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The Answer Sheet: June, 2013

Posted at 06:07 AM ET, 06/30/2013

Busy babies at the Library of Congress

Washington D.C. is not exactly known as a laugh-riot city, certainly not in its marble sculpture. But the Library of Congress of all places offers a respite from that reputation.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:07 AM ET, 06/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  It's the Putti, Library of Congress

Posted at 03:59 AM ET, 06/29/2013

Why judge ordered Paul Vallas removed as Bridgeport schools chief

You can put this in the laws-only-matter-for-other-people category.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:59 AM ET, 06/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Paul Vallas, Violated State Law

Posted at 04:03 AM ET, 06/28/2013

Who Bill Gates is giving money to now in education

Here are some of the big grants the Gates Foundation gave in the field of education this month.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  etc., For Common Core, Gates Grants, MOOCs

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013

What's good for the goose apparently isn't for the gander

Is it fair for teachers to be formally evaluated but not top education policymakers?

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Accountability

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Why it's time for a reset of education reform

Where we stand in education reform at the end of the school year, and why we need to move.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, State of Affairs

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Fireworks at Chicago school board meeting

Watch the video.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chicago Schools, Students Protest, Tossed Out

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Obama's student loan rules are denying blacks in disproportionate numbers

The Obama administration's rules for approving student loans are causing a disproportionately large number of blacks to be denied because of blemished credit histories, my colleague Courtland Milloy writes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:18 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Courtland Milloy Column, Student Loans

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Maryland adopts Next Generation Science Standards

The standards are said to be a great leap in science education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Implementation in 2017-18, One of Five States, Science Standards

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Should news organizations publish teachers' value-added ratings?

Here's why it was a bad idea for an Ohio newspaper to publish teachers' value-added ratings.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Here We Go Again, Teacher Assessment

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Stay out of college: advice from The Daily Show

A laugh and/or cry video about the cost and value of higher education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Laugh and/or Cry Video, Jon Stewart, Watch It

Posted at 04:03 AM ET, 06/26/2013

A setback for racial justice

What is the impact of the Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in college admissions?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Supreme Court, Supreme Court college admissions ruling

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Arne Duncan tells newspaper editors how to report on Common Core

Arne Duncan gives an impassioned defense of Common Core to a convention of American newspaper editors.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:20 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core, Defends The Initiative

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Ten mostly offbeat ways teens can learn something this summer

"Be bored" and nine other suggestions.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:36 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Be Bored' and Other Activities, Forget School, Summer Learning

Posted at 05:03 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Where U.S. stands in education internationally — new report

The United States is behind in early childhood education but spends more on education than other countries.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:03 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Early Childhood Ed, etc., International Comparisons, Teachers

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Reaction to Supreme Court ruling affirmative action in college admissions

The ruling involved a case against the University of Texas at Austin.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:17 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Not a Definitive Decision, Supreme Court

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Music education helps kids learn to read -- study

County

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:12 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Nelson Mandela's famous quote on education

And a few more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'The Most Powerful Weapon', Nelson Mandela

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 06/24/2013

'Life is not a multiple-choice test'

A 33-year veteran teacher who is resigning talks about how education has changed during his career.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Teacher's Last Day, Teachers, Tests

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 06/22/2013

Indiana seeks restitution from firm over standardized-testing problems

Online disruptions caused problems during standardized testing administration.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:15 PM ET, 06/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Online Issues, Testing

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 06/22/2013

'No excuses' mantra blasted in one sentence

It says it all.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:07 AM ET, 06/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'Absurd Argument'

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 06/21/2013

National PTA installing first African American male president

The National PTA is this weekend installing its first African-American male president.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:11 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 06/21/2013

The 'neovoucher strategy' (and why it didn't work in New Hampshire)

If you write a law that violates your state constitution in a rather apparent way and that includes a severability clause, how grieved can you be when a court points out the violation?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:17 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Neovouchers, Privatization

