$4.48M payout in Pine Bush bullying case OK’d by judge


WHITE PLAINS – Five Pine Bush students who were physically assaulted and bullied for being Jewish “lost part of their childhood,” according to

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From where I sit, it is terrible that parents must sometimes resort to seeking monetary damages from deliberately indifferent school district administrators who deny that racial/ethnic/national origin harassment “could ever occur at THEIR school districts,” while performing an excellent impression of an ostrich while the harassment goes unabated against student victims. When courts are forced to order cash-strapped school districts to pay out nearly Five Million Dollars to the families of a few harassed students a lose-lose situation develops in which deserving students and caring teachers  are denied educational opportunities and technical assistance while schools develop  a culture of distrust and skepticism that school administrators actually have the best interests of their students in mind.

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Philosophy in schools: promoting critical, creative and caring thinking


It has been a good week for philosophy. The results of a year long study on the benefits of teaching philosophy to primary school aged children has just been published in the UK and the reports are positive…

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Every instructor understands the importance of teaching “critical thinking” skills to his/her students, but unfortunately the term has been relegated to the status of platitude, ensuring the educational status quo of students merely memorizing facts solely for the purpose of achieving high marks. Hopefully programs like the one discussed in the article will reverse this disturbing trend.

Character Development: America’s Sleeping Giant


I have taught over 10,000 students over 63 years, the oldest now in their 80s. My primary focus has always been: What preparation leads to a meaningful and fulfilling life–and what does not?

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Excellent article on an education topic that deserves more consideration.