Want to know what your old high school is doing to protect and support its LGBTQ students? Write Your Principal
encourages and collects correspondence about anti-bullying efforts between alumni and their alma maters. [via projects
posted by lalex
on Oct 18, 2010 -
was a write-in candidate for homecoming king who won with a majority of the votes. The school administration
took away his crown, saying that since Oak is biologically female, he isn't eligible to win the title. Well, his classmates didn't like that.
posted by domo
on Sep 30, 2010 -
What Really Happened to Phoebe Prince?
Six teens remained charged--down from the original nine
--in the death of Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide after bullying at school
. Legal writer Emily Bazelon of Slate.com continues her investigation of the case with a new three part series:
I've wrestled with how much of this information to publish. Phoebe's family has suffered terribly. But when the D.A. charged kids with causing Phoebe's death and threatened them with prison, she invited an inquiry into other potential causes. The whole story is a lot more complicated than anyone has publicly allowed for. [more inside]
posted by availablelight
on Jul 20, 2010 -
When a person graduates high school as one of the top students, all sorts of grand predictions are made for the person's future. But how many of them end up doing the things predicted of them?
The Buffalo News did a feature in 2007
on what the top students in the Buffalo area from 1987 ended up doing after high school. Some of them have done remarkable things, while others have made their mark in smaller ways, all are interesting in their own way.
posted by reenum
on Jul 4, 2010 -
Prophetic Pictures from Menominie, Wisconsin.
In 1905, high school senior Albert Hansen took photogaphs of his graduating classmates at Menominie HS. Not as they were -- but as they believed, or hoped, or feared they would be in the decades to come. Dorothy M. Jesse was going to be a mathematician,
and Fred Quilling a pharmacist
. Alice M. Tilleson would be a prominent socialite
, whose "eccentric ideas with reference to danger, force her to cling to that old fashioned vehicle, the automobile, instead of the new wheel-less aerial motor car." William C. Klatt, a future physician, would operate on disembodied heads.
And Hansen himself was destined for the hobo's life.
The Wisconsin Historical Society has the whole collection available online
, together with the text from the yearbook and the truth, as best the Society could learn, of how the graduates' actual future compared with prophecy. (Spoiler: Fred Quilling really did become a pharmacist.) Just one of the many remarkable collections at Wisconsin Historical Images
posted by escabeche
on Feb 7, 2010 -
Another institution might be close to biting the digital dust: The high school
. Some are looking at alternative business approaches
. " Last spring was the first time since World War II that University of Virginia students did not publish their yearbook, "Corks and Curls." No one seemed to notice."
posted by Xurando
on Jan 28, 2010 -
Amanda Palmer, of Dresden Dolls fame, returns to her high school
in Lexington, MA to assist with an original, student-written play. Running May 7-9th at Lexington High School
, the play, entitled "With The Needle That Sings in Her Heart", is inspired by (and features live music from) Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
, and is about "Anne Frank as imagined by an artist, and about how Anne uses her imagination and fantasy-mind to escape the horrors she experiences in a death camp." [more inside]
posted by The Pusher Robot
on Apr 26, 2009 -
"This is the safest place these kids have," Mr. McMonigle explains. "No matter how crazy it gets here, no matter how bad the school is, it’s still better than what’s waiting for them out there when they leave. The irony is that after all the bitching and the moaning about how they don’t want to be here, at the end of the day you can’t get them to go home!" School of Hard Knocks
is a heartbreaking 7-part series of articles about kids with behavioral problems in a Philadelpha high school. [2
[via mefi projects
posted by dersins
on Jan 21, 2009 -
("For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology") robotics competition has recently begun it's 2007 competition season. The competition, which began and still enjoys it's greatest popularity in the United States, challenges high-school students and mentors to design and build a (teleoperated) robot to play a game in six weeks. Founded by Dean Kamen
, of segway, IBOT
, the first home dialysis machine
, and clean drinking water
fame founded the competition in 1988 to inspire students to enter the engineering profession. Every year
a new challenge is put forth, and this year's
game involves placing inner-tubes on a cylindrical rack in addition to lifting other team's robots. A sizeable community
has sprung up around FIRST, with much attention paid to Dean Kamen's ideal of gracious professionalism
which is like sportsmanship without the sports.
The 2007 regional competitions
provide teams an opportunity to show off their work.
