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Confessions of a Grade Inflator

In the classroom, I can be formidable: I’ve been known to drill-sergeant lethargic students out of their chairs and demand burpees; I am a master of the I’m Not Mad, I’m Just Disappointed scowl. And yet, when it comes to assigning an end-of-semester letter value to their results, I am a grade-A milquetoast. Show More Summary

‘You don’t need to know what is not on the test.’ A song.

  Go on to sleep now, third grader of mine. The test is tomorrow but you’ll do just fine. It’s reading and math, forget all the rest. You don’t need to know what is not on the test. Not On The Test by John Forster & Tom Chapin © 2008 Limousine Music Co. & The […]

Who Gets to Control Newark’s Schools?

In Newark last week, high school principal and city councilman Ras Baraka was elected mayor. Tuesday Baraka unveiled his agenda for educational “local control”: a return of the Newark school district to city management, and a total rejection of the school reform policies embraced by his predecessor Cory Booker, Gov. Show More Summary

You’ve heard the phrase ‘college and career readiness.’ But what exactly is it?

You can’t have a conversation about the goals of school reform without hearing the term “college and career ready.” What exactly does that mean? The answer is less obvious than you might think, according to this post, by  Jonathan Hasak, who writes about the need for America’s education system to adapt to a changing economy. […]

Free to Be a Jerk

Mike Adams is a tenured associate professor of criminology at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington. He is also a regular contributor to, and the author of such august tomes as Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts “Womyn” on Campus and Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel. Show More Summary

Bring On the Sledgehammer

Barack Obama’s plan for a universal rating system for America’s colleges and universities, announced last year and the subject of a New York Times front-pager this week, is bad news, say the nation’s college presidents. Given many...Show More Summary

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

This is why you shouldn’t believe that exciting new medical study – Vox “In 2003, researchers writing in the American Journal of Medicine discovered something that should change how you think about medical news. They looked at 101 studies published in top scientific journals between 1979 and 1983 that claimed a new therapy or medical… Read More

The Study-Abroad Scam

Finals might be over for the year, but summer is peak study-abroad season, so for many American college students, a new adventure begins: Overstuffed backpacks! Malaria shots! The superpack of Durexes (alas, to remain unused)! The vast...Show More Summary

Photography – Week 68

The flowers are starting to come out. It’s going to be harder to stop walking around in the mornings. This is at 821 Cafe which has had the skeleton on the window since at least Halloween but the internal skull image is new. They rotate a lot of local artists’ work through there. I liked… Read More

Bard’s Better Admissions Application

I have wonderful news for all you stressed-out parents of kindergartners whose school play was canceled to focus your 5-year-olds on college and career. Good news, as well, for you anxious 11th-graders, terrified that the Boone’s Farm you drank instead of writing a five-paragraph report on The Red Badge of Courage will ruin your future forever. Show More Summary

In the beginning there was search

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Bramus! We’re playing around with some online content for instructors to access on their own or to use as part of some guided online learning we’ll be doing. We started the building some elements around search because it is a place where most people are… Read More

CanLII Primer: New Resource for Self-Represented Litigants

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) has launched The Can LII Primer :"In the 2013 National SRL Study we were struck by the number of SRLs who used Can Lll, and how important a resource this was for them. Can Lll is...Show More Summary

Will the new SAT be easier than the old one? A look at what the new test could look like

The College Board just released a sample of its revised PSAT, or the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which is taken by some 3.5 million high school students each year. The PSAT does not count for college admissions, but is important for students hoping to win a National Merit Scholarship. And because the […]

Tenure Is Not the Problem

On Tuesday, a California court struck down state teacher tenure and seniority protections as a violation of the rights of poor and minority students to an equal education. The decision, which will make it easier to fire bad teachers, who are disproportionately found in high-poverty schools, is being hailed as a great triumph for civil rights. Show More Summary

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Amy Dodson was named Director of the Douglas County Public Library System, NV; Bobby Roberts retired as Director of the Central Arkansas Library System, and more people news from the March 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

In Defense of Laptops in the Classroom

In grad school, I was one of dozens of TAs for a 1,000-student freshman lecture course. One morning, as I sat parked amidst the undergrads—a move, it was explained, that maintained order throughout the otherwise-anarchic auditorium—I noticed the student in front of me had her laptop open but was not taking notes. Show More Summary

Kasich Plans to Increase Charter Funding and Cut Public Schools

Ohio has some of the worst charter schools in the nation, and White Hat Management runs many of them. White Hat's multimillionaire boss, David Brennan, has stuffed the pockets of politicians for years to become one of the grandest corporate welfare kingpins in charter school history. Show More Summary

Higher Calling 

So far this month in education news, a California court has decimated rigid job protections for teachers, and Oklahoma’s governor has abolished the most rigorous learning standards that state has ever had. Back and forth we go in America’s...Show More Summary

“Do You Have a Plan to Harm Yourself or Anyone Else?”

Julie Schumacher, a novelist and creative writing professor at the University of Minnesota, says she had sweated through her clothes by the time she managed to finish interrogating an undergraduate whose off-topic and violent poems had alarmed everyone in class. Show More Summary

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