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The More High-tech Schools Become, the More They Need Nature

By Richard Louv

I once met an instructor who trains young people to become the pilots of cruise ships. He described the two kinds of students he encounters. One kind grew up mainly indoors, spending hours playing video games and working on computers. These students are quick to learn the ship’s electronics, a useful talent, . . . → Read More: The More High-tech Schools Become, the More They Need Nature

Toronto Schools Promote Multicultural Teaching and Learning

By Vincent Schilling

In 2006, the ambitious Model Schools for Inner Cities program (MSIC) was implemented by the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). It provides supplemental funding in neighborhoods afflicted by higher rates of poverty, violence and other socioeconomic challenges, and has provided a big boost for that city’s First Nations students, who have benefited . . . → Read More: Toronto Schools Promote Multicultural Teaching and Learning

Children think pumpkins grow on trees, RHS finds

Two thirds of children think that pumpkins grow on trees or in the ground, finds Royal Horticultural Society survey

By Louise Gray

Over half of under-16s don’t know how broccoli grows and almost 80 per cent can’t identify foxgloves, found the poll of 1,000 young people.

Alan Titchmarsh called for gardening to be taught in . . . → Read More: Children think pumpkins grow on trees, RHS finds

So you wanna write a paper on Wicca?

By Kat MacMorgan

At the High School and College Freshman level, teachers are often so into getting people to write papers that they allow pretty much any topic, as long as the student produces something that requires a little bit of research and ends up in some formal style of English. This has resulted in . . . → Read More: So you wanna write a paper on Wicca?

Parents fight for a secular education

By Kate Hammer

It wasn’t until her seven-year-old son asked her if he’d burn in hell that Marjorie Kirsop became concerned.

A Catholic education is the only local option for the Kirsop family and everyone else in Morinville, Alta., a community of 8,100 northwest of Edmonton. It’s a unique situation, rooted in the town’s origins . . . → Read More: Parents fight for a secular education

Wendy Griffin Named Cherry Hill Dean

By Chas S. Clifton

Cherry Hill Seminary has named Wendy Griffin of California State University, Long Beach as its new academic dean.

They made a good choice.

I have worked with Wendy for several years on the American Academy of Religion’s Contemporary Pagan Studies steering committee, which she co-chaired from 2005-10.

She and I also . . . → Read More: Wendy Griffin Named Cherry Hill Dean

Pagans and Homeschooling

By Patti Wigington

Why Pagan Homeschool?

Some Pagans choose to homeschool because they’re unsatisfied with the curriculum in the local school district. In some cases, it may be that parents feel the public schools are too strongly influenced by Christianity. Depending on where you live, this may or may not be the case. For . . . → Read More: Pagans and Homeschooling

Parents Object to School Play, “Santa Goes Green”

By Josh Woods

A few DuBois Area School District residents want to pull the plug on a fourth and fifth grade play titled “Santa Goes Green.” Four individuals approached DuBois’ school board at its meeting last night to ask the board to reconsider its choice of school play.

Reynoldsville resident Patty Fisch told the board . . . → Read More: Parents Object to School Play, “Santa Goes Green”

U.S. College Offers Harry Potter Ethics Course

By Kristen Walsh

When her 11th birthday had come and gone, Kelsey Bergeron was disappointed that she hadn’t gotten an invitation to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Now 18, Bergeron still loves the Harry Potter book and film series she grew up with, and she has a unique opportunity to study them . . . → Read More: U.S. College Offers Harry Potter Ethics Course

Growing Healthy Lunches With School Gardens

By Jennifer Kongs

Parents, teachers and nutritionists alike have long advocated for healthier school lunches. While providing fresh vegetables for the school lunch program, school gardens are also part of a growing green school trend focused on making more sustainable schools. The Green School Initiative notes, “Many schools around the world have planted edible gardens . . . → Read More: Growing Healthy Lunches With School Gardens