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The Learning Network: Should Society Support Artists and Others Pursuing Creative Works?

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 5:01am
Should those in creative pursuits receive reductions in their living expenses?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | A Look Back at the World’s Fair of 1964

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 4:32am
What is the lasting significance of the World’s Fair of 1964?






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Strauss: What teachers really want

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 4:00am

One of the striking things about modern school reform is that the people who you would think would be a big part of the discussion -- teachers -- have largely been ignored. So what do teachers want? Francie Alexander, chief academic officer for Scholastic Inc., writes about a nationally representative poll of teachers that answers the question. Alexander has taught at all levels and worked as a district reading consultant for Pre-K through high school. She has authored numerous professional articles for educators and dozens of books for children.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | conifer

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in 13 New York Times articles in the past year.






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A Catholic High School Abruptly Loses Its Fight to Stay Open

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:11pm
Saddled with an estimated $4 million in debt and low enrollment, 52-year-old Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn will close in June.






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Teacher Says LaGuardia High School Picks Tests Over Talent

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 9:34pm
Some wonder why test scores trumped talent after the performing arts school’s principal rejected students the faculty wanted to accept.
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Stuck on a college wait list? Here’s what you should do.

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 8:05pm

Wait-listed by your dream college? I have good news and bad news.

First the bad.

In the late 1990s, I had one of my few news scoops. It was a front-page story revealing that at some selective colleges the number of applicants on the wait-list approached, and sometimes exceeded, the number of applicants accepted. Those college admissions officers could not bear to reject young people just as accomplished as the ones they were accepting. So they inflated their wait lists.

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Prince George’s school board hires an executive director

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:53pm

Erica Berry has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a law degree and master’s degree in public health, but she says that her heart has always been in education policy.

So when the Prince George’s County Board of Education advertised for an executive director who would help it craft and review policy, collaborate with the new schools chief and help develop ways to improve parental involvement in the school system, Berry decided to apply.

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High school career academies prepare students for jobs

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 6:35pm

Jasmine Loftland held her hand over her left eye and squinted with her right.

“It just looks like a big, white board,” said Loftland, 16, her contact lenses sitting in a green-and-white case nearby. She covered the other eye. “It’s worse,” she said, shaking her head as she giggled. “Honestly, I don’t see the arrows.”

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Briefly: International Education: English Higher Education Faces Enrollment Slowdown

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 1:38pm
The credit ratings of English universities risk being damaged by a slowdown in their enrollment of full-time students from outside the European Union.






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Strauss: Who is mucking up science education?

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 1:16pm

Who is mucking up science education? Scientists or politicians?

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead’s education policy adviser, Mary Kay Hill, has sent a letter to John Friedrich, senior campaigner for Climate Parents, a group dedicated to preserving the Earth’s changing climate, saying that Mead has been concerned that scientists are mucking around with science education. The scientists, it seems to Mead (R), are making political conclusions -- not observations based on overwhelming research -- when they say that human activity is changing Earth’s climate.

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Strauss: Blowing up Peeps: An experiment in thermodynamics

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 1:08pm

Here’s a video showing a lesson in thermodynamics with Peeps. Yes, Peeps.

(If you don’t know what Peeps are, they are marshmallow candies in animal shapes. They used to appear in stores at Easter time but now are found year-round.)

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International Education: Setbacks Aside, Climate Change Is Finding Its Way Into the World's Classrooms

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:40pm
While school budgets, teacher workloads and politics have complicated the spread of lessons on climate change, many nations are still adding or expanding such offerings.






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International Education: Palestinian Teaches Tolerance via Holocaust

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:05pm
Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi trained as a Palestinian guerrilla fighter. Now he is a university professor and teaches Palestinians about the Holocaust.






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Strauss: A defense of public education against ‘the wolves of Wall Street’

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:00am

Sara Stevenson is the librarian at O. Henry Middle School in Austin, Texas, who is sick and tired of assaults on the very notion of public education. Here are her reflections on the value of public education and what is being done to it in the name of ”‘reform.”

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Essay | American Studies : Looking for America Beyond Its Borders

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 9:02pm
In a new globalist era, the United States is no longer the center of the universe — or of an academic field.






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Republicans See Political Wedge in Common Core

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 2:53pm
The Common Core, a set of national educational standards, is seen by some conservatives as federal overreach. But in contrast to the Affordable Care Act, it has Republican defenders.






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Strauss: Clergy warn Christie: Your Newark school reform is a mess

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 1:25pm

Dozens of members of the clergy in Newark have warned Gov. Chris Christie (R) that school reform efforts by his appointed superintendent are causing so much controversy and “unnecessary instability” in the city that they are “concerned about the level of public anger we see growing in the community” over the issue.

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Strauss: Why community schools are part of the answer

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:00am

Brock Cohen taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 12 years and is now pursuing a doctorate at the University of Southern California while working at the nonprofit Los Angeles Education Partnership as a schools transformation coach. He helps develop community schools, which build strategic partnerships with both public and private organizations to provide essential supports and resources that low-income and high-needs students often go without. Cohen says these schools share a moral imperative to remove barriers to learning so that disadvantaged children can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Here’s a new piece by Cohen on what a 17-year-old boy taught him and the value of community schools.

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National Briefing | Plains: Kansas: First Lady’s Visit Draws Criticism

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:06pm
Some Topeka high school students and their parents said they would rather keep their graduation day just a family affair, and not include Michelle Obama.






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