Language students try on traditional clothing in Koreatown

Students don dresses as part of Korean language class

Asian, Education, Featured Posts, New York January 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

About 40 students from Palisades Park High School’s Korean classes took a field trip to Koreatown in Manhattan to experience Korean culture.

From left to right: Selena Maldonado, Djassi Julien, David Ocasio, Nicole Salazar, Jieegy Diawara, Peter Lam

Pre-teens talk Martin’s dream and modern day racism

African American, Culture, Education, New York January 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

“Dr. King’s dream is still alive, but when I go online to YouTube, I see a lot of people making racist videos,” said 12-year-old David Ocasio.

Kids get 20 years of toxic exposure

Kids get 20 years of toxic exposure

Bronx, Education, Environment, In the News, New York January 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

For 20 years students at The Bronx New School (P.S. 51) have been exposed to a deadly chemical that was recently declared to be a carcinogen to humans by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Bickering between teachers, city cost NYC schools $60M

Education, In the News, New York January 10, 2012 at 1:04 am

A disagreement between teachers and the city’s Department of Education has cost New York City almost $60M in federal School Improvement Grants. Amsterdam News reports that both sides have been negotiating for five months, and are yet to come up with an agreeable way to evaluate teacher performance.

Jobs and services at the Brooklyn Public Library struggle to survive amidst millions of dollars in budget cuts.

Brooklyn Public Library facing $17.5M budget cut

Brooklyn, Economy, Education January 10, 2012 at 12:45 am

The Brooklyn Bureau reports that the public library system is barely keeping its head above water after just over $1M in cuts last fiscal year. Now officials are wondering what will happen when that reduction is multiplied by 17.

Newly built music studio at Harlem Renaissance High School where Dawn Landes teaches students to make beats

Harlem’s last chance high school fights for survival

Education, Featured Posts, New York January 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

A Harlem high school that gives a last chance to kids who have been incarcerated, or are returning to school after a teenage pregnancy, is in danger of being shut down. But DNAinfo reports that Harlem Renaissance High School is undergoing its own technological rebirth in a last ditch effort to give some desperate kids a fighting chance.

Dressing for success

Suit Yourself dresses African American, Latino men for work

African American, Education, Latino, New York January 2, 2012 at 8:57 am

“Suit Yourself” began in 2012 when members of a nonprofit noticed that many young men lacked clothing appropriate for entering the workforce.

A mosque and Orthodox synagogue come together under the same roof.

Mosque, synagogue share one roof

Bronx, Culture, Education, New York December 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Only in New York?

Bronx Ink reports that every weekend a rabbi walks 15 miles from Brooklyn to conduct services at a mosque in the Bronx. For more than two years, members of the Chabad of East Bronx have been worshipping at a shul inside an Islamic Center.

Racking up debt in public schools

Economy, Education, In the News December 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

College students are racking up record levels of debt, and we’re not just talking Ivy League here. Our Town Downtown reports that budget cuts and tuition hikes are putting higher education out of reach for many. Public schools are supposed to be the economical way to go about getting a higherRead More

Vacil (3 dots) tattooed between fingers mean jail, the street, or death

“La Mara es mi padre” – how violent gangs recruit teens

Education, Immigration, New York December 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Far from the aggressive images of the Central American Mara Salvatrucha – shaved heads, tattoos on their faces and bodies – the MS13 on Long Island goes about unnoticed. Only the “vacil” (3 dots) tattooed between a person’s fingers, or on the side of their left eye, can identify a member.

Korean comfort women and Holocaust survivors embrace during a historic meeting.

Korean “comfort women” demand apology

East Asian, Education, Featured Posts, Queens December 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Korean “comfort women” met with Holocaust survivors on Dec. 13 in Queens during a historic summit on the horrific experiences the women endured during World War II.

Children at the school playground in P.S. 217

School overcrowding causes concern in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Education, Featured Posts December 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

According to the New York City Department of Education’s 2010-2011 capacity report, about a third of NYC elementary school buildings are over capacity. Nearly a hundred of these schools are in Brooklyn. Out of the 5,003 new seats the department provided to schools this year, Brooklyn— the most populated borough—received only 343 of them.

"If I Were a Poor Black Kid" by Forbes Contributor Gene Marks gets heated responses.

Outrage over Forbes race column

Education, Featured Posts, Opinion, Politics December 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Columnists respond angrily to Gene Marks controversial “If I Were a Poor Black Kid” column in Forbes magazine.

Yasuaki Yamashita speaks to teenagers at the Jane Addams High School in the Bronx.

Atomic bomb survivor promotes peace

East Asian, Education, New York December 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Japanese artist Yasuaki Yamashita was a child on his mother’s knee when the “Fatman” atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Last week Yamashita recounted his experience with New York City teenagers, in an effort to promote peace.

DREAMers can face nightmares

DREAMers can face nightmares

Education, Featured Posts, Health, Immigration December 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Two mental health experts spread the word about mental health awareness after a suicide of an undocumented student in Texas.