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From Activism to Inequality: This Week's Top 7 Education Stories

The School that Banned Homework 

High Schools Are Failing to Prepare Students for Higher Education How Jeff Sessions Stymied Educational Equality in Alabama 

Is This the Classroom of the Future? 

The High-School Student Detained Due to Trump’s Immigration Ban 

The Hot New Brand of Higher Education 

 How Activist Groups Mobilize for a Presidential Fight 

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The Year of the Lie: Fake Ed-News

The Year of the Lie: Fake Ed-News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The actual truth about public schools? Well, as always, it's complicated. And we are not fond of complicated, in America. We'd rather grab onto a catchy meme--Dump Devos!--than explicate the pros and cons of a national curriculum, explore the long-term consequences of privately-managed, publicly-funded schools, or carefully deconstruct overly casual (not causal) use of student achievement data.
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10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in 'XQ Super School' Contest

10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in 'XQ Super School' Contest | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new school for homeless and foster students, a former dropout factory, and a school formed around student-led projects are among the 10 designs receiving $10 million each from the XQ Super School Project.
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The NYT Magazine Ed. Issue: Restorative Justice, Substitutes, and Gay Teens - Education and the Media - Education Week

The NYT Magazine Ed. Issue: Restorative Justice, Substitutes, and Gay Teens - Education and the Media - Education Week | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There are even a couple more education features in the magazine issue. Here's hoping the Times's pending focus on a digital-first approach to education coverage doesn't foreclose the continuation of a good Sunday read with the magazine's annual education issue.
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Teach For America: Is The Next Generation Still Relevant?

As I write this post, about 4,000 new “corps members” are spreading out around the country to attend one of Teach For America’s 17 “summer institutes“ as their first step towards becoming classroom teachers in some of the most difficult low income rural and urban public schools in our country.

TFA is a national phenomenon, now at 25 years old, with over 50,000 alumni and a crazy-low acceptance rate that rivals getting into Harvard. Yet most of the press that it gets focuses on the recruiting problems they continue to have. I
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Gates Foundation failures show philanthropists shouldn’t be setting America's public school agenda

Gates Foundation failures show philanthropists shouldn’t be setting America's public school agenda | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Philanthropists are not generally education experts, and even if they hire scholars and experts, public officials shouldn’t be allowing them to set the policy agenda for the nation’s public schools. The Gates experience teaches once again that educational silver bullets are in short supply and that some educational trends live only a little longer than mayflies.
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A Simple Cure For Education's Jargonitis

A Simple Cure For Education's Jargonitis | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It can be hard to make sense of the words used by people who want to make schools better. Here's our Reader's Guide, using the most common words in English.
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Harvard University Has A Bold Plan To Transform K-12 Education

Harvard University Has A Bold Plan To Transform K-12 Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The school is working with six cities to reinvent their education systems.
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Principal to N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: Stop spreading a false narrative about public education

Principal to N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: Stop spreading a false narrative about public education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
'Mr. Governor, you, like many of your elected colleagues, are lawyers, not educators. I am an educator. I have been throughout my professional life. I do not know the law, and would never try to speak with any conviction about what should happen in a courtroom.'
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Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving

Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To better understand how educating individuals can make a global difference, consider what we should stop doing, what we should start doing, and what we should continue doing.
Heather Perkinson's insight:

This essay is by David B. Hawley, International Baccalaureate Chief Academic Officer.

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Proposal Would Increase Education Funding by Taxing Wealthy

Proposal Would Increase Education Funding by Taxing Wealthy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
AUGUSTA, Maine — It's been 12 years since voters approved an initiative requiring the state to fund 55 percent of the cost of public education in Maine.
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The Lost Purpose of School Reform by Diane Ravitch

The Lost Purpose of School Reform by Diane Ravitch | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Federal education law originally had one overriding purpose: to send federal funding to schools that enrolled large numbers of poor children.
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Congress should rewrite No Child Left Behind to help schools improve, not punish them on Friday - The Hechinger Report

“Thirteen years of NCLB has produced a number of lessons about what works and what doesn’t work in school improvement. It might be time to take a look at data dashboards as a new way of approaching school accountability.”
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Teachers: Think Twice When You Read These 13 Words

Teachers: Think Twice When You Read These 13 Words | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

We all want the best for students, but if you see these 13 words in a teaching resource, beware! Stop, and carefully read what the authors recommend. 