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/21/2013

A moving farewell to a retiring principal

After 36 years, a principal retires but not before a surprise farewell from the school community.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Retiring Principal, Video, Watch This Video

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 06/20/2013

'Best Kept Secret': How a teacher helps autistic students

A new documentary follows a teacher helping several autistic students prepare for the world beyond high school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:52 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Documentary, Autism and Schools

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 06/20/2013

His last day of school, after 33 years

A Virginia teacher is retiring because he doesn't want to be part of the testing culture any more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:44 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Protest Against Testing Culture, Teachers

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Problems with new ratings of teachers colleges, point by point

Here's a detailed explanation of the problems with new ratings of traditional teacher prep programs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:51 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teacher Preparation Programs

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 06/19/2013

The sweetest graduation

In this end-of-school season where one graduation ceremony blurs into the next, Caleb Davy, 11, made one sweeter than all the rest.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:46 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  At D.C.'s John Eaton Elementary, Graduation Ceremonies

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/19/2013

A 'reform-to-English' dictionary

What does, for example, "for the children" and "status quo" really mean?

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Definitions, School Reform

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Education Department listens to (some) reason

Education Secretary Arne Duncan gives an extra year for implementation of new teacher evaluations linked to Common Core tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:59 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arne Duncan, Common Core State Standards, Gives Flexibility on Test-Linked Evaluations, Teacher Evaluation

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Why the NCTQ teacher prep ratings are nonsense

There are many problems with the survey, including a "shocking" degree of inaccuracy in the data.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:58 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bad Data, Linda Darling-Hammond, Teacher Preparation Programs

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 06/18/2013

New problems with New York's teacher evaluation plan found

An award-winning principal finds new problems with New York's new teacher evaluation program.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:24 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teacher Evaluation, Trouble With APPR

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 06/18/2013

The Common Core's fundamental trouble

No Child Left Behind actually

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:32 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Coming 'Train Wreck'?, Common Core

Posted at 04:03 AM ET, 06/18/2013

The problem(s) with D.C. school reform bills

Undoubtedly well-intentioned, D.C. Council member David Catania's proposed school board legislation raises some important concerns.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:03 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Public Schools, Process and Substance, School Reform

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 06/17/2013

New Hampshire 'neovoucher' program found unconstitutional

A judge says

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:32 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  In New Hampshire, Neovouchers, State Education Tax Credit Program, Vouchers

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 06/17/2013

What's the most 'natural' way to learn? It might surprise you

Many people think that authentic learning happens when children explore on their own. A cognitive scientist questions the premise.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:32 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  How About Teaching?, Learning, Teaching and Learning

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 06/17/2013

'I didn't really research anything' in high school, D.C. valedictorian says

The difficulty some high-achieving D.C. public schools students have when they get to college raises questions about the system's reform program.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:31 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After Years of Reform, D.C. Public Schools

Posted at 08:37 PM ET, 06/16/2013

How one father helped educate his engineering daughter

A college student talks about the influence her engineering dad had on her education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:37 PM ET, 06/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Influences, STEM

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 06/16/2013

New Florida law: Teachers can't be evaluated on students they don't have

Why was such a law necessary? Here's why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:49 PM ET, 06/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Really, School Reform, Teacher Evaluation

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 06/16/2013

A must-watch video

Watch this video and think about the nightmare it is for many kids with disabilities to take standardized tests.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:14 AM ET, 06/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Autistic Child Does Homework, Autistic Child Struggles With Homework, Disabilities

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 06/15/2013

Race vs. class in college admissions: A false dichotomy or not?

