All posts in "Education"

White woman, black man shock the audience awake

By Cathryn Wellner / July 15, 2015

Darius Simpson and Scout Bosley step up to the microphone and do something completely unexpected. They change places. If that sounds like a simple matter of switching mikes, watch what happens when they also switch roles. Simpson speaks his lines as though he were a woman, Bosley as if she were a black man. The […]


Best summer homework assignment ever

By Cathryn Wellner / July 1, 2015

An Italian teacher’s unusual summer homework assignment has gone viral. Cesare Catà told his students at Don Bosco High School to turn off their devices and go outdoors. They have a beautiful place to do that, in Fermo, an ancient Roman colony in the hill country above the Adriatic Sea. Catà posted his vacation homework […]


Your heart will break open reading these notes

By Cathryn Wellner / June 1, 2015

Some people were born to teach. Kyle Schwartz is one of them. Wanting to know her students better, she gave them an assignment: Take a note card and write on it things “I wish my teacher knew.” She could never have anticipated the deeply personal responses she would receive. Or perhaps she could have because […]


Poking fun at e-reader critics

By Cathryn Wellner / May 29, 2015

A Chilliwack, British Columbia, book store called The Bookman created a delightful video “All About Them Books!” (embedded below) and set it to Megan Trainor’s catchy song, “All About That Bass”. As a reading lover who adores everything about books, I smiled at its celebration of small books, tall books, hardcover books and paperback books. […]


Thanks, Teach…here’s $10,000

By Cathryn Wellner / May 27, 2015

  An apple maybe. A card or a letter…even better. But a cheque for $10,000? That is an exceptional way of thanking a teacher whose guidance influenced a young person’s trajectory. Kevin Perz never forgot the teachers whose belief in him set him on a path of success. Their encouragement can be seen in his […]


Pedicab driver turned philanthropist

By Cathryn Wellner / May 20, 2015

  By the time Bai Fang Li died in 2005, he had donated 350,000 yuan to enable more than 300 young people to receive an education. He did it all with the small amount of money he made as a pedicab driver. When Bai retired the first time, he was 74 years old. He left […]


Share your love of books

By Cathryn Wellner / May 11, 2015

  If you missed World Book Night on April 23rd, you missed a treat. But you never have to miss it again. The UK’s Reading Agency launched the initiative on March 5, 2011. The next year they changed the date to coincide with World Book Day. By 2015 Germany and the US had joined the […]


Bad kids gone good

By Cathryn Wellner / April 29, 2015

  They are kids without a future. They are from San Francisco’s hardest neighbourhoods. Some know the foster system all too well. Others have spent time in juvenile detention. “Domestic violence” is more than a phrase to many of them. When Teresa Goines was a juvenile corrections officer, she saw them cycle through a revolving […]


Fans support cheerleader with Down syndrome

By Cathryn Wellner / March 30, 2015

Some people don’t get it. They think bullying someone just because she seems “different” to them gives them status. Kenosha, Wisconsin’s Lincoln Middle School taught the hecklers an inspiring lesson. Desiree Andrews is a beloved member of the cheerleading squad who just happens to have Down syndrome. During a basketball game, some of the lesser […]


The 90-year-old primary school student

By Cathryn Wellner / March 23, 2015

Priscilla Sitienei has brought babies into the world for 65 years. Now she wants to do something more for them. The Kenyan woman, who is in her 90s, wants to inspire them. To do so she has become the oldest primary school student in the world. Six of her own great-great-grandchildren are in class with […]

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