This Week in Education

Education In the News Weekly Roundup: July 21-25

This professor thinks schools should stop teaching calculus. Read why here at Edweek.

Federal courts have ruled that parents can be barred from enrolling their children in school if their children have not been vaccinated. Read about it here at CNN’s Schools of Thought section.

How much does teacher dropout cost? Read about it here at NPR.

The AFT and NEA, separate teachers’ unions, have begun to align and unite in their campaign against the Common Core. Read about it here at Edweek.

Indiana is struggling with its adopted A-F grading system, despite Tony Bennet’s leaving. Read about it here at Edweek.

Have a great weekend, y’all! Can you smell summer ending? I can šŸ™‚

-S

Education in the News Weekly Roundup: July 14th-18th

StateImpactĀ reports that “alarming allegations” had been made against the Concept Schools Horizon Science Academy in Dayton, Ohio. Allegations include racism, sexism, and allowing sexual misconduct to continue without intervention. The FBI is investigating the Chicago-based charter school organization.

 

EdweekĀ reports that some states are going to take their shot at creating their own standards—do they have enough time and manpower? Will they be reinventing the wheel? The suspense is just killing me.

 

Is it better to be “nice” or eschew character for “success”? NPR’s story For Most Kids, Nice Finishes LastĀ covers the relationship between being “good” and “successful” in school.

 

Read here Ā for an in-depth look at the dialogue concerning teacher tenure in California.

 

This one hits close to home for me. Read NPR’s story about balancing new testing requirements with teaching students with learning disabilities.

 

Lots of NPR this week. What can I say, it’s just good stuff.

 

Have a great weekend, y’all.

 

-S

Education in the News Weekly Roundup July 7-11: Common Core Cat Fights, Obama, and More

State ed boards and lawmakers still butting heads over Common CoreĀ 

States all over the US are still grappling with towing the lines of NCLB waivers and adopting new accountability standards—with of course our good ol’ buddy Texas leading the way in blindly kicking and screaming like a baby who thinks you’ve taken his bottle away, only to findĀ out later that you filled it up for him.

A common core supporter sums it up pretty well, with: “I don’t believe they did that because the standards aren’t good…It’s a political pissing match because they were left out. It has nothing to do with educational quality.”

Read entire article here at Edweek.org.

 

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