The Supreme Court will soon hand down its verdict in a case that challenges racial preferences in admissions at the University of Texas. Here's a look at the issues.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:31 AM ET, 06/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College Admissions, Supreme Court, Supreme Court to Rule

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Teachers' letters to Bill Gates

They want to engage the billionaire who spends so much on school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Website, Bill Gates

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Eight weird things schools banned this year

Not the usual targets.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Really, School Bans

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/13/2013

How test scores can be deceiving

They can seem to indicate one thing when they actually mean another.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, Study on Massachusetts Reform, Test Scores

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Why two reform movements -- choice and accountability -- have fallen short

For two decades public schools have been rocked by these two reform movements. They haven't lived up to their promise. Here's why they can't.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Problem With Data

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Study: Math requirements not aligned with Common Core in many states

A new study says most states have not aligned their math high school graduation requirements or course of study with the Common Core Standards.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:02 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, Standards

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 06/12/2013

An exchange on controversial $100 million student database

Letters discuss privacy concerns.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:57 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Policy, Privacy Concerns

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 06/12/2013

How to curb cheating in schools

It's all about focus.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:15 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cheating, Video

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013

James Meredith asks 21 tough questions about school reform

The civil rights icon wants Americans to ask these questions to politicians, educators and school reformers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  James Meredith, School Reform, Urges Americans To Demand Answers, Urges Americans To Seek Answers

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013

A big unexplored idea in school reform

It seems too simple to take seriously, but it isn't.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A New Curriculum, It's About The Brain, Teaching and Learning

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/11/2013

A new 'Education Declaration' for genuine school reform

A coalition of educators and activists issues a declaration explaining how to really reform public education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Based on Seven Principles, Education Declaration

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Teachers: Why so many kids are flunking final exams in Montgomery County

"These problems are not primarily caused by the students, the families or the teachers. The failure rates are the result of policies that have been in place for many years."

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Final Exams, Montgomery County Public Schools, Systemic Problems Cited

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 06/10/2013

The bottom line on student tracking

What the overwhelming evidence really shows.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:47 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ability Groupings, What Research Really Shows

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Texas governor signs legislation to reduce standardized testing

Gov. Rick Perry bends to popular will.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:47 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Overhauls Graduation Requirements, Standardized Testing

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Record number of twins found in a single grade at one school

What's going on in this community?

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:44 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Record?

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 06/10/2013

How cookie-cutter school reforms cement class, race divisions

For kids who are falling behind, extra interventions and classroom time are needed -- and much appreciated. But certain types of interventions aren't always welcome.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:02 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education as a 'Core Value', School Reform

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 06/10/2013

Where the National Security Agency isn't so secret: Schools

It has programs for kids of all ages, including internships for high school and college students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  K-12 and College Programs, National Security Agency

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 06/09/2013

Provocative education tweet of the day

It's about President Obama's new initiative to bring broadband and wireless to 99 percent of America's schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:16 PM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Technology

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 06/09/2013

Privacy concerns grow over Gates-funded student database

Some states in a pilot program are pulling back.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:24 AM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  $100 Million Project, Student Privacy Concerns

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 06/08/2013

Philadelphia school district laying off 3,783 employees

This is on the heels of a "doomsday" school budget for 2013-14 that has no funding for things as basic as paper and new books.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:36 PM ET, 06/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  'evisceration of public education in the City of Brotherly Love', Layoffs, Philadelphia Schools

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 06/08/2013

'Stop this Madness': rap video on school reform

An Albany teacher says enough is enough -- in a rap song. Watch it. Read the lyrics.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:14 PM ET, 06/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Albany Teachers Protest, School Reform Protest

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 06/07/2013

Superintendent: Virginia's new A-F school grading system will hurt high-poverty districts

The A-F grading scale for schools creates a nearly insurmountable obstacle for districts that serve high percentages of economically disadvantaged students, the authors say.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:52 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Analysis, Grading Schools, Poverty

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 06/07/2013

Why grouping students by ability makes sense

It's not fair to high-achieving students, the author argues.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ability Grouping, Rebuttal, Tracking

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Text of Obama speech: We will connect 99 percent of schools to Internet

