Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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

October 20, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

Most States Still Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession

October 17, 2014 by twalker  
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States are providing less per-pupil funding for kindergarten through 12th grade than they did seven years ago — often far less. The reduced levels reflect primarily the lingering effects of the 2007-09 recession.  At a time when states and the nation need workers with the skills to master new technologies and adapt to the complexities [...]

NEA President: We Need ‘Brave Solutions’ on Testing

October 17, 2014 by twalker  
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Recent statements by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of the Great City Schools, and a new report from Center for American Progress have confirmed that too often and in too many places, the education system has turned into a system of teach, learn and test with a focus on punishments [...]

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

October 17, 2014 by twalker  
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It’s become quite clear that modern education must encompass more than just academics, and that matters of the heart must be taken seriously and nurtured as a matter of priority, says school psychologist Lisa Currie. Scientific studies prove that kindness has many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits. And children need a healthy dose of the [...]

How a National Moratorium on Standardized Testing Could Work

October 16, 2014 by twalker  
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The National Center for Fair & Open Testing, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the misuse and abuse of standardized tests, has issued a new call for a full-scale testing moratorium. While it’s no surprise that this group would seek a testing moratorium, it nonetheless comes at a time when the call is falling on more receptive ears [...]

Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens’ Health

October 16, 2014 by twalker  
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Many parents have pushed for a later start to the school day for teenagers, with limited success. But parents just got a boost from the nation’s pediatricians, who say that making middle and high schoolers start classes before 8:30 a.m. threatens children’s’ health, safety and academic performance. “We want to promote safety with kids,” says Dr. [...]

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

October 16, 2014 by twalker  
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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 immigration [...]

Another Lousy ‘Reform’ Idea: Eliminating Remedial Education

October 15, 2014 by twalker  
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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 take when [...]

‘Deeper Learning’ Improves Student Outcomes. But What is It?

October 15, 2014 by twalker  
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The pressure is on teachers this year. Students are preparing to be tested on the new, tougher Common Core State Standards in over 40 states where, in many cases, teachers will be evaluated on the outcome. But a new report published by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has identified a school reform with proven results in [...]

High School Students Are Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests

October 15, 2014 by twalker  
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If you think teenagers always pay a penalty in performance when they juggle multiple media devices, think again. A new study conducted by high school students finds that some youngsters do equally well on tasks when moving between their laptops, smartphones and other devices, compared to less media-obsessed teens. “Maybe practice really does make perfect,” [...]

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