School desegregation back in the news

I wrote early this year about my own experiences as a high school student in a magnet program established at a time when magnet programs were one tool in desegregating schools in the U.S. My experience was as a white student in a school where representation by ethnicity was carefully balanced, with no one group constituting more than about 20 percent of the student body....more

i believe that desegragation is moving forward. Everywhere you go you see more black people ...more

Women of Antarctica

It's not as difficult as one might think to get to Antarctica; there are all kinds of tours that will take you down there for a few days. But it's considerably harder to plan and undertake research in Antarctica. Fortunately, for those of us who fear hypothermia or who lack scientific credentials, a number of women researchers in Antarctica have blogged their adventures. As Antarctica heads into its summer, women are gearing up to return to the seventh continent....more

National Academic Standards Draft Released

Earlier this week, a panel of experts charged by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers with crafting a set of national academic standards for English and mathematics skills released the first official draft of the standards. The draft outlines those skills students are expected to have developed prior to graduating from high school....more

There is no reason why a child in Mississippi shouldn't have the same standards as a child in ...more

Student loan bill clears U.S. House

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (SAFRA), which does away with taxpayer subsides to private lenders in the student-loan business, saving taxpayers $87 billion, according to Congressional Budget Office calculations. ...more

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Women in academia (especially) can't have it all

Imagine you're a single woman, and you fall in love with someone who lives in a different part of the country. Not too hard to imagine, right? Now throw this choice on top of it: Competition in your field is so fierce that jobs in your profession typically draw hundreds of applicants--and there may be only half a dozen jobs in your specialty offered on the entire continent in any given year. Do you give up your One True Career Love for your One True Love? ...more

So true--I live this reality of the conflict between following career and keeping family ...more

Obama speech reaction round-up

Today K-12 students in many school districts across the country had the opportunity to listen to an address by President Obama. ...more

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Science Medley: Now with More Luna Moths

Thanks to the era of furloughs and budget cuts, a lot of my blogging lately on research, academia, and education has been, shall we say, cranky. As an antidote, today I offer some eye candy and learning opportunities on a tour of the science blogosphere featuring bloggers' interactions with or observations of animals of all kinds. ...more

Dear college students & parents: Find a reason

In today's post I offer a bit of advice to young college students heading off to school, and to whichever parents or guardians or loved ones are watching and worrying (and taking out loans). Dear incoming college student and parent(s), I'm addressing this letter to both of you, because college is much more of a partnership than many families realize going in. There's going to be drama, unexpected drama, good and bad, even from the most even-tempered and high-achieving students, and I just want to give you both a head's up. ...more

The F-Word (Furlough)

Universities around the country, but particularly in California, are furloughing faculty and staff for the first time in the fall. On many campuses, the furlough plans remain amorphous, with staff unions or faculty passing resolutions and university administrators countering with contradictory mandates. It's a mess. ...more

Pandemic planning could boost online education

Colleges and universities across the U.S. are readying themselves for a pandemic caused by the H1N1 flu virus. Or, rather, in the words of administrators at my university, the pandemic. ...more

This and other discussions about how to deal with the possibility of a swine flu pandemic ...more