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NAACP Presses for Education Over Incarceration

Mon, 04/11/2011
By Jasmin K. Williams, Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News –

Education over incarceration is the message of a report released by the NAACP. The nation's oldest civil rights organization is challenging America to re-evaluate its spending priorities in the report, titled "Misplaced Priorities: Under Educate, Over Incarcerate," which was introduced at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. In it, the NAACP calls attention to the proven fact that excessive spending on housing prisoners undermines education and public safety.

Why faith in standardized testing industry is misplaced

Mon, 04/11/2011
The Washington Post
By Valerie Strauss

This was written by Todd Farley, author of " Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry." Farley worked for 15 years in the K-12 testing business for many of the biggest players (Pearson Education, Educational Testing Service, American Institutes of Research, etc.) on many of the biggest tests (National Assessment of Educational Progress, California High School Exit Exam, Florida Comprehensive Assessment, Virginia Standards of Learning, etc.). A vesion of this appeared on The Huffington Post.

By Todd Farley

IBM’s Great Marketing Campaign: IBM Teams with Jeopardy! to Introduce Watson

Tue, 04/05/2011
By Mir Rooshanak

In one of the greatest marketing campaigns ever, IBM teamed with Jeopardy! for the Jeopardy! IBM Challenge. For months prior to the event, the challenge had been promoted on Jeopardy!. In addition to piquing the interest of the casual viewer, the promotion of this man vs. machine contest on Jeopardy! would generate word of mouth. Even more effective, however, were the commercials IBM ran explaining what Watson is and announcing that it would be competing on Jeopardy!. This commercial aired all over the place allowing IBM to reach other target audiences.

Teen Girls Discover Digital Technology as ‘COMPUGIRLS’

Fri, 04/01/2011
By Valerie Menand

Dr. Kimberly Scott, an associate professor in women and gender studies at Arizona State University, [understands that] the digital divide is not just about "who has access to computers, but what happens during that access."

[See "Storyboard 31—Having a computer is not enough."]

Scott is the principal investigator and creator of a National Science Foundation-funded project called COMPUGIRLS, an innovative technology program designed to teach girls of color how to use technology to bring about social change.

Obama says too much testing makes education boring

Tue, 03/29/2011
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Monday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways. Too much testing makes education boring for kids, he said.

"Too often what we have been doing is using these tests to punish students," the president told students and parents at a town hall hosted by the Univision Spanish-language television network at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C.

Notre Dame forum to focus on K-12 education

Mon, 03/28/2011
SOUTH BEND -- The University of Notre Dame will host a series of events during the next year focusing on the challenges facing K-12 education in the United States.

The events begin April 7.

All are part of the 2011-2012 Notre Dame Forum, a yearlong series of panel presentations, symposia and workshops. Many of the events will be open to the general public.

Each year, the university chooses a different topic to focus on. [Interestingly, note "Storyboard 90" and its final paragraph: "Meanwhile, as the pundits debate and students drop out of college, GMnavy.go and its volunteers offer a singular vehicle to ramp up the productivity of secondary education and all education prior to it: that vehicle is the GMnavy.go model."]

Best Buy At 2-Year Lows As Valuation, Market Share Decline

Sat, 03/26/2011
By Steven Russolillo, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2180; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best Buy Co. Inc. (BBY), with shares at two-year lows, isn't looking like the best of buys to some investors.

The world's largest electronics retailer by sales has seen its market share fall because of increased competition from online and discount stores, which contributed to Best Buy being one of the few major retailers to report an outright sales decline in December, the height of the holiday shopping season.

Thursday, the Minneapolis-based company reported fewer sales at stores opened more than a year for the third straight quarter, hurt in part by declining TV sales. It also offered a cautious full-year profit forecast.

Amazon.com: Kicking The [Heck] Out Of Wal-Mart And Target

Fri, 03/25/2011
By Eric Savitz

Amazon.com (AMZN) shares are trading higher this morning after William Blair analyst Mark Miller this morning raised his rating on the online retail giant's stock to Outperform from Market Perform.

[Thus the www.hseverywhere.com question remains: to what degree would a Wal-mart's or a Target's "sponsorship" of the GMnavy.go Model impact the inroads of an Amazon?]

Miller, who also downgraded shares of both Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT) this morning based on their struggles competing against Amazon, writes that he has "added confidence that Amazon.com can sustain strong market share gains with its dominant assortment and competitive pricing, even compared with leading mass merchants known for 'everyday low prices.'"

Urban Zen, Hand-knitted Spacemen and STEM Education

Thu, 03/24/2011
By Gary Boas

NASA has lately reached out to girls and young women in its efforts to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering and math. It has partnered with the Foundation for Advancing Women Now (FFAWN), created by singer Mary J. Blige, and even worked with the online art and crafts marketplace Etsy. [Evincing the need for NASA's focus, see the women in IT example in "Exhibit 'H' The GMnavy.go Difference," in the body of this hseverywhere website.]