Washington university cancels classes over hate speech

After a racist thread on social media sparked outrage on a quiet Washington state campus, college officials sent students home a day early for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Western Washington University sent out an alert cancelling classes and an email to students just after 6 a.m. Tuesday from President Bruce Shepard. It is unknown if the people who posted the threats are students at the state university in Bellingham, but the posts were made from a phone located within 10 miles of campus, Shepard said.

“I need to be very clear here: we are not talking the merely insulting, rude, offensive commentary that trolls and various other lowlifes seem free to spew, willy nilly, although there has been plenty of that, too. No, this was hate speech,” Shepard wrote in an email posted on the university website.

A series of threats against minorities were posted over the weekend on YikYak, an anonymous social media platform populated by college students.

The posts mentioned almost every ethnic group, including blacks, Muslims, Jews and American Indians, blaming them for an effort on campus to debate changing the university’s mascot, a Viking. The threats came days after some student leaders suggested that the mascot is

Midvale Elementary addition gives students, teachers a space of their own

The Midvale Mustangs have a few new corrals, so to speak, now that a $1 million expansion at Midvale Elementary has been completed.

Four classrooms were added to the 4-year-old school, located at 7830 Chapel St., to address high enrollment numbers.

Midvale Elementary Principal Chip Watts says there’s been a marked change in the attitude of the students in the month since the school’s fourth-grade and Dual Language Immersion program moved from portable classrooms to classrooms inside the building.

“I think the best feedback I have received from the students is that they feel like part of the school now,” Watts said in a prepared statement. “When they were in the portables, they felt like they were separate from the rest of the school. Teachers say they have noted a sense of community, and the feeling in the class has improved by being a part of the school.”

Watts said the addition, the first construction project completed with funds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010, makes it easier for the students to access the lunchroom, restrooms and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classes that are part of the elementary school’s curriculum.

Uintah Basin educator named Utah’s Carnegie Professor of the Year

Rich Etchberger, a wildlife science professor at Utah State University’s Uintah Basin campus, has been named the 2015 Carnegie Professor of the Year for Utah by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Etchberger, who created the wildlife science program at the Uintah Basin campus when he arrived in 1995, was presented the award during a ceremony Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C.

“I motivate my students to grasp the opportunities to change their lives, to earn a degree and to contribute to their community,” Etchberger said. “I have been extremely fortunate to work with an amazing bunch of undergraduate students over the past 20 years.”

That dedication and focus on his students’ successes is one of the many reasons Etchberger took home the award that salutes the most outstanding undergraduate educators in the country. As one of only 35 to take home the award, Etchberger is the 14th honoree from USU.

“Dr. Etchberger pioneered a very hands-on wildlife science bachelor’s degree at the USU Uintah Basin campus,” USU President Stan L. Albrecht said in a statement. “His vision has given local, often nontraditional students a route to professional careers they would never have been able to achieve otherwise. Graduates

Why do Kids love Creative Science?

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Creative science simply means expressing science in a more imaginative manner. It also means creating simple science experiments and theories in fun and educational manners. There are various examples of creative science experiments such as plant dyeing, color mixing, rainbow in a bag, baking soda volcano, building a dancing robot, shaping hard boiled eggs and so on.

What makes kids love creative science?

  • Kids love creative science mainly because it brings to reality the somewhat boring science stuff. Experimenting scientific lessons in a creative takes away the abstract stuff and makes them to even love the nerdy things more.
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How to Make Your Assignment Writing Process More Productive

Whether you’re writing a simple essay, an in-depth research paper or you’re starting your dissertation, you’ll want to make sure your writing process is as productive as possible. The simplest way to make your assignment writing process more productive is to hand the paper to a professional assignment writing service, who produce it for you, freeing you up to concentrate on other deadlines. If you are going to tackle the assignment yourself, there are several things you can do to streamline your process from the start. These apply for whatever written assignment you have.

It’s always an excellent idea to create a realistic assignment writing timeline as soon as a paper has been assigned. Take into account the time you’ll need to brainstorm, choose, and refine your topic; the time you’ll need to gather resources and delve into your research; the time you’ll need to compose your draft and make edits and refinements; and finally the time you’ll need to write, format, and proofread your final copy. There are several useful websites and smartphone apps to help you set and keep a feasible assignment writing schedule, but even something as simple as a sheet of paper tacked to a bulletin

What Is Little House of Science

Little House of Science is an in-school and after-school science workshop for children as young as 2 years. It was founded by three ladies – Veronika Covington, Liliana Crachilova and Elisabeth Keck. They wanted their own kids to find answers about how the world works in a fun and safe environment, which led to the birth of Little House of Science.

