December 18, 2012 |
As the horror unfolded in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, dozens of news sources reported a striking element of the story: that Nancy Lanza, mother of shooter Adam Lanza, was a teacher at the school where her son killed 26 people before killing himself. This account persisted — in news reporting and in conversation — and seemed to fill in a critical element of the tragedy: a motive. As it turns out, she was not a teacher . Nor does it appear that Nancy Lanza had been a...
April 7, 2013
In his April 4 column " Reading, writing and white guilt ," George F. Will accused the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction of considering "instruction" to be synonymous with "propaganda" and "indoctrination" because students were asked to contemplate white privilege. Why readers should agree with him is not something he explained. When did social studies become a subject in which studying the societal impact of an observable phenomenon is something to be derided and avoided?
September 15, 2011
Mary Pearce, 96, a former substitute teacher and volunteer, died July 14 at her home in Silver Spring. She had Alzheimer's disease and suffered from dehydration. The death was confirmed by her granddaughter-in-law, Teresa Fanflik. Mary Edith Hoffman was born in Baltimore and moved to this area as a young woman. In the 1950s, she was a substitute teacher at the old Ager Road Elementary School in Hyattsville. She was a founding member of St. Matthew's Parish Day School in Hyattsville, where she taught preschool classes.
March 17, 2013 |
By 8:30 a.m., a second-floor faculty lounge is transformed, and the rush is on at Cava Java, a coffeehouse tucked inside a Silver Spring high school. Teachers wait in line to buy a cup of fresh brew, a sliced bagel, an oversize muffin. But the idea at work goes far beyond breakfast. One student rings items at a cash register. Another stirs up steamy hot chocolate. Nearby, Nick Jennings-Corrales arrays frosted donuts on small paper plates. All the students have disabilities. "It's the most valuable part...
May 26, 2012
Melanie D. Strudler, a physical education and substitute teacher with Montgomery County schools, died May 25 at her home in Silver Spring. She was 61. She had pancreatic cancer, said her husband, Lewis Strudler. Mrs. Strudler began her teaching career at Winston Churchill High School in the early 1970s and served as a substitute teacher until her death. In recent years, she served as a Red Cross volunteer at the old Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she helped with the physical therapy of amputees and other...
May 5, 2008
Among the roughly 2,000 students who will graduate from Howard University on Saturday, one -- Ashley White -- has come a long, long way. From homelessness and teenage motherhood, she will graduate magna cum laude with a degree in television production and plans for graduate school. "I did it," White said. "I completed this huge goal. " White was the subject of a Washington Post article in 2004 that drew a big response from readers. A District spelling bee champ, she had been featured in a documentary, "Spellbound," about the 1999 Scripps...