Methods for Educating Special-Needs Students

Special needs students are often the most challenging to teach yet also the most neglected by politicians and government educational policymakers. The number of students in special education has skyrocketed since the 1980s and only stabilized in the last few years. During the 2008–2009 academic school year, about 6.5 million students aged 3 through 21 were enrolled in special education …

Learning (and Loving) a Foreign Language

Throughout my high school years, among the things always stashed away in my frayed lime-colored backpack, alongside my IB Chemistry study guide and a slew of math practice tests, was a sheet of vibrantly pink construction paper. On this were written a number of short songs, rhymes, charts and acronyms, all thought up to help students of Spanish nail down …

Documenting Intimate Partner Violence

One in four women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or partner at some point in her life. Although women of all ages are at risk for domestic and sexual violence, those ranging from 20 to 24 years old (prime childbearing years), face the greatest risk of experiencing nonfatal intimate partner violence (IPV). …

Harry Potter: Why Do Muggles Hate Magic ?

“Knew! Knew! Of course we knew! How could you not be, my dratted sister being what she was? Oh, she got a letter just like that and disappeared off to that — that school — and came home every vacation with her pockets full of frog spawn, turning teacups into rats. I was the only one who saw her for …

The Struggle between Science and Liberal Education

Since the nineteenth century, the value and compatibility of science in academia has been called into question. In an age that emphasizes industrialization and technological progress, the shift towards more vocational curricula has pushed liberal education to the back burner, giving rise to the notion that students cannot undergo both kinds of learning at the same time. However, as professions …