About 100 years ago, you just need to pass a college entrance exam. All that mattered was that one test score. So what changed? Blame Yale’s anti-Semitism.
‘“The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton” (Houghton Mifflin, 711 pages, $28) is filled with surprising insights into how student selection evolved at the “Big Three.”
‘In researching changing admission standards during the past century, Jerome Karabel, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, found that institutions began using “character” as a way to supplement academic criteria and screen out brainy Jews and immigrants. The intent was to establish the “latitude to admit the dull sons of major donors” and redefine “merit.”…’
The Justice Department becomes a schoolyard bully in Wisconsin
‘…Nevertheless, the Justice Department suggests that the choice schools discriminate because they do not do something they do not have the resources to do. That is, they do not offer the panoply of services that public schools, with ample state and federal funding, offer to children with special needs.
‘With sanctimony commensurate with their hypocrisy, school choice opponents borrow language from the era of Brown v. Board of Education to accuse Wisconsin of sanctioning a “dual school system.” The federal government is attempting to order the state to require the choice schools to choose between the impossible and the fatal — between offering services they cannot afford or leaving the voucher program…’
The School child Who needs Behavior Management
Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid)
‘Amy Murray is the director of early childhood education at the Calgary French & International School in Canada. The following post, which appeared on her blog, Miss Night’s Marbles and which I am republishing with her permission, is a powerful open letter directed to parents about THAT kid, the one other kids go home and talk about, the one who is violent, curses and gets angry in class, the one who parents worry will hurt, disrupt and perhaps influence their own children. Murray is also the co-founder of #Kinderchat (www.kinderchat.net), a twitter-based global community for educators of young children. She is a speaker and trainer on learning through play, self-regulation, behavior management, and the use of technology within the classroom…’