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Strauss: Bill Gates wants your kids to learn history this way — and he’s paying to get it into schools

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:01am

Bill Gates can’t seem to stop getting big ideas about public education — and then using part of his fortune to see them implemented.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent billions of dollars on various initiatives that Gates thought would help improve public education, including a small schools initiative that he abandoned when he didn’t get the results he wanted; pilot programs in creating controversial teacher evaluation systems linked to student standardized test scores; and promotion of the Common Core State Standards. The foundation has even funded an effort by the Council of Chief State School Officers to evaluate student work for things like creativity.

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Strauss: Michelle Obama’s shout-out to Khan Academy

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 9:53am

The Obama administration keeps expressing its admiration for Khan Academy and its founder, Salman Khan.

Last year, Khan, who started the now-famous Web site that offers thousands of free videos for students in a range of subjects, interviewed Education Secretary Arne Duncan  about the future of education. (You can watch the video here or below.)

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More Districts Could Join Miss. School-Funding Lawsuit

Education Week - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 9:02am
Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said Monday that about 30 more school districts are considering whether to join an education-funding lawsuit he filed against the state.
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Okla., La. Center Stage in Common-Core Battle

Education Week - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:27am
Accusations of federal overreach fly as Oklahoma has its NCLB waiver renewal denied, while a lawsuit by Louisiana's governor says states were coerced into adopting the common core.
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Dispelling the Myth of Deferred Gratification

Education Week - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:26am
Lessons from a famous experiment asking children to wait for a treat have been misconstrued, pushing schools to try to "fix" children rather than what and how they're taught, writes Alfie Kohn.
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The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | Aug. 26-Sept. 8, 2014

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:00am
Welcome to our first quiz of the academic year, and look for Weekly News Quizzes each Tuesday morning. The questions here cover two weeks of headlines. Take the quiz to see what you know!






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The Learning Network: Do Sports Teams Have a Responsibility to Hold Players to a Standard for Their Personal Conduct?

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:00am
How seriously should teams take allegations and evidence of wrongdoing in players’ personal lives?






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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | When Worker Bees Get a Promotion

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:30am
How might scientists use similar data-rich surveillance to learn more about other insects’ behavior?






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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Texting Anxiety Caused by Little Bubbles

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:41am
Below are six paragraphs from the Aug. 29 essay about texting, “Bubbles Carry a Lot of Weight.” We have dropped a word in each paragraph. Can you choose the best one for each blank?






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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | psychosis

Education News from NY Times - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:03am
This word has appeared in 78 New York Times articles in the past year.






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U.S. News college rankings: Amid predictability, some major shifts

Education News from Washington Post - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:01am

St. John’s College in Annapolis has long disdained the rankings game. The liberal arts school, which focuses on the great works of Western civilization, was known for not responding to requests from U.S. News & World Report for information that the magazine uses to sort the nation’s colleges.

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Towson freshman dies after being found unresponsive at off-campus apartment

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:29pm

A Towson University student died over the weekend after she was found unresponsive at an off-campus apartment.

Baltimore County police said Monday they were still investigating the circumstances that led to the death of 18-year-old Julia Margaret Ratnaraj, a freshman from Sewell, N.J., outside Philadelphia. Ratnaraj’s high school counselor said she was a talented artist who made a difficult decision to attend a different college than her twin sister.

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Michelle Obama to students: Challenges are an advantage, not a disadvantage

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:45pm

ATLANTA -- Michelle Obama urged African American teenagers in a tough Atlanta neighborhood to push ahead with their studies and make it to college, whatever hardships they face on the way. She talked of her upbringing in working-class Chicago and said the students are “no different” from her.

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NCSS First TImers Scholarship NEEDS your $upport--Gayle Thieman

NCSS Blogs from Connected - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 7:01pm
Hi friends, Many of you have been generous supporters of the NCSS First Timers Scholarship Fund, and we desperately need your support this year. This year's scholarships are especially directed to early career teachers and other underrepresented groups who teach in the Northeast.and who have never attended an NCSS conference in the past for lack of financial support. We expect 100 teachers will apply, and currently we can only grant 27 scholarships--the lowest number in 7 years! Donations --> Read More

Behind Ivy Walls: Top Colleges That Enroll Rich, Middle Class and Poor

Education News from NY Times - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 6:00pm
A new index measures which colleges have the most economically diverse student bodies — and charge the least to lower-income students.






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Strauss: Anti-testing movement growing, finding success around country

Education News from Washington Post - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 4:03pm

A new report on growing resistance to high-stakes standardized testing around the country finds that the movement is growing and meeting some success in numerous states where officials have decided to cut back on the numbers of tests students must take and/or the consequences for students and educators.

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