Education News from Washington Post
Malala Yousafzai was on a bus returning home from school exactly one year ago, Oct. 9, 2012, when she was shot in the head by a gunman from the Taliban, which had earlier banned girls from going to school in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where Malala lived. She blogged anonymously against the edict and later came to be publicly known as an advocate for education for girls. Malala survived the shooting but had to have intensive rehabilitation in England.Read full article >>
The Montgomery County school board has agreed to look into shifting high school starting times to 8:15 a.m., a week after the county superintendent proposed delaying the first bell nearly an hour so that teenagers can get more sleep.Read full article >>
Georgia Tech university officials are investigating reports that an undergraduate member sent an email to fellow fraternity members that provided a lewd, detailed guide on "luring rapebait."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that that Georgia Tech officials gave the newspaper a statement that said:Read full article >>
Hispanic students for the first time make up more of Montgomery County’s kindergarten and first-grade classes than children from any other ethnic or racial group, a significant shift that marks the increasing diversity of the high-performing school district.Read full article >>
The District should boost funding for public education by more than 15 percent — or nearly $180 million — to ensure that schools have adequate resources to lift student achievement, according to the preliminary recommendations of a study commissioned by the city government.Read full article >>
Nearly nine out of 10 public school students in Virginia graduated on time last spring, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.
The four-year graduation rate — 89 percent — was about the same as last year, but most school districts in Northern Virginia saw improvements.Read full article >>
Maryland’s four historically black universities are likely to gain more distinctive programs to compete for students following a federal ruling that the state has allowed too much academic overlap among its public universities, tilting the market in favor of traditionally white institutions.Read full article >>
The majority of D.C. charter schools and all schools in the city’s traditional school system plan to participate in a single unified lottery to determine enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year, officials in the office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said.Read full article >>
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 >>
Each of Montgomery County’s 25 high schools has created an action plan to identify and support students who need help in math, as part of an effort designed to boost student success overall and improve grades on final exams.Read full article >>
I did not like my college composition instructor. But she was wise about what I needed to learn and she did me much good. Professors who have that exhausting assignment must be a special breed.
Leave it to another college comp teacher to write a short essay that clarifies, better than anything I have read, the disconnect between high school and college that not only troubled me as a student but is still poisoning American secondary schools.Read full article >>
Add this to the toll that the government shutdown is taking on people: Several environmental education programs in the greater Washington region have been canceled or altered because they were set in national parks that are now closed.Read full article >>
Six months ago, a consulting firm working for the D.C. schools superintendent reported that staffers at the Meridian Public Charter School had tampered with their students’ annual city tests, raising scores significantly above what they would have been. The school promised to take action, but last week Meridian’s board chairman, Christopher Siddall, told me the school’s subsequent investigation “found no evidence of test tampering.”Read full article >>
When the homecoming parade was canceled at Potomac Falls High School last year, Sterling neighbor Michael Sziede was crestfallen.
“It’s the only community event we really have,” said the software engineer and father of two. “It’s the only time I have ever seen all my neighbors get out of their houses for anything.”Read full article >>
Suppose you heard about a special program for students who get to go to school late so they can sleep in a little longer, but it is only for teens who can get the required permission and have the ability to get to school on their own -- without school buses.Read full article >>