January 2003

This Issue
Vol. 14, Issue 04

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  • Major Math
  • Ironic Evolution
  • "F" Word
  • Tongue Tied
  • Cultural Investment
Content standards should favor depth over breadth, says Ronald A. Wolk.
Green schools keep Mother Earth—and her kids—happy.

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More than 600 Massachusetts students recently had their failing scores on the state history exam adjusted to passing marks, the Boston Globe reports. Education officials made the change after John Gibbons Jr., a social studies instructor in Clinton, successfully argued that there were two possible correct answers to a multiple-choice question on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test given to 8th graders last spring.
In Milwaukee, mentors connect with novice teachers in cyberspace.
Joy Hakim's compelling history books hit the small screen.
Insects go on tour as part of a Smithsonian educational project.
Student op-ed pieces result in a free-speech fracas at a California high school.
Exotic spices, electric smiles, and a rough boat ride were among the highlights at a recent international writing conference in Tanzania. And oh, yes, participants also did some inspiring work.
After a sick school in Tennessee closes for repair, the speedy solution is to move classes to the local racetrack.
An educational group in New Mexico shows teachers how to dissect media information—and the consumer culture that kids inhabit.
The creator of an acclaimed TV show recalls a 2nd grade scene starring a lovely heroine, a mumbling janitor, and a pile of sawdust.
An ESL teacher sparks cultural exchange by studying a second language.
Admissions craziness, curriculum battles, and a blighted school.
How a one-room school in Colorado combines past with present.
The Iditarod's history. Plus: A Palestinian child's conflict.
Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Following are application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.

Trading Up

Success is in the cards for Betty Harshaw's students.
At elementary schools in Wildwood, New Jersey, Pokemon is passé. Instead, kids scramble to obtain trading cards featuring characters a little closer to home: local high school students who excel in class.