Harvard and M.I.T. Team Up to Offer Free Online Courses

May 03, 2012 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news, opinion

In what is shaping up as an academic Battle of the Titans — one that offers vast new learning opportunities for students around the world — Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday announced a new nonprofit partnership, known as edX, to offer free online courses from both universities. Harvard’s involvement follows M.I.T.’s […]

Obama Encourages Learning In Washington Back-To-School Speech

Sep 28, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news, opinion

President Barack Obama is encouraging students to work hard in their classes, saying the country is counting on them. Obama was scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon at Washington’s Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. His back-to-school address will be televised live and carried online. In his prepared remarks, Obama urges students to pursue an education after […]

Los Angeles Area Schools, Teachers Accused Of Cheating

Sep 06, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news, opinion

Student test scores from two Los Angeles-area schools have been thrown out based on evidence of cheating by teachers.   Three teachers at Short Avenue Elementary are accused of correcting answers on student answer sheets or instructing students toward correct answers — or both. A science teacher at Animo Leadership Charter High School is also […]

The Career Path to Pro Tennis Often Passes High School By

Aug 30, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news, opinion

Roger Smith sat down Dennis Mkrtchian courtside after practice last December to discuss his first significant international junior tennis tournament, in which he lost to a British player with superior experience and training. “You really need to start thinking about homeschooling,” Smith, a coach for the United States Tennis Association, told Mkrtchian, 15. “You have […]

Back to school can be tough. Here are some tips to help manage the stress.

Performance Stress Parents want their kids to do well in school but teens often experience a period of time when their schoolwork suffers. Parents can be an important source of support for teens. Encourage your teen to talk to you or another adult about what is bothering them. Upheavals like a change of school, social […]

Los Angeles School District Superintendent Suspending Homework Policy

Aug 26, 2011 by Paul Nicholas Category: Blog 0 comments Tags: news, opinion

Los Angeles – Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy today suspended a new district policy that allows homework to count for only 10 percent of a student’s grade, saying he wanted more input from parents, teachers and school board members on the issue. “We cannot and will not implement a policy of this […]