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John Dewey in the History of Education | Explore Taylor & Francis Online

John Dewey in the History of Education | Explore Taylor & Francis Online | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To mark the centenary of Dewey’s Democracy and Education (1916), and in view of the worldwide migration of the text and its discourses, the History of Education Society UK has collaborated with the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, to encourage debate between philosophers and historians on issues of change and continuity from the publication of the original work up to the present and into the future. A joint conference ‘Dewey’s Democracy and Education: 100 years on’ to be held in Cambridge UK in September 2016 will feature 125 papers from 25 countries. Democracy and Education was translated into 38 languages, and Dewey was invited to make extended visits to Japan (1918/19), China (1919-21), Turkey (1924), Mexico (1926) and Soviet Russia (1928), as well as South Africa for the New Education Federation World Congress in July 1934; though by now in his sixties, each of these visits in turn influenced the progress of his thought as his writing and his influence continued into old age. Given his complex and often contradictory impact in so many cultural and economic contexts over the subsequent century, Dewey and his entire opus continues to provoke new historical and philosophical research by educationists. (To read the editorial in full click here)

Enjoy free access to an array of articles focusing on John Dewey in the History of Education. These articles are free to access via this page until the end of November 2016.
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Student-Centered Learning Can Modernize Schools

Student-Centered Learning Can Modernize Schools | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Tailored student-centered approaches can improve student achievement and attainment, writes Nellie Mae Education Foundation president Nicholas C. Donohue.
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Portland must change how it teaches students of color

Portland must change how it teaches students of color | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Portland prides itself on its diversity — both in its schools and broader community. Unlike many Maine communities, Portland Public Schools offers the opportunity to learn from and grow with students from diverse backgrounds. Unfortunately, this diversity often ends at the school entrance.
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21 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know

21 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There are many exceptional female leaders in the world of education, and here are 21 who are doing extraordinary work in education.
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Diane Ravitch has a most unusual conversation with a billionaire school reformer

Diane Ravitch has a most unusual conversation with a billionaire school reformer | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us - Will Richardson

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us - Will Richardson | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I’ve been collecting a list of these “things that we don’t really want to talk about in education” in hopes that it might challenge us to bring those elephants out into the open and ignite some much needed conversation about how to deal with them. Here are nine of them
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How high school would be different if students could design it - The Hechinger Report

At a kid-designed high school, more technology and dancing in the halls, less testing
by SARAH GARLAND February 26, 2016
The day would start later and end earlier. Testing and school uniforms would be banned. There would be dancing in the hallways. And – some changes adults might get behind, too – there’d be more art, more projects and more computers.
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Talk to Teachers: Students Share How and Why They’d Change Education

Talk to Teachers: Students Share How and Why They’d Change Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Shannon Carey has been exploring powerful writing with her class of juniors in an Oakland, California public school. To help her students see why powerful writing matters, she’s framed it as a form of powerful resistance, a way to be heard on the issues young people care most about. That framing makes the imperative of writing clearly and with force more explicit to these young people who have already experienced their fair share of discrimination and alienation.

Carey asked her students to read James Baldwin’s essay “A Talk to Teachers,” in which he lays out the the influence teachers have to shape a new generation of thinkers and revolutionaries who will change the society we live in
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A student tells teachers: Show students you care and high schools will improve - The Hechinger Report

A student tells teachers: Show students you care and high schools will improve - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
William Smith, formerly an alternative school where more than half of students are poor enough to receive free or reduced-price lunch, went from dropout factory to a model of success. In 2008, only about a quarter of seniors earned a diploma, according to state data. Last year, 66 percent graduated. Educators attribute the transformation in part to the school’s adoption of project-based learning and a new emphasis on leadership among its 300 students.
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Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored (Alfie Kohn)

While many such statements are banal, some are worth noticing because in our school practices and policies we tend to ignore the implications that follow from them. It’s both intellectually interesting and practically important to explore such contradictions: If we all agree that a given principle is true, then why in the world do our schools still function as if it weren’t?
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Superintendents issue ‘clear and compelling vision’ for school reform

Superintendents issue ‘clear and compelling vision’ for school reform | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The manifesto moves away from standardized test-based accountability systems.
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