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Strauss: Great books that inspire a love of reading in kids — recommended by kids

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:00am
The only way to hook  children on reading for pleasure is to allow them to read for pleasure. That means permitting them to choose the books that interest them and then letting them to read at their own pace, without being asked to analyze every single sentence for inner meaning. This is the way kids learn to love to read at the Center for Teaching and Learning, an award-winning non-profit independent demonstration school in Maine that was founded in 1990 by educator Nancie Atwell, who last month was awarded the first $1 million Global Teacher Prize given by the Varkey Foundation.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Will schools lose federal funds if kids don’t take mandated tests? Fact vs. threat

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:00am
I’ve recently published a number of posts on the growth and impact of the standardized testing opt-out movement. As more parents choose against allowing their children to sit down for new mandated tests, the pushback from administrators is increasing in many places, with some of them threatening consequences to students who refuse to take the assessments.Read full article >>






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University of Maryland officials say ‘hateful’ e-mail did not violate policy

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:01pm
University of Maryland officials have concluded that a vulgar e-mail a student sent to members of his fraternity last year was “hateful and reprehensible,” but did not violate the school’s policies and is protected by the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech.Read full article >>






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Va. governor meets with black leaders in Charlottesville, urges ABC reforms

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 7:44pm
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) met with black community leaders and students in Charlottesville on Wednesday for a discussion on police use of force after the violent arrest of a black University of Virginia student last month.Read full article >>






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April Fool’s Day brings satire — and an apology from U-Va.’s student paper

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 6:05pm
Wednesday was a day for ridiculous stories at campus papers, double-takes, pranks by some college presidents — and some backlash and apologies at the University of Virginia’s Cavalier Daily for April Fools Day satire that some readers didn’t think was at all funny, coming days after a nationally publicized arrest that sparked a heated debate about race on campus.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How and why convicted Atlanta teachers cheated on standardized tests

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:37pm
An Atlanta jury convicted 11 teachers of racketeering and other crimes in a standardized test-cheating scandal believed to be the worst of a wave of test cheating in nearly 40 states and Washington, D.C. — not by students but by teachers and administrators who were under pressure to meet certain score goals at the risk of sanction if they failed.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Well-connected applicants, legacies still hold advantage in college admissions, survey finds

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:54am
Do well-connected applicants and legacies have a real college admissions advantage?That’s the question that Kaplan Test Prep sought to find out with a new survey of admissions officers from more than 400 top colleges and universities around the country. The results: in many cases, yes, with 25 percent saying they have “felt pressured to accept an applicant who didn’t meet” the school’s admissions requirements “because of who that applicant was connected to.”Read full article >>






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Noose is found hanging from tree on Duke’s campus

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:29am
This post has been updated. A noose was found hanging from a tree near the student union at Duke University on Wednesday.The university had already been struggling with racial tensions in recent days after a black student reported being taunted by a white student with a racist chant about the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and lynching.Read full article >>






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‘Love-bombing’ group at University of Arizona called cult, thrown out of religious council

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:08am
The University of Arizona campus in Tucson. (AP Photo/Visit Tucson, David Jewell)Too much love, apparently. A religious council at the University of Arizona, after looking into reports that a longtime on-campus ministry known for what one student called “love-bombing” recruitment efforts, was, in fact, a cult, has revoked the church’s membership on the council.Read full article >>






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Millennials support sex ed but don’t find it helpful in real life

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 8:11am
Roughly three out of every four millennials report that they had some exposure to sex education in middle or high school, according to a new poll, and the same proportion say  they favor teaching sex ed in public schools.Read full article >>






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Strauss: How students with top test scores actually hurt a teacher’s evaluation

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:00am
Imagine that you are a doctor and your evaluation is based on patients you didn’t have. Or a car dealer, and you are assessed by how many cars your colleagues — not you — sell. It sounds preposterous, right? Well, that’s just what is happening to public school teachers.Read full article >>






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Asian students dominate admissions to elite Thomas Jefferson High School

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:59pm
Asian American students will make up 70 percent of the incoming freshman class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the highest percentage ever for the elite magnet school in Northern Virginia.Read full article >>






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Wilson HS community resists budget cuts as enrollment keeps climbing

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:55pm
Enrollment at Wilson High School, the city’s largest comprehensive high school, is projected to grow by nearly 10 percent next year, but its budget is expected to shrink. In what Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has dubbed the “year of the high school,’’ many comprehensive schools are poised to get a major boost in funding to provide a more equitable array of academic and extracurricular offerings. Read full article >>






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Poverty linked to brain structure in children, new research shows

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:33pm
A provocative new study suggests that poverty affects brain structure in children and teenagers, with children growing up in the poorest households having smaller brains than those who live in affluence.Read full article >>






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College VP: An experience gap is keeping graduates from getting good jobs

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:09pm
Nick Ducoff responded to writer Jeff Selingo’s Grade Point piece about how parents and students increasingly view college as a route to a first job, rather than a broad education to prepare oneself for an array of different challenges over the years of one’s career.Read full article >>






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Virginia, four other states to remain exempt from No Child Left Behind

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 2:40pm
Virginia and four other states will remain exempt from the key parts of No Child Left Behind for up to four years, freeing them from the most onerous requirements of the main federal education law that left many schools facing sanctions.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Families are spending big bucks on ‘promposals’ (extravagant prom invitations), survey says

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:47pm
One way to ask someone to a prom is to walk up to ask. Financial cost: nothing. But today we have “promposals” — the name for extravagant invitations to proms that are becoming increasingly popular in some schools around the country; a new survey says they are costing an average of $324 for 2015.Read full article >>






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Gifted students — especially those who are low-income — aren’t getting the focus they need

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:11pm
States aren’t doing enough to support gifted students, especially those from low-income families — that’s the message that the Virginia-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation sent Tuesday with the release of report cards on state policies for academically talented children.Read full article >>






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Sweet Briar faculty unanimously votes no confidence in the president and board

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:08pm
The Sweet Briar College faculty  held a unanimous vote Monday night to declare that they have no confidence in the president and board of trustees, formally asking them all to resign.The vote has no legal impact. But it is unusual, and sends a strong message, for faculty to collectively issue a vote of no confidence in college leaders.Read full article >>






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What happens when colleges fail to prepare graduates for jobs?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:10am
It’s a question that both high school seniors about to pick a college and even those ready to graduate with a bachelor’s degree often hear around this time of year: What are you going to do with a degree in philosophy? Or English Literature? Or sociology?Read full article >>






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