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Personal Pathways to Graduation

Personal Pathways to Graduation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
John H. Clarke shares the Pathways Program at Mt. Abraham High School and why all learning is personal.

 

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In our interview with John, he reflects about personalized learning and what it means for high schools:

 

"Personalized learning emphasizes the beliefs, talents, interests and aspirations already in place, using them to probe deeply into the questions that the individual finds meaningful and useful. Personal questions then become tools for analysis and creative work. Personalized high schools use this dynamic process to make learning more effective as well as more applicable."

 

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, August 18, 2013 11:15 AM

In our interview with John, he reflects about personalized learning and what it means for high schools:

 

"Personalized learning emphasizes the beliefs, talents, interests and aspirations already in place, using them to probe deeply into the questions that the individual finds meaningful and useful. Personal questions then become tools for analysis and creative work. Personalized high schools use this dynamic process to make learning more effective as well as more applicable."

 

Read the entire interview in this post.

 

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Teacher knowledge for 21st century learning ~ New article, Punya Mishra's Web

Teacher knowledge for 21st century learning ~ New article, Punya Mishra's Web | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This article has been a while coming… but our paper on an analysis of 21st century learning frameworks and implications for teacher knowledge is finally in print. A previous version of the paper can be found here. Here is the full reference with a link to the article. Citation and abstract appear below.

 

"Kereluik, K., Mishra, P., Fahnoe, C., & Terry, L. (2013). What knowledge is of most worth: Teacher knowledge for 21st century learning. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 29(4), 127-140.

 

"This article offers a critical review of the literature on 21st century knowledge frameworks, with a particular focus on what this means for teachers and teacher educators. The authors accomplish this by identifying common themes and knowledge domains in 15 reports, books, and articles that describe the kinds of knowledge that researchers state are integral and important for success in the 21st century. The authors argue that seemingly disparate frameworks converge on three types of knowledge, as necessary for the 21st century: foundational, meta, and humanistic. Although 21st century frameworks are thought to advocate new types of knowledge, little has actually changed in the new century with respect to the overall goals of education. Despite this sense of continuity, significant changes related to how technologies change all three types of knowledge need to be conveyed. The article ends with specific conclusions and recommendations for teacher education."


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Susan Einhorn's curator insight, July 5, 2013 12:49 PM

Interesting effort to come up with a clear definition of 21st century learning and skills. Draws together a number of previous studies and articles.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, July 5, 2013 7:57 PM
Punya has been a visionary with this and TPack. This is brilliant.
Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 22, 2013 11:51 PM

Mishra is one of the popularizers of the term TPACK , which characterizes a particular approach to teacher education. This new article proposes a rather significant overhaul of that concept.

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The Power of Student Voice to Enhance Teacher Practice

Winnipeg high school teachers explain how student voice has increased their students' intellectual engagement.
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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 26, 2014 4:22 PM

What do they need?  Ask them!

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Blackboard joins MOOC market after pandaemonium has died down ~ Corporate Learning Network

Blackboard joins MOOC market after pandaemonium has died down ~ Corporate Learning Network | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Jeff Cattel

 

"It's been a month since Blackboard announced plans [mid-July 2013] to offer a dedicated, purpose-built platform to house massive open online courses for any of its clients. The news sent ripples through the online education world and threatened less-established education startups, such as Udacity, Coursera and edX, all of which offer the opportunity for educators to create MOOC-type products. So far, dozens of Blackboard's more than 37,000 worldwide clients have joined on — a respectable number, but not something that will upend online education as we know it.

"But MOOC domination wasn't Blackboard's plan when entering the market. Part of the company's value proposition when it comes to adding MOOCs to its Blackboard Learn platform is an already established familiarity with the interface and platform. Professors at thousands of higher education institutions across the country already use the company's learning management system."

