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Why education 'research wars' leave no winners - Washington Post (blog)

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Why education 'research wars' leave no winners Washington Post (blog) In a recent post, Kevin Drum of “Mother Jones” magazine discusses his growing skepticism about the research behind market-based education reform, and about the claims that...
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"But, one useful first step, at least in education, would be to stop pointing fingers and acknowledge two things. First, neither “side” has anything resembling a monopoly on the misuse of evidence. And, second, such misuse has zero power if enough people can identify it as such."

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Parental Involvement in Education: What Kind? To What Ends? - Huffington Post (blog)

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Parental Involvement in Education: What Kind? To What Ends?
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When people who write about agriculture or dentistry tackle the important issues in their respective fields, do they try to shake things up?
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It's not how parents are involved; it's HOW they are involved.

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Identifying Education Job Opportunities in Times of Economic Downsizing - Huffington Post

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Identifying Education Job Opportunities in Times of Economic Downsizing
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Since 1947, the U.S. has averaged a GDP growth rate of 3.25 percent.
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This could spark a lively conversation- the promise of private ed jobs...

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Brown v. Board Of Education: Black History Photo Of The Day (PHOTO) - Huffington Post

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Brown v. Board Of Education: Black History Photo Of The Day (PHOTO)
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A picture is certainly worth a thousand words.
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How Will Common Core Change What We Do?

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As full implementation of Common Core State Standards nears, educators are searching for answers to three questions: 1) What are the CC State Standards? 2) How will they change what I do?
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Erin Powers has a nice way of summarzing the common core and the anticipated changes in teaching and learning. I especially appreciate that she see potential to focus on deep learning. We need this shift away from testing madness.

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Great summary of how CC will create needed change in how students think and learn

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STEM Should Be a Natural Extension of Literacy Education - Huffington Post (blog)

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STEM Should Be a Natural Extension of Literacy Education Huffington Post (blog) These findings are of significant concern, of course, because essential elements of a STEM education are absolutely necessary for youth to find future employment that...
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It seems that we are approaching the idea that compartmentalizing subjects is not the best way for maximizing learning.

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Eliminating the Silos in Education - Huffington Post (blog)

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Eliminating the Silos in Education
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The debate over STEM or STEAM, while intense, only marks the beginning of what needs to happen in education.
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I bought Diane Ravitch's book 'Eduspeak' to show the teacher and administrators with whom I worked what those outside education feel vocabulary/terminology. 

 

Definitely worth the read and a good discussion.

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Ignorance About Education - Huffington Post

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Ignorance About Education
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Ignorance has many powerful advantages over knowledge. Typically it is simple and easy to communicate, while knowledge, by its very nature, usually tends to be nuanced and complex.
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What I like a out this article is that the author speaks to all of about our responsibility call out misconceptions about education. Otherwise, we are complicit:

 

I so wish I lived in a world in which remarks of this kind could be called out as ignorant and summarily dismissed. But I don't, and they can't, and those of us who actually rely on evidence and information and who choose to remain silent in the face of remarks of this kind are complicit in the dumbing down of our public discourse and the failures of our public policy.

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Report: Many High Schoolers Giving Up on STEM - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

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Marc Tucker: Questioning federal role in education policy - Monterey County Herald

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Marc Tucker: Questioning federal role in education policy
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I n December, California's application for a waiver from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act was denied by the U.S.
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Marc Tucker speaks out! 

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The Global Search for Education: What Is the Fourth Way? - Huffington Post

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The Global Search for Education: What Is the Fourth Way?
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"Our new book describes a better "Fourth Way" that draws on our first-hand international research to get us beyond those limitations. This includes pursuing an inspiring and inclusive vision for US education rather than simply racing to the top, being committing to education as a common good where schools work together for the benefit of all children, and promoting the innovation and creativity that leads to modern economic success. To become more successful innovators, we need to establish platforms for teachers to initiate their own changes and make their own judgments on the frontline, to invest more in the change capacities of local districts and communities, and to pursue prudent rather than profligate approaches to testing. The Fourth Way is about reforming rather than destroying teacher associations, and it integrates technology with high quality teaching instead of replacing teachers with iPads and online learning at every opportunity."


Andy Hargreaves has written a book that seems to be taking international best practice to heart. 

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Moving Education Forward: It Starts With School Leaders - Huffington Post (blog)

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Moving Education Forward: It Starts With School Leaders
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In his second inaugural speech, President Obama stated, "We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time.
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So many great points here, including giving principals 3-5 for substantive changes in achievement and emphasizing pre-school experiences for our children.

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In Search of Hecuba's Torch: An Educator's Quest for Meaning: No Need for Further International Comparison: We Know What to Do (Part I)

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Instead of looking to the important lessons we've learned from Finland, we rush to the international score comparisions. In this post I highlight two reasons that Finland remains at the top of the international comparisons.

1. The country sought to provide the very best educational experience of every student, regardless of region, ethnicity etc.

2. The country has been working toward this goal for 40 years. The US has rarely (has it ever) worked 10 years on any initiative.

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Truths About Education That Parents Need to Know - Huffington Post

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Truths About Education That Parents Need to Know
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A six-year-old girl is excited about going to her neighborhood school.
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Last two paragrgrahs:

Education is overwhelmed with an allegiance to mandated curriculums and standardized testing. Students are tired and weary. Teachers must not think and create on their own -- they must follow the mandated path.

Many teachers, parents, and students are looking for someone to rescue them.


There is a better way -- a way that cherishes the processes of learning, interests, talents, and developmental needs in physical, social, emotional, and intellectual realms. This way allows students to love their studies and become engaged in ways that motivate them from within. We must present this paradigm and begin the rescue.

