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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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Go Forth and Conquer, but Postpone the Selfie

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:30pm
Bryant University in Rhode Island has told its graduating seniors not to take pictures of themselves with their cellphones when they come onstage for their diplomas next month.






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Loudoun considers cutting Thomas Jefferson bus service

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 6:49pm

The Loudoun County School Board might cut bus service for county students who attend Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, a move that could jeopardize county students’ ability to go to the elite magnet school.

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Motherlode Blog: Learning to Set a Goal for the Long Run

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:15pm
In a conversation they have had countless times since his reading disability was diagnosed in elementary school, a mother and her teenage son search for ways to set goals and “do something that really distinguishes me.”






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Letter from Woodson High School to parents following series of suicides

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:33pm

The following e-mail message was sent from the principal of Fairfax County’s W.T. Woodson High School to parents on April 11, discussing the school’s actions following a series of suicides at the school. The message came ahead of the school’s spring break and a day before The Washington Post published a story about the suicides of six Woodson students in the past three years and the effects the suicides have had on their families and the school community.

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Parents seek action at Fairfax County’s Woodson High after suicides

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 2:23pm

In the aftermath of a series of student suicides at W.T. Woodson High School, parents are urging Fairfax County schools administrators to help the teens cope with stress at the high-performing school.

Six teens at the school have died by suicide during the past three years, including two students who died within a day of each other in February. The deaths have shocked the school community and have left parents, teachers and students searching for answers.

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How historical fiction can boost social studies lessons

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:49pm
Historical fiction can make it easier to tie together lessons in a wide-ranging social studies curriculum, writes fourth-grad -More
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Mo. middle-schoolers conduct research to honor local Vietnam veterans

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:49pm
Students from Steelville Middle School in Missouri have launched projects to honor Vietnam veterans from their area and state -More
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Generate geographical questions using 19th-century chart

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:49pm
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