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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wanted: Long-Term Thinking about Technology and Education

Scientific American – Ben Nelson

“The rampant spread of technology-mediated learning has set off fits of hype and hand-wringing—yet the U.S.’s traditional centers of higher education have mostly failed to confront the pace of change and the implications for students. There is probably no way anyone can keep up with this transformation: the technology is simply evolving too rapidly. Nevertheless, we keep trying. Will these developments truly serve our goals for advanced education? We need to know urgently.” (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)

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)

Rare enterovirus in US children: what’s going on?

PLOS – Lindsey Kobayashi

“Recently, a mild-to-severe respiratory illness in children in the Southeast and Midwest United States has been emerging. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that between mid-August and September 11th, 2014, their laboratory has confirmed 82 cases in six states of Enterovirus-D68(1). This figure doesn’t include non-confirmed cases and cases tested outside of the CDC laboratory; the true number of cases is certainly higher, with hundreds of children reportedly showing symptoms.” (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)