This story has been updated.The Office of the State Superintendent of Education notified parents this week that personal information about students was inadvertently sent to a reporter in February, education officials said.Read full article >>
If you are looking for a job in the area of test development, there’s some good news. Pearson, the world’s largest education company, is advertising for test item writers and you apparently don’t have to have a bachelor’s degree. It is just “preferred.” Here’s the ad on the Pearson Web site:Read full article >>
Lily Eskelsen García is the president of the National Education Association, the largest teachers union in the United States. (It is in fact the largest union of any kind in the country.) In this post, she looks at current education reform efforts and calls for education companies to be transparent about what they are doing and how it is affecting young people.Read full article >>
CHARLOTTESVILLE — City prosecutors here have dropped an abduction charge against the man accused of killing University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, a move that will allow more serious charges against him to move forward in neighboring Albemarle County.Read full article >>
The bad news? We won’t be judging the challenge this year, or declaring winners. The good news? The Learning Network is hopefully getting an upgraded commenting system soon. We hope you’ll still participate and post your poems; we’ll be posting our reactions in May in lieu of formal judging.
For years, students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been asking school leaders to change the name of Saunders Hall, named after a former trustee who was a leader of the Ku Klux Klan.Read full article >>
The University of Phoenix, the largest for-profit university in the United States, has lost a few hundred thousand students in the last five years, according to its parent company.Apollo Education Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, announced Wednesday that revenues and enrollment had fallen in the last quarter about 14 percent compared to the same period in 2014. What’s more, the school’s enrollment five years ago was 460,000 students and now it is 213,000, CNN Money reported. The news on Wednesday sparked a 30 percent drop in Apollo’s stock. (Apollo stock was at $19.57 a share in Thursday morning trading, down 2.4 percent.)Read full article >>
Whether you know who Monica Lewinsky is or not, you’ll probably know what she meant when she spoke about the dangers of online public shaming in a recent TED talk. Do you agree with her that our “culture of humiliation” has gotten out of hand? Why or why not?
Plans to overhaul schools in Finland — whose students have been at or near the top of international exams for years — have sparked stories in the media saying that traditional subjects, such as math and history and art, will be abandoned. A recent story in the British newspaper the Independent, for example, had this headline: “Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with ‘topics’ as country reforms its education system.” Alas, the stories are overblown, according to Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg. In this post, Sahlberg explains what is actually happening in Finland.Read full article >>