The Answer Sheet: First

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Grading writing: The art and science -- and why computers can't do it

Writing is a fundamental human act. What really goes into assessing it?

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:01 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Quiz, First, Test Grading, Writing

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Rhee moving organization to Sacramento

Michelle Rhee is moving her new organization to Sacramento, where her fiance is the mayor.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:49 PM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee | Tags:  kevin johnson, mayor kevin johnson, michelle rhee, michelle rhee and students first, rhee and johnson, rhee moves to sacramento, rhee organization moves, sacramento, sacramento and rhee, students first

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/05/2011

A satirical look at Rhee's 'Students First' (or how students fell to a tie for third)

Here's a satirical look at Michelle Rhee's Students First campaign. Students, it seems, have fallen from First.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Laugh and cry, Laugh and cry | Tags:  edtweak, education tweak, michelle rhee, students first

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 12/06/2010

Michelle Rhee, celebrity, goes national

Running the Washington D.C. schools wasn’t a big enough platform for the super star Michelle Rhee. She's onto her next act.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:40 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Educational leadership, Educational leadership, Educational leadership | Tags:  joel klein, michelle rhee, public schools, school reform, students first

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 11/24/2010

The first Thanksgiving proclamation, by George Washington

From a 1789 newpaper, here's President George Washington's proclamation of the first official Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:30 PM ET, 11/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History | Tags:  first thanksgiving, george washington, history of thanksgiving, thanksgiving, thanksgiving holiday, washington's proclamation

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Why we don't eat deer for Thanksgiving (the Pilgrims did)

When did Americans start eating turkey on the national holiday of Thanksgiving? It wasn't when, or for the reason, you probably learned in school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:19 PM ET, 11/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History | Tags:  abraham lincoln and thanksgiving, colonists thanksgiving, george washington and thanksgiving, ha, history of thanksgiving, pardon and turkey, pilgrims, plymouth colony, presidential pardon, presidential turkey, squanto, thanksgiving, thanksgiving dinner, the first thanksgiving, turkey, wampanoag indians, when was the first thanksgiving?

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 11/11/2010

Yes, you can teach kids to eat broccoli

I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it, but at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington D.C., chef Lisa Dobbs runs a food program that has young students relishing broccoli, tilapia encrused with panko, boureks with beef or vegetables, and other foods not commonly embraced by kids.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:13 AM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  bill shore, charter schools, child nutrition act, elsie whitlow stokes, first lady michelle obama, jeff bridges, lisa dobbs, michelle obama, nutrition education, obesity, school lunch, share our strength, stokes charter school, whole foods

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 10/31/2010

A real Halloween fright: Costume contracts

Lots of schools have banned Halloween. Some say they don’t have time for Halloween frivolity; others worry that the day has religious overtones and families could be offended. And then there are those that set down so many rules about wearing a costume that the fun can get knocked out of it. Here's a contract kids and parents had to sign at one school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:22 AM ET, 10/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  costumes, first amendment, halloween, halloween and schools, halloween costumes, history of halloween

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/22/2010

Court: Cheerleader had no 1st Amendment right to refuse to cheer for alleged assailant

This really happened: A federal appeals court ruled that a former Silsbee, Texas, high school cheerleader did not have a First Amendment right to refuse to cheer for a basketball player who she had accused of sexually assaulting her and who later pleaded guilty to simple assault.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers | Tags:  cheerleader, dismissed from team, first amendment rights, sexual assault, texas cheerleader, texas court

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 09/23/2010

Schools should teach religion (now more than ever)

The new school year began at a moment when religion was front and center in American popular dialogue. But the one place those issues were least likely to be discussed was in public schools. A professor argues that schools have misinterpreted the concept of "separation of church and state" and says students should learn about religion.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 09/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  establishment clause, first amendment, lausreligion in schoreligin in, religion and school, separation of church and state, teaching religion

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/02/2010

How to help your child adapt to college life

An expert in first-year student transitions gives advice for parents to help their child freshman successfully make the transition from high school to college. The tips, in fact, are useful for all college students.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Life, College Life | Tags:  adapting to college, college freshmen, es a, first-year experience, transition and high school and college

