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Strauss: Howard Gardner, creator of ‘multiple intelligences’ theory, launches new project on ‘good’ education

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:45pm

World-renowned developmental psychologist Howard Gardner revolutionized the fields of psychology and education when he published his 1983 book  “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” which detailed a new model of human intelligence that went beyond the traditional view that there was a single kind that could be measured by standardized tests. (You can read his account of how he came up with the theory here.) Gardner’s theory initially listed seven intelligences which  work together: linguistic, logical-mathematical,  musical,  bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal and intrapersonal; he later added an eighth, naturalist intelligence and says there may be a few more.  The theory became highly popular with K-12 educators around the world seeking ways to reach students who did not respond to traditional approaches, but over time, “multiple intelligences” wrongly became synonymous with the concept of “learning styles.” (You can read a piece here by Gardner explaining the difference.)

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Inequality on Campus: The University of Chicago Tries to Catch Up on Economic Diversity

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:45pm
Among wealthy colleges, Chicago enrolls relatively few lower-income students. But a new program may change the situation.
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Motherlode Blog: Would a Different Job Make You a Different Parent?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 1:31pm
As parents we spend a great deal of time talking about the effects of work on our home life and how family life impacts our careers. There’s a third variable worth considering: how our choice of career affects our family.






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D.C. coalition pushes city leaders to commit to strong neighborhood schools citywide

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:58pm

The most salient criticism throughout the 10-month public process of redrawing school boundaries in the District was that the city should be investing in improving neighborhood schools everywhere rather than reshuffling school assignments.

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Threat Leads to Evacuation of Sandy Hook School

Education Week - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:05pm
A bomb threat called into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Wednesday led authorities to order students, including many who lived through the 2012 massacre, out of the building.
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The Learning Network: Should You Go to Jail for Kicking a Cat?

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:28am
The front page of The Times this week featured an article about a man who posted a video of himself kicking a stray cat, and the animal-rights activists who want him jailed for it. What do you think? Read about the case, then tell us here.






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D.C. charter schools come in first in new quality ranking

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:21am

The District’s charter schools ranked first in the nation in a report released Wednesday that for the first time looks at the quality of the charter school movement.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which released the report, has historically ranked states by the friendliness of their charter school laws. This is its first attempt at evaluating how charter schools are actually performing.

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Motherlode Blog: Surviving Shots: 12 Tips for Parents and Kids

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:09am
Rare is the child who looks forward to the appearance of the needle, but there are things parents can do to make the experience of getting a shot easier.






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New Federal Guidelines Aim to Rid Schools of Racial Inequality

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:21am
The Obama administration will urge public schools to ensure that all students have equal access to good teachers, advanced courses and quality facilities.
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UMUC cybersecurity team wins an international competition

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 7:15am

The University of Maryland University College, a largely online institution that targets the adult education market, has no football or basketball team to stir school spirit. But it does have the Cyber Padawans.

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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | A ‘Lord of the Rings’ Video Game

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:57am
Below are the first six paragraphs of the Sept. 29 video game review, “A Vengeful Ranger Full of Attitude and on a Mission.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?






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Strauss: How teachers sometimes fool themselves

Education News from Washington Post - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:00am

Here is a post about what goes on in classrooms and how teachers sometimes fool themselves into thinking that they are allowing students to direct their own learning when, in fact, they aren’t. This was written by Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who is the author of 13 books, including, most recently, “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.”

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University of Chicago Acts to Improve Access for Lower-Income Students

Education News from NY Times - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:56am
A package of measures includes eliminating the expectation that certain students take jobs during the school year, guaranteeing paid internships and providing career counseling.






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