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Friday, August 22, 2014

Back-to-school food: 5 worst and best things to pack in your child’s school lunch

Oregon Live – Grant Butler

“The new school year is almost here. If you send your child to school with a packed lunch, you want to make sure it’s not loaded down with lots of fat, sodium and dreaded high fructose corn syrup. Here are 5 suggestions for the worst things you can put in a school lunch, and 5 foods to consider:.” (more)

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

NPR – Juana Summers

“When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not lines. But sentence diagramming brings geometry into grammar.” (more)

Will Your Children Be Able To Get A Good Job In The Age Of The Smart Machine?

The Huffington Post – Edward D. Hess

“According to research teams at MIT, IBM and Oxford, the skills that today’s young people need to develop in order to compete for the jobs of the future are higher-order critical and innovative thinking and high social and emotional intelligence — skills that technology can’t easily replicate now.” (more)

Is a gap year after high school a smart financial decision?

The Star – David Friend

“Is there value in a “gap year” after high school? That’s the question Jonathan Nikodem faced when he graduated and weighed the financial and personal benefits of taking a year off before university.” (more)

Don’t Blame School Choice for Philly’s School Funding Fiasco

Education Next – Jason Bedrick

“Philadelphia’s government schools are in the midst of a financial crisis and anti-school choice activists think they found the perfect scapegoat.” (more)

Stuck in the Middle with State-Level Reform

Education Next – Andy Smarick

“In back-to-back days last week, I had the chance to spend time with different groups of leaders interested in improving state-level reform work.” (more)

Ender’s Game Science? US Dept of Defense Funds Testing with Kids

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“The motivation behind the Center for Game Science (CGS) has come into question because of its involvement with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA).” (more)

LAUSD report faults iPad bidding

The L.A. Times – Staff Writer

“The groundbreaking effort to provide an iPad to every Los Angeles student, teacher and school administrator was beset by inadequate planning, a lack of transparency and a flawed bidding process, according to the draft of an internal school district report obtained by The Times.” (more)

Florida governor vows record education spending in re-election bid

Reuters – Bill Cotterell

“Governor Rick Scott, under intense criticism by his main opponent for cuts in school spending, on Thursday promised record spending on education next year if he wins a tough re-election campaign.” (more)

Judge blocks North Carolina school voucher program

Reuters – Harriet McLeod

“A North Carolina judge on Thursday blocked the state’s new school voucher program, saying it unconstitutionally diverted money from public education to private schools, many of them religious.” (more)