Schools across the country are being "graded" for their academic performance in ways that don't appropriately judge the institutions or their educators. Parents then seek out the "A" schools, believing that the metric by which they are largely being judged -- standardized test scores -- have more meaning than they really do, and that schools with lower grades are inadequate. But this quest for the "A" schools disregards other schools in which great teaching takes place.Read full article >>
Policymakers and politicians who wring their hands about the mediocre performance of U.S. students on international math and reading tests have another worry: The nation’s grown-ups aren’t doing much better.Read full article >>
Wish you had more time to read? Well, you probably already have the time, says cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” His latest book is “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education.” This appeared on his Science and Education blog.Read full article >>
The use of illicit drugs, the abuse of prescription medication and the incidence of depression have increased among Fairfax County teenagers, according to the results of an annual survey.
The Fairfax County Youth Survey found, however, that fewer Fairfax teens are drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes and using marijuana than in years past. In 2012, fewer students engaged in binge drinking than the year before, with 18.2 percent of 12th-graders saying they had five or more drinks in one night within the past two weeks, as compared with 20.7 percent in 2011.Read full article >>
The third-graders led the change. One Friday afternoon they arrived in room 237 at Glenallan Elementary School in Silver Spring, looking the part of scientists, or perhaps doctors.
They wore lab coats.
“Awesome,” said Nathaniel Belete, 8, tugging at his collar.Read full article >>
From Rockville to Manhattan?
Pundits in New York have mentioned Montgomery County School Superintendent Joshua P. Starr as one of five possible contenders for the job of New York City schools chancellor when a new mayor takes office Jan. 1.Read full article >>