Sunday, April 20, 2014

Where Are Some of the Worst Sex Ed Programs?

April 18, 2014 by twalker  
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If you think students should get an unbiased and accurate education, then you probably won’t be happy about the state of sex education in America. Around the country, teachers can provide sex education courses that are biased against specific races or ethnicities, that are inappropriate for students’ ages and that promote specific religious agendas, according to [...]

Education in Juvenile Justice System Lacking, Report Says

April 18, 2014 by twalker  
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Many of the teenagers who enter the juvenile-justice system with anger problems, learning disabilities, and academic challenges receive little or no special help for those issues, and consequently fall further behind in school, a report released Thursday concludes. “Way too many kids enter the juvenile-justice system, they don’t do particularly well from an education standpoint [...]

Why is Public Television Against Public schools?

April 16, 2014 by twalker  
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“You’d think that that public television would support public education, but you’d be wrong,” writes Peter Dreier in The Huffington Post. “The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools. PBS has nary a word to say about the big money — from [...]

State Report Card on Digital Learning Shows Improvement

April 16, 2014 by twalker  
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States are passing legislation to improve technology use in K12 classrooms, having debated more than 450 digital learning bills and having signed 132 into law last year, according to the Digital Learning Report Card 2013. But the grades for some states are still failing or near failing. Only two states, Utah and Florida, received As for boosting [...]

Linda Darling-Hammond: New Visions for Assessment and Accountability Key to Common Core Implementation

April 16, 2014 by twalker  
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The American Prospect recently interviewed Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University to discuss the role of standardized testing in the adoption of Common Core and what the tests miss in evaluating student performance. “In California, where the Common Core is being implemented without any high-stakes tests, there’s much less anxiety and debate about the value of the [...]

College Board Provides A Glimpse Of New SAT

April 16, 2014 by twalker  
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Anxious students — not to mention their parents — can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years. Sample questions for the new version of the college-entrance test were released on Wednesday by the College Board, which announced last month that the new test will include real-world applications and require [...]

Slowing the Expansion of Virtual Charter Schools

April 16, 2014 by twalker  
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Another attempt to slow down virtual public charter schools in Maine took a step toward enactment on Monday. The House of Representatives voted 91-56 in favor of LD 995, An Act to Establish a Moratorium on the Approval and Operation of Virtual Public Charter Schools, which heads to the Senate for further votes. House Democrats said virtual [...]

Parents Lean in Favor of Common Core, but Many Unaware

April 15, 2014 by twalker  
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Nearly a year into the widespread implementation of the Common Core State Standards, 35% of public school parents have a positive impression of the new education framework and 28% have a negative impression. Thirty-seven percent haven’t heard of it or don’t know enough to say, according to a new Gallup poll. Among those who say they [...]

Torturing Children at School

April 13, 2014 by twalker  
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Federal investigators have opened an inquiry into the tragic case of a high school student in Bastrop County, Tex., who suffered severe brain damage and nearly died last fall after a deputy sheriff shocked him with a Taser, a high voltage electronic weapon. Complaints about dangerous disciplinary practices involving shock weapons are cropping up all over [...]

How to Start a Successful STEAM Program

April 13, 2014 by twalker  
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As the STEAM movement grows, more and more schools are integrating the arts into their STEM curricula. Those who have already made the transition offer suggestions for schools just getting started. These include the importance of teacher training and something that too many administrators don’t have the patience for: enough time to let the program [...]

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