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Cornel West Reportedly Will Return to Teach at Harvard

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 20, 2016 - 3:56pm
The prominent activist and African-American-studies scholar left Harvard 14 years ago amid a dispute with its president at the time.
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32 Americans Are Chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2017

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 20, 2016 - 8:09am
The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford.
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Trump to Pay $25 Million to Settle Lawsuits Over 'Trump U.'

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 18, 2016 - 3:06pm
The president-elect will also pay up to $1 million in penalties to the State of New York for violating state education laws, according to New York's attorney general.
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Rutgers Adjunct Lecturer Is Removed From Classroom After Controversial Tweets

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 18, 2016 - 12:53pm
Kevin Allred had been asked by the police to undergo a psychological exam after a series of controversial Twitter posts following the U.S. presidential election.
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How One University Is Working to Make Student Leaders More Resilient

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 18, 2016 - 2:55am
To grow as a leader, you have to be willing to fail. That’s the message Tim Davis shares with students through a new project at UVa.
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A Year Before Public-Service Loan Forgiveness Kicks In, Uncertainty Looms

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 18, 2016 - 2:55am
The first wave of borrowers in a program meant to steer students toward public-service jobs will see their debt wiped away next fall. But neither borrowers nor government officials have a good sense of what to expect.
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Meet the Professor Who’s Trying to Help You Steer Clear of Clickbait

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 17, 2016 - 2:55am
Alarmed by the spread of unreliable news sites, Melissa Zimdars started keeping a list of the worst offenders. She had no idea how popular — or controversial — that list would become.
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Fight Over the Recording of Title IX Proceedings Exposes Gaps in Law and Trust

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 17, 2016 - 2:55am
Columbia University has barred students who complain of sexual misconduct from recording disciplinary proceedings. It says it needs to protect privacy, but some students say it is just trying to protect itself.
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Could Colleges Become Sanctuaries for Undocumented Immigrants?

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 17, 2016 - 2:55am
Students at dozens of colleges are demanding that their institutions become "sanctuary campuses" in response to the election of Donald J. Trump. College officials are weighing their options.
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Pack Your Bags!

U.S. Department of Education Blog - November 16, 2016 - 1:00pm

June 28, 2016, Day 2 Facebook recap: “We woke up early and went on a bird walk ‪at 6am, spotting different species of hummingbirds, black King Vultures, and peculiar plants. Students collected the guano from their bat poop tarps from day 1 and got to analyze and learn about the seeds bats help disperse. We then walked across the suspension bridge to a site along the Serapiquí River to collect water and animal samples to determine the health of the river. Which was great since after lunch we went white-water rafting!

Today I was reminded what wonderful students we have at Palumbo. While walking across the suspension bridge, Tyler gave me support and talked me through the whole adventure so I could make it across both ways. Edwin gave me courage (and I think I gave him some, too) to jump off a (small) cliff while rafting. Najmah tries everything once and has demonstrated such an open mind to new foods, cultures, people, and experiences and is a wonderful influence on the other students (not just mine) on this trip. Tomorrow we are off to the volcano!!”

This entry was my Facebook post from my most recent international trip with three of my students to Costa Rica. I say my most recent because in total, I’ve been on three, including trips to Paris/Barcelona and Italy.

Now, before you jump to conclusions about my privileged students, let me give you a better picture: I teach at a public magnet school in ‪South Philadelphia where 100% of our kids qualify for free or reduced priced lunch, and the majority of students travel over 30 minutes on public transit just to get to school. We are a Title I school and our student population is as diverse as you can get with a wide range of races, cultures, religions, ethnicities, and languages. Most students have not travelled outside of Pennsylvania, let alone own a passport. However, given such a multicultural setting at school, it’s no wonder students have a strong respect for different cultures and a deep curiosity for learning more about them.

Planning starts about two years before we leave for the trip, and my reward comes when I get to see the world through the eyes of students who finally realize the kinds of experiences and adventures that await them, if they only venture out. Like many teachers, I know my job is not limited to teaching content; I have a responsibility to mold my students into curious, responsible, and hard-working citizens. As part of that mission, I believe students need exposure to experiences out of their comfort zone, whether that means in a different part of the city, on a completely different continent, or challenging them to learn in a new and unfamiliar way.

Travel is not for everyone but that does not mean everyone does not deserve access to traveling. By creating these opportunities for my students, my only hope is that the students learn a little more about themselves, from trying new foods to handling foreign situations to meeting new people. On every trip I’ve taken, the lessons I see my students learn are not things that can be taught in a classroom with a textbook. They are organic lessons that rise out of experiencing the world, lessons like empathy, resourcefulness, and appreciation for different cultures. With each group of travelling students, I see a new band of inquisitive young people craving to see and experience all that the world has to offer.

So go ahead, pack your bags and take your students out – you never know what you may inspire!

Mary Wang is a native of Seattle, Washington, but moved to Philadelphia in 2007 where she taught chemistry for five years at Thomas FitzSimons high school until the school closed in 2012. She then joined the Academy at Palumbo family and currently teaches biology, coaches badminton, and serves as the freshmen class co-sponsor. She also received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in May.

 

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Lecturer Says Rutgers Police Put Him Through a Psychiatric Evaluation Over Tweets

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 16, 2016 - 12:32pm
Some of Kevin Allred's messages asking rhetorical questions about the Second Amendment were seen as threats, he said on Twitter.
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With Postelection Tensions Running High, College Presidents Carefully Choose Their Words

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 16, 2016 - 2:56am
Leaders say they walk a fine line, trying to reassure students who feel threatened without alienating conservatives on campus.
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Oberlin College Fires Professor Over Anti-Semitic Social-Media Posts

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 16, 2016 - 2:55am
Joy D. Karega had claimed that "Israeli and Zionist Jews" were responsible for the 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks.
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How Minority-Serving Institutions Are Responding to Trump’s Win — and Making Their Pitch

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 16, 2016 - 2:55am
Such colleges, in the words of one prominent scholar, are the "antidote" to the blight of minority communities that the president-elect criticized on the campaign trail.
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U. of Oklahoma Student Is No Longer Enrolled There After Sending Racist Texts

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 15, 2016 - 12:45pm
The student was accused of sending threatening messages to black students at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Here's a Rundown of the Latest Campus-Climate Incidents Since Trump's Election

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 15, 2016 - 2:55am
The Universities of Michigan, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, among others, have seen reported racist incidents, some of which seem to have been inspired by the election.
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Columbia U. Suspends Wrestling Team Over Offensive Texts

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 15, 2016 - 2:55am
The university put the season on hold while it investigates racist, sexist, and homophobic messages that it called "appalling."
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Learning From Failure in Student-Success Programs

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 15, 2016 - 2:55am
Three colleges explain what went wrong and how they changed course.
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Awaiting Trump, Scientists Are Caught Between Hope and Fear

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 15, 2016 - 2:55am
The president-elect has alarmed researchers from abroad and, at times, rejected the scientific consensus on climate change and on vaccines. But he has also offered support for the federal role in funding research.
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Villanova Asks Professors to Discuss Postelection Tensions in Class

Chronicle of Higher Education - November 15, 2016 - 2:55am
Amid a spate of racially charged and hate-motivated incidents on campuses since last week, the university stands out for urging its faculty to allow students to speak up.
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