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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

‘Science gives children the skills to ask the right questions of society’

The Telegraph – Maggie Dallman

” If we can inspire children to ask ‘how’, they stand poised to gain so much; including the life skills to make the right connections to solve problems, says Prof Maggie Dallman.” (more)

Multicultural classroom: Educators encourage foreign language courses in changing times

Lubbock Online – Josie Musico

“Texas graduation requirements include two years of a foreign language. Taking more than that as electives, though, is never a bad idea, say administrators..” (more)

One school puts its mark on Maker Movement

E-School News – Jane Roberts

“The creative, tinkering brain atrophied, and quite logically, people began to think they couldn’t solve the problems they see in the world, says Leigh Mansberg, assistant head at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.” (more)

The Country’s Newest Education Entrepreneurs Congregate in New Orleans

Forbes – Adrianna Lopez

“The diverse group of individuals, who hail from all over the country, will spend one month in New Orleans during a three month accelerator program designed to take their companies to the next level. The remainder of the programing will be conducted remotely.” (more)

The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

NPR – Steve Drummond

“If you’re a 12th-grader right now in the Los Angeles schools, that means you probably started kindergarten back in 2001. It also means that, as of this week, you’ve seen four superintendents come and go.” (more)

What reauthorizing the Higher Education Act means for students

USA Today – Staff Writer

“For the first time since the Higher Education Act was introduced nearly 50 years ago, U.S. student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion.” (more)

Learning from Live Theater

Education Next – Jay P. Greene, Collin Hitt, Anne Kraybill and Cari A. Bogulski

“The nature of culturally enriching field trips is that they are often to places that students don’t yet know they might enjoy. In a previous study, we examined the impact of field trips to an art museum. We found significant benefits in the form of knowledge, future cultural consumption, tolerance, historical empathy, and critical thinking for students assigned by lottery to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (see “The Educational Value of Field Trips,” research, Winter 2014).” (more)

A New Breed of Journalism

Education Next – Michael J. Petrilli

“The conventional wisdom is that the news business is in a death spiral, taking with it serious reporting about all manner of public policy issues. But all hope is not lost, for there’s been a recent, and in my view, surprising revival of education reporting, a resurrection driven by a new breed of journalism (see Figure 1).” (more)

Deborah Meaden: lessons in entrepreneurship have to start early at school

The Telegraph – Josie Gurney-Read

” Lessons in entrepreneurship need to be embedded in the curriculum from an early age so school pupils believe becoming an entrepreneur is an option, the star of BBC’s Dragon’s Den has said.” (more)

Spot the difference: why do more men teach in independent schools?

The Guardian – Lucy Ward

“While women dominate both sectors, significantly more men enter – and stay in – private education. Lucy Ward explores what the statistics mean for teachers’ career options.” (more)