     
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Education Lessons From Top-Ranked Finland And South Korea - WBUR

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WBUR Education Lessons From Top-Ranked Finland And South Korea WBUR The Huffington Post “The study notes that while funding is an important factor in strong education systems, cultures supportive of learning is even more critical — as evidenced by...
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Not so much method, but public support That is critical. 

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The Genius Hour: How 60 minutes a week can electrify your job | Daniel Pink

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Lots of people believe that a single individual can’t make a difference in an organization. Lots of people, it turns out, are wrong. Take the case

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 7, 2013 6:24 AM

Only one hour?!?!?  I need more than that!!!   #genioushour chat Wed. at 9pm EST

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Education miracles that aren't - Los Angeles Times

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Education miracles that aren't
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Beware of education miracles. Too often, there's less there than meets the eye. Remember the extraordinary gains in test scores and lowered dropout rates in Houston schools more than a decade ago?
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Beware of education miracles:

"But the bigger message of the San Jose experience is that a single example of a school reform miracle, whether it's a new test or a new teacher evaluation system, is not the same as evidence-based, replicated, time-tested educational change. It might offer an intriguing glimpse of future possibilities, but it should not be widely adopted without proof that it is necessary or helpful. This is something for the Obama administration, with its insistence on teacher evaluations that include "value added" scores on standardized tests, to remember. The impatience with the status quo is commendable, but the search for silver bullet solutions is leading schools in some dubious and possibly harmful directions."

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Guest column: Everyone has a plan for education reform, except educators - MLive.com

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Guest column: Everyone has a plan for education reform, except educators
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Earlier this week there was yet another conference on educational reform hosted by The Center for Michigan.
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This is the perception of many:

"Certainly the educators’ voice is part of the mix in all these various reports, but where is the road map from the educational community showing us their way? Shouldn't the education community, which includes teachers, principals, parents, superintendents and school board members be developing a shared vision and common agenda for insuring that our children receive the education they need and deserve?"

 

How do we change this perception when we know it is inaccurate?

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 3, 2013 8:28 PM

We need a shared vision!

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Texting Doesn't Replace the Feel-Good Effects of Talking, Study Says

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In the days of a multitude of amazing ways to connect with people across the globe, we must remember that one-on-one interaction remains the most powerful of all.

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The Attack On Public Education Is A Civil Rights Issue - Huffington Post (blog)

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KYW Newsradio The Attack On Public Education Is A Civil Rights Issue Huffington Post (blog) Sunday morning, on the Melissa Harris-Perry show the MSNBC journalist dedicated a segment to the school closings epidemic that has swept across the country...
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The fight to save public education is an issue of civil rights, because the students who are being attacked are generally poor children of color. In cities like New York, where "stop and frisk" laws give police authority to harass and detain innocent young blacks and latinos or in Philadelphia, where the message is that incarcerating students is more important than educating them, or in Chicago, where a student's education could be the difference between life or death, so far they have failed our children miserably. A country that does not invest in its children's education is a country that does not desire longevity.

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Education Prof. writes of education for outside the classroom - The Daily Pennsylvanian

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Education Prof. writes of education for outside the classroom The Daily Pennsylvanian Last night in Houston Hall, the Penn Institute of Urban Research hosted Graduate School of Education professor Laura Perna, editor of “Preparing Today's Students...
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Lori Schorr Chief Ed Officer in Philly says, 

 

“We have a substantially broken education system in Philadelphia,” she admitted. However, “it’s not just this city — it’s most urban centers.”

“There is a misalignment between the education level of citizens in this city and what the job requires,” she added, noting that “many folks are undercredentialed and undereducated for the jobs they hold.”

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In Search of Hecuba's Torch: An Educator's Quest for Meaning: We Know Better (Part II): No More Research!

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So hard to pick among the abundance of research that shows what works. I limited it to Newmann, Marzano, and Saphier. It is only focused on teachers and students. We already know what works.

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Bring more virtue, not dollars to education - The Hill (blog)

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Bring more virtue, not dollars to education
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The average cost of building a new school in the U.S. is about $18 million. Los Angeles recently spent nearly $600 million for a school designed to teach 4,000 students.
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Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers

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Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers
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"When you ask questions—on exams, in person, in your next Socratic discussion—insist on good questions. Great questions. Model their development. Revise their wording. Toy with their tone. Simplify their syntax or implications over and over again until the confusion has been bleached and there’s only thinking left.

Until the question asks exactly what it should, and nothing more.

Lock the students out of your head—and away from guess-what-the-teacher’s-thinking, proficiency, false confidence, and overly-simple labels of “understanding.”

Instead, encourage them inside the mind of the clock-maker. Let them huddle, and sit in awkward silence.

Let them think you’re a little bit crazy.

And then watch for the questions.

Watch for the glow."

 

 Asking good questions is not automatic. Takes practice, involves failure and revision. Love this idea. No easy to build powerful practice...and I'm grateful for that.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 28, 2013 6:30 PM

We keep moving forward with questions. Answers are the end of the journey.

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Education Department tells schools to find ways for disabled students to play ... - Washington Post

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Education Department tells schools to find ways for disabled students to play ...
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“Sports can provide invaluable lessons in discipline, selflessness, passion and courage, and this guidance will help schools ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to benefit from the life lessons they can learn on the playing field or on the court,”

 

Yes! And - anticipate huge backlash, however couched, from those who have financial interest or those who forgot that competition (winning) is one of the lesser lessons.

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