Today is a rather special Monday – it’s Valentine’s Day, of course, and also the 376th anniversary of the Boston Latin School, the country’s first public school (founded in 1635). So with love and hope for erudition in our hearts, here is a special installment of our weekly link roundup – featuring all romance and education-focused articles from around the blogosphere.

  • Do you know where your Valentine’s roses came from? GOOD magazine published a piece about the darker side of the flower industry (poor wages and unsafe working conditions for flower farm workers in South America, where many of America’s flowers originate) and how to ensure that your flowers do not support these unfair practices.
  • On a related subject, the Mother Nature Network offers 5 sustainable chocolates to buy your sweetheart on V-day.
  • And for folks who kinda want to forget this Hallmark holiday altogether, the anti-poverty non-profit organization, Acumen Fund, is calling to rebrand Valentine’s Day as “Generosity Day.” On February 14, share your love and kindness with the world through random acts of generosity, and follow Generosity Day on Facebook and Twitter at #generosityday.
  • JTA reports that Hebrew University is welcoming twelve American students who had to leave their study-abroad programs in Egypt over the last two weeks.
  • AVODAH fellow Samantha Waxman writes about the growing technology gap in America and how it impacts education.