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Motherlode Blog: Kids and Parents: Happy to Move Up, Sad to Say Goodbye

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 3:03pm
I think of summer as a happy time of year—which is why I’m annually blindsided by the small sorrows of graduations and change.






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Jill Abramson, Ex-Times Editor, to Teach at Harvard

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 1:38pm
Ms. Abramson, dismissed on May 14 as executive editor of The New York Times, will teach narrative nonfiction to undergraduates.
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Strauss: Real learning doesn’t ‘look like 6-year-olds slumped in chairs … staring at iPads’ — parent tells school board

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:16pm

Massachusetts parent Tassia Thomas gave the following testimony to the Cambridge School Committee — a panel of seven members that sets policy and oversees Cambridge Public Schools — earlier this month. It appeared in Cambridge Day , which said it had lightly edited her comments for publication.

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Efforts by Colleges to Curb Assaults Focus on Fraternities

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:32am
As colleges come under intense pressure to curb sexual assault, binge drinking and hazing, they are increasingly looking at their fraternities.






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The Learning Network: 184 Questions to Write or Talk About

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:01am
A collection of 184 Student Opinion questions, from this school year, all still open to comment on our blog. Each asks students to read a short, high-interest nonfiction piece from The Times, then write in a response.






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House Delays Vote on Easing School Meal Standards

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 9:52am
The rules are a large component of Michelle Obama’s campaign to reduce the number of overweight children through exercise and better nutrition.
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Motherlode Blog: Parental Collusion on Spending and Rules: Harder Than It Sounds

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 9:48am
Here’s the tricky part about trying to form a cabal to stomp the seeds of perceived materialism: It’s awfully hard to be the first person who speaks up.






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The Learning Network: Found Poem Favorite | ‘I saw the girl near bouquets of snapdragons’

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 9:14am
This poem, by Anna S., is one of the 11 winners of our fifth annual Found Poem Student Contest.






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S.C. Gov. Haley Signs Reading Improvement Bill

Education Week - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 8:26am
Gov. Nikki Haley has signed into law a bill seeking to boost reading levels of South Carolina's students.
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Plan to Reshape Indian Education Stirs Opposition

Education Week - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 8:01am
On the eve of President Obama's first official visit to Indian Country, discontent is growing over a federal proposal to overhaul the much-criticized Bureau of Indian Education.
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Strauss: New York Gov. Cuomo may face primary challenge from progressive Democrat

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 6:02am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seeking re-election this year, recently secured the endorsement of the progressive Working Families Party, which had been expected to back a challenger but sided with the governor after he made a series of promises about meeting their political agenda. But a good number of party members are unhappy with the choice, especially education activists who oppose Cuomo’s support of corporate school reform and he must face a challenger in the Democratic primary in September. Writing about the possibility and what a challenger could hope to accomplish is Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School, who has been chronicling the flawed implementation of school reform and the Common Core State Standards across the state for some time (here, and here and here and here, for example).

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The Learning Network: Will You Be Watching the World Cup?

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 5:00am
Do you think soccer will ever become the most popular sport in the United States, as it is in much of the rest of the world? Why?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Killing a Patient to Save His Life

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:30am
Why might so-called therapeutic hypothermia help to save lives?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | English, June 12, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am
Can you choose the words that best complete the sentence from the article?






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Strauss: California PTA urges sane homework loads

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:01am

 Race to Nowhere is a film produced and co-directed by Vicki Abeles about the consequences young people face today as a result of being over-scheduled, over-tested and pressured to achieve. Since the film came out in 2010, Abeles, an attorney and mother of three has been advocating for sane homework policies. In this post she writes about how some parents California finally took steps to stop the enormous homework load their children were dealing with every night and where they hope to take their campaign.

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