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Former congressman Davis chosen to lead George Mason University’s governing board

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:35pm

Former congressman Thomas M. Davis III will become the next leader of the governing board of George Mason University, officials announced Thursday.

Davis, a Republican who represented Northern Virginia in the House from January 1995 to November 2008, was elected rector of the university’s Board of Visitors in a vote of the board. Mason, with nearly 34,000 students last fall at the main campus in Fairfax County and at satellite campuses, is Virginia’s largest public university.

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Fewer Pass High School Exams, and Some in England Cheer

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:06pm
Traditionalists are pleased with what they see as a reversal of decades of slackening standards in education.
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Strauss: Is doing less harm enough for Education Secretary Duncan?

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:34pm

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today via a blog post that he has decided to allow most states to apply for permission from the Education Department to push back to 2015-16 a requirement that they use student standardized test scores in teacher’s evaluations. This marked a step beyond flexibility Duncan offered last year, when he said states could seek flexibility from making personnel decisions based on teacher evaluations linked to student standardized test scores.

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Strauss: For first time, minority students expected to be majority in U.S. public schools this fall

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 1:05pm

For the first time in U.S. history, ethnic and racial minorities are projected to make up the majority of students attending American public schools this fall, ending the white-majority population that has existed from the beginnings of the public education system.

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Motherlode Blog: Simple Student Routines for Back-to-School Success

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:47pm
Establishing routines like a weekly regroup (with trash can and storage at hand), evening organization and nondigital bedtimes set the stage for a successful year.






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Strauss: Books that college freshmen should have read over the summer

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:34am

It has become a common practice at many colleges and universities to assign to incoming freshmen a book or other reading selection over the summer —sometimes as a requirement, sometimes just as a suggestion — so they can all come together to participate in a discussion about a particular theme during the school year. In some cases, students are also required to write about the book. Here are some of the 2014 reading selections from various schools and the reasons for which they were selected:

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Gov. McAuliffe forms task force to combat sexual violence at Virginia colleges

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:00am

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe formed a task force to combat sexual violence at the state’s colleges and universities, addressing a problem that has commanded attention this year in Washington and on campuses nationwide.

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Motherlode Blog: Casting Call: Rethink Family Dinner With Jenny Rosenstrach

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:24am
During the week of Sept. 8, we’ll be coaching a real family through real family dinners in real time – seven new meals in seven days – and we hope that you’ll cook along with us.






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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The 1959 Little League World Series

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 7:02am
The news from this year’s Little League World Series has been all about Mo’ne Davis, but in 1959 homesick boys from Hawaii, playing in Williamsport, Pa., just days after Hawaii became the 50th state, were the focus.






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Clashes Erupt as Liberia Imposes Quarantine to Curb Ebola

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:30am
Do you think West African governments should continue to quarantine neighborhoods to stem the spread of Ebola? Or do you think quarantining whole neighborhoods, like Monrovia’s West Point, is inhumane?






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Strauss: A shocking statistic about the quality of education research

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 4:01am

In 1968, an article in Kappan magazine titled “The Need for Replication in Education Research” by education Professor Robert H. Bauernfeind said:

The principle of replication is the cornerstone of scientific inquiry. This principle holds that under similar conditions, one should obtain similar results. Replication has long been an essential aspect of research in the natural sciences, where science findings are not published until their repeatability has been demonstrated. In the natural science, the investigator may repeat his experiment 10 or 20 times, cross-comparing all results, prior to publishing his “findings”…. Read full article >>






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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | Japan

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 3:33am
Test your knowledge of Japan by playing our crossword.






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | dawdle

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:01am
This word has appeared in seven New York Times articles in the past year.






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