WORLD NEWS: Week in Review – February 20 – February 26, 2017

Garn Press values primary sources and seeks out original video accounts and world news to report, share, and annotate with Garn Press readers.

Beyond Grades Part Three: “How is My Child Doing?” by Garn Press Author Russ Walsh

In previous posts in this series on grading, I have argued first that grades fail to motivate genuine learning and second, that they provide only vague unhelpful feedback to students. But what about parents? Many teachers say that they must give grades because parents demand them. It is true that most parents view grades as useful feedback, primarily, I believe, because we teachers have sold grades as effective feedback for 150 years. Parents want an answer to the question, “How is my child doing?” For most parents, grades seem to provide the answer to that question. Read feature.


VIDEO PLAYLIST: Advice for Young Scientists – Nobel Laureates Share their Advice for Science Students

Part of Garn’s mission is to support scientists and educators of conscience whose work is ignored or denigrated by political decisions makers, corporate self-interests, and the mainstream media.  At Garn it is not enough to garner the thinking of great scholars of the past. Garn’s Mission is also to search for the original thinkers of the 21st century. In this video playlist Nobel Laureates share their advice for science PhD students and post-docs as part of the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative. Watch videos.


VIDEO: Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

At Garn Press we believe we need to know as much as we can about the way the world works – and doesn’t work, what’s happening now and how we can respond to the events that are taking place. It is a long time since so many Americans have taken to the streets and there have been only a few occasions when they have done so with such determination and fervor and each time they triumphed. It can be done. The people have the power when they coalesce. The protesters, rich and poor, of every hue it is possible for a human being to be, of different ethnicities and religions, old and young, little children and babies, immigrants and citizens alike are standing together in solidarity. So far, over 4,700 local groups have registered at  Read and watch.


Education Reform in the Absence of Political Courage: Charleston (SC) Edition by Garn Press Author Paul Thomas

Words matter, and thus, I must apologize by opening here with a mundane but essential clarification of terms. As I have written over and over, everything involving humans is necessarily political, even and especially teaching and learning. Therefore, no teacher at any level can truly be apolitical, objective. Taking a neutral or objective pose is a political choice, and an endorsement of the status quo. Read feature.


People’s March for Education Justice – March 4, 2017 – Organized by the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE)

In response to Trump, Betsy DeVos, and the Republican Party’s push to privatize public education, many professors of education, teachers in public schools, parents, students, and community members across New York State will march on March 4, 2017 for education justice. There is no doubt that we must all act. Marches are being organized across New York State – Buffalo, Kingston, Long Island, New York City, Rochester and Schenectady – organized by the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE).  More march Information here.


VIDEO & PHOTOS: “I Am Muslim Too” Rally in Times Square, New York City – February, 2017

Thousands of people gathered in New York City’s Times Square Feb. 19 for the “I Am Muslim Too” rally organized by Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons to support those affected by President Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Demonstrators brought signs that said, “I am a Muslim too” and American flags and were joined by notable supporters including NYC Mayer Bill de Blasio, Imam Shamsi Ali, Rabbi Marc Schneier, Susan Sarandon, Daisy Khan, Linda Sarsour and many leaders from the community for this event in support of equality, tolerance, human dignity and human rights, supporting American Muslims. At Garn Press we applaud the marchers and thank them for their commitment. Read and watch.


Indie Movie Theaters Across the Nation to Protest Donald Trump by Screening the film Adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984

In response to President Donald Trump’s proposed plan to eliminate humanities agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Indie movie theaters across the U.S. will be screening the film adaptation of English author George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, which features the late John Hurt. On April 4, 2017, this national screening day will take place in more than 85 theaters across 34 states. Learn more.


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