One way to remember them is to go to class. That’s what they were doing, and that’s what we live for.Virginia Tech Provost Mark G. McNamee • Commenting on the school’s decision to hold class today, and every April 16th going forward, only five years after the deadly on-campus shooting that claimed the lives of 32 people. Professors were given freedom to handle the day as they saw fit: Some observed a moment of silence at the beginning of class, while others canceled class out of respect. Classics instructor Trudy Harrington Becker chose to hold class under a century-old oak tree near the memorial for victims of the massacre. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is expected to speak during a candlelight vigil at the Drillfield for the victims this evening. source (via • follow)
I’ve been looking at the pictures on TV all day and still can’t believe we lived through it. There was a power cut and no heating, and I couldn’t call anyone after my baby was born because the phones were down. And we didn’t even know what was going on in the nuclear plant.Japanese earthquake survivor Kaori Naiji • Discussing the deadly incident, which took place one year ago today. Naiji’s daughter, Wakana, was born during the earthquake, which unleashed a major tsunami on the country. Thousands spent the day mourning the lost and protesting the scene at Fukushima, which left the country on eggshells for months afterwards. What do you remember most about the period? Do you expect to see anything like it again in your lifetime?
It is time to acknowledge this failure and adopt a more effective course for the federal role in education. Policymakers must abandon their faith-based embrace of test-and-punish strategies and, instead, pursue proven alternatives to guide and support the nation’s neediest schools and students.A policy assessment written by Lisa Guisbond, Monty Neill and Bob Schaeffer • Suggesting that No Child Left Behind, the Bush-era education law passed under bipartisan circumstances, should go the way of the dodo. The policy, now seen as an example of ineffective government overreach by many, celebrates its 10th birthday today, and politicians who once supported the law — including Rick Santorum, who voted for it and tried to push an intelligent design amendment into the bill — no longer do. Guisbond, Neill and Schaeffer’s report, which suggests revisiting the law based on the lessons learned from the past decade, is available to read over here. source (via • follow)