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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

COLUMN-Maths and science are increasingly critical to career success: Kemp

Reuters – John Kemp

“More than 30 of the 50 best-paid occupations in the United States require graduate or postgraduate training in STEM subjects, including medical sciences, according to pay data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as part of its annual survey of Occupational Employment and Wages.” (more)

Why language learners don’t have to miss the punchline

The Guardian – Matthew Jenkin

“Humour can help you get to grips with another language – even if this just means laughing at your own mispronunciations.” (more)

Economic Worries Loom as UK Foreign Language Skills Lag

Education News – Grace Smith

“Studying French, German, or any foreign language has dropped to a record low in the UK, writes Graeme Paton of The Daily Telegraph. Paton says the number of A-levels in traditionally popular foreign languages has halved in the past 10 years, among other troubling statistics:.” (more)

Ferguson Teachers Use Day Off As Opportunity For A Civics Lesson

NPR – Elise Hu

“Chaos and unrest overnight have kept the National Guard in the suburban town of Ferguson, Mo., for a second day, and the local school district has canceled classes for the week. After two nights of violent clashes this week, neighboring Jennings School District is out of class, too. So this morning, instead of being in the classroom, 150 area teachers took part in some unusual professional development: picking up broken glass, water bottles and tear gas canisters from the stree.” (more)

Prepping students with autism for life after K-12

E-School – Laura Devaney

“Transitioning to higher education or the workforce is a challenge for most K-12 students, but it can be more challenging for students with autism as they learn to navigate new environments.” (more)

10 privacy steps for every district

E-School – Keith Krueger

“It would be hard to name an issue that has taken the education technology world by storm as has student data privacy over the past year. To address this issue, CoSN published our Protecting Student Privacy in Connected Learning toolkit in March to help districts navigate FERPA (Family Education Rights & Privacy Act) and COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act).” (more)

What’s Behind the Declining Support for the Common Core?

Education Next – Michael J. Petrilli

“Results from the annual Education Next poll are out and the news is not good for us proponents of the Common Core. Support among the public dropped from 65 percent to 53 percent in just one year (from June 2013 to June 2014); support from teachers plummeted from 76 to 46 percent. Republicans are now almost evenly split on the issue, with 43 percent in support, and 37 percent opposed.” (more)

Judge blocks Louisiana governor’s move to scrap Common Core tests

Reuters – Johnathan Kaminsky

“In a blow to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s move to withdraw his state from Common Core education standards, a state judge on Tuesday blocked Jindal’s plan to scrap a key set of standardized tests due to be introduced in the coming school year.” (more)

Los Angeles schools to ease discipline policies to stem dropouts

Reuters – Daina Beth Solomon

“Los Angeles schools will take a more lenient approach to offenses such as alcohol possession and fighting to allow students a better chance to graduate, officials said on Tuesday.” (more)

California high school seniors beat national averages on ACT exams

The L.A. Times – Staff Writer

“California high school seniors outperformed their peers nationally in all categories of the ACT college entrance exam this year, according to data released Wednesday.” (more)