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How We'll Learn in 2013

How We'll Learn in 2013 | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Getting Smart

 

Here are three big stories concerning education and learning that you'll be hearing about in the year ahead—and some pointers on how to think about them.

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Will Longer School Year Help Or Hurt US Students?

Will Longer School Year Help Or Hurt US Students? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Associated Press

 

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a chief proponent of the longer school year, says American students have fallen behind the world academically.

 

"Whether educators have more time to enrich instruction or students have more time to learn how to play an instrument and write computer code, adding meaningful in-school hours is a critical investment that better prepares children to be successful in the 21st century," he said in December when five states announced they would add at least 300 hours to the academic calendar in some schools beginning this year.

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Why Teachers Secretly Hate Grading Papers

Why Teachers Secretly Hate Grading Papers | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by John Tierney, The Atlantic

 

For many, it's the most stressful part of the job -- partly because it's so hard to be fair.

 

"How can any teacher be confident that his or her assessment of student work is always fair and accurate in the face of such vagaries? An essay that earns a B+ at one moment might earn a B- the next day. It shouldn't be that way, but any honest teacher will admit it's true."

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Are you are a parent who has never been a teacher? The information divulged in this article could make you a more emphathetic, and thus smarter, parent. 

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High desert charter school first success for parent trigger law

Mojave Desert parents made history Tuesday by becoming the first Californians to successfully use the state’s landmark parent trigger law to win approval of new charter management for their failing school.
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What English Classes Should Look Like in Common Core Era

What English Classes Should Look Like in Common Core Era | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Carol Jago, Washington Post

 

The claim that the Common Core State Standards have abolished the teaching of literature makes for a great headline.  Who wouldn’t get hot and bothered over the idea that high school students will no longer be reading “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Crucible,” and “Invisible Man?” I would be up in arms, too. Fortunately, nothing in the standards supports this claim.

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First Thoughts on Study of Head Start's Impact on 3rd Graders

First Thoughts on Study of Head Start's Impact on 3rd Graders | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Lisa Guernsey, New America Foundation

 

Do children's gains from Head Start still show up four years after students have exited the program?

 

Though tests after the program are postivie, those positive differences appear to be essentially erased by the third grade of elementary school. 

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

PCM tag: Early Learning

 

Why do the postive benefits of Head Start fade by 3rd grade?  Lisa Guernsey has some possible explanations that point to next steps.

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Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet

Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tamar Lewin, New York Times

 

New companies are partnering with universities to offer online courses, in an effort that could define the future of higher education — if anyone can figure out how to make money.

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Good MOOC article by @TamarLewin, on front page of Sunday's New York Times

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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
This week we present a slew of topics to increase your cortical mass. Find information on kindness and popularity, allergies and bullying, screen time, tinkering, and Russia’s adoption ban.
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The Education Reform Dichotomy: Big Choices Ahead

The Education Reform Dichotomy: Big Choices Ahead | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Anthony Cody, Education Week

 

I think we have a very real debate featuring different approaches to solving some real problems in our society. Debates such as these are not settled because people simply split the difference between their positions.

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There are two sides to education reform.  In this article you will find a table describing specific education problems and the positions taken by the two sides.  It's informative even as it was prepared by one of the sides.

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“How Do We Prepare Our Children for a Future Where We Are Surrounded by Ever-Increasing Intelligent Machines?

“How Do We Prepare Our Children for a Future Where We Are Surrounded by Ever-Increasing Intelligent Machines? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Business Insider

 

How you'll get a job in a world of algorithms.

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Why Standardized Tests Don't Make Sense [Infographic]

Why Standardized Tests Don't Make Sense [Infographic] | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Katie Lepi, edudemic

 

We've heard many arguments for and against standardized testing in the US. This infographic helps outline why standardized tests don't make sense to some.

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The 10 Most-Viewed EdWeek Stories of 2012

The 10 Most-Viewed <i>EdWeek</i> Stories of 2012 | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by the Editors,

 

To give a sense of what was high on our readers' priority lists in 2012, the editors at Education Week compiled a list of our 10 most-viewed articles.