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Gamasutra: Carly Kocurek's Blog - Some Thoughts on Making a Very Serious Game

Gamasutra: Carly Kocurek's Blog - Some Thoughts on Making a Very Serious Game | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Carly Kocurek

 

"Games are particularly provocative because they promise experiential knowledge – whether or not they provide that is debatable, but the promise is tantalizing. That educational potential is tantalizing both when a child manages to steer his car to safety based on his experience playing Mario Kart or when someone who has played a game about depression, or poverty, or hormone replacement therapy comes away with a deeper sense of sympathy, or even empathy. It is that goal of experiential knowledge transformed into emotional resonance that has driven me to continue pursuing that game about abortion. The game has changed since it was the seed of an idea. It’s an interactive fiction game now, for one thing. And, it’s not my very own pet project now; I’m working with a team of great people, and the game is already better for it. For the past six months, I’ve been collaborating with writer and activist Allyson Whipple. For the past two, we’ve been working with illustrator Grace Jennings. That “game about abortion,” now called Choice: Texas as it focuses on the experiences of women in Texas, has a new sense of urgency in the wake of increased abortion restrictions and clinic closures in the state."

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Please be advised that this Scoop deals with abortion...as an issue and discusses some of the developer's thoughts and ideas as she goes through the process of working on a very serious game about it. Knowing that this topic can be very controversial, please think twice before reading this if you have strong feelings on the subject. The thoughts expressed in the piece are the author's own.

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A New Approach to Teaching ~ New Learning Times

A New Approach to Teaching ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Mable Yu

 

"Over the past six years, Mount Desert Elementary School has surpassed other Maine schools on state tests by a significant amount. What makes this school so different? There, teachers take a "responsive classroom" approach, where they incorporate socio-emotional learning in grades K-3. With this approach to teaching, Mount Desert strives to teach students to self-regulate their emotions, improve their social skills and behavior, and build closer student-teacher relationships by including morning meetings, positive language, and expectations and rules set by the students."


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CourseTalk [review site for MOOCs] ~ New Learning Times

CourseTalk [review site for MOOCs] ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Laura Costello

 

"CourseTalk is a review site for massive open online courses like those offered through Coursera, EdX, and Udacity. The site functions like a Yelp for MOOCs and features a gamified leader board that lets users review courses and gain clout through upvotes. The site will likely become more valuable as these massive courses start to recur more frequently; at present the space seems primarily useful for browsing courses. Founder Jesse Spaulding is new to the edtech space, but he has had an eclectic career in technology including developing a lucrative trading algorithm, an Australian comparison shopping site, a networking site for tech professionals, and a blog community builder.

 

Pros:

"The site is well-organized and has a low-contrast, Gmail Blue aesthetic that is calming and inoffensive. Courses default sort by top-rated, but users can easily toggle for popularity and recency or sort by subject and provider. The MOOC participant that finishes a course is the unicorn of the online learning world and the reviews submitted by this crowd to CourseTalk seem to be predictably complete, generous, and meticulous.

 

Cons:

"CourseTalk is highly specialized and the user group does not seem to be particularly active yet, though this may change as the site and MOOCs mature. The course, school, and platform databases seem to be small but allowing users to add their own courses could change this quickly"

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Tiffin U. drops Ivy Bridge College partnership with Altius over accreditor's concerns | Inside Higher Ed

Tiffin U. drops Ivy Bridge College partnership with Altius over accreditor's concerns | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Paul Fain

 

"The shuttering of Ivy Bridge College could dump cold water on the online aspirations of some colleges, particularly ones that prefer to play it safe with their regional accreditor.  

 

"A growing number of colleges are teaming up with outside firms to ramp up their online offerings. Those unaccredited partners include companies like Academic Partnerships, 2U, Udacity, Coursera and Altius Education, which jointly managed Ivy Bridge.

 

"It’s up to accrediting agencies to decide where to draw the line on the outsourcing of parts of academic programs. Ivy Bridge apparently went too far, at least according to standards set by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools."



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As Inside Higher Ed indicates, this could be a precedent-setting move by an accrediting agency, and greatly impact the privatization of online higher education.