Making maths and science thrilling and attractive for children is not an easy task. But Little House of Science, just manage that by tapping into kids’ natural curiosity and their enthusiasm, with exciting experiments, interactive discussions and hands on experiments.Located in Central London and open six days a week, their curriculum includes diverse topics like: physics, chemistry, biology, mathsand engineering.They re-enforce the curiosity of children by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related subjects so that kids get connected to science at an early age.

Each project oriented lesson, introduces children to a new logical concept in a simplified and age adjusted way. The workshop or classes begins with a presentation followed by group discussion of the subject often combined by a video and practical demonstration. The later part of the workshop is devoted to

Some Tips On How to Teach English

Teaching anyone a foreign language can be pretty hard. It is really hard for many people to understand how to teach English.

Teaching anyone a foreign language can be pretty hard. It is really hard for many people to understand how to teach English. If this is your job, there are many ways to make your learners to gain the right skills once their course is complete. As their teacher, you have to also dedicate your time to learn about the things that you can do to make it easier to teach this subject. If you are teaching English as a second language, your learners will be looking up to you to acquire their first language skills. This is why you have to give the English language learners the right information at the very beginning.

First of all, you need to understand that teaching this language does not involve showing your students how to memorize some common English words and phrases and teaching them a little bit of grammar. Some of the core elements of English teaching are listening and pronunciation. For your students to gain some listening skills in English, you can ask them to speak English and then record their

Seek After School Care for Your Child Online

In today’s hectic, fast paced life, many parents are working due to which they do not get as much time to spend with their children or pay the required attention towards them. This is why most of the parents enroll their child into a kindergarten. After school care is an institute that provides proper education to your child during his early developmental years. They help your child grow, learn and play. Every parent wants their child to flourish with success and grow up to be a beautiful human being in all aspects of life. It is every child’s right to gain knowledge and to pursue education. Every child is beautiful and different in his own way. One cannot expect their child to be what they want since it is the child who has to do it at the end of the day. Children should be given freedom to make their own decisions under the guidance of their parents.

Toddler education is the best option in order to make your child’s life prosperous. Right education, if given at the right time, may prove to be beneficial in the later stages of life. Kids should be provided with appropriate academic training in order

Making Way for a Better Education

One of the very basic things that you need in order to secure a well paying job and a bright future is good education.  Indeed it all begins at home and then school and then college.  But it is at the college stage where you need to make some really important decisions.  From what you are going to study to where you are going to study, these are crucial questions that need answers.  These are in fact the answers that will shape your future.  Therefore you must give some serious thought to what kind of courses you wish to pursue and which college or university you wish to secure your degree from.

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One of the most important decisions you need to make as soon as you finish high school is the subject you wish to study further.  It could be literature, art, finance, science, engineering, medicine or associates degree detroit.  These are just a few of the popular options out of the hundreds of subjects out there, and you could choose to pursue your degree in any one of these.  What you choose should not depend upon what you like or where your talent lies.  Do not force yourself to

Watching my daughter transform with Candor!

My daughter has been studying in Candor International for two years and we have seen her change, from being a withdrawn girl to a more confident one. It makes me so happy as a father as she wasn’t always so confident and struggled with major issues from the time she turned eight.  She was always a quiet and shy child but was good in studies and though she took long to make friends, when she did she cherished her friends and was so generous with them.  We were living in Chennai then and she was studying in a pretty famous school. Her primary years in school seemed okay, but once she went to middle school she started to change. She became withdrawn and sullen. She stopped eating and there were days when she refused to go to school. We tried talking to her and cajoling her to tell us what had happened, but she just kept silent.

The school organised a picnic in October and that day my daughter threw her first real tantrum. She refused to go and started bawling. This time we refused to let up.  We pestered and pestered her till she broke down and told us that

Brussels schools reopen, maximum threat alert still in place

When Annelaure Leger dropped off her two children at school on Wednesday, it was like nearly every other day — except for the machine gun-toting policeman.

After a two-day school shutdown sparked by a threat alert across the Belgian capital, Brussels resident Leger was relieved that classes were back in session, even though she and her kids had to take their bikes since the subway was still not running in her neighborhood.

“It was like Christmas come early for the children,” Leger said. “They stayed at home and played with the neighbors’ kids.” She said the family lives partly in Paris and that the children are very aware of what’s happening both there and in Belgium.

