On July 24, Florida high school teacher Robert Goodman posted a picture of himself during chemo treatment. Having run short on sick days, Goodman appealed to fellow school employees, who donated enough days for him to take a semester off and complete treatment.
Goodman’s is one in a slew of stories about teachers and workers donating sick time
or parental leave
, a trend lauded
earlier this summer by Good Morning America. But while it’s heartwarming to see the extent to which teachers support each other, part of the reason that’s true is that teachers have become so acutely economically vulnerable. As his students start school this week without him, lack of paid leave — for personal sickness like Goodman’s, the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a loved one — shows just how vulnerable teachers are, and how inhumane the system has become.
The following is from the site Medium.com, from their series on inspiring teachers. It looks like a good summary of what HiGA aims to be and some of the history of and rationale for this particular kind of education innovation in Japan.
I’ve heard about Fumi during a discussion with Ota Tamaki about the amazing OECD-Tohoku School project that was launched following the catastrophe in Japan in March 2011, and the Innovative Schools Network 2030 project as a successor project of the OECD Tohoku School with broader participants including Hiroshima. In a few words, OECD Tohoku School is a two and a half year project, in which 100 junior high and high school students from disaster areas came together for workshops. Through this project-based learning, the students organized an event in Paris in summer 2014 to appeal the wonders of Tohoku region to the world.
Source: The Hiroshima Global Academy, a Japanese school full of promise.
American universities are using offshore strategies to swell their coffers, skirt taxes and obscure investments that could spark campus protests.
Source: Endowments Boom as Colleges Bury Earnings Overseas
I was putting my 4-year-old son to bed on Monday night, and scrolling through the news in the dark, finding only more darkness beyond. The horror and heartbreak of the bombing in Manchester…
Source: Remembering Mr. Rogers, a true-life ‘helper’ when the world still needs one
Border control did not always dictate immigration policy.
Source: The Lost Immigration Debate | Boston Review
Duke University President Richard Brodhead and Duke Provost Sally Kornbluth seek to reassure students and faculty, calling president’s executive order ‘confusing’ and ‘disturbing.’
Source: Trump executive order called ‘disturbing’ by Duke University leaders, who say they won’t release student data without subpoena | News & Observer
Japan said Shinzo Abe would be the country’s first prime minister to visit the site of the attack, but it now appears that historic occasion actually took place in 1951.
Source: Japanese Leader’s Pearl Harbor Visit May Not Be a First, After All – The New York Times