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International Education: Creating an Ever-Flexible Center for Tech Innovation

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:01pm
Cornell Tech, a campus being built by Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, is preparing for a future it can't yet imagine.






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Motherlode Blog: If My Son Loves Football, Can He Still Love Me?

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 9:16am
My husband and I consider our family progressive. We’re all for boys in pink playing with dolls. But progressive really means letting your children choose what to love, and my son loves football.






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How to Learn the Law Without Law School

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 9:20pm
No degree. No debt. No problem? Why and how some aspiring lawyers are skipping law school.






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News Analysis: 99-Page Ruling in O’Bannon Case Is Missing Something: Clarity

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 5:06pm
Judge Claudia Wilken gave N.C.A.A. officials hope that any required changes might not be the death knell that seemed imminent.






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Thousands attend Prince George’s County Back to School fair

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 4:27pm

See old friends from class. Talk to some former teachers. Maybe even pick up a free backpack.

Those were some of the things on Paige Blake’s agenda as she spent a couple of hours with her dad, Randolph, at the Prince George’s County Back to School Fair on Saturday at the Showplace Arena.

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Sports of The Times: Prime Prep Academy, Founded by Deion Sanders, Comes Under Scrutiny

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 3:53pm
With its academics and its finances under fire, the Texas sports academy created by Deion Sanders, the Hall of Fame cornerback and N.F.L. commentator, is facing the loss of its state charter.






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Strauss: A strange definition of a ‘bad’ teacher

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 2:25pm

Keoni Wright is the lead plaintiff  in a lawsuit organized by Campbell Brown’s education advocacy group that is seeking to overturn New York laws that provide tenure and other job  protections to K-12 teachers. Brown has appeared on a number of television shows explaining her new endeavor, which will involve filing lawsuits in other states, as well, in an attempt to have national impact on tenure laws.  (Here’s a write-up about her appearance on “The Colbert Report,” and here’s a fact-check of what she said on the show).

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Correlations: Study on Parental Longevity Is Short on Causation

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:51pm
Maybe parents who send their children to college will live longer, but a recent study did not prove it.






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Strauss: Why Princeton students who deserve A’s can’t get them — report

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:33am

Here’s an interesting case of unintended consequences in education reform — in this case, grading policy at an Ivy League school.

A decade ago the faculty at Princeton University adopted a grading policy that was intended to distinguish between good and great work but that wound up restricting the number of top grades professors handed out. The policy recommended that each department award no more than 35 percent of grades in the “A” range, resulting in strange grading curves that rob students of A’s they rightly deserve. Last October, new Princeton President Christopher Ludwig Eisgruber formed a committee to review the policy, noting that there had been some unfortunate unintended consequences of the policy (and even “poor behavior” by some professors). The committee’s report was just released (see below) and it exposes an unfair system.  The key recommendation:

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Arlington buys safer helmets for high school football players

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 5:33pm

Arlington County's high school football players will have new helmets this year, purchased to mitigate the risk of head injuries and concussions.

Officials announced the new helmets in a letter to parents this week, and said they are part of a “comprehensive concussion management plan” the district has adopted.

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White teacher wins $350,000 in Prince George’s schools bias lawsuit

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:33pm

A former Prince George’s County teacher won a $350,000 jury award after accusing the school system of discriminating against him because he is white.

Jon Everhart alleged in his lawsuit against the Prince George’s County school board that a black principal forced him out of his job because of his race.

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Strauss: The difference between ‘complex’ and ‘complicated’ — and why it matters in school reform

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 2:31pm

“Complex” isn’t the same thing as “complicated” — and the difference matters.  In this post, Stanford University’s Larry Cuban explains why in the context of school reform. Cuban was a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This appeared on Cuban’s on School Reform and Classroom Practice blog, which just turned 5 years old.

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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:39pm
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.






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Value of a Degree: What We Mean When We Say Student Debt Is Bad

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:42pm
Student loans need reform. But recent gloomy reports obscure the key benefit of borrowing for college: a college education.
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Ohio students tour historic sites in Greece, Italy

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:27am
A group of 30 middle- and high-school students from Dublin, Ohio, recently traveled to Europe to visit places they've studied -More
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Time-management technique uses breaks to help students learn

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:27am
A coding camp uses the Pomodoro Technique to keep students on task.  -More
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