As we wait for the Spring semester to begin and for normal scheduling to resume, we hope that the Gottesman Libraries’ Daily News posts are helping to keep you informed and updated. Today’s post features articles (and one video) about non-traditional approaches to learning. As always, our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on Newseum.org.
The Fresno Bee, published in Fresno, California
This video profiles 12 year old Sammy Taylor and Joseph Oldham, a pilot and president of New Vision Aviation, a non-profit organization based in the San Joaquin Valley of California. New Vision Aviation provides low or no cost flight training to young people from low income communities, with the hope of diversifying the population of trained pilots, and of providing professional skills to people who will be entering the workforce.
The Olympian, published in Olympia, Washington
A proposal to redistribute the days in the school year to include longer breaks in the fall, winter, and spring, and to shorten the summer break by three to five weeks is being met with some pushback from area parents. The proposal, intended to provide a more consistent learning environment throughout the year, is targeted in particular towards students from lower income homes, who may not have access to learning opportunities during the summer break.
Valley News, published in West Lebanon, New Hampshire
In response to concerns about Critical Race Theory, Republican politicians in New Hampshire have devised a bill that is intended to prevent teachers from “indoctrinating” students by teaching information that the bill’s creator’s believe are biased against the United States and its founders. Area teachers are rallying against the bill, saying that it does a disservice to both students and teachers, and calling it misguided and an overreach.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, published in Arkansas
Around the country, a shortage of teachers and other school staff is creating a challenge for local school boards who aim to keep schools open if at all possible. In addition to tapping the pool of retired teachers, substitutes are being drawn from a multitude of sources, including state workers, parents, and the National Guard. School board members are also needing to be innovative about filling other roles, such as custodial staff.
Battle Creek Enquirer, published in Battle Creek, Michigan
Casa de Rosado, an art gallery in Lansing, Michigan, is exhibiting a collection of art created by young refugees. The Samaritas Youth Refugee Art exhibit gives a platform to people who immigrated to the United States as refugees to share their stories and introduce themselves to the communities they live in.