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How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections ~ Brain Pickings

How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections ~ Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

 

"For as long as I can remember — and certainly long before I had the term for it — I’ve believed that creativity is combinatorial: Alive and awake to the world, we amass a collection of cross-disciplinary building blocks — knowledge, memories, bits of information, sparks of inspiration, and other existing ideas — that we then combine and recombine, mostly unconsciously, into something “new.” From this vast and cross-disciplinary mental pool of resources beckons the infrastructure of what we call our “own” “original” ideas. The notion, of course, is not new — some of history’s greatest minds across art, science, poetry, and cinema have articulated it, directly or indirectly, in one form or another: Arthur Koestler’s famous theory of “bisociation” explained creativity through the combination of elements that don’t ordinarily belong together; graphic designer Paula Scher likens creativity to a slot machine that aligns the seemingly random jumble of stuff in our heads into a suddenly miraculous combination; T. S. Eliot believed that the poet’s mind incubates fragmentary thoughts into beautiful ideas; the great Stephen Jay Gouldmaintained that connecting the seemingly unconnected is the secret of genius;Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press embodied this combinatorial creativity; even what we call “intuition” is based on the unconscious application of this very mental faculty.


"The concept, in fact, was perhaps best explained by Albert Einstein, who termed it “combinatory play.” (Einstein famously came up with some of his best scientific ideas during his violin breaks.) From his Ideas and Opinions (public library) — the same invaluable volume that gave us the beloved physicist’s timeless wisdom on kindness and our shared existence — comes Einstein’s single most succinct articulation of how his mind works, driven by this powerful combinatorial creativity. The 1945 letter was written in response to French mathematician Jacques S. Hadamard’s survey of the mental processes of famous scientists, inspired by polymath Henri Poincaré’s famous meditation on the subject and published as An Essay on the Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field, with Einstein’s missive included as a “testimonial”:


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The world’s most famous teacher blasts school reform ~ Washington Post

The world’s most famous teacher blasts school reform ~ Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Valerie Strauss

 

"The most famous teacher in the world is not a fan of high-stakes standardized tests,  Teach For America or the Common Core State Standards. But he loves teaching and teachers, and he has written a new book giving advice to colleagues at all stages of their careers.

 

"He is fifth-grade teacher Rafe Esquith of Room 56 at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles. I feel comfortable calling him the world’s most famous teacher given the following about the father of four and grandfather of two, who has taught at Hobart  for nearly 30 years and written several best-selling books:"

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Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online ~ NY Times

Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tamar Lewin

 

"Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost, a first for an elite institution. If it even approaches its goal of drawing thousands of students, it could signal a change to the landscape of higher education."

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Sony and Viacom Reach Tentative Deal to Stream Cable Channels ~ NY Times

Sony and Viacom Reach Tentative Deal to Stream Cable Channels ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Brian Stelter

 

"In a deal that may signal the start of a new era of competition for entrenched cable and satellite providers, Viacom has tentatively agreed to let its popular cable channels — like Nickelodeon and MTV — be carried by an Internet TV service that Sony is creating.

 

"The agreement is believed to be the first of its kind between a major programmer and any of the technology giants that are trying to disrupt traditional modes of TV delivery. If other programmers follow suit, Sony’s as-yet-unnamed service would let paying subscribers receive live cable channels the same way they use on-demand libraries like Netflix or Hulu. Intel and Google are working on similar services, but try to make it more user-friendly, perhaps the way Netflix does with personalization features and a fancy interface."

 
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The Instructional Leadership Challenge | September 1—October 31, 2013

The Instructional Leadership Challenge | September 1—October 31, 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 1:

 

"The Principal Center is determined to get more principals into classrooms this year conducting meaningful, development-driven teacher observations--and they're giving school leaders the support they need to get it done. And so it's launched the Instructional Leadership Challenge, calling upon principals to dramatically increase their presence in classrooms and get active in improving teaching and learning. Administrators who sign up for the challenge receive support, guidance, and encouragement in the form of free PD workshops, access to an active social community of educators, and complimentary access to TeachBoost, a teacher evaluation software platform that eliminates paperwork and helps principals provide substantive, goals-driven feedback to teachers."

