Delaware students join National Walkout to protest gun violence

DOVER — Students streamed from Dover High School on Wednesday morning, enduring whipping winds and a 30-degree temperature without complaint. About 450 classmates gathered at Senator Stadium to join tens of thousands nationwide seeking stricter gun laws they believe will quell violence and demanding their voices be heard. Just before the event began at 10:11 […]

State gets grant for education

DOVER — Delaware has received a $500,000 grant for education, the state announced Monday. The grant, the second awarded to Delaware by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, will allow officials to better collect data. “Teachers, school and district leaders and policy makers all need reliable data to help identify and address student needs,” Secretary […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: History lessons lacking in US schools

How well is history been taught in American schools? The stress these days are on science, technology and math, which are of course important — but is history being shortchanged? When I retired to Delaware after a life in education I substituted in local districts. In one school I observed a teacher preparing students for […]

McGarvey to represent Delaware in Poetry Out Loud finals

DOVER — From a competitive field of 12 Delaware high school students, Samuel McGarvey, a sophomore from Tall Oaks Classical School, earned the title of 2018 Poetry Out Loud Delaware State Champion at the state finals held in Dover on Feb. 27. The first runner-up was Dounya Ramadan from Newark Charter Jr./Sr. High School and […]

COMMENTARY: Why arming teachers is not an insane idea

During the meeting with Parkland students at the White House last week, President Trump said arming teachers is a step that can be taken to make schools less-attractive targets for attackers. He said that as things stand, attackers have nothing to lose because no one can shoot back. Is President Trump right that teachers in […]

COMMENTARY: Can schools discipline students for protesting?

Students around the country are turning last week’s heartbreaking school shooting in Parkland, Florida, into an inspiring and exemplary push for legislative change. In the last few days, many people have asked whether schools can discipline students for speaking out. The short answer? It depends on when, where, and how the students decide to express […]

Delaware State Spelling Bee set for Saturday

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WILMINGTON — The buzz has it that the annual State Spelling Bee for grades 4-8 will happen Saturday at St. Mark’s High School, at Anna Graham Theater, at 2501 Pike Creek Road, Wilmington. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the bee commencing at 9 a.m. Seventy-six public, private and home schools across the state have […]

Delaware schools go on the alert

  DOVER — The national gun violence debate has reached Delaware’s classrooms, too. School officials here are formulating a response to upcoming walkouts following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people on Feb. 14. To a far lesser degree, the experience of threats has already arrived […]

Lake Forest’s Harden carries giving spirit

FELTON — From mentoring young students in the Lake Forest School District to volunteering with a local food bank in Felton, 17-year-old Elle Harden has made an impression on people of all ages throughout Kent County. One of those people is his world history teacher, Karen Williams, at Lake Forest High School. “He’s just one […]

COMMENTARY: Changes needed in SEED program

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“It’s time that Delaware vocational schools get back to the mission of trades and certifications, not testing and rankings. Why should an auto tech student take French, pass organic chemistry and graduate with 30 credits in order to be a certified mechanic?” This comment was part of an editorial I wrote in 2014 expressing my […]