Maybe, back when we had so much more of it, I left enough money in a coat pocket to buy the gallon of milk I can’t afford now.
Welcome to Grade Point, The Washington Post’s new higher education blog. Here, you’ll find a comprehensive daily report about colleges and universities nationwide, including breaking news, profiles of interesting people in higher education, stories about life on campus, and coverage of higher education policy and trends. We also will aim to include voices of those connected to higher education coast-to-coast, from university presidents to college freshmen.Read full article >>
The Common Core State Standards call for kindergartners to learn how to read, but a new report by early childhood experts says that forcing some kids to read before they are ready could be harmful.Two organizations that advocate for early childhood education — Defending the Early Years and Alliance for Childhood — issued the report titled “Reading in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose.” It says there is no evidence to support a widespread belief in the United States that children must read in prekindergarten or kindergarten to become strong readers and achieve academic success.Read full article >>
By trying to block alternatives to the common core, its proponents have fueled a standards backlash, Williamson Evers says.
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Education Secretary Arne Duncan is seen as the most powerful education secretary ever, given his use of federal funding and No Child Left Behind waivers to get states to follow school reform policies that he supported. Many of his critics argue that his federal overreach is excessive and has encroached on local and state authority to run public school districts as they see fit. The author of the following posts asks whether there has been too much federal overreach, or whether the administration has used its executive power in education in the wrong ways. This was written by Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute. His other writing can be found at www.arthurcamins.com.Read full article >>
Here are several paragraphs from a Jan. 8 article, “Turning a New Year’s Resolution Into Action With the Facts.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?
Critics of education reform that focuses on standardized tests for accountability purposes and the expansion of “choice” correctly point out that what happens in a classroom is impossible to entirely divorce from what happens to children outside their school buildings. Government housing, tax and other policies affect public schools, though they are very rarely considered when people talk about how to close the achievement gap or about how to provide more college access to children from low-income families. In the following piece, scholar Richard Rothstein looks at a coming U.S. Supreme Court case that he says could indirectly be the most important public school desegregation case since Brown vs. Board of Education was handed down in 1954 and ruled unconstitutional all state laws that created separate public schools for black and white children. In fact, in a piece last year on the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board, Rothstein noted that public schools remain segregated today because neighborhoods in which they are located are segregated, and he wrote, “Education policy is housing policy.”Read full article >>
After Latisha Hopewell’s older daughter began asking questions about why she had left college, she knew it was time to pursue a degree.
The University of Virginia, guided by the local police, on Monday reinstated Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity at the center of a magazine article detailing gang rape allegations that later came into question.
How do you help a child navigate continuing, but always fluctuating, family relationships — or should you just resolutely stay out of the way?
Education Secretary Arne Duncan went Monday morning to a D.C. elementary school, which he and his entourage assumed would be filled with children for good photo opportunities, to give what was advanced as a major speech. Freezing rain in the Washington region led school districts to open two hours late, so Duncan delivered his speech in a school devoid of children.Read full article >>
A variety of apps and online services put you in touch with medical providers, but users should be aware of who they’re talking to (or texting with).
A range of interest groups and players are weighing in on U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s speech Monday regarding the Obama administration’s priorities as Congress rewrites the main federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. Read full article >>