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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)

Governor: Science, math key – and so is writing

The Argus Leader – Steve Young

“High school graduates in South Dakota looking at $25,000 in debt for a college degree should do the math first, Gov. Dennis Daugaard says.” (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)


Education Next – Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst, Matthew M. Chingos and Katharine M. Lindquist

“It is widely understood that there are vast differences in the quality of teachers: we’ve all had really good, really bad, and decidedly mediocre ones. Until recently, teachers were deemed qualified, and were compensated, solely according to academic credentials and years of experience. Classroom performance was not considered.” (more)

STEM education for kids from underrepresented communities

Planet Engineering – Joy Chang

“The Chicago Pre-College Science & Engineering Program (ChiS&E), an innovative STEM program serving grades K-5, held its first fundraiser at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) on Sept. 11, 2014.” (more)

Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD


“Scientists analyzing data from a map of connections inside the human brain have gained new insights into the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” (more)

Undoing the ‘Rote Understanding’ Approach to Common Core Math Standards

Education News – Barry Garelick

“A video about how the Common Core is teaching young students how to do addition problems is making the rounds on the internet: http://rare.us/story/watch-common-core-take-56-seconds-to-solve-96/ .” (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)

Details of pre-K overhaul in Louisiana unveiled

The Advocate – Will Sentell

“Despite tight state finances, additional financial aid will be needed to make Louisiana’s pre-K overhaul work, state Superintendent of Education John White said Monday .” (more)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Math Skills In Childhood Can Permanently Affect Brain Formation Later In Life

Medical Daily – Dana Dovey

“Not good at math? Don’t worry. According to a recent study, it’s more of a reflection of your childhood memory skills than of your overall intelligence. Researchers looked at the brains of children as they completed math equations and saw the memory section is increasingly used more than counting sections as a child ages. Unfortunately, failure to memorize math when young could affect your brain’s development and leave you forever counting your fingers and toes.” (more)