The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | The 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Tuesday was the 150th anniversary of the night Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth. Here are some resources, from the past and the present, to help think about what his life and death meant.
Strauss: Los Angeles school district drops Pearson software on iPads, seeks refund from Apple (update)
(Update: Adding statement from Pearson)The Los Angeles Unified School District sent a letter to Apple Inc., this week saying that it will no longer pay for Pearson-created software installed on iPads purchased from Apple because it does not work. The District also said it wants a refund.Read full article >>
Have you ever found any clues in your house, building or yard about who might have lived there before you and how they lived?
Here are several paragraphs from an April 15 article, “Centuries of Italian History Are Unearthed in Quest to Fix Toilet.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?
Congress is now attempting to rewrite the fatally flawed No Child Left Behind, the current version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. NCLB was supposed to be rewritten in 2007 but Congress never saw its way to getting the job done, so it and its impossible goals — such as having virtually all students scoring proficient in math and reading on standardized tests by 2014 — remained the law. The Obama administration offered waivers to state from the most onerous parts of NCLB, but those waivers came with controversial conditions. The current debate about the NCLB rewrite has centered around whether Congress will maintain the NCLB requirement of annual standardized testing for Grades 3-8 and once in high school — which has support in Congress and the White House — but there are other critical issues not getting as much attention.Read full article >>
A Jewish student, claiming that she was asked how her Judaism affects her view of divestment from Israel, morphed what was a contest about campus issues into a fierce discussion on identity and loyalties.
The sentences imposed ranged from six months in jail to seven years in prison. The educators were convicted of falsifying test scores.
A program by the Yale University School of Medicine and 2U, an education technology company, is to offer the same Ivy League degree online that is available on campus.
The public has rallied in support of Maryland’s widely known “free-range” parents on a Facebook page, on news sites and in at least two online petitions calling for changes in how government agencies get involved in decisions by parents about what is best for their children.Read full article >>
Thursday was supposed to be opening night, when Paul Soutter, a sophomore at the College of William & Mary, would be on stage in a student-written play about how the stresses college students face can break them.Read full article >>
New research that shows poor children have smaller brains than affluent children has deepened the national debate about ways to narrow the achievement gap.Neuroscientists who studied the brain scans of nearly1,100 children and young adults nationwide from ages 3 to 20 found that the surface area of the cerebral cortex was linked to family income. They discovered that the brains of children in families that earned less than $25,000 a year had surface areas 6 percent smaller than those whose families earned $150,000 or more. The poor children also scored lower on average on a battery of cognitive tests.Read full article >>
The principal of Fairfax County’s J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church resigned Wednesday to take a new position in the district’s administration.Prosperanta Calhoun wrote in a letter to Stuart families Wednesday afternoon that she had accepted a new role in the school system’s department of instructional services, effective immediately. Read full article >>
Are there any topics that are just too offensive to be joked about? Is 9/11 too serious a topic for comedy? What about rape? Cancer? Hitler or the Holocaust? Why or why not?
A math professor and his wife, both trained by Marcel Marceau, stage mime skits to teach the principles, and joys, of math to students of all ages.