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Strauss: All students should learn to code. Right? Not so fast.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:01am

It’s the newest thing in education, at least for the moment: teaching kids to learn to code computers. In fact, there is a growing chorus in the business and education world for all students to learn to code and program computers. It is the 21st Century, after all, and it’s a computer world. But education historian Larry Cuban says not so fast. In this post, Cuban looks why the growing call for all students to learn to code won’t work out as supporters hope. Cuban was high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This post appeared on his blog. (Coding and programming are not exactly the same thing but Cuban says that for this piece they can be seen as interchangeable.)

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Three Prince George’s County graduates are Gates Millennium Scholars

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:53am

Three Prince George’s County high school graduates have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars.

Oloruntobi Dare of Charles H. Flowers High School, Charmaine Scarlett of Forestville High School and Maimuna Sidibay of High Point High School are among 1,000 minority students nationwide who will receive the “good-through-graduation” scholarships to any college or university of their choice.

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Strauss: Utah high school alters girls’ yearbook photos to cover skin, remove tattoo

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 9:19am

Some female students at a high school in Utah apparently broke the “modesty” standards for their yearbook and discovered that their photos had been changed digitally, with sleeves and necklines added to cover their skin, and a tattoo removed.

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Strauss: ‘I belong to a generation that has fundamentally failed you’ — commencement speaker

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 4:01am

In my continuing coverage of interesting 2014 commencement speeches, here’s one that Deborah Bial, president and founder of the Posse Foundation, delivered at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley in which she bashes her own generation, not the usual focus of such events:

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Strauss: Send in questions, comments for live online education chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:02am

I’ll be doing a live online education chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 28. Please submit questions, comments, concerns, suggestions, jokes or whatever here, and tune in then or read the transcript later.

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Strauss: Send in questions, comments for live online education chat at 1 p.m. Wednesday

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 1:02am

I’ll be doing a live online education chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 28. Please submit questions, comments, concerns, suggestions, jokes or whatever here, and tune in then or read the transcript later.

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In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 9:51pm

The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old worksheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for good.

Benjamin Banneker Elementary closed Wednesday as New Orleans’s Recovery School District permanently shuttered its last five traditional public schools this week.

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D.C. weighs new admissions preference for children of charter-school employees

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:48pm

D.C. charter schools may soon get a new teacher recruiting tool courtesy of the D.C. Council, which is slated to vote Wednesday on establishing a new admissions preference for the children of full-time charter-school employees.

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Hayfield principal in Fairfax to retire for medical reasons

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 1:25pm

Hayfield Secondary School principal Dave Tremaine is retiring, school officials announced in a letter to parents.

Assistant superintendent Deborah L. Tyler said in a letter sent Tuesday to Hayfield parents that Tremaine will leave the school for unspecified medical reasons.

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Popular counselor remembered across Montgomery County

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 12:57pm

Graduation rehearsal at Col. Zadok Magruder High School is Thursday, and Denise Schaefer planned to be there, leading the effort to get the Class of 2014 ready for its momentous end of high school. It was not her paid job, but she stepped up.

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Strauss: When Maya Angelou blasted Obama’s school-reform policies

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:23am

The legendary poet and author Maya Angelou, who just passed away at the age of  86, was a big supporter of President Obama, and in 2011, he awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. But she also was a critic of his school-reform policies, raising her voice last year to blast his signature education initiative, Race to the Top, and expressing concern about the impact standardized testing was having on children.

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Strauss: WiFi in U.S. schools estimated cost: $3.2 billion to meet Obama’s goal

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 10:03am

(Correction: Earlier version had incorrect total)

President Obama’s vision of ensuring that 99 percent of American K-12 schools have broadband and WIFI by 2018 is going to be mighty expensive.

The Federal Communications Commission received an estimate Wednesday of how much money it will take: $800 million a year for four years for a total $3.2 billion.   The estimate came from  the Consortium for School Networking and the EducationSuperHighway, which together did an analysis of the additional E-rate funds necessary to build the networks to achieve Obama’s goal, first announced in 2013.  

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Justice Dept. to look into complaint about boundaries for new Prince William high school

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 9:56am

The Justice Department is looking into a complaint about the process of drawing attendance boundaries for a new high school in Prince William County, according to school officials.

Schools spokesman Phil Kavits said he did not know the specifics of the complaint but said the school district would cooperate in whatever way necessary. Justice Department officials did not respond to requests for comment.

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Strauss: Jim Carrey gives commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:03am

Jim Carrey surprised graduates at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, with a funny, emotional commencement speech in which he told them a poignant story about his father and urged them to walk their own path in life and never settle.

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Anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has a new target: D.C.’s Wilson High

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 11:21pm

Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based organization best known for anti-gay picketing at military funerals, has chosen a new target: Wilson High School in Northwest Washington, where students are holding a Pride Day next month.

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Fairfax school staffers earn recognition

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:25pm

Five Fairfax County schools employees received awards during the annual ceremony for outstanding staffers.

The 2014 FCPS Honors event, held May 21 at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, are the school system’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, allowing the administration the opportunity to recognize employees for notable work.

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Strauss: Is Boston’s school district eliminating history department as part of Common Core?

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:13pm

The Boston public schools district found itself in the position of having to issue a public statement denying that it was eliminating its history and social studies department after someone posted on the Web that it was and the news went viral in the education world. Historians assumed it was true and rightly flipped out.

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High school graduations under way in Montgomery, with some big-name speakers

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:58pm

Montgomery County’s Class of 2014 is expected to hear from a line-up of prominent graduation speakers, including Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Donald B. Verrilli Jr., solicitor general of the United States.

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Prince George’s adds another college grad to its school board: Edward Burroughs III

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:01pm

With two of its eight members holding bachelor’s degrees, the Prince George’s County Board of Education had fewer college graduates two years ago than any other school system in the Washington region.

But the number of college graduates has changed dramatically over the past year since a new law went into effect that gave County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and the County Council the authority to appoint members to the board.

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Strauss: No. 1 Shanghai may drop out of PISA

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 5:20pm

First in 2009 and then in 2012, Shanghai’s 15-year-old students (or, rather, a supposed representative group)  were No. 1 in the world on the recent Program for International Student Assessment reading, math and science exams. But now, according to a popular Shanghai newspaper, Shanghai is considering dropping out of PISA. Why?

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