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Philosophy’s gender bias: For too long, scholars say, women have been ignored.

5 hours 7 min ago
Generations of college students know philosophy as a subject dominated by the writings of men, from ancient Greece onward. The stereotypical figure in its history: Sage with beard.In recent decades, scholars of English literature and other fields have pushed to broaden their curriculum through the inclusion of previously neglected works of women.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Report: Millions of dollars in fraud, waste found in charter school sector

5 hours 16 min ago
A new report released on Tuesday details fraud and waste totaling more than $200 million of uncovered fraud and waste of taxpayer funds in the charter school sector, but says the total is  impossible to know because there is not sufficient oversight over these schools. It calls on Congress to include safeguards in legislation being considered to succeed the federal No Child Left Behind law.Read full article >>






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Can one fewer student be a difference? County weighs investing in class size

6 hours 48 min ago
When the recession sent tax revenues diving in Prince William County, the school system coped in the same way that many growing districts across the country did, cramming more students into class.Without the funds to build new classrooms or hire more teachers, average class sizes ballooned from one of the region’s smallest to the region’s largest, pressing up against state maximums. Middle and high school classes rose from an average of 21 students to more than 30.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Can reading comprehension be taught?

9 hours 48 min ago
This is the second of five posts I am publishing this week by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, all dedicated to reading and based on his new book, “Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do.”  The first post asked and answered the question of whether the Common Core State Standards could be boost reading comprehension.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Black male teachers: There aren’t enough of them

11 hours 48 min ago
Consider these statistics: Slightly more than half of all public schools students are children of color. Yet, despite documented benefits of a racially and ethnically diverse teaching force, no more than 2 percent of teachers in the public education system are black men. What’s more, research shows that teachers of color are leaving the profession. The following post discusses the reasons for the dearth of black males in the teaching force and how to support and retain them. It was written by Travis J. Bristol, a research and policy fellow at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) who used to teach high school English teacher in New York City public schools and who was a teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program.Read full article >>






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School closings are politically difficult. But are they good for student achievement?

15 hours 46 min ago
Closing public schools is a political minefield — just ask Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who had a tough reelection bid this year after dozens of school closures on his watch left voters concerned.But what do school closings mean for student achievement?Read full article >>






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Sweet Briar says faculty lawsuit is attempt by professors to get a ‘financial windfall’

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:05pm
This post has been updated.The Sweet Briar College administration responded to a faculty lawsuit Monday by saying professors who had sued to stop the college from closing were looking for personal financial gain.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Why calling school reform ‘corporate reform’ is an insult to corporate reform

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 2:49pm
School reform in the age of No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top has for years been referred to by critics as “corporate reform.” Why? Because many school reformers seek to privatize the public education system, and they want the public education system to be operated like a business, even though it is a civic institution not designed to function within a business model. This post takes an unconventional view of the labeling of today’s school reform as “corporate reform,” arguing that “no leading company” would do some of the questionable things being done to public schools in the name of reform.Read full article >>






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California nonprofit group seeks to become ‘AARP for kids’

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 2:25pm
A California nonprofit organization known for its ratings of children’s media announced Monday that it will seek to become a national nonpartisan voice advocating for educational technology, early childhood education and other children’s issues.Read full article >>






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A former disc jockey, pet sitter and journalist becomes Teacher of the Year

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 1:47pm
Shanna Peeples was a country music disc jockey, a medical assistant, a pet sitter and a journalist before she finally gave in to a longtime urge and became a public school teacher.“I knew it was going to be really all-consuming,” said Peeples, a high school English teacher from Texas who on Monday was named the 2015 Teacher of the Year, an honor bestowed by the Council of Chief State School Officers.Read full article >>






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Are college admissions applications outdated and inefficient?

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 11:50am
Most high-school seniors planning to enroll in college this fall already have made up their minds about where they are going. But for many others, this is the final week to make a choice: May 1 is Decision Day, when deposits are due to secure a spot in the next freshman class.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Does the Common Core help boost reading comprehension?

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:00am
Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and author of several books, including “Why Don’t Students Like School? and “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education.” This appeared on his Science and Education blog. Willingham started teaching at U-Va., in 1992, when his research focused on the brain basis of learning and memory. But after 2000, his research centered on applying cognitive psychology to K-16 education. He has in recent years written a number of popular posts for this  blog, including, “Left/right brain theory is bunk” and “The 21st Century skill students most lack.”Read full article >>






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Police don’t need to give unattended children to CPS if no neglect suspected

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 6:45pm
Montgomery County police do not have to send unattended children to Child Protective Services if they do not believe neglect is involved in the case and can instead notify the parents and drive the children home, according to a newly released memo from county officials that makes it clear that police have discretion when they find children walking alone in the county.Read full article >>






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Why one of America’s best schools eased off Advanced Placement courses

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 3:24pm
At the top of The Washington Post’s new America’s Most Challenging High Schools list is a collection of intense little public schools you’ve probably never heard of. One of the most obscure, Corbett Charter School in a rural area east of Portland, Ore., has taken the unusual step of easing back on Advanced Placement courses, illuminating a controversy about how much challenge students in top schools need.Read full article >>






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Sybarite5 keep Barns at Wolf Trap’s audience on its toes

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 2:55pm
The ancient Greek city Sybaris was notorious for the luxurious and sensual excesses of its citizens. Its namesake, the string quintet Sybarite5, which performed at the Barns at Wolf Trap on Friday, prefers to focus on another aspect of the city’s reputation — that “it charmed with music.” Charm and entertain the musicians did with their “Shuffle Effect” program, which allows them to announce from the stage what their iPhone has chosen for them to play next from their current 20-piece tour play-list. Read full article >>






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Strauss: Each senior at Camden charter school applied, on average, to more than 45 colleges

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 2:03pm
A Camden, N.J., charter school encouraged each one of its seniors to send a lot of college applications, and by a lot, we are talking about A LOT — an average of more than 45 per student. One student sent out more than 70.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How to teach students not to do everything they are told

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:00pm
It is commonly said that today’s children are spoiled and self-entitled because their parents are overly protective (while at the same, somehow, too lenient). This common wisdom has been repeatedly challenged by educator and writer Alfie Kohn, (www.alfiekohn.org),  author of 13 books, the most recent titled “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”] But in this post, for the sake of analysis, he temporarily accepts the position that “the grumblers” are right about helicopter parents and looks at the consequences for young people. This post, which I am publishing with permission, appeared on his website.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How school reform stacks up against Grade 5 Common Core test standards. (Hint: not well.)

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 11:00am
Scott Levy is a parent of children with attend New York state public schools. From February 2014 through February 2015, he was a senior research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, during which he analyzed the rollout of the federal Race to the Top program in in New York State. In the following post, Levy looks at the standards set for the fifth-grade math assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards that students took over three days last week across New York. Then he uses them to evaluate just how well school reforms set by education policymakers in Albany stack up against those standards. Hint: Not so well.Read full article >>






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At Charles Barrett Elementary, a social worker goes the distance

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 10:32am
When students show up at Charles Barrett Elementary with worn-through shoes held together by tape, or when they’re falling behind on homework, or when they miss class for days at a time, it’s likely they will end up in Ana Bonilla-Galdamez’s office.Read full article >>






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2 delegates criticize Fairfax proposal to protect transgender students

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:25pm
Two state Republican delegates spoke out against a proposal in Fairfax County to include transgender students and staff in the school system’s non-discrimination policy.The proposal, submitted by school board member Ryan McElveen (At Large), comes after Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) issued an opinion in March granting local school boards the authority to include sexual orientation and gender identity in non-discrimination policies. Read full article >>






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