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 07/12/2010

Questions for Michelle Obama's live Web chat on obesity

First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting her first live web chat on Tuesday about her national campaign to end the country's obesity epidemic. Here are a few questions for her.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:24 AM ET, 07/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health, Health | Tags:  first lady and web chat, first lady michelle obama and let's move, let's move and michelle obama, michelle obama, michelle obama and first web chat, michelle obama and obesity, michelle obama and web chat, nclb and physical education, physical education and obesity, web chat and let's move

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 07/11/2010

‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ from $3.95 to $39,000

In 1960 you could buy the first edition of "To Kill a Mockingbird" for $3.95. Today you can pay $39,000!

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:54 AM ET, 07/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Literature | Tags:  cost of mockingbird, first edition and mockingbird, gregory peck and to kill a mockingbird, rare books, rare books and mockinbird, to kill a mockingbird, to kill a mockingbird and film, to kill a mockingbird first edition

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 06/01/2010

Clemson student charged for rude e-mail

Here’s another in a long list of overreactions by school officials to young people saying things in a way others would rather they didn’t. At Clemson University, an undergraduate was charged with "disorderly conduct," "harassment" and other school rule violations for sending a rude e-mail to an administrator.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:30 AM ET, 06/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education | Tags:  1st amendment rights, Clemson University, FIRE, disorderly conduct charges, first amendment rights, free speech at school, free speech on campus, student charged for nasty email, student charged for rude email, student charged with disorderly conduct, the right to free speech

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/27/2010

Postcards to Mrs. Obama: End high-stakes testing

Organizations opposed to high-stakes standardized tests are starting a postcard-writing campaign aimed at persuading First Lady Michelle Obama to "encourage" President Obama to end the use of high stakes tests. Lisa Guisbond of FairTest writes about the effort.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests, Standardized Tests | Tags:  FairTest, fairtest, high-stakes standardized tests, michelle obama and tests, mrs. obama and standardized tests, no child left behind, obama and nclb, obama and race to the top, postcard campaign, postcard campaign to mrs. obama, postcards to first lady, postcards to michelle obama, postcards to mrs. obama, race to the top, standardized tests, standardized tests and results, the problem with race to the top, time out for testing

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/10/2010

Why student attitudes toward school change -- Willingham

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham talks about the differences he sees between first-graders and sixth-graders, and the reasons kids change in their attitude toward school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham, Daniel Willingham | Tags:  Daniel Willingham, about first graders, about sixth grade, guest bloggers, learning

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 05/04/2010

How safe are college campuses?

Every time there is a sensational murder on or around a college campus, and school security becomes a hot issue, as it is today in the wake of the murder of a University of Virginia student by her former boyfriend, also a student. So exactly how safe are college campuses?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:30 PM ET, 05/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Life, College Life | Tags:  George Huguelycharged with first-degree murder, college campuses and safety, college life, huegely, lacrosse murder, murder and uva, university of virginia, uva student killed, uva student murdered, yeardley and murder

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 03/24/2010

NAEP reading scores: Bad news was sadly predictable

It is no surprise that the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that the nation's fourth- and eighth-graders have made no progress in reading under No Child Left Behind. The literacy program at the heart of NCLB was no good to begin with.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:54 AM ET, 03/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Reading, Reading | Tags:  NAEP, No Child Left Behind, Reading First

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 11/24/2009

Should the National Council of Teachers of English win its own Doublespeak award?

Yesterday I wrote about why the National Council of Teachers of English Teachers gave its 2009 “Doublespeak Award” to Glenn Beck for exceptional achievement in using language that is “deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing and self-centered.” Today I will explain why some educators and researchers are calling for the teachers council to give the award to itself. Why does this matter to you? Because it involves the way kids in public school will be taught how to read during the Obama administration.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:33 PM ET, 11/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Reading | Tags:  LEARN Act, Reading First, reading instruction