President Obama spells out his five-year plan at a North Carolina school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:42 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education Technology, New Digital Initiative, President Obama

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Common Core supporters back moratorium on new tests' high stakes

Major education organizations say teachers and students aren't ready.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:23 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, Education Coalition

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 06/06/2013

U.S. high school graduation rate sees big minority gains — analysis

The U.S. rate hits nearly 75 percent, the highest since 1973, according to an Edweek analysis.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:52 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax County Tops the List, Graduation Rates

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Louisiana legislator invokes witch doctor to defend creationist law

In the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff category: He doesn't want to dismiss faith healing as "pseudoscience."

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:45 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Evolution and Creationism, Really

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 06/06/2013

A critique of how DCPS is implementing Common Core (update)

The problem, the author says, is not with any one standard or assessment stem—it's with a checklist mentality.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Checklist Mentality?, Common Core State Standards, D.C. Public Schools, Skills Over Content?

Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 06/05/2013

'Hope Against Hope': A community's painful struggle over school reform

The following book prologue sets the stage for Sarah Carr's year spent immersed in the disparate lives of the family, the teacher, and the administrator.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:45 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Book Excerpt About New Orleans, School Reform

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 06/05/2013

Rebuttal: Cheating isn't networking, it's cheating

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:10 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cheating, Debate

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013

Don't expect Congress to end test-and-punish core of NCLB

Congress is starting new attempts to rewrite the law, but here's why they won't fix it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Harkin Bill Doesn't, No Child Left Behind

Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013

Is it really this easy to block the Common Core?

Trying to openly oppose the Common Core by amending state code is extremely difficult. Cutting the legs out from under it in the budget does not appear to be.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Playbook From Michigan, Common Core Standards

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013

How college students incorrectly evaluate their instructors

A study shows that college students give top markets not to the best teachers of content but the teachers with the most charm.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Results of Study, Student Evaluations, Teaching and Learning

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Mississippi governor: Educational troubles began when 'mom is in the workplace' -- VIDEO

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday that American's educational troubles began when women in large numbers began working outside the home.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:41 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, He Knew It Was Controversial

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Why schools should relax about cheating

It all depends on what you call cheating.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:01 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cheating, From a Homeschooling Mom, Homeschool, How Homeschoolers Learn

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Why teachers should present new material as stories

An interesting study shows kids learn better when they hear new information through narrative.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  How Kids Learn Best, Teaching and Learning

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/03/2013

Why K-12 online learning isn't really revolutionizing teaching

Past efforts to install new technologies in schools haven't proved to be as "revolutionary" as backers claimed either.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Claims Hyped, Online Learning

Posted at 04:02 AM ET, 06/03/2013

The problem with rote learning in one sentence

Straight from the cognition textbook.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:02 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Learning

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 06/02/2013

Common Core: Assessing the real level of support

Why a claiming that a majority support, believe, or conform to X, Y, or Z is shaky claim at best, and a likely flawed one at worst.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:31 PM ET, 06/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Common Core Standards, The So-called 'Great Majority'

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 06/02/2013

The story of an 'offending' blog post

Why policy makers should pay attention to critics rather than shut them up.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:31 AM ET, 06/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Different Opinions, School Reform

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 06/01/2013

Philadelphia passes 'doomsday' school budget

Gone is funding for paper, new books, counselors, librarians, assistant principals and more. Really.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:04 PM ET, 06/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drastic Cuts, Philadelphia Schools, School funding

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 06/01/2013

The clueless tweet of TFA's Wendy Kopp

She praises progress in Philadelphia schools on the day a budget is passed without funding for paper, counselors, athletics, etc.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:45 AM ET, 06/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teach for America, The Worst Timing, Wendy Kopp

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 06/01/2013

Mermaids: The official U.S. position (yes, there is one)

Why the government issued a position on mermaids.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:39 AM ET, 06/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Lesson on Aquatic Beings, Mermaids

 

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