May 1st, 2012
01:38 PM ET

Surveillance in the classroom?

CNN education contributor Steve Perry says educators should better police themselves in the classroom.

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May 1st, 2012
01:16 PM ET

Today's Reading List

Here's what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today:

Thomas B. Fordham Institute: Is there anything “common” left in Common Core?
Kathleen Porter-Magee says that the debate over the Common Core standards has very little to do with the content of the standards, and more to do with the politics of education reform. Illinois considers charging kids for riding school buses
Illinois education officials are considering allowing the state's school districts to charge students to ride the school bus. Local officials across the state are queasy about the measure, saying it hurts low-income students. IOWA PRIDE: Conference To Confront Bullying
Two weeks after a bullied teen committed suicide, 150 other homosexual teens gathered for the Iowa Pride Conference. The Iowa Pride Network says that schools should set up gay straight alliances in high schools, which the group claims can reduce verbal and physical harassment of gay teens.

KSLA12: Students ordered to cut, dye "gang related" hair styles
School officials said that a reddish dyed streak in some students' hair could be a symbol of gang activity and have ordered students with the hair style to cut or dye their hair. Some parents reluctantly obeyed the order, while Tameka Brooks pulled her two sons out of school, claiming that the district was engaging in racial profiling.

Edutopia: Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement
Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her 220 eighth graders "What engages students?" Working with peers, using technology and connecting projects to the real world topped the list.

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May 1st, 2012
06:22 AM ET

Compton kids learn to fly after school

Compton kids learn to fly after school

By Sonya Hamasaki, CNN

Compton, California (CNN) – On a sunny afternoon at Compton Airport, 9-year-old Jose Pineda runs across the tarmac and makes a beeline for a single-engine Cessna.

He's completely at ease –- clearly in his element –- laughing and joking about a special celebration coming up. A birthday. He runs his hand along the side of the plane and walks underneath the wing, clearing it with a foot of headroom to spare. He swings open the door and climbs into his seat on the left side of the plane - the pilot’s seat.

Pineda carefully checks the instruments on the console. He picks up a two-way radio to talk to some "grown-ups" who run air traffic control. His seatbelt clicks and he's ready for takeoff. That's right, Pineda is a pilot; a "veteran," he tells us. He’s been studying aviation since he was 6.

Inside the hangar, Pineda's friend, Tasneem Khatib, is also preparing to take to the skies. At 11, she off to a bit of a late start.

And then there’s 16-year-old Keilyn Hubbard, dressed to the nines in a navy blue pilot's suit. Sure, he’s at least old enough to drive, but he's also training for his first solo flight.

Just who are these kids?

They're not child actors filming a movie about kids who fly. Nor are they privileged child prodigies who set aviation records.

Jose, Tasneem and Keilyn are part of a unique afterschool program for inner city youth offered by Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum in Compton, California.
Here, hundreds of children – as young as 5 – are learning how to fly. They learn about aerodynamics, math and science. They’re coaxed to sit in helicopters and play with the gears, and they practice flying on flight simulators until they're ready for the real thing.

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