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Mariachi Natividad 'Nati' Cano honored at St. Cecilia festival

As the sun beat down on him Tuesday while he marched with a crowd around Mariachi Plaza, Eduardo Rodriguez felt the urge to slip off his heavy, black mariachi suit. Then he remembered the words of his former teacher and mariachi icon, the late Natividad "Nati" Cano.

7 Questions to Ask at Your Parent/Teacher Conference

Post by Judy Dutton.   Parent/teacher conferences are akin to checkups: they give you a chance to gauge how your child is doing at school, academically and socially -- and if there are areas for improvement. Yet many parents walk away...Show More Summary

Evening Must-Read: Nicholas Bagley: Three Words and the Future of the Affordable Care Act

Nicholas Bagley: [Three Words and the Future of the Affordable Care Act]( "To help people like my kids’ piano teacher... >...the ACA extends tax credits...Show More Summary

Student Wins, Starts Christian Club 'Dare to Believe' on Campus After She Was Told It Would Be Illegal

A New York school district has now decided to approve a student's proposal to start a Christian club at her high school called "Dare to Believe" after she was initially told by a teacher that religious student organization would be "illegal" and a possible violation of the U.S. constitution.

Teacher Raped Student Until She Became Pregnant, Used to Metal Ruler to Attempt Abortion

In a shocking case out of Arizona, a student has filed a lawsuit against a teach who she alleges raped her until she became pregnant and then attempted to cause an abortion when he learned she was pregnant by repeatedly inserting a metal ruler into her vagina. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Jane Doe […]

11 Important People Parents Forget to Give Holiday Gifts

Post by Judy Dutton. With the holidays fast approaching, you've probably been mulling over what gift to get for your child's teacher -- that's pretty par for the course. Yet beyond that, there are many people in your kids' lives who pull hard to keep them safe, happy, and engaged at school, yet are often overlooked. Show More Summary

Kean University Spends $219,000 On State-Of-The-Art 22-Foot Conference Table

When Kean University commissioned and paid for a state of the art conference table which set them back a massive $219,000, many students and some teachers were shocked however grand the new table might be. The table, which is 22-feet...Show More Summary

A Visual History Of Body Art From Around The Globe

Body art is practiced in all world cultures. Here, a survey of designs from Maori facial engravings to prison tattoos to gay pride ink. Whether it's the Sanskrit Om symbol tattooed on a yoga teacher's back, the '50s pin-up girl inked...Show More Summary

The Frightening Thing a Texas Teacher Allegedly Told One Mother

Who do your children belong to: you, or the state? One Texas mother got a disturbing lesson from her daughter’s kindergarten teacher in what our children are being taught in

Randi Weingarten Unintentionally Makes the Case for Standardized Tests

Teachers’ unions have made the overuse of standardized testing one of their primary issues for many years now. They have ramped up the pressure, calling them “toxic,” among other frightening names. Even the staunchest defenders of standardized testing admit they are limited in what they can tell us about students, teachers and schools. So how […]

Making the Best Out of Rain On Your Wedding Day

Jenna, Community Television Producer & Derek, Teacher One sentence sum-up of the Wedding Vibe:  Our favourite type of Saturday night, with fancy clothes. Soundtrack for reading: “Home Sweet Home” by Strumbellas Other...Show More Summary

Solar-Powered Kiosks Bring Free Education To Communities That Can't Afford Teachers

A machine could—theoretically—replace teachers in places where schools are scarce. Seven months after terrorists kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, many local students are afraid to go to school. In other parts of the country, children don't go to school because schools don't exist; cities and villages can't afford enough teachers. Show More Summary

11-Year-Old Girl Starts Petition Calling for Mexican President's Resignation

An 11 year-old Mexican girl decided to collect signatures calling for the resignation of the president of her country, Enrique Peña Nieto, due to his handling of the disappearance of 43 trainee school teachers.

Pedo Files: 34-Year-Old Texas Teacher Bribes Student With Good Grades And Candy To Be “Friends With Benefits”

Really?!? Texas Teacher Bribes Student With Good Grades For Sex Via The Smoking Gun reports: A Texas high school teacher charged with having sex with a female student gave the girl a “written contract” stating that he would give

Remembering Ambassador Stevens

My favorite composition teacher in college exhorted us to 1) know whose story you are telling, and 2) to get out of the way of the story. One of the many reasons I have not talked about Chris was exactly that: I don’t know if the story should be mine or his when you write a remembrance; it [...]

Damn Unity

Last Sunday I went to the Rockaway Theatre Company where blogger Norm Scott was in a production of Damn Yankees. It was wonderful, with really impressive singing and music. The orchestra was mostly teachers and students, and there were also a lot of teachers in the cast. Show More Summary

Is Nicholas Ferroni Really America's Sexiest Teacher?

People, in a move designed to broaden their appeal, decided that this year they would expand the Sexiest Man title to include men who did things for a living other than work at being sexy. It's a noble effort, and in the sexy teacher department, it brought us this guy. Photo credit: John Arsenault Meet Nicholas Ferroni. Show More Summary

LAUSD needs precautions to prevent another Miramonte-type scandal

The sexual abuse of students at Miramonte Elementary School was creepy beyond measure, involving a "game" in which third-graders were blindfolded and fed cookies tainted with their teacher's semen. But the astonishing $139-million legal settlement — on top of an earlier $30-million...

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