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Motherlode Blog: Weekly Quandary: Is It Impolite to Give a Child a Command?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 9:56am
How do you make the difference between a question and a directive clear for the children in your house?






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Making the Case for Teaching Students to Debate

Education Week - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 8:22am
Debate should be an important part of curriculum across the education spectrum, writes Paul Deards.
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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Dogs and Jealousy

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 8:17am
Below, the first six paragraphs of “Inside Man’s Best Friend, Study Says, May Lurk a Green-Eyed Monster.” We have dropped a word in each paragraph. Can you choose the best word for each blank?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | F.B.I. Opens Inquiry Into Police Killing of St. Louis Teenager

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 7:37am
Why did the Federal Bureau of Investigation decide to open an investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown?






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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | The Roaring Twenties

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:35am
Test your knowledge of the 1920s by playing our crossword.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | ennui

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:04am
This word has appeared in 59 New York Times articles in the past year.






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Strauss: New NEA leader to nation’s educators: Revolt, ignore ‘stupid’ reforms

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:14pm

To call the woman who is about to take the helm of the National Education Association “outspoken” would be something of an understatement. Lily Eskelsen García, who will take over next month as president of the largest teachers union in the country (and, for that matter, the largest union of any kind in the country), is nauseatingly sick of what she calls “factory school reform” and she doesn’t mind telling everybody about it in clear, challenging words. “Stop doing stupid,” she says.

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Strauss: How high school changed Robin Williams’ life

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:06pm

The late Robin Williams credited his “gestalt high school” in California with sparking his interest in entertainment. Born in Chicago, he grew up in Michigan, where he attended the private Detroit Country Day School. He told interviewers that he was bullied by classmates when he was young because he was overweight, and he played at home by himself a lot. After moving as a teenager to California’s Marin County with his family, he attended the public Redwood High School, where he joined the drama club and became involved in theater. Then he enrolled in Claremont Men’s College in Claremont, California (now Claremont McKenna College), where he studied political science. He left Claremont and attended the College of Marin, where he studied theater, and in 1973 moved to New York to study as one of 20 freshmen at the famed Julliard School. In 1996, he gave an interview to the Detroit Free Press while promoting a movie called Jack, in which he played a boy who has a disease that causes him to age four times faster than normal. In that interview he talked about how much he loved school and was not, perhaps surprisingly, the class clown.

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Motherlode Blog: Need Kids to Follow Instructions? Don’t Ask. Tell.

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 8:29pm
“Do you want to put on your shoes now?” “Should we have macaroni and cheese for dinner?” “How about you go brush your teeth?” These are not really questions.






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Strauss: Robin Williams’ commencement speech in ’96 film ‘Jack’: ‘In the end none of us has very long on this Earth’

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 8:29pm

In the 1996 film Jack, Robin Williams played a boy who ages four times faster than normal. As his high school valedictorian, he delivers the commencement speech at graduation, telling his classmates to enjoy their lives and to “make your lives spectacular. “In the end none of us has very long on this Earth,” he said in the short speech, which you can watch below.

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National Briefing | Southwest: Texas: University Regent Is Censured

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 8:18pm
A Texas House panel on Monday censured a University of Texas System regent for misconduct and incompetency, but it decided not to push for his removal.
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St. Mary’s County teachers plan a ‘back to basics’ work action

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 7:16pm

Teachers in St. Mary’s County plan to stop doing the “extras” and will focus only on instruction as part of a protest over pay, union officials said Monday.

When classes begin next week, the majority of the teachers in the school district plan to participate in a “back to basics” job action that includes refusing to give homework, work overtime, volunteer for extracurricular activities and contact parents after school hours.

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Lunch lady rises to teachers union leader and takes on all comers, bluntly

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:33pm

She began her career in a school cafeteria, as a lunch lady. In three weeks, she will take over as head of the nation’s largest labor union, representing 3 million educators.

Lily Eskelsen García, 59, a telegenic, guitar-slinging firebrand, has made her unlikely rise to the top of the National Education Association as the union faces the most daunting political challenges in its 157-year history. She is already fighting back with blunt talk, urging teachers nationwide to revolt against “stupid” education reforms and telling politicians to leave teaching to the professionals.

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Global Health: Africa, With U.S. Help, Graduates More Doctors

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 5:52pm
An ambitious United States government project to strengthen medical education in sub-Saharan Africa is reporting broad progress.
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Strauss: 50 ways schools ‘cheat’ on high-stakes standardized tests

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 3:36pm

In March 2013, Atlanta Schools superintendent Beverly Hall and 34 other educators and administrators were charged in a 65-count indictment on racketeering charges in what prosecutors say was a conspiracy to cheat on high-stakes standardized tests. Those 35 were just a fraction of the more than 175 principals and teachers found by state investigators in 2011 to have cheated to make it seem as if students were doing better on tests than they actually performed because the scores affected the adults’ jobs.

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