Education

"When Elephants Fight, the Grass Gets Trampled."
4:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Training Faculty for the World's Newest Country

A South Sudanese girl at independence festivities
Credit www.wikipedia.org

In South Sudan, there’s a saying:  When Elephants fight, the grass gets trampled.  More than fifty years of war has kept the young nation from finding its own footing.  But an effort by Virginia Tech aims to plant seeds of change there.

South Sudan won independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011.  Much more than the grass was trampled and aid groups came in to help rebuild the region. But lasting change depends on the ability of local people to solve local problems and that means training teachers.  

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Chef's Treasure App
4:15 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Culinary Challenge Leads to Learning New Languages

Learning a foreign language can be fun – especially when it involves stories, food and adventures.  That’s the word from students at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville.  They’ve created an app that proves the point.

French teacher Karine Boulle hoped to inspire students when she crafted this year’s biggest assignment. Her eighth graders were asked to write a story about food and the people who make it.

“What’s in a dish is not just food but it comes with a story, and it comes with passion.”

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Virginia Lee Burton's "The Little House"
5:30 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Teaching Stewardship with a Children's Classic

Environmental ethics...it’s the balance between nature and human interaction, and it can be a weighty topic.

The Roanoke City School system is among those divisions starting the discussion early, getting 2nd graders to think about natural resources. They’re doing it with the help of a book, written back in 1942.

The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton, tells the story of a house built on the top of a hill, far out in the country. Eventually, Walt Disney turned Burton’s story into an animated short film.

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Juvenile Justice
12:21 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

VA Tops U.S. in Referring Students to Law Enforcement

Kayleb Moon-Robinson
Credit Center for Public Integrity

A new report from the Center for Public Integrity shows Virginia sending more students to court, per capita, than any other state – often because school resource officers arrest them for minor offenses like kicking a trash can, fighting on the playground or swearing.

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Education
8:05 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Conclusion of Civil War and Virginia Union University's 150th Anniversary: Reflections

Flickr user Kevin Coles
Credit Creative Commons, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Lumpkin’s jail in Richmond was once the largest slave-trading facility outside of New Orleans. Known as the ‘Devil’s Half-Acre,’ it was sold to a Baptist minister in 1867 in hopes of establishing an all-black seminary…and would soon be referred to ‘God’s Half-Acre.’ That seminary laid the foundation for a school that thrives today - and, along with the conclusion of the Civil War, has just celebrated its 150th anniversary.

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