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Nine Stubborn Brain Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science

Nine Stubborn Brain Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Adam Dachis, LifeHacker

 

Brain games will make you smarter! The internet is making you dumber! Alcohol is killing your brain cells! The brain is a mystery we've been trying to solve for ages, and the desire to unlock its secrets has led to vast amounts of misinformation.

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What if everyone knew these notions were myths.

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College Grads Fared Better During Recession

College Grads Fared Better During Recession | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Dan Stober, Futurity

 

The economic recession has hit recent US college graduates hard. But a new study shows it hit those with less education even harder.

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This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Mgt and Budget

 

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO: Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. 

 

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

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Best move ever by the govt to encourage the study of STEM subjects

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Garfield High teachers won't give required test they call flawed

Garfield High teachers won't give required test they call flawed | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Linda Shaw, Seattle Times

 

Teachers at Seattle's Garfield High are refusing to give district-required tests known as Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, saying they are flawed exams that waste time and don't help teachers or students.

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A Visual Primer On Learning Theory

A Visual Primer On Learning Theory | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by TeachThought

 

The infographic below reviews the pros and cons of each approach while making a case for connectivism as a response to the age of the internet and information.

1. Behaviorism: learning is a process of reacting to external stimuli

2. Cognitivism: learning is a process of acquiring and storing information

3. Constructivism: meaning is continuously “constructed” through experience and reflection

4. Connectivism: learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes

A Visual Primer On Learning Theory
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Michelle Rhee, Back in the News in a Big Way

Michelle Rhee, Back in the News in a Big Way | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Dana Goldstein,

 

I'm looking forward to this evening's episode of FRONTLINE, which will explore evidence of adult tampering with children's tests in certain Washington, DC public schools during the chancellorship of Michelle Rhee, who is perhaps the nation's most...

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StudentsFirst Issues Low Ratings on School Policies

StudentsFirst Issues Low Ratings on School Policies | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Motoko Rich, New York Times

 

With 11 states branded with an F, StudentsFirst, led by the former schools chancellor in Washington, D.C., would seem to be building a reputation as a harsh grader.

Parent Cortical Mass's insight:

Michelle Rhee is # 10 on PCM's Top 10 Education Influencers

http://www.parentcorticalmass.com/top-10-education-influencers.html

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The Empire Michelle Rhee Built

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by Charles Pierce, Esquire

 

One problem with the education "reform" industry is not merely that it generally looks at "education" as though it were a commodity, like soybeans, and that the problems with how we educate a great many children of our fellow citizens can be solved if we just refine the delivery systems for the product. 

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Reading the Future of Education Policy

Reading the Future of Education Policy | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jeffrey R. Henig, Education Week

 

The fundamental landscape of education politics has been shifting steadily beneath our feet. This has occurred along three major fault lines. Two of these are reasonably well recognized, although not yet fully mapped or understood. The third has implications that are just as great, but because it has been almost totally overlooked, I want to give it due attention here.

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Who wrote this? "Jeffrey R. Henig is the chair of the department of education policy and social analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the author of The End of Exceptionalism in American Education: The Changing Politics of School Reform, newly published by Harvard Education Press."

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Here Comes 2013: The Big Themes in Learning

Here Comes 2013: The Big Themes in Learning | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Mind/Shift

 

Here are three big stories concerning education and learning that you’ll be hearing about in the year ahead—and some pointers on how to think about them.

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Note # 3, Learning Out of School

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Do We Need More Elite High Schools?

Do We Need More Elite High Schools? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Robert Samuelson, Real Clear Politics

 

As 2012 ends, let me atone for at least the last sin by writing about a book-length study called "Exam Schools: Inside America's Most Selective Public High Schools." I intended to write about it earlier but kept delaying until it just slipped away.

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Video: Matt Damon's School Reform Movie

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by Alexander Russo, This Week in Education

 

The new movie "Promised Land" looks like it has lots to offer education types, especially those who are critical of the current school reform movement: Celebrity school reform critic Matt Damon plays a leading role.

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6 Big Developments in Education in 2012

6 Big Developments in Education in 2012 | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Julie Heath, PolicyMic

 

From the rise of ed tech to innovative financial aid tools, 2012 was a good year for the improvement of education in America. Here are 6 important developments.

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