Week Links in Education: Mar. 4

Stories and essays, particularly related to education in the United States, that caught my attention this week. A 🕛 symbol indicates a metered paywall.

In a deadly rail disaster in Greece, the dozens of victims included many university students, returning to Thessaloniki after celebrating Carnival.

Iranian authorities are investigating strange reports that girls in dozens of schools across Iran have been poisoned with unknown substances.

In 2020, during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the former British education minister Gavin Williamson sent WhatsApp messages complaining that teachers’ unions “just hate work.” British educators are not amused.

The campus revival at Asbury University took a new turn this week when Kentucky officials announced 🕛 that an unvaccinated attendee may have exposed 20,000 people to measles.

In Manhattan, the tiny but well-connected evangelical Christian institution The King’s College appears to be in severe 🕛 financial distress. Its journalism chair, Paul Glader, explained that the crisis may be connected with the role of a Canadian billionaire.

The FBI says a former systems administrator for the University of Michigan’s college of arts and sciences threatened to kill Jewish officials in Michigan, including the attorney general, as well as various university employees and public health figures. He said he was fired for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

A jury took less than two hours of deliberation to find a sheriff and detective liable 🕛 for $5 million’s worth of damages after they violently arrested a Virginia high school teacher on false charges of sexually abusing a minor.

In The Nation That Never Was, Kermit Roosevelt III argues that the real American founding happened not in 1776 but a century later. Jamelle Bouie argued 🕛 this week that Florida’s higher education censors should take note.

Three teachers running the pilot version of AP African American Studies spoke with NPR about its contents and effects.

As news organizations focused on the Supreme Court’s imminent decision about affirmative action in college admissions, Julie Wollman and Jacqueline Wallis begged them to pay attention to the colleges that educate 95% of American students, for whom the ruling may be “largely inconsequential.”

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