If you're interested in getting involved, or just watching the events,
FIRST provides a handy Event Locator.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms
on Mar 8, 2007 -
[T]his pattern, grade for the sake of a grade, work for the sake of work, can be found everywhere. Ladies and gentlemen, the spirit of intellectual thought is lost. I speak today not to rant, complain or cause trouble, and certainly not to draw attention to myself. I have accomplished nothing and I am nothing. I know that. Rather, I was moved by the countless hours wasted in those halls. Today, you should focus on your child or loved one. This is meant to be a day of celebration, and if I’ve taken away from that, I’m sorry. But I know how highly this community values learning, and I urge you all to re-evaluate what it means to be educated.
- from a graduation speech by the valedictorian of Mainland Regional High School
, Kareem Elnahal, critiquing his school's education process.
The principal's reaction? “My hope was they did not hear or understand what he was saying. ... He was belittling the diplomas of every one of those kids.”
posted by divabat
on Jul 5, 2006 -
Mascots helping Mascots
High schools across America have witnessed the devastation brought about by several recent natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. An outpouring of sympathy and concern, and a desire to help, have come forth from high schools wanting to assist those in need. To enable schools to help other schools, the National Federation of State High School Associations has initiated a fundraising program called the Mascot Adoption Program.
posted by ColdChef
on Mar 13, 2006 -
"We can't do anything about it. We just have to obey.
" Fulton (Mo.) High School drama students learn that resistance is futile.
posted by Saucy Intruder
on Feb 11, 2006 -
Steuard Jensen for Prom King!
Three nerds get the resident high school science geek on the ballot for Prom King, and...well, you'll have to read the story to get the answer. Like in fiction, sometimes in real life the protagonist/hero comes from the most unexpected position.
posted by Kickstart70
on Jul 22, 2005 -
Beyond the science fair.
Behind a veneer of shoddy web-design lies a brilliant idea: getting grade- and high-school students to do actual scientific work. For example, "10 students from New York, Texas and Virginia joined three World War II veterans and a retired railroader from Virginia" and discovered a way to make walls self-sterilize
. The guy behind it is Carl Vermeulen
posted by greatgefilte
on Jun 7, 2005 -
A high school senior
has been denied valedictorian status because she wasn't enrolled in the high school on the 20th day of her junior year. Why? Because she was in a treatment center receiving help for anorexia. Only in Texas...
posted by C17H19NO3
on May 17, 2005 -
Governors Work to Improve H.S. Education
The nation's governors offered an alarming account of the American high school Saturday, saying only drastic change will keep millions of students from falling short.
"We can't keep explaining to our nation's parents or business leaders or college faculties why these kids can't do the work," said Virginia Democratic Gov. Mark Warner, as the state leaders convened for the first National Education Summit aimed at rallying governors around high school reform.
posted by Postroad
on Feb 27, 2005 -
Book publisher soliciting proposals on a high school marching band memoir. It could have an “American High” structure, in which a reporter follows a number of members of a band for a year, but the tone should be “Freaks & Geeks.” It could be something along the lines of “Drumline.” Or, and this is preferable, it could be a person’s wry memoir of his or her life as a band geek: weirdness on the bus, band sluts, the freshmen who steal your place, rivalries, loathing, the football team, what personality type goes with each instrument, etc. Knowledge of band camp and competitions would be a plus.
post includes the email address of a senior editor at Wiley
to whom you may send your book proposals.
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Oct 8, 2004 -
In a series of essays at Slate (1
) a journalist in his mid-20s lightheartedly recounts the experience of escorting a 17-year-old girl to her high-school prom (purely for journalistic purposes, it's worth noting). Posters at Slate's reader discussion forum, in spite of its supremely cumbersome interface
, express their strong (and not always coherent) disapproval, based mostly on the age difference between the author and his prom date. The author of the essays responds
: "As the film critic Richard Roeper (who is much older, and much more influential than myself) pointed out in Esquire recently, this is indeed a strange cultural moment, one made all the stranger by the fact that we're not supposed to admit [it] actually exists."
I'm not the biggest fan of journalists who engage in seemingly socially taboo behavior for the sole purpose of writing an article, but this made for interesting reading nonetheless.
posted by Prospero
on Jun 17, 2004 -
Poetry isn't free speech for these students.
Bill Nevins, a New Mexico high school teacher was fired last year and classes in poetry and the poetry club at Rio Rancho High School were permanently terminated because he refused to censor a student's poetry that was "un-American."
posted by agregoli
on May 20, 2004 -