Many teachers, parents, and policymakers have agreed that the state's Standards of Learning have forced classroom instruction to be geared toward test-taking, rather than developing more comprehensive learning skills. But as the SOLs are being revised, some are concerned that Social Studies-and ultimately the lessons that teach children civic engagement-are being minimized too much.
An Augusta County fifth grader is using the democratic process to try and get Chapstick allowed back into her elementary school.
Eleven-year-old Grace Karaffa was playing on the school playground when her lips started bleeding. She asked her teacher for some Chapstick but the teacher said no.
“Later that day they started to bleed again and I asked for Chapstick again and they said it was against the school policy. They said it was some sort of medicine and it’s not because it’s just a little stick of vasoline.”
This May, Virginia Intermont College in Bristol closed its doors after 130 years - leaving thousands of alumni without an alma mater and hundreds of students to complete their degrees elsewhere. Mary Lou Smith spent her entire adult life at the school, and she’s in the process of compiling a history book to preserve the school’s legacy.
It’s safe to say, that after 60 years, Mary Lou Smith was a fixture at Virginia Intermont College.