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If we expect differences in education, we need to examine our culture

Sun, 02/20/2011
Zanesville Times Recorder


Driving down the street the other day, I was listening to a radio host's editorial on the state of the nation with regard to education. His words echoed those heard from teacher's lounges, college classrooms and a variety of educational arenas across the nation. He complained about the lack of support from the community, the low funding base, test scores and accountability. As I listened, I passed a billboard advertising Nike athletics and another promoting the FOX network. It occurred to me I could drive to the ends of the Earth and probably never see one for anything even remotely associated with education.

Group says early education investment saves money

Fri, 02/18/2011
Chicago Tribune

By ZACHARY COLEMAN Associated Press

With more children falling into poverty, investing in early childhood education today could save the state millions of dollars in the future, an advocacy group said Thursday.

Voices for Illinois Children acknowledged the state has a huge budget deficit and is cutting many programs. But the group's president, former state lawmaker Kathy Ryg, said services for children in fourth grade and below should be spared from budget cuts if the state wants to prevent a drain on social services when the children are older.

Men of color tout value of education to Vallejo Middle School students

Fri, 02/18/2011

By Lanz Christian Bañes / Times-Herald / Vallejo, CA
Men of color face a bleak future of menial jobs and jail time -- unless they pursue their education. [See "Storyboard 50--How many warnings.]

That was the message Thursday to the boys of Vallejo Middle School, who viewed the short film "Bring Your A Game."

"By bringing your game, you have to be 100 percent at everything you do," said Lino Ramos, a Hogan High School graduate and now director of facilities and maintenance for Infineon Raceway.

Candidate for the HSeverywhere Model's corporate focus: Wal-Mart

Sun, 02/06/2011
Free Lance-Star/Charlotte Observer

Wal-Mart, humbled king of retail, plots rebound

AP Business Writers
Posted: Saturday, Feb. 05, 2011

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. The battle for shoppers is playing out in this New York suburb: Wal-Mart versus everyone else.

Dollar stores beckon, their small size ideal for quick shopping. Target offers 5 percent off if you pay with its store-branded card. Costco tempts with high-end, brand-name food and designer clothes at competitive prices.

Bernadette Clark used to visit Wal-Mart here twice a week. Now it's twice a month. She got fed up last year when Wal-Mart stopped stocking some of her favorite brands and she couldn't count on low prices.

"It gave me the opportunity to look elsewhere," she says. "I shop around more."

Resources to Support Disabled Learners

By Alan Dessoff

Already under pressure to boost student achievement levels and rein in spending, district administrators face another challenge when it comes to educating students with learning disabilities.

With 4 to 6 percent of all students in the nation's public schools classified as having specific learning disabilities, according to the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), most teachers can expect to have students who are learning disabled in their classrooms. And it presents a challenge to teachers and administrators alike, who are required by federal law to be sure such students get the same quality of education as nondisabled students.

Study Suggests Students Need Alternatives

Wed, 02/02/2011
By Amy Buffenbarger

"The current U.S. education system is failing to prepare millions of young adults for successful careers by providing a one-size-fits-all approach, and it should take a cue from its European counterparts by offering greater emphasis on occupational instruction, a Harvard University study published Wednesday concludes." Source:

Associated Press
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Is Rote Memorization Necessarily Bad?

Thu, 02/03/2011
Education Week blog

By Catherine Gewertz on February 2, 2011 9:35 AM

The idea of rote memorization is bound to tick some people off, which makes for nice discussion and debate. [See "Exhibit 'U' Approaches to Learning." To view exhibits, you first must be logged in.] In all the very legitimate conversation about critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis, and deeper learning, anything that has the whiff of drills gets a huge "politically incorrect" stamp.

So consider, if you will, the thoughts that the Hechinger Institute has pulled together for you on this (not to mention the adorable video of a 3-year-old reciting a Billy Collins poem).

On education reform, safe is for losers

Wed, 01/26/2011
USA Today

By Richard Whitmire

Timing is everything, and the timing for Barack Obama to use Tuesday's State of Union to declare himself the education president was, well, not ideal. The U.S. Department of Education released the Nation's Report Card on science Tuesday, and nobody came out looking good.

On this round of the trusted National Assessment of Educational Progress, only one in five high school seniors scored proficient in science. Worse, only a handful scored at the advanced level — not an encouraging sign as the nation faces international economic competition based more on brains than brawn. The conventional logic that American students' creativity and critical thinking skills will trump the rote rigor of kids raised by "tiger moms" in Shanghai and Mumbai crumbles when you see that only our smartest kids can figure out the basics of plant life and earth rotation.

Are math scores lagging because U.S. parents are clueless?

Mon, 01/03/2011
The Washington Post

I stumbled across one of those charming surveys with too small a sample to depend on, but a result interesting enough -- and close enough to possible -- to blog on anyway. It suggests that the kids in Singapore are stealing our lunch money in the race for math supremacy because their parents hire tutors far more often than we do, and because their parents have a less inflated sense of their math skills than U.S. parents do.

Quarter of students fail exam for Army

Mon, 01/03/2011
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) | Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can't answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a new study released Tuesday.

The report by the Education Trust bolsters a growing worry among military and education leaders that the pool of young people qualified for military service will grow too small.