Education

Supporting Autism Friendly Entertainment
4:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

SAFE Film Screening in Blacksburg

A showing of the space adventure movie, Guardians of the Galaxy in Blacksburg will be “Autism Friendly.”

Lights in the Lyric Theater in Blacksburg will be low but not off and so will the sound.  There’ll be no trailers before the show starts and patrons are allowed to bring their own food. Standing up or moving around the theater while the movie is on will also be allowed; A comfortable atmosphere not only for people with Autism.

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30% of Schools Come Up Short
2:05 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Fewer VA Schools Receive Full Accreditation

State education officials say more than 30% of Virginia’s public school did not meet full accreditation standards last year.

Here’s how the numbers break down from the Department of Education:

68% of the state’s 1827 schools were fully accredited based on Standards of Learning test results.  That’s down from 77% the previous year, and 93% two years ago.

The number of schools “accredited with warning” increased from 393 to 545.

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Policy Change Request
4:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Controversy over Chapstick

Stuarts Draft Elementary School student Grace Karaffa appears before the Augusta County School Board.
Credit Bob Stuart/The News Virginian

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.”

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Virginia Tech
4:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Adam Gopnik Speaks on Science & the Humanities

Adam Gopnik

It’s no secret that being a Tech ‘nerd’ is the hot thing now.  Schools like Virginia Tech have been at that for a long time.  But Tech has long been working to connect the study of science with the humanities and break down the barriers between the two disciplines.

The ensemble called “Junk DNA,” is made up of a couple of arts professors with a technical side and a sense of humor. They know how to take two seemingly disparate things and blend them together to make something interesting.

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Open Mic
4:47 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

That Same Old Question

Paul Hanstedt

It’s back-to-school time and one Roanoke College professor is going to cut right to the chase.

There’s a question Paul Hanstedt knows he’s going to hear… and he offers an answer for all.

: http://bit.ly/WaKLWI.

What I Want:

Classes are starting, which means that I’m likely only weeks away from that moment—as inevitable as first-week crushes and pasta-bar hangovers—when a student walks into my office, paper in hand, and says, “I don’t understand.  Just tell me what you want.”

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