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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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)

Survey: Foreign Education is Expensive, With US in 3rd

Education News – Grace Smith

“An international education is very expensive in most cases. US students seeking higher education in a foreign country will find that the annual cost for college in Australia is $42,000, Singapore costs $39,000, and the UK will run about $37,000.” (more)

Louisiana ranks poorly in national education assessment

The Shreveport Times – Mike Hasten

“Louisiana hasn’t made much progress in the past seven years in a national assessment of educational achievement.” (more)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Guest: Project-based classrooms help kids become active learners

The Seattle Times – Michael Golden

“With the new school year under way, a major initiative related to class size on the ballot in November, and an unrelenting race-based achievement gap across the country, how we educate our children and prepare them for the world is under the microscope. It should be a wake-up call that we continue to fall behind other countries in educational outcomes. The world is changing at a remarkable pace, yet how we educate our youth remains largely the same.” (more)

How a decade of testing made education ‘significantly’ better

The Washington Post – Jim Tankersley

“Believe it or not kids, there was once a time when public school years didn’t revolve around standardized tests. That time ended in 2002, when President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law. The bill pushed states to set challenging metrics for student achievement, to test kids against those metrics and to take action against schools that didn’t push more and more students to clear the bar every year. By 2014, the law said, every schoolkid in America would need to show proficiency in reading and math.” (more)

Eleven public universities join alliance to help low-income students graduate

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“The idea behind the alliance is to identify successful pilot programs for increasing graduation rates, share them in ways they can be applied on other campuses, and take successful models to scale.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Best Language for Math

The Wall Street Journal – Sue Shellenbarger

“Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for small children to learn counting and arithmetic, research shows.” (more)

Learn Spanish or Get Left Behind

TeleSur – Staff Writer

“By 2050 the United States will be the world’s largest Spanish-speaking nation, the Cervantes Institute claims in a new report on the current state of the Spanish language.” (more)

Learn to love maths

The Guardian – Alex Bellos

“People are scared of maths, but it is the most creative subject of all. Here are some mathematical ideas to get you started.” (more)

Literacy program helps children read at grade level

The Miami Herald – Alexi C. Cardona

“Two plastic crates filled with children’s books were wheeled into the community center of a housing development in Liberty City. A dozen children chattered as they waited for a cardboard bookshelf to be stocked with the books about colors and numbers, sharks, fairy tales and the adventures of cartoon characters.” (more)