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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)

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)

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)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Inslee Outlines Early Childhood Education Plans for Washington

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has introduced a plan to upgrade education in the state, including working on the preschool program for poor children, creating a full day kindergarten program, and hiring 7,000 more teachers in an effort to reduce class sizes among the first three grade levels in all elementary schools.”(more)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

States Scramble to Explain Low Teacher Prep Grades

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new report on national teacher preparedness has many states scrambling to explain why they received poor marks. The 2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook, put out by the National Council on Teacher Quality, gave Wyoming a D- for its new teacher preparation. The state ranked 49th in terms of its education of teachers in terms of preparing students for higher education.”(more)

Bloom’s Critical Thinking Questions To Use In Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Critical thinking is an essential skill in the cognitive development of students. It is probably the number one skill teachers would mention when asked about the skills they target in their instruction. Critical thinking is also the key to developing other equally crucial thinking habits such as divergent, lateral and convergent thinking. Critical thinking starts with asking and answering critical questions. By critical questions I mean those questions that enable students to categorize, infer, synthesize, evaluate and apply the knowledge they have accumulated in the past to solve existing problems and learn new information. This is a well thought-out process in which students get to challenge their cognitive capacities and explore novel thinking paths.”(more)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Arizona schools launch Mandarin learning programs

The Arizona Central – Mark Olalde

“In the face of shifting geopolitics, Arizona schools have begun adapting academic programs to better prepare students for a competitive global workforce. The newest additions to Valley schools are Mandarin language immersion programs. At least five schools already have programs, and more are in talks to do the same.”(more)

Why language skills are great for business

The Guardian – Lucy Jolin

“Don’t know your bonjours from your buongiornos? You’re not alone: three-quarters of British adults can’t speak a foreign language competently[PDF]. But the benefits of being able to communicate with overseas clients, suppliers and buyers are huge – as are the costs of lacking that facility.”(more)