education

April 2, 2015 - 10:29am
Muhammad is familiar with the conditions of public schools and has close ties to the greater Syracuse community.

When Mark Muhammad was a young child, his father would drive him and other children around local neighborhoods in a garbage truck belonging to the Syracuse Department of Public Works. They took rakes, shovels and brooms and went to work cleaning up the clutter that laid on city streets.

But after a month went by and the mess returned, Muhammad would get frustrated and ask why they were doing it. No one else was out cleaning, and he couldn’t stand the work in the first place.

February 11, 2015 - 1:48pm
Students formed teams, constructed robots and pitted them against one another in the statewide robotics competition.

The crowd roared at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena and Events Center.

“30 seconds left in the round. 30 seconds," an announcer blared into the microphone. "Blue team leads red team. Looks like it’s going to be a close one folks.” 

February 9, 2015 - 12:27pm
Dr. Umar Johnson, a school psychologist, said that the educational testing system is America's new Jim Crow.

Psychologist Umar Johnson said that test culture, underrepresentation of black teachers in schools and the political issues involved in the educational reform have left African Americans behind in his speech Thursday night at Gifford Auditorium.

December 22, 2014 - 11:06pm
Marc Gosselin, principal of Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary near Philadelphia, inherited a budget that provided only 40 cents of support to each student.

Located on the edge of Philadelphia, Anna Lane Lingelbach Elementary school is one of the most underfunded schools in Pennsylvania.

When Marc Gosselin started as the Germantown school's principal in August 2014, he was shocked to learn his operating budget for the 2014-2015 academic year was less than 40 cents for each of its 400 students.

Gosselin, and the students of Lingelbach Elementary school, had been allotted $160 by the City of Philadelphia school system for the year.

October 28, 2014 - 10:57pm
Syracuse inner-city high schools strengthen programs to help students graduate with more than just a diploma.

It isn’t too often you see 17-year-olds eagerly go home to explain to their mothers the exact medical terminology for a nosebleed or why their clavicle is sore. But this is exactly what Henninger High School students on Syracuse’s west side are doing now, thanks to its new medical assistant program.

October 15, 2014 - 11:21pm
All Syracuse young children to receive books every month.

With the support of the city of Syracuse, the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County received $50,000 from the Common Council on Monday to expand a childhood literacy program. The coalition’s executive director Ginny Carmody said this has been the goal of the program since its inception four years ago.

“We’ve always wanted to provide books to every child in the city,” she said.

March 27, 2014 - 1:42am
The former Congressman from Texas and presidential candidate discussed national issues to a sold-out audience at Hendricks Chapel.

Former U.S. Rep. and Republican candidate for president Ron Paul spoke at Hendricks Chapel Wednesday night about many issues, but heavily emphasized individual liberty.

“The answer isn’t in more government, the answer is for more liberty for individuals to take care of themselves,” Paul said.

April 7, 2013 - 5:31pm
The food and drink tasting event drew large crowds to the Museum of Science and Technology even during the SU Final Four game against Michigan.

If you weren't watching the Syracuse-Michigan basketball game and needed something else to do on Saturday night besides spill beer on your orange Final Four T-shirt or shout “Go Cuse!” at a bar's TV, "Tap into the MOST" at the Museum of Science and Technology was definitely the best way to spend your night. 

February 20, 2013 - 8:07pm
A group of Honors students check out Aikido of Central New York for an evening of education and empowerment.

Samurai warriors in kimonos, high kicks soaring through the air, swooshing limbs: all stereotypical images that flash when one thinks of Japanese martial arts. Aim for the kill and -- KA-POW!

A group of Syracuse University students swapped stereotypes for reality though when they visited Aikido of CNY this week and got a crash course in the martial arts.

May 18, 2012 - 6:42am
Educators and students from Syracuse to California joined a live Twitter chat this spring about social media in the classroom.

Social media has emerged as a dominant force in society. Everywhere we turn there are examples of sites like Twitter and Facebook being used in new and innovative ways.

How is this affecting how teachers teach and how students learn?

Are social media tools being utilized to their fullest potential?