further revisions of school textbooks that many critics say whitewash the country's record of imperial-era atrocities in Asia.
New York Times Jul 08, 2001 Teachers Mull Paper-swapping
QUOTE: ...the Supreme Court has agreed to decide if swapping papers to correct them violates students' privacy rights.
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