“It would be better if the police had caught the terrorists, but the children know they are trying to do that so that everyone is safe,” she said.

Though the Belgian capital continues to be under the highest-level threat alert, meaning that authorities fear a serious and imminent attack, schools and subways began reopening across the city on Wednesday. That is restoring a sense of normality in the city, parts of which have been deserted since the alert was first raised to the top level in the capital

BYU Museum of Art’s departing contemporary art curator leaves notable legacy

With its marvelous mountain ranges, sprawling deserts and rich history, Utah has inspired countless artists to attempt to capture the state’s unique spirit. Sumptuous landscapes and educational illustrations of Utah’s Native American and pioneer heritage abound in the canon of recognizable Utah art. Utah’s contemporary art scene, however, may be a bit elusive to casual art observers.

In response to the challenging yet intellectually relevant nexus of contemporary artistic practice in the modern world, the Brigham Young University Museum of Art hired Jeff Lambson as the museum’s first curator of contemporary art in 2008. Since then, Lambson’s work has contributed greatly to the appreciation of contemporary art in Utah and to Utah’s art scene as a whole.

“Jeff Lambson has had a profound and hopefully lasting impact on contemporary art in Utah,” said Gretchen Dietrich, executive director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. “He’s curated numerous thought-provoking exhibitions, brought many amazing contemporary artists from around the world to BYU and Utah, and done much to support and promote artists working in our state.”

Now, after eight years, Lambson is relocating to Denver. The move comes as his wife, celebrated art educator Ann Lambson, has accepted a position as the senior educator for

Lawsuit over stolen Nazi art at U of Oklahoma suspended

A federal judge has suspended activity in a lawsuit that challenges the ownership of a painting that hangs at a University of Oklahoma art gallery as negotiations continue with a French woman who claims the artwork was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War II.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton signed an order to suspend activity in the lawsuit until Feb. 28 as negotiations continue between attorneys for Leone Meyer and the university over the painting “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep” by the impressionist master Camille Pissarro.

Meyer filed the lawsuit in May 2013, saying the painting belonged to her adopted father. Meyer, a Jewish woman who lives in Paris, wrote an open letter in 2014 that said her biological family was killed at Auschwitz between 1942 and 1944. Meyer survived the Holocaust and was adopted by Raoul and Yvonne Meyer in 1946.

Raoul Meyer fled to the United States, but returned to Europe in 1945 and found the painting missing. He discovered it in Geneva six years later — a year after the statute of limitations ran out. He claimed subsequent owners made a weak attempt to prove the Pissarro wasn’t on a list of known Nazi-looted works. A Swiss court

Time for Utah to develop comprehensive plan to address inequality in public education

Canyons School District recently changed its boundaries to shuffle students among its high schools, notably Alta High, which is well under capacity, and Corner Canyon High, which is operating at 115 percent of capacity. The district’s solution is to move only 63 students from Corner Canyon to Alta while moving 175 students from nearby Jordan High School to Alta. All this despite the fact that Jordan doesn’t have the overcrowding problem facing Corner Canyon, and, in fact, will ultimately end up with more students overall than before the boundary change.

Many parents, particularly those at Jordan High, see the changes as nonsensical. They insist the logical move is to make up Alta’s shortfall with Corner Canyon students, not Jordan students. They also point to the fact that Corner Canyon is slated for a multimillion-dollar expansion in the coming years, and a boundary change that diverted some of its student body to Alta would relieve some of the pressure making an expensive expansion necessary. Corner Canyon parents, however, overwhelmingly prefer to keep their children where they are, despite the fact that class sizes are large — 45 students per classroom in some cases — and are likely to remain so

CNN honors Delaware teen who started literacy program

A Delaware teenager who started a literacy campaign that brings men into schools to read to children is among those honored as heroes by cable news network CNN.

The network is honoring 14-year-old Imani Henry of Wilmington as a Young Wonder as part of its annual CNN Heroes tribute recognizing those who have distinguished themselves by helping others.

Henry will be among those recognized by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in a telecast airing Sunday evening.

Henry, who started a program called 100 Men Reading, also was one of five winners picked from more than 1,100 nominees nationwide last year to receive $25,000 prizes, given by Peace First, a national nonprofit that encourages young people to work for positive social change

National Edition How public universities can brace for budget cuts without increasing tuition

Public universities in many states are scrambling to cover rising costs even as state commitment to cover them tapers off.

Colorado is currently facing steep budget cuts, with $20 million likely to be slashed from higher education, according to The Rocky Mountain Collegian.

