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The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | May 5, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 7:00am
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.






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Strauss: Pearson, of course, wins huge Common Core testing contract

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 6:02am

I noted recently that two years ago the nonprofit group FairTes t predicted that despite promises by policymakers that competition and innovation would result from school reform,  it would be the same old education firms that would wind up with the big Common Core-related contracts. FairTest got that right.

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The Learning Network: Do You Set Rules for Yourself About How You Use Your Time?

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 5:02am
Do you worry about the amount of time you spend in front of computer and television screens?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | California Chrome Wins the Kentucky Derby

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:36am
What horse won the Kentucky Derby on Sunday?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, May 5, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:04am
Mother’s Day is May 11, and this interactive quiz and the teaching ideas that follow can help make it a language-learning opportunity






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Strauss: What teaching is and isn’t

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:02am

The first week in May is Teacher Appreciation Week, so declared back in 1984 by the Parent Teachers Association, and the 2014 observation of this is upon us.  It couldn’t have come at a better time, given that teachers aren’t feeling especially appreciated these days, what with school reform policies targeted right at them. In this post Julie Hiltz, a media specialist at Lutz Elementary in Hillsborough County, Florida, and a National Board Certified Teacher with 12 years of experience, writes about her profession.  She is also a 2013-14 Center for Teaching Quality Teacherpreneur, who is spending half of her workweek this school year engaging colleagues across the state in teacher evaluation and Common Core reforms.

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India Ink: Legal Fight Over Nursery School Admissions Keeps Delhi Kids at Home

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:27am
New preschoolers are not allowed to attend school until the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court resolve the messiness that resulted when the state government revamped regulations to make admissions at nursery schools more egalitarian.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | implausible

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:05am
This word has appeared in 133 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Vermont School Districts Consider Consolidation

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 8:07pm
The state has lost more than 20,000 students since the second half of the ’90s, and that decline helped to drive up taxes, since there are fewer families to pay for existing schools.






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Fairfax schools chief tied to evaluations under scrutiny

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 6:36pm

Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza was a key figure in the implementation of a controversial teacher evaluation and merit pay system that is now the focus of a federal lawsuit filed in Houston last week.

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New book offers ground-level view of two D.C. schools

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 4:34pm

Sam Chaltain is a former teacher who spent a year following two D.C. schools — one charter, one traditional — in an effort to understand how the city’s high-profile school-improvement efforts are working for teachers, students and parents.

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Spreading the A.P. Gospel to Nurture Scientists and Engineers

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 3:15pm
A nonprofit organization founded to help improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is working with schools to expand the success of advanced placement classes.






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Mathews: Giving aid and comfort to great teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 2:35pm

My high school U.S. history teacher, Al Ladendorff, turned his classroom into a laboratory for critical thinking. He even asked us to tell him where the textbook was wrong. My wife Linda’s English and history teacher, Bill Goodfellow, required each student to write a research paper every year, some of them thousands of words long.

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Strauss: Arne Duncan can keep his cynical NCLB waiver — Washington school board member

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 2:02pm

Last month the U.S.  Education Department for the first time rescinded one of the waivers it gave to states that exempts them the most onerous parts of the flawed No Child Left Behind law. It was Washington’s, and as a result, the state will  have to comply with all parts of No Child Left Behind — even though it is a law that Education Secretary Arne Duncan himself has said is fatally flawed. In fact, because of the peculiarities of the way the law was written, nearly all of Washington’s public schools will now be seen as failing even though nothing actually changed in the schools. If it makes no sense to you, it doesn’t to a lot of other people either, especially in Washington state.

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International Education: Costs Drive Both Sides of Study Abroad

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 12:37pm
Rising university tuition costs are encouraging British students to consider studying overseas, while worries about high costs and debt are deterring United States students from going abroad, a survey shows.






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International Education: Chinese Applications to U.S. Graduate Schools Decline

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 12:01pm
After a decade of robust growth, interest in graduate programs has fallen for a second year in a row. Applications from India have surged, but the trend may prove erratic.






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International Education: In Jordan, Educated Women Face Shortage of Jobs

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 12:01pm
Unemployment among highly educated women is above 35 percent in Jordan, where more women than men attend college.






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Strauss: ‘Today was the first day I was ever ashamed to be a teacher’

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 10:32am

Students around the country are taking high-stakes Common Core-aligned standardized tests now and some teachers are expressing unhappiness about having to administer them.  Some are refusing to administer them and others are going public with their concerns about the nature of the tests and the emphasis being placed on them by policymakers.  Numerous problems have been reported with these tests in New York, including badly worded questions, unfair cut scores that determine who does well and who doesn’t, and booklets with blank pages. Entertainer Louis C.K. complained about the tests on Twitter and the David Letterman show.

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Motherlode Blog: Lackeys of Youth Soccer, That ‘Arrogant’ Sport

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 9:54am
Outside the United States, soccer is a working-class sport. Our club charges $2,200 per child per year.






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Admissions: Reasons for Hope While Applying to College

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 05/04/2014 - 7:21am
There are fewer spots for American students at many top colleges. But the market has expanded in other ways.






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