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Morning Video: Debating -- And Voting On -- The Common Core

NPR and Town Square recently held a debate on Common Core during which -- according to EdWeek's Mark Walsh -- opponents made the better arguments but proponents won the audience vote. Click here if the video doesn't load properly: Embrace The Common Core.

Andre Agassi's New Passion: Corporate Welfare

Andre Agassi is touring the country checking out the 27 charter schools he has built with real estate tycoon, Bobby Turner. Agassi says its all worth the effort to make his millions from taxpayer dollars just to see children so "engaged in learning," as they are below in the East Nashville Rocketship charter school. Story from WSMV.

Clemson U. stops mandatory student survey with detailed sex questions

Clemson University has said students do not now have to fill out a survey that had been mandatory and that included some highly detailed questions about sex, such as, “With how many people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” The Greenville News reported that the survey was part of an […]

AM News: Chicago's Emanuel Backs Down On Obama High School

Connecticut Governor To Arne Duncan: Let's Start a Dialogue About Testing PK12: He's considering allowing eleventh graders who, he writes, may be among the most overtested students, to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT, during the school day, in lieu of the Smarter Balanced high school exam. Show More Summary

Common App No Longer Requires Members to Conduct ‘Holistic’ Reviews

Indianapolis — The Common Application will no longer require member colleges to conduct “holistic” reviews of applicants, the organization announced on Friday. The change in policy will allow institutions that do not require admission...Show More Summary

The Computing Curriculum: Suffolk's Interpretation

Kathryn Day describes how she and her colleagues have approached the teaching of the Computing Programme of Study in Suffolk, England. The approach we are taking in Suffolk to the Computing Curriculum is based on “Creative Computing: a design-based introduction to computational thinking” developed by the ScratchEd team. Show More Summary

Why ‘no excuses’ charter schools mold ‘very submissive’ students — starting in kindergarten

If you have heard the phrase “no excuses” charter schools but don’t really know what they mean, here is an informative post about  them and the controversial philosophy under which they approach student discipline and achievement.  Joan Goodman, a professor in the Graduate School of Education University of Pennsylvania and director of the school’s Teach […]

The importance of a name

Here is a post by a Colorado teacher about what seems to be a simple observation about some students — that they don’t correct adults who mispronounce their names — but is really a nuanced look into the psyche of some students of color who live in poverty. This public school teacher blogs anonymously under […]

Be All You Can Be - For Minimum Wage?

By examining pay tables, housing benefits, and other benefits of being in the military, students can look at the incentives the military offers despite the fact the monthly pay for a private is so lowStudents look at how military strength has changed since the end of the draft..

Connected Courses – Hopes/Dreams

Connected courses asks... So what is the real “why” of your course? Why should students take it? How will they be changed by it? What is your discipline’s real “why”? Why does it matter that students take __________ courses or become _________ists? How can digital and networked technologies effectively support the real […]

3 Steps to Sharing Meeting Docs with Your Team @evernote @postachio

Image Source: There are a variety of ways to quickly share meeting documents with your team. For example, you could take advantage of one of the following: If you have access to a digital version of the handouts, you can post it in GoogleDrive or a web site. Show More Summary

Textbooks and the Texas Taliban

a clip from Alternet:The latest battle in the ongoing war to turn public schools into propaganda machines for the right is being fought in the state of Texas. The state is often at the center of conservative-fomented education controversies, as right-wingers there keep trying to sneak creationism into the science classroom. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: 50 States Allow Parents To Hit Kids; 20 Allow Teachers

Hitting your kids is legal in all 50 states TIME [Legal for teachers in 20.] State appropriations to early care and education programs increased by 3.8% ($368.8 million) in FY 14 - via @NCSLorg Gates-funded...Show More Summary

September 2014 Issue of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

The Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World newsletter, published by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors around the world.The September 2014 issue has just been published. Show More Summary

Good luck with that

[FYI, doing even more of what you’ve been doing is not the answer]

A Little More Charter School Transparency

Yesterday the Annenberg Institute for School Reform released a report called “Public Accountability for Charter Schools: Standards and Policy Recommendations for Effective Oversight.” It received immediate and glowing endorsements from the presidents of both NEA and AFT. Show More Summary

Reprise: Re-Review of Paul Tough's Biggest Hit

When I looking this morning for the publication date of Paul Tough's neo-eugenics manifesto, How Children Succeed..., I saw that it is #1 at Amazon in the area of Educational Psychology. I felt the need to re-post this review, which appeared first at Substance News. Show More Summary

19 states still allow corporal punishment in school

While a national debate roils about professional athletes whacking kids, it seems useful to remember that 19 states still allow children to be hit in public school, sometimes to the point of bruising. A federal data analysis found that on average, one child is hit in public school every 30 seconds somewhere in the United […]

New Kindle Voyage

Amazon’s new flagship e-reader has a flush glass screen that's sharp, new ways to turn pages, and a lighter, thinner design. See the Kindle Voyage here.

Quotes: Reform Critic's Anti-Democratic, Ad Hominem Attacks (Might Be Working)

Non-teachers don’t count (unless they’re Diane Ravitch). Parents’ voices are only permitted so long as they avoid direct challenges to failing schools. - New America's Conor Williams (Campbell Brown Is Getting The Same Treatment Michelle Rhee Got)

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