HERE’S a multiple-choice question: if the federal government penalises states where pupils do badly in school, but lets the states themselves set the pass mark, will the states a) make the tests harder; or b) dumb them down?
Small wonder parents are crying out for grades that mean something.
Parent Cortical Mass's insight:
Good summary of where we are on the Common Core. Learn about: NCES, National Governors Association, Council of Chief State Officers, PISA, OECD.
One might expect me to recommend things related to the use of technologies in schools. But what I think of as high-quality, technology-rich education for all students in schools depends upon fundamental changes in our national system of schooling and national ecology of learning. Education technology needs education reform much more than education reform needs education technology.
President Obama today unveiled a bold, new initiative called ConnectED to connect 99 percent of America’s students to the internet through high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless within 5 years, calling on the FCC to modernize and leverage its existing E-Rate program to meet that goal. The President also directed the federal government to make better use of existing funds to get Internet connectivity and educational technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained on its advantages. And he called on businesses, states, districts, schools and communities to support this vision. This ambitious initiative does not require Congressional action.
How to promote ethical behavior on the job? “A common opinion is that the way to avoid ethical lapses is to figure out how to hire good people,” writes Christopher M. Barnes on the website of the Harvard Business Review. “Good people do good things and bad people do bad things: it’s as simple as that.”
In a paper published earlier this week in the journal Science, researchers report that they have found three robust regions in the human genome that are tied to educational attainment, writes Paul Voosen in the Chronicle of Higher Education. But the links they found...
Have you been hearing about “grit” and “character education”? Watch the TED talk by Angela Duckworth, the U Penn researcher whose work launched the grit offensive, and see what you think. Wonder why so many tech leaders say kids need to learn to code? Mitch Resnick’s simple stories will help you understand. Then, check out the list of 40 Tools that get kids coding.
Long before Amy Chua’s provocative 2011 memoir,Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, raised the bar for tough-love parenting, psychologists at UC Berkeley were studying the effects of three kinds of child-rearing: authoritarian (too hard), permissive...
by Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney, Real Clear Politics
In this month’s employment analysis, The Hamilton Project examines whether starting college is worth it for students who fail to complete a degree. Our startling finding is that it is: these students’ lifetime earnings are roughly $100,000 higher (in present value) than that of their peers who ended their education after high school. Measured by the rate of return, getting some college is an investment with a return that exceeds the historical return on practically any conventional investment,
A coalition of education organizations and unions that support the Common Core State Standardsissued an open letter on Thursday backing a moratorium of at least one year on the high stakes associated with new standardized tests being given to students that are aligned with the Core.
When you relocate it generally takes two years before your new city feels like home. With some effort you can shorten that time, but you cannot get the time below one year. One year is the minimum, sorry.
Will Common Core, designed to standardize the curriculum in core academic subjects and eliminate differences in the definition of student proficiency, affect the public's perception of the quality of their state and local schools?