Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GOP Schooled on Education Politics

October 20, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

More AP Courses Slated for Major Overhaul

October 20, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

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. [...]

‘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,” [...]

Are U.S. Public Schools Really in Crisis? Hardly, Says Expert

October 14, 2014 by twalker  
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Polls about education in the US quickly find a paradox: most people like their neighborhood schools, but they think education as a whole in the US is going downhill. Everyone thinks their neighborhood school is the exception, not the rule. Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, makes another [...]

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