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Contrary to popular (read: my) belief, it turns out that “joining the United States Army” does not immediately translate to “picking up a rifle, getting a crew cut, heading down to a state with a disturbingly low Starbucks-to-person ratio, and cracking push-ups with a tank top-clad Demi Moore on a cement floor as some kind […]


Panel puts focus on gender in education

As a female graduate student at (practically) all-male Yale, Cynthia Russett GRD ’59, Ph.D. ’64 knew she was in a tough position. But she did not realize exactly how tough that position was until, sometime in 1958, a dean told her flat-out: “You girls are not here to interrupt the studies of our men.” Forty-six […]


NASA’s a blast at Sheridan

On Thursday afternoon at Sheridan Communications & Technology Middle School, a group of 50 students sat transfixed by a video of a space shuttle blasting off. Just another middle school science class — except that most middle school science classes are not taught by men who have logged 734 hours in space. And most middle […]


Gehry explains his deep portfolio

Famed architect Frank Gehry led a capacity crowd on a virtual tour of his portfolio Thursday night, touching on works both prominent (EuroDisney) and, well, less than prominent (a bus stop in California). Known for buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Spain and the recently-completed Disney Concert Hall in California, Gehry received the Pritzker Prize […]


High schoolers to watch Rep’s ‘Lear’

In two weeks, the cast of the Yale Rep’s production of “King Lear” will perform for a pretty discerning audience. It will not be members of the British monarchy — a la “Shakespeare in Love” — or even a group of eminent theater critics. Instead, for a week-long period, the actors will deliver their lines […]


Third-graders learn about government

Thanks to a pilot oral history project, a local third-grade class now has a pretty advanced understanding of political science. The only problem: it seems some forms of government are quite a mouthful. “It was really cute — they couldn’t pronounce ‘monarchy,’ so they kept saying ‘monachracy,'” said Mary Ellen Leuver ’06, one of five […]


Panel challenges No Child Act

Like many education advocates, attorney Alice O’Brien dislikes the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), signed into law by President Bush in 2002. So when asked Sunday at a Law School panel what Congress should do to improve the federal policy, O’Brien put her feelings in no uncertain terms. “Revisit the whole thing,” she said. […]


Chapel-Howe residents prevail

Residents and retailers at the intersection of Chapel and Howe streets can now breathe a sigh of relief — at least temporarily — after the New Haven City Plan Commission recommended Wednesday night that officials consider alternative sites for the relocation of a magnet arts high school. Ward 2 Alderwoman Joyce Chen ’01, who organized […]


City superintendent is up for nat’l award

After nearly 12 years as New Haven superintendent of schools, Dr. Reginald Mayo has already received a substantial number of awards for his work in public education. But last fall, as school administrators readied his application for yet another award — Connecticut Superintendent of the Year — Mayo told them not to worry too much […]


Race poses challenge 50 years after Brown

It’s been 50 years since Brown v. Board of Education put an end racial segregation in American public schools. But at a Monday night “Education Exchange” panel sponsored by Students for Teachers, professors and students agreed that the landmark case only marked the beginning of efforts to sort out the complex relationship between race and […]