Education News from Washington Post
Critics of the Common Core have questioned a number of different aspects of the standards, including how they were written, whether they are developmentally appropriate and whether too much emphasis has been placed on non-fiction at the cost of literature. Here is a look at an issue that has gotten little attention: How the recommended books in the appendix of the standards try to meet the needs of students of color. It was written by Jane M. Gangi, an associate professor in the Division of Education at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, and Nancy Benfer, who teaches literacy and literature at Mount Saint Mary College and is a fourth-grade teacher at Bishop Dunn Memorial School. Gangi is the author of three books: “Encountering Children’s Literature: An Arts Approach,” “Deepening Literacy Learning: Art and Literature Engagements in K-8 Classrooms (with Mary Ann Reilly and Rob Cohen),” and “Genocide in Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Cambodia to Darfur. ” Both are members of the Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning at Mount Saint Mary College. Gangi may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org;Benfer at email@example.com.Read full article >>
Nationwide, about 2.5 million public school students were enrolled in charter schools last school year, up from 789,000 a decade earlier, according to the most recent enrollment estimates from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Last year, the number of students enrolled increased by 12.6 percent from the year before.Read full article >>
With nearly 500 students still needing to show proof of immunizations, Montgomery County school officials said Monday they will seek a 45-day extension of the deadline for new state vaccination requirements.Read full article >>
Maryland has agreed to provide local school systems more time for students to get required vaccinations after school superintendents raised concerns about children missing school because they could not meet the deadline.Read full article >>
David Boies, the superlawyer who chairs a group that is trying to overturn teacher tenure laws in New York and elsewhere, said Monday that his organization is not looking to take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court — at least not in the short run.Read full article >>
(Update: Adding Education Department comment)
Last week I published a highly popular post that included a letter that kindergarten teacher Susan Bowles of Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville, Fla., posted on Facebook telling parents that she was refusing to administer the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, or FAIR. She explained what she said were serious problems with administering the test to young students, and said that taking this stance was worth risking her job. The post was titled, “Kindergarten teacher: ‘There is a good possibility I will get fired, but …’ ”Read full article >>
A University of Virginia student who graduated from Fairfax County’s West Potomac High School has gone missing in Charlottesville, and university leaders have expressed “deep concern” about her.
Hannah Graham, 18, has been missing since just after midnight Saturday, according to the university and Charlottesville police. Graham last made contact with friends by text message at 1:20 a.m. Saturday. Graham’s friends called police on Sunday afternoon, and police used bloodhounds to search for her Sunday evening, but that did not produce any leads, police said.Read full article >>
The Prince George’s Board of Education wants residents to share their thoughts about the conditions of their school buildings during a public hearing on Tuesday night.
The board will receive testimony from the public during the Capital Improvement Program public hearing, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. The hearing was originally scheduled for last week, but was rescheduled after no one signed up to testify.Read full article >>
Yong Zhao is a respected education scholar who has been a fierce critic of high-stakes standardized testing, both in China and the United States. Zhao, the presidential chair and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the University of Oregon’s College of Education, has written a new book entited “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World” that my colleague, Post education writer (and former China correspondent) Jay Mathews, said in a column was “the best I have ever read on Chinese schools.Read full article >>
What happens to students who attend five schools in six years? How can schools attract enough students to balance their budgets and stay competitive when new schools are opening all the time? How does school choice benefit families who are the least prepared to make informed decisions?Read full article >>
Normandy Middle School in north St. Louis — a few miles away from Ferguson, where the August killing of a black teenager by a white police officer sparked civil unrest — has been the worst-performing district in Missouri for several years. As a result, the state took over the Normandy School District, replaced 45 percent of the staff and ordered mandatory training for teachers. When school started in mid-August, educators hoped that it was the dawn of a new era. It wasn’t.Read full article >>
Several weeks ago, Northeastern University’s president dropped by The Washington Post to talk up the private institution in Boston.
Joseph E. Aoun wanted to get the word out about “experiential learning” programs that combine professional work with academic scholarship in an attempt to position students for high-powered careers.Read full article >>
Why are girls underrepresented in STEM classes and careers? What can be done about it? Author Annie Murphy Paul discusses that in this post. She is a contributing writer for Time magazine, writes a weekly column about learning for Time.com, blogs about learning for a number of websites and contributes to various publications. She is the author of “The Cult of Personality,” a cultural history and scientific critique of personality tests, and of “Origins,” a book about the science of prenatal influences. Her latest book is “Brilliant: The New Science of Smart.” This post appeared on Paul’s Brilliant Blog and was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education-news outlet affiliated with Teachers College, Columbia University.Read full article >>
His iPhone is on his desk, out in the open, and Joshua Perez’s teacher does not take it away. Instead, she asks the eighth-grader and his classmates in honors geometry at Argyle Magnet Middle School to Google the words “vertex form parabola.”Read full article >>
I have spent much of my life studying China and the countries near it. Just ask and I’ll show you my master’s degree in East Asian regional studies, and my five years of Washington Post articles from Hong Kong and Beijing. So it’s depressing to realize what I learned about the cultural advantage Asians have over us Americans — particularly in the classroom — might be wrong.Read full article >>
Ohio State University has agreed to several steps to strengthen its policies on sexual assault and harassment, the federal government said, concluding a four-year civil rights investigation at one of the nation’s largest public universities.Read full article >>
School reformers today, operating under the illusion that the private sector can do just about everything better and cheaper than government institutions, have been working to privatize public education by contracting out to private entities key operations of schools — and often entire schools. Such a move with the custodial force in Chicago Public Schools has, principals say, led to a mess.Read full article >>
Embrace the Common Core State Standards? Do not embrace the Common Core? That was the question in New York when four people — two for embracing and two against — participated in a recent debate about the controversial initiative.Read full article >>
Roughly 1 in 7 students who failed the most recent Algebra 1 final exam in Montgomery County — a test that produced high failure rates and led to a mass grade recalculation — attended special summer reteaching sessions, according to newly released schools data. Another group retook the course.Read full article >>