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How 6 Billionaires Are Changing Education

How 6 Billionaires Are Changing Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Roger Riddell, edudemic

 

What role do the mega-rich and mega-powerful play in education? Did you know that billionaires are changing education? Time to read up.

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Why We Need To Reform Education Now

Why We Need To Reform Education Now | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sir Ken Robinson, Huff Post

 

What should America do about its disastrous high school dropout rate? That's the focus of TEDTalks Education, the first ever TED/PBS television special, hosted by John Legend, the award-winning musician. The program looks not only at what's going wrong in high schools, but how to put it right. As it happens, the solution is not a mystery; but putting it into practice will involve a major shift in current policies.

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States' Online Testing Problems Raise Common-Core Concerns

States' Online Testing Problems Raise Common-Core Concerns | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michelle R. Davis, Education Week

 

Technical glitches during recent online assessments in a number of states are prompting worries about schools' ability to administer common-core testing in 2014-15.

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Best Articles this Week for Parents on Learning and Education

Best Articles this Week for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week California Governor Jerry Brown showed political grit. He announced plans to tackle the intractable problem of unequal public school funding caused by local property tax traditions. Will citizens in affluent neighborhoods allow funds from their schools to be redirected to improve school quality for other people’s children? The Governor promised opponents “the battle of their lives.” ● For parents with kids graduating from high school, read the eloquent article on parents’ love, by Adam Gopnik, writer at The New Yorker and brother of Alison Gopnik, renowned expert on babies’ cognitive development. 

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How 6 Billionaires Are Changing Education - Edudemic

How 6 Billionaires Are Changing Education - Edudemic | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Roger Fiddell, edudemic

 

What role do the mega-rich and mega-powerful play in education? Did you know that billionaires are changing education? Time to read up.

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Jerry Brown: Education Funding Equity the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

Jerry Brown: Education Funding Equity the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Siders, Sacramento Bee

 

"This is a matter of equity and civil rights," Brown said at a news conference flanked by local school officials. "So if people are going to fight it, they're going to get the battle of their lives, because I'm not going to give up until the last hour, and I'm going to fight with everything I have, and whatever we have to bring to bear in this battle, we're bringing it."

 

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Charter Schools Practice Selective Admissions

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by Stephanie Simon, Reuters

 

An investigation by Reuters finds that many charters use strict selection criteria even when kept from doing so by state or federal law.

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Two poles of ed reform: Do charters get the results because they cherry pick students, and leave the less promising to regular public schools?

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Who Was Named the National Teacher of the Year?

Who Was Named the National Teacher of the Year? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Donna Gordon Blankinship, AP

 

A Washington state science teacher who helped transform his small school into a place where nearly every student graduates with some college credit was named as national teacher of the year.

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Ed. Companies Exert Public-Policy Influence

Ed. Companies Exert Public-Policy Influence | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michelle R. Davis, Education Week

 

Some experts are alarmed at what they see as increasingly aggressive moves by companies, but others see those moves as the natural interplay between the private and public sectors.

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California Democrats blast efforts to overhaul schools

California Democrats blast efforts to overhaul schools | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times

 

California Democrats on Sunday condemned efforts led by members of their own party to overhaul the nation's schools, arguing that groups such as StudentsFirst and Democrats for Education Reform are fronts for Republicans and...

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Two articles, one from the NYT and one from the LA Times, reflect the two poles of education reform.  

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Framing the School Technology Dream

Framing the School Technology Dream | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Larry Cuban, Education Week

 

For decades, advertising has promised faster, better, easier learning with technology, Larry Cuban writes.

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The slide show by itself makes the point, and entertains.

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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education

Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week the bombings in Boston capture our attention. Articles here provide useful advice on how to talk to your children about these events.

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Parents Choose Unique School Takeover Model in ‘Trigger’ Vote

Parents Choose Unique School Takeover Model in ‘Trigger’ Vote | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Natasha Lindstrom, Hechinger Report

 

In the latest test of California’s controversial “parent trigger” law, South Los Angeles parents have voted to transform their struggling neighborhood school into a charter school hybrid beginning this fall, organizers announced Wednesday.

