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Monday, July 28, 2014

Has freshman year in college become grade 12½?

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Once upon a time I taught college English at a local community college, but not any more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still on faculty and scheduled to cover three sections of freshman composition this fall. But it has become obvious to me that I am no longer teaching “college” English.” (more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Brain imaging proves second language learners can process language to nativelike levels

Medical Xpress – Christine Metz Howard

“With enough practice, some learners of a second language can process their new language as well as native speakers, research at the University of Kansas shows.” (more)

Which states are best to grow up in? Oregon is No. 30; which is No. 1?

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“A report out Tuesday morning dings Oregon as a below-average place for children to grow up, mainly because so many parents of young children struggle to find full-time work and to pay for housing.” (more)

Editorial: It’s vital we keep STEM at top of curriculum

The News-Journal – Editorial

“When people complain about the performance of our public school systems or how U.S. students compare with those from other countries, someone often will argue that schools fail to teach the right subjects.” (more)

Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor

The New York Times – David Leonhardt

“The phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations” is inevitably associated with George W. Bush, who used it frequently. But whatever your politics, the idea has undeniable merit: If schools don’t expect much from their students, the students are not likely to accomplish much.” (more)

States with the costliest teacher attrition

E-School – Laura Devaney

“Teacher attrition costs the United States up to $2.2 billion a year, and states including California and Texas are among the top when it comes to financial impact.” (more)

Money-Ed

Education Next – Patrick J. Wolf

“The cost of public education is largely ignored by both the media and education policymakers. Many people think it is awkward, complicated or destroys the intrinsic and infinite worth of public education to inject hard-nosed considerations of efficiency into America’s schools.” (more)

Bill Gates On Higher Education

Forbes – Lucie Lapovsky

“Bill Gates addressed the business officers of colleges and universities Monday at the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers in Seattle. He began from the premise that “all lives have equal value” and that the United States stands for equal opportunity.” (more)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Study: For poor teens, better schools equal less risky behavior

The Christian Science Monitor – Stephanie Hanes

“Low-income teenagers are significantly less likely to engage in certain risky health behaviors, such as gang membership and binge drinking, when they attend high-performing schools, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.” (more)

The Truth About School Lunch: Kids Like Salad Bars

Boston.com – Joan Salge Blake

“A new study published today in the journal Childhood Obesity shows that 70 percent of elementary school leaders (mostly food service directors and principals) nationwide reported that students generally like the healthier school lunches, which include meals with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.” (more)