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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Americans Want a Bar Exam for Teachers

U.S. News & World Report – Allie Bidwell

“Americans place a great amount of trust and confidence in their public schoolteachers – and in return they want a higher bar for those entering the profession and more support for the men and women educating their children, a new national poll shows.” (more)

Building a Diverse Workforce: Minorities Studying in China

The Huffington Post – Carola McGiffert

“…my job is to increase the number of Americans who study Mandarin and study abroad in China. Why? Because the US-China relationship is the most consequential in the world. The state of global security — whether in terms of climate change or global economic stability; nuclear weapons or public health — depends on how well the US and China collaborate.” (more)

Child poverty rate declines in America for first time since 2000 (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor – Mark Trumbull

“Poverty in America declined in 2013, and the poverty rate went down faster for children than for adults – which is notable not only because they are children but also because the poverty rate for children has long been higher than for adults.” (more)

Keep our republic: Support civics education

Deseret News – Jonathan E. Johnson III

“If we want to come together and solve the pressing problems our country faces, our citizens need to understand the basics of how our government functions. If we want to keep our republic, we need to teach our children how it works and their role in participating and maintaining it as well-informed citizens.” (more)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Achtung baby: the future is bi-lingual

The Age – Julia Proctor

“From Chinese to French, Italian to Japanese, Victoria is on track for every prep to learn a second language from next February.” (more)

Top 15 states for education

The Deseret News – Herb Scribner

“According to the Institute of Education Services, there are about 100,000 public schools in the United States as of the 2010-2011 school year, which is a jump from the 85,000 seen in 1980.” (more)

5 steps to a problem-solving classroom culture

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Problem solving is one of today’s top skills—students who apply problem-solving strategies in the classroom are building important talents for college and the workforce. The math classroom is one of the best places to help students build important problem-solving practices.” (more)

The States Need to Step It Up on STEM

Education Week – Rick Hess

“We talk a lot about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Everyone recognizes that these are critical skills, that the STEM unemployment rate is about half that of other fields, that STEM success is vital to the futures of our kids and our nation, yada yada. But, when it comes to STEM, which states are doing the best, which are doing the worst–and how well are the “best” actually doing? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s new Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on K-12 Educational Effectiveness report has some eye-opening data on this count (full disclosure: I was a partner in this endeavor).” (more)

Demonstrate College Readiness If You Want a Federal Grant or Loan

Education Next – Paul E. Peterson

“Before receiving a federal grant that never needs to be repaid (as is the case with Pell grants and some loans), the recipient should demonstrate that they are worthy of support by passing an appropriate set of examinations.” (more)

Report: Young Families More Educated, But Earning Less

Education News – Grace Smith

“The newly released 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances reveals that the median family with a head who is under 35 years old earned $35,509 in 2013 dollars. When adjusted for inflation that amount is 6% less than similar families reported in the first survey like this one in 1989. Floyd Norris, writing for The New York Times, says that though young families are better educated, but they are earning lower incomes.” (more)