 
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Unlearning Mistaken Ideas

Unlearning Mistaken Ideas | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, The Creativity Post

 

'The psychological study of misconceptions shows that all of us possess many beliefs that are flawed or flat-out wrong—and also that we cling to these fallacies with remarkable tenacity'.

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Rifts Deepen Over Direction of Ed. Policy in U.S.

Rifts Deepen Over Direction of Ed. Policy in U.S. | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michele McNeil, Education Week

 

Not since the battles over school desegregation has the debate about public education been so intense and polarized, observers say, for rarely before has an institution that historically is slow to change been forced to deal with so much change at once.

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Good summary of the two poles of education reform, the organizations on both sides, and surprising recent events.

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How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Mind/Shift

 

Using tech tools that students are familiar with and already enjoy using is attractive to educators, but getting students focused on the project at hand might

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Parent Cortical Mass's comment, May 7, 2013 12:07 AM
You're welcome. This was a good one from Annie Murphy Paul, one of my favorite writers on topics about learning and education.
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Can computers really grade essay tests?

Can computers really grade essay tests? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

 

The National Council of Teachers of English say "no," even if there is new software that says "yes."

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What is a "Good" School? Lessons from a Graduate Class at Stanford

What is a "Good" School? Lessons from a Graduate Class at Stanford | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Larry Cuban, School Reform and Classroom Practice

 

Most often, students judge each of the model schools they have read about and we have discussed in great detail, “good.” Afterwards, I ask them to write down answers to two additional questions that cause much consternation among them.


The questions are: Would you teach at the school you have said was “good?” Would you send your children to the school you have judged “good?

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There are many good schools we would not want to send our kids to.  Why?

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Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education

Top Articles of the Week for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

The most talked-about topic this week covered the feasibility of new tests used for accountability. These new high stakes tests, aligned to the academically challenging common core standards, were rolled out in NY, causing a hub bub.

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Conflict Creates Better Education Results?

Conflict Creates Better Education Results? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joseph DiSalvo, San Jose Inside


I strongly believe that without the entrepreneurial dollars spent on creating high performing charters, we would not be having this conversation. The status quo must be changed for the sake of our economic and social future as a region, state and nation.

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The two poles of ed reform: the op-ed says despite Diane Ravitch's arguments against education philanthropists, their charter schools are creating healthy competition.

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The Principalship: How High-Poverty Schools Are Getting It Done

The Principalship: How High-Poverty Schools Are Getting It Done | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Karin Chenoweth and Christina Theokas, Educational Leadership

 

To anyone who cares about ensuring that all children are educated to a high standard, it is depressing to look at one of those graphs that show schools by percentage of low-income students on the x axis and academic achievement on the y axis.

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Texas Legislators Seek to Pare Standardized Tests

Texas Legislators Seek to Pare Standardized Tests | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Morgan Smith, New York Times

 

With parents and educators denouncing Texas lawmakers’ efforts to uproot the standardized testing program, legislators are critical of the tests’ developer, Pearson.

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The Texas legislature is rethinking the laws they passed about standardized tests. 


"Legislators may not have recognized the influence of testing companies, he said. “There is just an inertia to not appreciating the money being made by private industry in public education.”

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Moving Ahead With Common Core

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The Editorial Board, New York Times

 

Test scores will fall at first in schools where the new and more rigorous state tests have been rolled out, but the long-term payoff is what matters.

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Two articles, one from the NYT and one from the LA Times reflect the two poles of education reform.  

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Michelle Rhee fends off accusations

Michelle Rhee fends off accusations | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

 

Michelle Rhee , head of an influential education advocacy group that backs using student test scores to evaluate teachers, this week fended off accusations that she failed to pursue evidence of cheating when she ran the District of Columbia school...

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Move over IQ, these learning strategies trump smarts for success

Move over IQ, these learning strategies trump smarts for success | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by The Great Schools Blog

 

Smart kids need more than IQ. Here are five good study habits for academic success - and five that aren't as effective as you might think.

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