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Thursday, October 23, 2014

100,000 Strong boosts Mandarin effort

ChinaDaily USA – Amy He

“More and more American students may be studying Chinese, but the number of them studying abroad in China and developing the linguistic competencies to engage with Chinese people remains few…The American Councils for International Education…has partnered up with the 100,000 Strong Foundation to give more American students study abroad opportunities in China.” (more)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why gifted education doesn’t make sense

The Washington Post – Jay Mathews

“A new book out by nationally known gifted-education expert James R. Delisle…says our schools are making war on our nation’s finest young minds by failing to fund enough programs for the gifted.” (more)

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)