Posts Tagged ‘small high schools’

12th October

First Published in The New York Sun, October 12, 2007

By Andrew Wolf

On Wednesday a dispatch came from Cleveland with the disturbing news of another incident of a troubled student coming to school with firearms and turning those weapons on his classmates and teachers.

The youngster, 14-year-old Asa Coon, a freshman who was under suspension, arrived at school in the early afternoon with two handguns, went up two flights of stairs to a crowded hallway, and opened fire. Two students and two teachers were injured before the young man fatally turned a gun on himself. His victims are expected to survive. One, a female student, was injured not by the bullets, but was trampled by panicked students.


9th July

First Published in the New York Sun July 9, 2007

By Andrew Wolf

The announcement of a new secondary school, to be opened in September 2009, a school “that will use game design and game-inspired methods to teach critical 21st-century skills and literacies,” bears comment.

This new “Fun and Games School,” as I have named it (it has no official name as of now), is sponsored by a non-profit group, the Gamelab Institute of Play, “that leverages games and play as transformative contexts for learning and creativity.” (more…)

2nd March

First Published in The New York Sun, March 2, 2007

By Andrew Wolf

When the history books are written, it will be noted that the beginning of the end of New York’s grand experiment with mayoral control of the schools came at 6:30 a.m. on January 29, 2007. It was then that the city’s school buses began to roll on new routes suggested by an extraordinarily expensive outside consultant, hand-picked without competitive bidding by the Department of Education.

In a certain sense it is a sad reflection of our times that the outrage over the direction of the schools came as a result of the peripheral issue of bus routes. That eighth-grade reading scores haven’t budged in eight years, a reflection of educational stagnation impacting tens of thousands of our students, doesn’t seem quite as compelling as one child waiting in the cold for a bus that never comes. (more…)

23rd June

First Published in The New York Sun, June 23, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

William H. Gates III, the chairman of the Microsoft Corporation, announced last week that he will be phasing out his day-to-day involvement running the company he founded, in order to increase his participation in his charitable enterprises.

Mr. Gates comes from a household that loves to give away money, so much so that he and his father, William H. Gates II, have raised loud support for the reinstatement of the federal estate tax. It seems that to the Gateses it doesn’t matter much how it goes out the door, as long as their money doesn’t stick around littering the house. (more…)