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The Homeschool Conference 2013

The Homeschool Conference 2013 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"August 23 to 24, 2013, the inaugural worldwide Homeschool Conference will occur, an online and free event. It will provide an opportunity for those involved with homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative and independent education to share strategies, practices, and resources. From how to start homeschooling to alternative ways of learning algebra, this conference is also valuable for traditional educators looking to expand their scope and understanding of teaching and learning practices.

 

"The conference features a keynote by author Dr. Peter Gray (Free To Learn) and hundreds of presentations by current practitioners doing home-based learning, as well as from teachers and students in nontraditional learning environments."

 
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How Curation Can Be Used To Teach Critical Thinking, Analysis and Expression Online

How Curation Can Be Used To Teach Critical Thinking, Analysis and Expression Online | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Paul Mihailidis and James N. Cohen

 

"In today's hypermedia landscape, youth and young adults are increasingly using social media platforms, online aggregators and mobile applications for daily information use. Communication educators, armed with a host of free, easy-to-use online tools, have the ability to create dynamic approaches to teaching and learning about information and communication flow online. In this paper we explore the concept of curation as a student- and creation-driven pedagogical tool to enhance digital and media literacy education. We present a theoretical justification for curation and present six key ways that curation can be used to teach about critical thinking, analysis and expression online. We utilize a case study of the digital curation platform Storify to explore how curation works in the classroom, and present a framework that integrates curation pedagogy into core media literacy education learning outcomes."

 


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How Curation Can Be Used To Teach Critical Thinking, Analysis and Expression Online
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Actual e excelente artigo sobre Curadoria na Educação

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A Glimpse into the Future of Learning: An Infographic

A Glimpse into the Future of Learning: An Infographic | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"This infographic tells the big story of KnowledgeWorks’ third forecast on the future of learning, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Future of Learning.  Comprised of twelve key insights with accompanying graphics, it points the way toward a diverse learning ecosystem in which learning adapts to each child instead of each child trying to adapt to school."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 25, 2013 10:14 PM

You might also want to check out the pdf "Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Future of Learning." The 14 page document states

"This forecast previews five disruptions that will reshape learning over the next decade. Responding to them with creativity rather than fear will be critical to preparing all learners for an uncertain future."

This publication with the infographic provides much food for thought as we education continues to shift into new areas. Use this link to download:

http://knowledgeworks.org/sites/default/files/Forecast3_0_0.pdf

gregmhagar's curator insight, August 23, 2013 9:05 AM

So, the future of Learning is "radically personalized" whereby everyone learns where, when, and how they want, about whatever they want to learn about. I'm skeptical to say the least.

Christina Chavez-Reyes's curator insight, September 18, 2014 2:02 AM

Here's one way in which learning in a knowledge society may happen. Do you see glimmers of this reality emerging? How might it effect what college should be doing for you? Something to think about.

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Infographic: Kids of the Past vs. Kids of the Internet Generation

Infographic: Kids of the Past vs. Kids of the Internet Generation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Kids these days... am I right?  The following infographic takes a look at today's kids as compared to the children of the past.  In other words, it's a no-holds-barred face-off: Kids of the Past vs. Kids of the internet Generation!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:34 PM

Check out this infographic to learn how the Kids of the Past compare with the Internet Generation in the following areas:

* Cultural and Social Characteristics
* Technology and Social Media
* Intelligence

Yasemin Allsop's curator insight, August 23, 2013 11:28 AM

Kids of poverty? That would be interesting comparison too..

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:47 AM

Can we compare them?...

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New York Times 2012 Schools for Tomorrow conference

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All, or nearly all, of the sessions from this one-day conference held in Sept. 2012.It centered on K-12 education. The 2013 event is scheduled for Sept. 17.and will focus on higher education, technology, and new business models for the sector.

