Education

A look at education issues around Virginia.

The World Beyond Your Head

Mar 31, 2015

Virginia’s Festival of the Book recently wrapped up in Charlottesville, but one of its featured authors didn’t go far.  Matthew Crawford returned to his workshop in Richmond, where he produces custom motorcycle parts and meditates on the distractions of modern life. 

If you knew Matthew Crawford in high school, you might be surprised to hear that he got a PhD in political philosophy at the University of Chicago - a school deeply committed to scholarship.  At age 16, scholarship was the last thing on Crawford’s mind.

Elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning tests by narrow margins will have an opportunity to retake those tests this spring thanks to new regulations passed by the State Board of Education. The rules stem from a law that sailed through the General Assembly—but would not have taken effect until July 1st if the Board had not acted.  

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Students at the University of Mary Washington will host an old-fashioned teach-in this afternoon, urging others to join a sit-in at the administration building. They want the school, based in Fredericksburg, to sell off any investments in coal as a protest against those who profit from fossil fuels.  

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If you have a teenager who’s getting on your nerves - one who can’t stop texting - here’s an opportunity for both of you to take a break.  The James River Association is offering high school students a chance to cruise for a week this summer - to learn about history, science, and life. 

Thirty students will paddle three different sections of the James River for eight days  --  beginning in the mountains on June 27th.  Lead educator Kyle Burnett says the first team of ten will negotiate a series of rapids en route to Lynchburg, including Balcony Falls.

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State officials are looking to local school divisions to develop some world-class, in-the-field ideas to reform education.  Following an application process, the state will award five school superintendents with $50,000 each for grants to craft innovative plans for their districts.  Superintendents are being asked to “dream big”—and contemplate how they would run their schools with complete flexibility for two years. 

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