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Friday, July 25, 2014

James Shuls: Privatization In Education Not As Scary As Some Think

Education News – James Shuls

“If the goal is to provide a world-class education to students, policymakers need to avoid the knee-jerk reaction against school choice and recognize that the private sector can help deliver on the promise that every child should have access to great schools.” (more)

Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices…Sahlberg notes how U.S. innovation has helped many successful education systems around the world even as Americans ignore those very same reforms. This is important reading.” (more)

5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

Forbes – Jordan Shapiro

“Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Math and Music: An Inseparable Learning Duo

The Huffington Post – Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

“American K-12 students trail much of the developed world when it comes to math achievements, and more than half of high school graduates are not adequately prepared to succeed in a college math course…One subject area that has long been associated with heightening math skills and aptitude is music.” (more)

Schools Must Abandon Zero-Tolerance Discipline

Education Week – Kavitha Mediratta

“By helping principals and teachers address the underlying causes of misconduct—and giving them options other than suspension and expulsion—forward-thinking school districts across the nation are demonstrating how positive discipline can improve educational outcomes.” (more)

Obama’s ‘Brother’s Keeper’ Program Picking Up Schools, Gaining Steam

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“President Barack Obama began a five-year, $200 million initiative known as My Brother’s Keeper in February, which was slated to help black and Latino youth. This week he announced that 60 school districts would be joining the effort.” (more)

After 20-Year Hiatus, U.S. to Rejoin International Math and Science Test

Education Week – Sarah D. Sparks

“American seniors will once again test their advanced mathematics and physics prowess against that of students in other countries next spring, as the United States rejoins the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study’s advanced program for the first time in 20 years.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why I Encourage Failure in STEM: One Teacher’s Experience in Finding Female Leaders in STEM

The Huffington Post – Julie Rohl

“In the classroom, I see such amazing potential in my female STEM students. I watch them try, fail, learn from the failure, and repeat the process until they reap the rewards of success. As a result, curious female students quickly become confident leaders in STEM. And, considering how much we need female leaders in science, it’s not a moment too soon.” (more)

How A Good Education Can Actually Improve Poor Students’ Health

Think Progress – SAM P.K. COLLINS

“A recent study may have confirmed what public health and education advocates have long tried to argue: a positive and supportive school environment improves the health of children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, ultimately increasing their academic performance.” (more)

U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education

Education Week – Michele Molnar

“U.S. schools and classrooms rank near the bottom among the countries studied in a first-ever report on education innovation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD.” (more)