On a Sunday evening almost fives year ago, Donna Benjamin walked out into her backyard and sat down on a step.
There is a chance that Adriene Vaughn could do better in her classes if she tried harder. Her problem, she reasoned, must be that she is lazy. Over the last nearly seven years of her undergraduate career, Vaughn, 24, transferred from a historically black university, then to a community college and finally to The University of Alabama.
A great deal is wrong with Alabama’s public education system. Among the many problems are an inequitable and insufficient funding structure, a lack of flexibility and control at the local level, and a shortage of highly trained and motivated teachers. It seems everyone has different ideas about how to address these and other shortcomings that consistently have Alabama’s public education system ranking near the bottom in the country.
Education Outreach will begin expanding in the spring semester in an effort to get more UA Honors College students involved in Tuscaloosa area schools. The purpose of Education Outreach is to take Honors College students and have them mentor and guide preschool, elementary and middle school students in Tuscaloosa, but getting the wanted number of volunteers has been difficult to obtain. “Our biggest focus right now is getting more students that we’re reaching because we do pull from Honors College volunteers, so it has been difficult in the past to get the numbers we want,” said Ann Varnedoe, executive director of Education Outreach and a junior majoring in psychology and African American studies.
Who: Students enrolled in “The Nineteenth Century City” and Victoria Ott, Birmingham Southern University Associate Professor of History. What: Students will present an exhibit on young women in the 19th century who attended female institutions of higher learning in west Alabama and other areas around the country.
If you’re like me, you are feeling pretty bummed today about not getting a ticket to see Bill Nye.
The University of Alabama’s secondary math education program in the College of Education has received recognition from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The NCTM two-year designation asserts that the program is strong and improving in focusing on the preparation of future mathematics teachers. “You know, you’re always examining your program and trying to improve it,” said Dr. Jeremy Zelkowski, director of UA’s secondary math education program.
The rising costs of textbooks should be of no surprise to any college student. Many of us have experienced the pain of shelling out $200 for a single book, which to our disappointment we discovered to only have been referenced once throughout the entire semester.
We may not have a holodeck or a world within the matrix, but we are one step closer every year. This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo revealed new worlds in virtual reality headsets.
Lawmakers in Montgomery were called into special session this month to determine their course of action in addressing a massive deficit in the state general fund budget.
A lot of attention has been brought upon Governor Robert Bentley’s recent appointment to the Alabama State Board of Education.
Linda Creek was planning to pursue a degree in special education at The University of Alabama when she was forced to drop out, get a job and take care of her family. Her mother was sick, and her father, who worked for 35 years at a paper factory, lost his job. Almost 40 years later, Creek returned to the University through New College’s LifeTrack program to complete her lifelong dream of education. At Honors Day, Creek was awarded the Alice Parker Award, named after a long-working University professor, for her love of [learning] and the humanities.
Al’s Pals, an after-school mentoring program that serves four elementary schools in the Tuscaloosa community, is developing a positive relationship between college-student volunteers and elementary students.
This week's topic for The University of Alabama’s Honors College's town hall meeting was “Making the Grade: Reforming Alabama’s Education,” a discussion about the main challenges in Alabama’s school system.