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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“There is no end to the debate about school reform, but there are certain things about education that seem like no-brainers. The problem is that they continue to be ignored by policymakers and in schools. Alfie Kohn lists 10 of them in the following post, which he first published in the American School Board Journal in 2011, but which holds as true today as it did then.”(more)

Deeper Learning Is a Global Concern

Education Week – Robert Rothman

“While schools and school systems in the United States have been retooling their curriculum and instruction to develop a broad set of knowledge and skills among students, other countries have been doing the same thing. That’s one conclusion from a newly released report issued by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The report analyzed some 450 policies adopted by industrialized countries over the past few years, and found that they generally fell in six categories: ensuring equity and quality in education; preparing students for the future; school improvement; evaluation and assessment to improve student outcomes; reforming governance; and reforming funding.”(more)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

From Student to Teacher: The Rise of Singapore Education

The Huffington Post – David Scott Clegg

“How did an island nation of five million people become one of the elite education systems on the planet? What is their secret, their special formula? What is the Singapore story? Singapore’s meteoric rise as an education power has been nothing less than remarkable. It has taken just over four decades — slightly more than one generation — to evolve from an essentially illiterate nation with virtually no natural resources to a world-class education system, and a rapidly expanding knowledge economy. There was no magic formula for their rise. In fact, it was not even a new formula…there was once a country that accomplished a similar meteoric rise as a society and economy…This country had great leadership, visionary stewardship. It established the best education system in the world, top to bottom. It revered — and supported — its teachers; developed its citizens’ capacity; and produced unparalleled creativity and innovation in modern times. It became the model for free market and a free society. It became the most powerful nation in the world…That was America. This is our heritage as a nation. What we will become, what we are perhaps destined to be, remains to be written — through the actions to be a taken.”(more)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Small K-12 Interventions Can Be Powerful

Education Week – Hunter Gehlbach

“The 2014-15 school year is shaping up to be a litmus test for many of the ambitious initiatives created to address a number of formidable K-12 challenges. As stakeholders in the education of our youths, we should be thrilled if these bold programs improve student outcomes. But do we really need any more comprehensive, costly initiatives to fix our most challenging problems? If history forecasts the future, these large educational investments will pay minute dividends…When we conceive of initiatives from a student-centered point of view, the odds of a positive response from children soar. A burgeoning number of studies are adopting this approach by addressing young people’s basic needs for social connectedness, motivation, and self-regulation. Although small in scope, these interventions yield disproportionately big outcomes.”(more)

Friday, January 2, 2015

It’s All About Education: Some of Education’s Best Ideas from 2014 – Lauri Lee

“As the year winds to an end, it seems like a good time to reflect on the past. Every newspaper and magazine seems to feature a list: what’s in, what’s out; the best movies of 2014; the most interesting people of 2014; the top viral videos of 2014; the most popular songs of 2014; it goes on and on. I decided to make a list of some of the most thought-provoking and innovative ideas in education that I’ve seen this year. Many of them I have written about in this column. These are a few that I didn’t write about, in no particular order:”(more)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why We Must Honor the Teaching Profession

The Huffington Post – Laura Wellington

“To begin righting the U.S. education system, our nation needs to reclaim the belief that the teaching profession is a highly regarded, extraordinarily valuable position in society…We also need to increase the compensation for teaching to levels that invite the best of the best…”(more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Unsatisfied with Student Performance, Utah Business Leaders Release Education Plan


“Utah business leaders unveiled a five-year plan on Tuesday to improve the educational system in the state. The plan comes just one day after test results revealed that less than half of Utah students are proficient in math, language arts, and science.” (more)

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Shape of a Radically Pragmatic College Education

The Huffington Post – Jayson Boyers

“In the two years of 2012 and 2013, the number of college students fell… There were fewer students in 2012 than in 2010…More shocking still is the reporting by the New York Times that 33 percent of universities and colleges will be in danger of closing and are on an unsustainable fiscal path in the next decade should the trend continue…the question is how learning institutions respond.” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The link between housing policy and student achievement

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss

“It may seem intuitive that school reform should be focused on what goes on inside schools — but, in fact, such a singular focus isn’t enough, as current reform efforts have sadly shown. It is impossible to divorce a student’s life outside of school with how well he or she does in class… that’s why housing policy has a strong link to education outcomes.” (more)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Common-Core Side Effects: Worth the Costs?

Education Week – Yong Zhao

“Something is missing in the raging debate about the Common Core…What’s missing in in this debate is an analysis of costs or side effects. That is, even if the Common Core were perfectly implemented, which is a big question, and student learning indeed improved…what would have been sacrificed? And are the sacrifices worth the benefits?” (more)