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Vivienne Ming: Profile ~ New Learning Times

Vivienne Ming: Profile ~ New Learning Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by kate Meersschaert

 

"Named one of the "10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013" earlier this year by Inc. Magazine, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. "Maximize human potential" is Dr. Ming's creed and she has embodied this through her groundbreaking work in fields ranging from machine learning and cognitive modeling to neuroprosthetics. Dr. Ming is currently Chief Scientist at Gild, a startup focused on using machine learning to make highly personalized job matches (read more in this New York Timesarticle). Dr. Ming is also the co-founder of the edtech startup, Socos, which she founded with her wife, education policy writer and researcher, Dr. Norma Ming. Socos takes student work (essays, questions etc.) and creates conceptual models that allow educators to better personalize learning."

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Facinating interview with Ming, who seems to have had a very hot and cold relationship with formal learning during her life. She is currently in a highly productive phase and, according to the article, is engaged in sharply cutting edge work dealing with neuroscience, technology, congition and learning, and entrepreneurism.

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Taylor Mali: In My Middle School ~ Teaching Channel

Taylor Mali: In My Middle School ~ Teaching Channel | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Listen to Taylor as he describes his perfect middle school.
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 22, 2013 1:23 PM

Mali is perhaps best known for his slam poem "What Teachers Make." One version of it on YouTube has been viewed 4.7 million times (8-22-13). I just encountered this "new" video of his (2011) on the Teaching Channel. He describes, in just 3 minutes, his ideal middle school. Sounds pretty good to me.

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Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | Mediashift | PBS

Why We Need to Teach Mindfulness in a Digital Age | Mediashift | PBS | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Aran Lavasseur

 

"Recent brain imaging studies reveal that sections of our brains are highly active during down time. This has led scientists to imply that moments of not-doing are critical for connecting and synthesizing new information, ideas and experiences. Dr. Michael Rich, a professor at Harvard Medical School put it this way in a 2010 New York Times article: “Downtime is to the brain what sleep is to the body.”

 

"According to a report from the University of California, San Diego, in 28 years — from 1980 to 2008 — our consumption of information increased 350 percent, while our downtime continues to shrink."

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The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes ~ Brain Pickings

The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes ~ Brain Pickings | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

 

“The art of seeing has to be learned,” Marguerite Duras reverberates — and itcan be learned, as cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz invites us to believe in her breathlessly wonderful On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes (public library) — a record of her quest to walk around a city block with eleven different “experts,” from an artist to a geologist to a dog, and emerge with fresh eyes mesmerized by the previously unseen fascinations of a familiar world. It is undoubtedly one of the most stimulating books of the year, if not the decade, and the most enchanting thing I’ve read in ages"

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5 Science Resources For, Well, Science Teachers ~ TeachThought

5 Science Resources For, Well, Science Teachers ~ TeachThought | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Dawn Casey-Rowe

 

"Truth is often stranger than fiction, and in the case of current events, there are so many science topics on the forefront of policy and society that at times it might seem that it is a script for a sci-fi movie. Everything from global warming, natural disaster, cloning, GMO, fracking debates, invasive species, medical ethics, and geopolitical issues–science is everywhere in news, politics, and world events. A lot of it is exciting if you stop a moment for consideration.

 

"This week’s Learnist feature is about science–especially weird science, which will attract the young and old alike."

 

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School Standards’ Debut Is Rocky, and Critics Pounce ~ NY Times

School Standards’ Debut Is Rocky, and Critics Pounce ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Motoko Rich

 

“The danger here is that you have two kinds of problems going on,” said Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust, a nonprofit group that works to close achievement gaps. “One is a Tea Party problem, which doesn’t have deep roots but does have lots of political muscle behind it, and then you’ve got a bit of anti-test rebellion coming from the left. The question is what’s going to happen if they both get together. That’s the more terrifying prospect.”

 
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Headstone for an Apocalypse ~ NY Times

Headstone for an Apocalypse ~ NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Peter Brannen

 

"Some scientists believe we are now in the midst of another great extinction, driven not by natural events but by the activities of man: hunting, habitat destruction, the introduction of invasive species and pollution, which has drastically altered the thin glaze of life-supporting chemistry that coats the earth. By some estimates, perhaps close to 30,000 species of plants and animals go extinct every year. Whole ecosystems, like coral reefs, which went virtually extinct in the end-Triassic extinction, are now facing worldwide collapse again."

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