Why We Ignore the Biggest Problem in Education Huffington Post It is an indisputable fact that if children showed up on day one of first grade smarter, better behaved, and with stable mental health, schools would function better.
Some students are rebelling against a system they compare to “a factory that manufactures identical people,” and they have an ally in the education minister.
I am always really interested in hearing about education in foreign countries and comparing it to my research and my own experience. This question of authoritiarianism in a school is something that I have never experienced. It's an interesting education problem to have I feel like and might even have some parallels in the US education system. The minister of education in thailand has much of the same goals as the US does - further promote critical thinking. However from this article, it is interesting to see where the thai schools are coming from vs. where the US schools are.
A unified lottery for D.C. public and charter schools would streamline a chaotic enrollment process. (Promising development for parents MT @emmersbrown: DC exploring one lottery for charters & trad schools by next yr.
JB Education schools are to be sold or closed after private equity group owner pulls plug, raising fears over UK policy (RT @Bonn1eGreer: What happens when a private sector company bails out of a "free" school: #Toryeducation
Despite the widespread use of affirmative action at elite colleges, blacks and Latinos are much more likely to attend colleges with low graduation rates.
As evidenced by my posts in this blog. I love visual articles/ interactive features. This NyTimes article plots colleges graduation rates vs. minorities percentage in the freshmen class. It essentially proves the point that minorities are much less represented in colleges considered to be more "elite"
some info about a network of community schools in Cincinnati and around the country (Amy, thanks for the source!):
"has helped raise the citywide graduation rate from 51 percent in 2000 to 83 percent in 2009"
"recognizes that parents and care givers play a critical role in their children’s social, emotional, physical, and academic development while intentionally supporting parents/care givers in their role as their child’s chief advocate"
more financially efficient:
"a community schools strategy provides a much- needed and effective way to organize fragmented services and to integrate funding streams, permitting scarce dollars to generate a greater impact"
I LOVE THIS:
"Community schools are built on a fundamental premise—that every child and every school is capable of excellence given the right conditions for learning."
States that have outlawed affirmative action in college admissions, like California, are giving potential applicants a leg up to overcome disadvantages.
This is another article about the measures California (specifically the UC system) is taking to ensure diversity in college -- without affirmative action. This article is extremely relevant concerning the current Supreme Court case. It shows how there are other ways to promote diversity in college without affirmative action.
Eighteen myths about education - Washington Post Washington Post Here's an infographic about some myths about education, from InformED, a blog by Open Colleges, an online education provider based in Sydney, Australia.
I think this infographic is really interesting and points out the flaws of some often made stereotypes about education. Although there are a lot spelling errors... it has a lot of good evidence. The #5 post (about the achievement gap) definitely speaks to a lot of what we have discussed in project class/ on this scoop it.
The system, in which teachers will be rated in part on their students’ test scores, brought New York City in compliance with state law.
This is pretty exciting news. I think this article really lines up with what the second education discussed in thier team teaching excerise - these new methods of evaluating teachers are much more indiividualized and thus probably effective. It also highlights the message of hope that that group also emphasized. There are definitely things being done to improve - and as the article says, the student (not the city or the teacher) is finally starting to win.
Despite a tense school year that included the city's first teachers strike in 25 years and the district threatening to close more than 100 of its schools before ultimately moving forward with their plan to shutter 50, Chicago Public Schools has hit...
" the district is on track for a 63 percent five-year graduation rate -- a two percentage point increase over last year's record-setting rate and a 44 percent surge over just a decade ago, according to the Associated Press."
Tips, Differences Between Private & Public High Schools: You naturally want the best possible education for yo... http://t.co/gONL1Jdx4g
This is comparing and contrasting public and private schools. But this is also coming from a website about homeschooling, so this may or may not be their area of expertise. Or it could be an interesting look from the outside.
Australian parents are increasingly choosing to spend more money on their children’s education.
This article really points out our weird ideas of what makes a school better than another one. It seems like a lot of people assume more money means a school is automatically better, but it's really all about how they use the money.
The announcement by the basketball star Brittney Griner that she is a lesbian has altered an awkward relationship between Baylor University and its gay students.
Although this article has very little to do with the actual teaching and education, it does speak to the values that schools in this country still hold. This article caught me eye because of Brittany Griner, an amazing women's basketball player who played at Baylor (she can dunk). She came out as lesbian a few months back, at a school that lists "homosexual acts" as "misuses of Gods gifts". The article contends with what the "Griner Effect" will be... considering that she is so highly respected on campus.
Creativity. Inspiration. Passion. These are all concepts of which we are very much aware, but not many of us can precisely pinpoint their source. Where does creativity come from? What is it that causes a moment of inspiration?
"Our education system has mined our minds in the way we strip mine the earth for a particular commodity." - Sir Ken Robinson. See the one by him.
This guy knows what he is freaking talking about. He argues that our public education system reinforces a narrow definition of intelligence, particularly by putting academics into a heirarchy: Math/Languages -- Humanities -- Arts (at bottom, think pyramid). We reward and emphasize the first, and devalue the last. In doing so, we discount and discourage creativity in humans at a young age -- to everyone's detriment.
If anyone's taken Env. History, Robinson is like David Brower but citing more credible facts in support of a less controversial topic.
From tiny writing desks to giant painting studios, the only thing all of these creative studios have in common is that they inspired their successful inhabitants to create greatness.
Obviously, a workspace itself cannot trigger creative masterpieces.
However, these locations of creation can be analyzed in different ways.
One could see them as conducive of creative thought, or the products of creative thought.
More interesting, they show the diversity of things/spaces that people prefer to surround themselves with while working in their preferred medium. Minimalist, cluttered, filled with images, words, or both. I personally think that natural light is imperative. Natural light and constructive chaos -- not too out of hand, but enough to acclimate its inhabitant to messiness, which is an inevitable part of creativity.
After push-back from his own party over his plan to give more money to districts with disadvantaged California students during the next seven years than to others, Gov. Jerry Brown stands firm on plan, saying its principled and moral.
This article makes me really proud of who our governor is - he is making room in the states budget for an educational funding plan that would provide for disadvantaged students in K-12. The article explains the added accountability provision as well as Senate Democrates opposing plan.
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