Kentucky universities, meanwhile, are seeking to restore cuts in the face of pressure from Medicaid expansion and underfunded pensions. Higher ed has been slashed there for seven of the last eight years, WKU Public Radio reports.

The same is true in Oklahoma. “We are making plans today — and we have the past two months — to be prepared to deal with what will be a very significant budget deficit,” Oklahoma Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson told The Oklahoman last week.

The same story could be told of state higher ed spending in almost every state: budgets under pressure, while costs and tuition climb. Given these realities, are public universities making the systemic changes needed to regain fiscal balance?

“They haven’t,” writes Steven Pearlstein, a Washington Post columnist and a professor of public affairs at George Mason University. “Oh, yes, pay and hiring have been frozen, travel budgets cut, secretaries eliminated and class sizes increased, even as cheaper graduate students and adjunct

Was this teacher wrong to wash a student’s mouth out with soap? Here’s what parents are saying

References to the movie “A Christmas Story” aren’t uncommon this time of year, but a North Carolina teacher’s method of reprimanding one student has people mainly mentioning a scene in the film documenting an old-school form of punishment.

That’s “washing kids’ mouths out” with soap, traditionally done to deter them from deploying “dirty” language, Maureen Hoff wrote for Hello Giggles.

Wiley Elementary kindergarten teacher Tiffani Staton resigned from her post Wednesday after reports she washed a student’s mouth out with soap prompted an investigation, according to the Associated Press. The student’s parent complained to the school, which is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

WFMY News 2 reported Staton faces no charges from the incident but that some parents of the school’s students are in “disbelief.”

“When you take your child to school, you trust they are in the best of care,” mom Setaria James told News 2. “You don’t want anything done to them that you won’t do. I would say some type of punishment would be appropriate, of course. But I don’t know what type.”

Opponents of the practice also point to cases of people receiving scrutiny for resorting to the same punishment with kids recently, according to Hello Giggles.

The Telegraph detailed one such

Tragic deaths of home-schooled kids rarely lead to new rules

A Detroit brother and sister vanished more than two years before they were found dead in a freezer in their home, and an 11-year-old Florida girl disappeared more than a year before she, too, turned up in a family freezer. And a 7-year-old Kansas boy hadn’t been seen for more than a month before authorities found the gruesome remains of a child in a pigsty inside his family’s barn.

All of them were home-schooled, but despite their disappearances going unnoticed for so long, opposition from the government-wary home-schooling community means it’s unlikely these states will start keeping closer tabs on home-schooled children.

“It’s largely a conservative thing, but even progressive home-schoolers tend to resist oversight,” said Rachel Coleman, co-founder of the nonprofit Coalition for Responsible Home Education. “Part of it is because there is an assumption that parents always know what’s best for their children.”

The most recent case, at a home near Kansas City, Kansas, is still being investigated and authorities said it could be weeks before they positively identify the child whose remains officers found in the barn. The officers were responding to a reported domestic disturbance at the home the day before Thanksgiving and were told of the 7-year-old’s disappearance.


Escalante Elementary gets $10K for computer equipment

Cameron Wilson, vice president and chief operating officer of government affairs at Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, presents a $10,000 check to Escalante Elementary School computer teacher Mischelle Colby and Principal Liz Gonzalez during an assembly at the school in Rose Park on Monday.

The funds will be used to buy computer equipment to support improved student outcomes in computer science. The award is part of the state’s partnership with Code.org to increase computer science opportunities for all Utah students in grades K-12.

Monday also marked the start of the global movement Hour of Code, which was created by Code.org in 2013 and reaches tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

Saudi women face off against men for first time in elections

Outside of the Saudi capital, in one of the country’s most conservative provinces, Jowhara al-Wably is making history. She’s running in this weekend’s elections.

Saturday’s vote for local council seats marks two milestones for Saudi women like al-Wably: Not only can they run in a government election for the first time, it is the first time they are permitted to vote at all.

The municipal councils are the only government body in which Saudi citizens can elect representatives, so the vote is widely seen as a small but significant opening for women to play a more equal role in Saudi society.

Still, women face challenges on the campaign trail: Because of Saudi Arabia’s strict policy of segregation of the sexes, they cannot address male voters directly and have to speak from behind a partition — or have male relatives speak for them.

In an effort to create a more level playing field, the General Election Committee banned all candidates, both men and women, from showing their faces in promotional flyers, billboards or in social media. They’re also not allowed to appear on television.

This suits al-Wably, a 52-year-old community activist and Ministry of Education employee. Like all women in Saudi Arabia, she wears a loose-flowing