These terrorists have no religion. They are the enemies of Islam and Muslims. The terrorists have shown that they are cowards and they have no morals and ethics. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a hard-line terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda, have now claimed responsibility for boarding a bus carrying 45 students and teachers at the female only Sardar Bahadar Khan Women's University in Quetta, the capital of the Baluchistan province. Having just completed their day's studies, the girls were targeted by a female suicide bomber who detonated an improvised bomb, killing 14 girls on the spot. Later as the wounded were rushed for emergency medical treatment, three more suicide bombers invaded the hospital, took the injured, their relatives and the medical staff hostage, eventually blowing themselves up. The names of seven out of the fourteen deceased students of have been confirmed as Abida Malik, Riyana Aurangzaib, Sunam, Noorul Ain, Shugafta, Sadaf and Atia, while the identity of other bodies was yet to be confirmed since they were completely disfigured. This, the bloodiest atrocity yet in escalating violence against female students, comes eight months after the attempted assassination of Malala and her two friends Kainat and Shazia, targeted by terrorists just because they wanted to go to school.
Wanted: A real education mayor
The infrastructure for improvement is already in place, thanks to New York?s adoption of the Common Core State Standards. Common Core focuses on the content taught in the classroom, which most reform initiatives to date have ignored, and it is a dramatic educational upgrade. A broad consensus exists among cognitive scientists that building broad content knowledge in the early grades is the best way to raise reading comprehension for disadvantaged children. A knowledge-based curriculum also provides the most promising long-term strategy for preparing all children, poor and middle-class alike, for success in college or for the 21st-century workplace. There will be no overnight double-digit leaps in test scores, as were reported in the Bloomberg years and subsequently discredited. It will take time to change the culture of teaching and restore the priority of knowledge acquisition in the classroom. Many educators suspect that the Common Core is yet another fad; who can blame them?