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Strauss: Dogs vs. cats: Their oh-so-different teaching styles

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 5:00am

For a laugh, watch this to the very end. And for all you cat lovers, it’s just a joke!

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Maryland lacrosse players’ case moves into court

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 7:12pm

Families of two former Maryland high school lacrosse players have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against school officials alleging that the teens were suspended for having dangerous weapons after an unconstitutional search of their equipment bags turned up two small knives and a lighter.

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Strauss: The Education Department’s strange new report on teaching

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 1:31pm

One of the most controversial issues in public education today is the use of “value-added measures” to evaluate teachers and principals. What these measures, known as VAM, purportedly do is to calculate the “value” of a teacher in student achievement through complicated formulas that use student standardized test scores as a base. Assessment experts have repeatedly warned that VAM should not be used for any high-stakes decisions because the results are unreliable but that hasn’t stopped school reformers from VAM anyway in systems across the country, with support from the Obama administration.

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Strauss: MLK: ‘Intelligence plus character -- that is the goal of true education’

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 12:00pm

I published this last year, and I’m doing it again:

Martin Luther King Jr., was prescient on a lot of things, including education. Here are some things he wrote decades ago that sound contemporary.

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Here’s an excerpt from “The Purpose of Education,” a piece he wrote in the February 1947 edition of the Morehouse College student newspaper, the Maroon Tiger:

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Strauss: Why Christie’s school ‘fix’ is misguided

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 10:30am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently proposed extending the school year and school day in State of the State speech as reforms intended to improve student achievement, though he didn’t provide details or make any mention of how he would fund it. Here’s a piece questioning the notion that simply adding seat time works. This was written by Vicki Abeles, a filmmaker, attorney and mother of three. She is the co-director and producer of the education documentary “Race to Nowhere.”

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More than a quarter of state-funded preschool seats went unfilled this year

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 10:04pm

Prince William County qualified for enough state funding this year to provide pre-kindergarten classes to more than 1,600 children from low-income families. But the county turned down nearly all of that money and instead serves just 72 children in four classrooms.

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Mathews: Beware Chinese data: Its schools might not be so great

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 5:39pm

For much of my life, I have been obsessed with China. A TV documentary about the Great Leap Forward caught my eye when I was 16. I studied Chinese language, government and history in college and graduate school, then spent five years as The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Hong Kong and Beijing. My wife, who was my Los Angeles Times competitor, and I wrote a book about the country.

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Dunbar High autonomy proposal stirs debate in D.C.

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 5:19pm

A proposal to improve Dunbar High School by converting it to an autonomous and selective school has generated widespread debate among teachers, students, alumni and community members. It’s a debate not only about the future of Dunbar, one of the District’s most storied public schools, but also about the city’s ability to serve all students.

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Strauss: Arne Duncan: Why can’t we be more like South Korea?

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 11:01am

For years, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has lamented that the United States isn’t anywhere near as serious about educating its young people as the South Koreans. He did it in 2010, for example, in a speech in which he told the story about how South Korea’s then-president, Lee Myung-bak, once told President Obama that his country’s biggest educational challenge was that “parents are too demanding.” And he just did it again, in a Jan. 13 speech to a parents summit sponsored by the National Assessment Governing Board, in which he told the story about how South Korea’s then-president, Lee Myung-bak, once told President Obama that his country’s biggest educational challenge was that “parents are too demanding.”

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Strauss: Everything you need to know about Common Core -- Ravitch

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 9:45am

Diane Ravitch, the education historian who has become the leader of the movement against corporate-influenced school reform, gave this speech to the Modern Language Association on Jan. 11 about the past, present and future of the Common Core State Standards.

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Johns Hopkins U. gives its president, Ronald J. Daniels, a 5-year contract extension

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:23pm

Johns Hopkins University said Friday its board of trustees has approved a five-year contract extension for university President Ronald J. Daniels.

Daniels took the helm of the 21,000-student research university in March 2009. Among his priorities have been redeveloping a downtrodden east Baltimore neighborhood next to the university’s medical complex, increasing undergraduate financial aid and promoting interdisciplinary scholarship.

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Strauss: How’s this for cynical?

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:15pm

How’s this for cynical? The Illinois State Board of Education wants to remove class size protections for students with disabilities. If the proposal (officially known as changes to state administrative rule Part 226) is approved, there would be no statewide limits on the size of special education classes, or the percentage of students with disabilities who can be placed in a general education class. Furthermore, there would be no requirement that a paraprofessional be assigned to a special education class of any particular size.

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Strauss: Maryland schools need $100 million for online Common Core tests, says report

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 10:33am

A new report from Maryland’s Education Department to the legislature says that the vast majority of schools in many of the state’s counties are not technologically prepared to give new online Common Core-aligned standardized tests and that at least $100 million will have to be spent by 2015 to get ready.

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Strauss: Bad news for teachers comes in an automated phone call

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:00am

Despite decades of failure, merit-pay schemes for teachers continue to be pushed in states and school districts around the country. In this post, Chris Gilbert, who teaches English at a high school and community college in North Carolina, explains a new scheme in North Carolina that involves merit pay for teachers and a loss of tenure rights. Gilbert’s work has appeared on this blog and in the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) publication called English Journal. He is a 2013 recipient of NCTE’s Paul and Kate Farmer Writing Award.

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Most D.C. residents give public schools low ratings in poll

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:10pm

The share of District residents who think that the city’s public schools are performing well has more than doubled since the mid-1990s, but most continue to give low ratings to the schools, according to a new Washington Post poll.

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Dozens of colleges pledge to expand efforts to help students in financial need

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:57pm

The auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building was so packed with college presidents and various other higher education leaders Thursday morning that the chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, Nicholas Dirks, had to sit behind the television cameras.

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Obamas praise dozens of new efforts to help needy students get into college

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:53pm

President Obama and the first lady met with dozens of higher-education leaders at the White House on Thursday to promote an array of new measures that colleges and others are taking to get more students from poor families into college.

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Strauss: Dying teacher makes remarkable journey to visit former students

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:00pm

David Menasche was a very popular, albeit unconventional, literature teacher at Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami who listened to punk rock, loved to skateboard and was distinguished from his teaching colleagues by his many tattoos. In 2006, at the age of 34, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, but he resisted leaving the classroom, teaching through cancer treatments until 2012, when he became too weak to work. Despite being partially blind and paralyzed, he decided to travel around the United States to reconnect with former students and keep learning about life. Menasche has been to more than 30 cities in 11 states and reconnected with more than 75 stories on his journey, which he chronicles in his new book, ”THE PRIORITY LIST: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons,” which is now in bookstores.

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Strauss: A real school reform agenda for 2014

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:00am

If you remember your No Child Left Behind history, 2014 is the year that all children were supposed to be scoring proficient on standardized tests. That was, of course, a ridiculous goal, which the authors of the bill knew full well when they wrote it, and a symbol for just how misguided school reform has become. Here, George Wood, superintendent of Federal Hocking Local Schools, offers four things that reform really should be targeting. He is the executive director of the Forum for Education and Democracy and board chair of The Coalition of Essential Schools.

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Corps aims to help low-income students get to college

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:01am

A White House meeting of higher education leaders Thursday will spotlight a plethora of efforts to draw more students from low-income families into college, one of President Obama’s top priorities.

Among them is a program that sent Alexandria Johnston, 21, a brand-new graduate from the University of Virginia, to southern Virginia to help disadvantaged high school students navigate the labyrinths of applying to college and obtaining financial aid.

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