Education News Archive - June 17, 2008

By EMMA PEARCY A newton Abbot school has been praised for the excellent care it provides and the flying start pupils enjoy to school life. Education inspectors say the caring atmosphere pervades the whole of Highweek Primary School.

Playing an active role in every part of school life can be difficult for some youngsters with physical difficulties. This is not the case in Exeter, where a pioneering unit is helping them complete their studies alongside other pupils while still receiving vital health treatment.

Failing Politicians: I noted with great interest the comments made by Ed Balls, secretary of state for children, schools and families, regarding the potential closure of 'failing' schools within the coming months.

Pupils at Paignton community college now have their own student voice. A group of 12 pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 at Paignton Community and Sports College have been encouraged to form a panel with the aim of discussing how they can improve the college's learning environment.

By G. Shanti I AM in complete agreement with Sue Thomas of Kuala Lumpur ("Yes, ministry is to be blamed" - NST, June 9) that we should not revert to teaching our students Mathematics and Science in Bahasa Malaysia.

By OLYMPIA MEOLA The Richmond and Henrico County school boards, hiring their next superintendents, should require performance-based contracts. Then board members should sign it themselves. "The superintendent shouldn't be responsible for one thing and the board not responsible," said Mark E.

By Mensah M. Dean, Philadelphia Daily News Jun. 17--Amid this spring's high-school graduates is a group that has had to overcome more obstacles than most others. They were dropouts or lagged so far behind in credits that they were headed that way fast.

By Stephanie Farr, Philadelphia Daily News Jun.

By Jerry F. Rutledge, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Ga. Jun. 17--HAMILTON, Ga. -- When Christy Cabezas selected a topic for her master's thesis, she didn't wander far from her heart.

By Violet Spader, Enid News & Eagle, Okla. Jun. 17--After 900 school board meetings, Enid Public Schools Superintendent Kem Keithly said goodbye to school board members Monday night. "I've enjoyed it (the past 24 years)," Keithly said.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.