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Saturday, December 20, 2014

My view: Doing away with cursive is bad idea with serious repercussions

The Deseret News – Rebecca Peterson

“Cursive is under attack. Typing is taking the place of this stylized handwriting, and cursive is being taken out of school curriculum, but at what cost? Few believe that it is an important skill worth teaching. However, learning cursive benefits us in a way that computers cannot, creates a connecting link between the generations and improves the ability to learn basic skills.”(more)

How can education, industry close the skills gap and fill U.S. jobs?

Central Maine –
John McKernan and William Hansen

“An unfortunate irony to emerge from our lackluster economic recovery is that even as millions of Americans remain unemployed or underemployed, too many employers are unable to find qualified candidates for open positions.”(more)

7 ways to keep girls interested in STEM for the long haul

E-School News – Zulma Whiteford

“Engineering is empowering. It encompasses the ability to create whatever you can imagine and thereby change the world for the better. But in the United States, fewer than 15 percent of working engineers are women, despite comprising half of the population. There are a number of possible reasons for this inequality, but a variety of contributing factors take effect at an early age.”(more)

Giving kids ‘Choice’ makes school lunch successful (video)

USA Today – Staff Writer

“How Choicelunch is partnering with schools to bring kids healthier food they’re willing to eat.”(more)

The Global Search for Education: What’s the Secret to Canada’s Success?

The Huffington Post – C.M. Rubin

“In 2003, the provincial government of Ontario, Canada initiated a focus on educational improvement as one of its key strategies for the future success of its people and its economy. Since then, the entire system has dramatically improved. As part of The Global Search for Education series on education system transformations, today we explore the secrets to Ontario’s success.”(more)

Race in school discipline: Study looks at silence among educators

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“Minority students, particularly boys, tend to face far harsher punishments, even at young ages, for the same infractions that non-minority students commit. A new study examines educators’ reluctance to talk about the ways they might view students differently.”(more)

States tackle question of how to boost college completion rates for low-income students

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“New report shows how states like North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida are creating ‘structured pathways’ to help community college students make it through a system where most fail to graduate.”(more)

How two words stir controversy on federal plan to rate US colleges

The Christian Science Monitor – Mark Trumbull

“US Education Department releases its draft framework for ranking colleges and universities, but critics warn that there are difficulties and unintended consequences in using ‘employment outcomes’ as a measure.”(more)

To give their children a better education, parents launch new school

The L.A. Times – Stephen Ceasar

“But Melendrez feared what would come next for her daughter. She could send her to underperforming Jefferson High, or perhaps put her on a bus to a magnet school in the San Fernando Valley. She and other parents lamented the lack of quality high schools in the neighborhood.”(more)

College ratings system may rank loan repayments, graduation statistics

The L.A. Times – Larry Gordon

“The Obama administration on Friday is releasing the rough outlines of a much-anticipated college ratings system that may grade schools on such factors as graduation rates, loan repayments and post-graduation income. Many details remain to be decided over the next few months, with some wary colleges and universities sure to protest any measurements that might hurt their reputations.”(more)