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Respected science publication is fooled by The Onion

It’s one thing for an Iranian news agency to mistakenly cite as fact a piece in The Onion, a satirical humor publication, as actually happened in 2012 when the Fars News Agency referred in all seriousness to an Onion story about a  Gallup poll that supposedly showed more rural white voters in America would rather […]

Respected science publication is fooled by The Onion

It’s one thing for an Iranian news agency to mistakenly cite as fact a piece in The Onion, a satirical humor publication, as actually happened in 2012 when the Fars News Agency referred in all seriousness to an Onion story about a  Gallup poll that supposedly showed more rural white voters in America would rather […]

AM News: Union Defends Tenure/Seniority Rules Against Lawsuits

New York Educators Fight Back on Attacks to Tenure NYT: The United Federation of Teachers sent out a memo defending tenure laws after two parents groups in New York filed lawsuits to challenge it. Union Claims Weak Teachers Are Shown...Show More Summary

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Stress, and Sales?

Welcome to the admissions profession, the career you just fall into. Please make eye contact with each prospective student when describing this great campus, but remember, this isn’t marketing, OK? Learn everything about data. Technology, too. Show More Summary

Before You Buy Campbell's New Line of Soups, Don't Forget to Check the Label!

Imagine a line of soups sponsored by Campbell Brown, set to destroy the due-process rights of teachers, cut down the hard-won rights of workers and promote the privatization of education, promising great profits to those very same people who would secretly fund her attacks. Show More Summary

Explore and Learn: George Washington Crossing the Delaware

The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses the famous Emanuel Leutze painting of George Washington Crossing the Delaware.

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

Excerpt: “I’m enough of a realist to assume that consumers will gravitate to the cheapest, most convenient source of content, whether that’s Amazon or the public library,” said Jimmy Thomas, executive director of Colorado’s Marmot Library Network. Show More Summary

Holy Moses, Arne Met with the Badass Teachers!

The BATS Swoop Down on Department of Education From With a Brooklyn Accent The party's over but looks like the Badass Teachers, a group of people who have devoted their lives to educating children, had a meeting with Arne Duncan. The party at the DoE was a lot of fun and nice to see new faces. Show More Summary

Beginning to process the LA Reclaim Your Domain Hackathon

Parts of the 1981 documentary The Decline of Western Civilization were filmed at “The Church”, a 1920?s-era Baptist church in Hermosa Beach that eventually came to be a rehearsal/living space ($16 a month) for Black Flag. It was a bit of a trip, on my first visit to Los Angeles, to be sitting at an […]

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: #ThanksCommonCore

How textbooks describe war has changed dramatically says @PacificStand ow.ly/zIE5z @bechang8. Are 1:1 computer deployments not all that helpful, as this @WNYC story suggests - or did Hoboken just do it wrong? ow.ly/zIn9R Mead: 5 Totally...Show More Summary

Evan Bayh Loves Christel DeHaan and Hedge Funders: CORPORATE SCHOOL ALERT

by Doug Martin With so many people saying Evan Bayh must come back to Indiana to "save" public education as governor, it is time to set the record straight and let Hoosiers know about the real Evan Bayh. Here is just a glimpse (after...Show More Summary

1000 Blog Posts

So…this is blog post 1000. Crazy to think and yet at the same time I’m pretty late to the game for someone who started blogging in September of 2005. A quick look of others who I know started blogs around that same time. Dean Shareski is at 2800+ blog posts …

Drones Could Be Valuable Research Tools, Professors Tell Aviation Agency

Some professors are worried that the federal government will stifle their ability to teach and do research with unmanned flying machines. In a letter sent to the Federal Aviation Administration last week, 30 professors argued that its...Show More Summary

Act II of Act 10

Milwaukee magazine has a very lengthy examination of “The Aftermath” of Act 10, the Wisconsin law that greatly restricted the power of the state’s public employee unions. It’s worth reading, no matter your position on the law. I only want to comment on this sentence spoken by Betsy Kippers, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. […]

A beheading for dissection in Japan

Last week a Japanese schoolgirl killed a classmate. Specifically, the 16-year-old is being charged with decapitating a classmate and cutting off other body parts. What was the motive? Sports Nippon newspaper said the alleged killer told police she "wanted to...

John Thompson: An American Who Stinks at Math Wowed by Elizabeth Green's Explanation

I was slow to follow the link to Why Do Americans Stink at Math?, in the New York Times Magazine, and I did not see it as a "must read" until I realized it was written by the Chalkbeat's Elizabeth Green. I’m bad at math and I don’t see Americans’ problems with math as that big of a deal. Show More Summary

Quotes: Teaching Isn't Rocket Science

You don’t need to be a genius... You have to know how to manage a discussion. You have to know which problems are the ones most likely to get the lessons across. You have to understand how students make mistakes — how they think — so you can respond to that. -- Author Elizabeth Green in Joe Nocera NYT column about improving teacher preparation

Fearing gaming: an HBO documentary

Ars Technica critiques the new HBO documentary about the South Korean gaming addiction/baby death case. Sam Machkovech takes Love Child to task for presenting a one-sided story with a nightmarish view of technology. (thanks to Todd Bryant)

Morning Video: New Efforts To Engage Emotional Support For Common Core

Here's an example of how Common Core supporters are going to try and engage the public with outrage over the current inequalities and inadequacies of the education system - and inspiration about what the new standards can do. From NCLR via Politico. #whimsical

Temple U. Drops Testing Requirement

Temple University will no longer require ACT or SAT scores for admission starting in fall 2015, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Tuesday. Under Temple’s new policy, applicants who do not submit test scores will answer written “self-reflective short-answer questions,” according to Temple’s Web page. Show More Summary

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