Think summer means no more teachers, no more books? It's actually the perfect time to read something (gasp) fun. Encourage young readers with one of these page-turners.AGES 2-6Young kids will love the rhythmic rhyming of DO LIKE A DUCK DOES by Judy Hindley, and the vivid illustrations and overall silliness of DUCK ON A BIKE, by David Shannon.AGES 7-10The magical misadventures in LULU'S HAT by Susan Meddaugh make it a rare find--an easy-to-read book that still manages to be funny and...
In 1988, when maverick American Federation of Teachers president Albert Shanker came up with the idea of charter schools, he envisioned publicly funded but independent lab schools that would strike a bargain with the system: less red tape in exchange for more achievement, accountability and innovation.But this week, on the 10th anniversary of the experiment's launch, the AFT will release a highly critical assessment of the movement that now claims 2,119 schools and more than a half million...
Princeton University's meticulously cultivated campus oozes tradition--from the annual P-rade (in which generations of alumni march around in the sacred orange and black) to the school's unofficial motto, "Princeton in the Nation's Service," coined by a former Princeton president named Woodrow Wilson, class of 1879.
The United States has a "dangerous" shortage of experts in non-European cultures and languages, hampering the country's response to 9-11, says the American Council on Education, the largest organization representing the nation's colleges and universities. "On the whole, the quantity, level of expertise and availability of U.S. personnel with required skills do not now match the national strategic needs at home or abroad, as recently evidenced by the shortage of language experts in the war...
Should families have easier access to patients during emergencies? A growing number of researchers say it's good medicine. "Family members can comfort patients in a way no health-care provider can, and when the patient is less scared, procedures run more smoothly," says Dezra Eichhorn, who studied the issue for the American Journal of Nursing.
Competition for admission to the country's top private schools has always been tough, but this year Elisabeth Krents realized it had reached a new level. Her wake-up call came when a man called the Dalton School in Manhattan, where Krents is admissions director, and inquired about the age cutoff for their kindergarten program.
Jacob Williams was playing in the sandbox at his preschool when he got the first hint that there was something unusual about his family. One little girl kept asking him the same question every day: "Where is your dad?" And every day, Jacob gave her the same answer: "I don't have a dad.
JUSTICETheodore J. Kaczynski believes there is a fate worse than death: having the whole world think you're crazy. In a handwritten brief recently filed by Kaczynski, better known as the infamous Unabomber, he objects to his lawyers' "portrayal of him as a grotesque lunatic," a portrayal that was "broadcast nationwide." Kaczynski refers to himself in the third person, and counted every word (10,892) in the 69-page document (as the filing process requires).
For nearly 200 years, historians had refused to credit the calumny that Thomas Jefferson had had a child with one of his slaves--and for just as long, the tale had circulated as gossip and family lore, secrets whispered into the ears of brides or by grandparents on their deathbeds.
To Elian Gonzalez's father, it's an open-and-shut case. He's the parent, and he says Elian should come home to Cuba. The U.S. courts ordinarily would agree with him; they have ruled that parents are free to raise their children as they see fit, without governmental interference.