Arabic: Making it Mandatory?

(Photo courtesy of Yael) Forget just making foreign language credit mandatory, Mansfield ISD in Texas is making Arabic classes mandatory. Or at least they tried. Protesting parents have put the plan to a temporary halt. The proposed 2012 Arabic course offering is due to a $1.3 million Foreign Language Assistance Program grant from the Department of Education … Continue reading

How the U.S. plans to transform education

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released the finalized version of the previously announced draft of the National Technology Education Plan, which incorporates the idea that “through technology we can create more effective and more engaging learning experiences for all students” (Duncan). This plan, titled “Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology,” has five crucial elements to … Continue reading