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Strauss: Did Bill Gates fund an ‘educational coup’?

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 11:55am

My Post colleague Lyndsey Layton has written an illuminating story about the role Bill Gates and his money played in the Common Core State Standards initiative and its adoption by 45 states and the District of Columbia. In great detail, she explains how on one summer day in 2008, two men — Gene Wilhoit, then-director of the Council for Chief State School Officers, and David Coleman, at the time an educational consultant and an “emerging evangelist for the standards movement” — persuaded Gates to fund the creation and marketing of what became the Common Core.

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Strauss: ‘Sweat shop’ kindergarten: ‘It’s maddening’

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 11:18am

Last week I published some kindergarten schedules from school district Web sites that showed just how much kindergarten has changed in recent years as the drive to push curriculum down through the grades has gathered steam. Rather than learn through structured play, which is how experts say young children learn best, 5- and 6-year-olds are being asked to sit doing math, reading and writing for hours at a time, sometimes with no recess or a very short one. Some teachers have dispensed with snacks during half-day kindergarten because there just isn’t any time. Many kindergartners take home homework every day.

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Strauss: Just ask the teachers

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:04am

One of the central features of corporate school reform is that those driving it haven’t bothered to seriously ask teachers to offer their solutions to improving public education. Meg White, an assistant professor in the School of Education at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, looks at this omission in the following post.

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Urban Design and Planning - Assistant Professor (AA3703) | University of Washington

Latest Job Postings - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 7:04am
US - WA - Seattle, The Department of Urban Design and Planning invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Environmental Planning to start September 15, 2014. We seek candidates
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Financial Services Supervisor 2 (4631U) #18055 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 6:16am
US - CA - Berkeley, About Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generatin
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Opinionator | The Great Divide: Stop Holding Us Back

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 12:26am
There are smarter, more effective ways to lower high school dropout rates.






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How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 7:25pm

The pair of education advocates had a big idea, a new approach to transform every public-school classroom in America. By early 2008, many of the nation’s top politicians and education leaders had lined up in support.

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Obama Plans Steps to Ease Student Debt

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 12:18pm
Borrowers’ debt load is growing and retarding the ability to buy homes, start businesses or otherwise spend to spur the economy, economists say.






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Strauss: School’s eighth-grade graduating class had 9 sets of twins (but school didn’t realize it)

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:39am

The eighth-grade graduating class of a middle school in suburban Chicago had nine sets of twins — that’s 18 out of 268 students, or a little over 7 percent — but officials didn’t realize it until a parent figured it out last month.

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Motherlode Blog: Camp: Love It or Hate It? Readers Comment

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 9:42am
If the world of campers divides into those people who hated camp and those who loved it, on which side of that divide do you fall?






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Lecturer in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division | University of Chicago

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 7:49am
US - IL - Chicago, During the autumn, winter, and spring quarters of the 2014-15 academic year the Social Sciences Collegiate Division may have teaching opportunities in various courses in the Social Sciences General E
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Urban Design and Planning - Assistant Professor (AA3703) | University of Washington

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 7:32am
US - WA - Seattle, The Department of Urban Design and Planning invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Environmental Planning to start September 15, 2014. We seek candidates
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SIS Project Analyst - Registration, Enrollment, Records (7584U) #18051 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:29am
US - CA - Berkeley, About Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generatin
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SIS Project Analyst - Advising (7584U) #18050 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:29am
US - CA - Berkeley, About Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generatin
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SIS Project Analyst - Student Accounts (7584U) #18027 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:29am
US - CA - Berkeley, About Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generatin
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Business Systems Analyst 3 (7584U) #18051 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:29am
US - CA - Berkeley, About Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generatin
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Business Systems Analyst 3 (7584U) #18050 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:29am
US - CA - Berkeley, About Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generatin
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Writing Program Coordinator (4551U) #17988 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:29am
US - CA - Berkeley, Application Review Date The First Review Date for this job is: June 19, 2014 Departmental Overview The University of California at Berkeley, Student Learning Center (SLC) seeks an exper
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Scheduling and Online Resources Manager (5198U) #17512 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:29am
US - CA - Berkeley, About Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generatin
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Identity Management Web Developer Lead (0652U) #18041 | University of California Berkeley

Latest Job Postings - Sat, 06/07/2014 - 6:29am
US - CA - Berkeley, About Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generatin
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