Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Linda Darling-Hammond: Time for the U.S. to Learn the Right Lessons from High-Performing Nations Linda Darling-Hammond: Time for the U.S. to Learn the Right Lessons from High-Performing Nations

By Luke Towler According to many lawmakers, the barely average standing of U.S. students in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings is all the proof you need that our schools are failing. They have used the rankings to push ineffective and often destructive policies. But these so-called reformers are missing or ignoring key... [Read more]


On 20th Anniversary of Proposition 187, Latino Leaders Promise Mobilization On 20th Anniversary of Proposition 187, Latino Leaders Promise Mobilization

By Richard Naithram Twenty years ago next month, California voters approved Proposition  187, the infamous state ballot initiative that was designed to cut off immigrants’ access to social services, including health care and public education. The courts would strike down most of the law’s provisions (the state did not have the right to legislate... [Read more]


Another Lousy ‘Reform’ Idea: Eliminating Remedial Education Another Lousy ‘Reform’ Idea: Eliminating Remedial Education

By Mary Ellen Flanery In states including Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Connecticut, lawmakers think they have the answer for students who need extra time and support when they get to college: Take it away. These policymakers have promoted the idea that developmental or remedial education—those extra reading and math classes that students must... [Read more]


Three Things You Can Do To Help Make College More Affordable Three Things You Can Do To Help Make College More Affordable

By Mary Ellen Flannery Last year, seven out of 10 college graduates graduated with student debt, about $30,000 each, and the total student debt owed by Americans topped $1.2 trillion. At those levels, student debt isn’t just a burden — it’s become a barrier to higher education and the American Dream. It’s time to do something about it. On November... [Read more]


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GOP Schooled on Education Politics

Republicans thought this would be the year to make education their winning issue. The plan was simple: Talk up the GOP’s support for school choice — including vouchers to help parents pay for private school — and win the hearts of moms everywhere.  It hasn’t worked out like that. Instead, in Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Republicans are on the defensive about education. “The plethora of education messages hitting races at every level is unprecedented,” said Karen White, political director for the National Education Association, which plans to spend as much as $60 million this cycle. “I really do believe it’s the perfect storm around every officeholder in the country.” Source: Politico


More AP Courses Slated for Major Overhaul

Despite the recent fallout over new guidelines for Advanced Placement U.S. History, the College Board is making similar changes to most science and history AP courses in an effort to emphasize critical thinking. The College Board is in the process of retooling many of its 36 courses to more align with what it sees as meeting the needs of today’s rigorous college instruction. The new courses – from Art History to Physics — will cover fewer topics and aim to address charges that the old courses prized rote memorization over imaginative thinking. Source: The Hechinger Report


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Ahead in Ed

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Find out more at NEA’s Bully-Free: It Starts With Me campaign. Resources include the NEA Bullying Prevention Kit, 10 Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying and the Bully Free: It Starts With Me pledge.


National Hispanic American Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.


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