Here's a fun satire of contemporary news media, from a Gothic angle: how media outlets report on the end of the world. Zombies, asteroids, etc all play roles. For example, the Washington Post's Wonkblog: (thanks to the Burnett)
A nonprofit advocacy group called the Center for Union Facts published a full-page ad in the New York Times last week (pictured), blaming AFT president Randi Weingarten and teachers unions for low PISA 2013 scores by American students. Show More Summary
A coalition of 95 civil rights, disability, parent, student, community and education organizations has sent the following letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressing deep concerns about what they see as the department’s backtracking...Show More Summary
Letter received via Facebook message to Save Libraries and reprinted in total: Dear Sir/Madam: In our effort to continue meeting the research needs of our students of EASTERN SAMAR STATE UNIVERSITY GUIUAN CAMPUS, we knock at your kind...Show More Summary
The membership of powerful U.S. academic group the American Studies Association has voted for an academic boycott of Israel’s universities. The new boycott means a number of American academic groups and schools will refrain from collaborating...Show More Summary
click to enlarge "At one extreme in Virginia, the average teacher makes about three-quarters of a typical household. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, in New York the “average” teacher makes nearly 60% more than the average household." (via Paul Bruno)
MIT Researchers: Higher Test Scores Do Not Translate into Higher Levels of Thinking http://t.co/edCbAClW1g — Diane Ravitch (@DianeRavitch) December 17, 2013 MIT Researchers: Higher Test Scores Do Not Translate into Higher Levels of Thinking via Professor Diane Ravitch
Just because we reside in a lower-income community doesn’t mean my child should have lower potential. People in better-off communities like Park Slope or the Upper East Side want to lower standards for my child. -- Ayana Bowen in NY Mag (Bill de Blasio’s Most Difficult Challenge)
Are your students learning physics by making trebuchets, catapults, and ballistae? Why not? Students in the Sioux Central (IA) Community Schools are and they’re having a blast! (literally) Are you not entertained?! Great work, Dan Strohmyer!
Are NCLB Waiver States Intervening in the Right Schools? Politics K12: After Nevada got an NCLB waiver, by the 2012-13 school year, 75 of those 86 schools got relief from the toughest interventions. These are schools that hadn't made adequate yearly progress for six years in a row. Show More Summary
Note: Slideshow appears at the bottom of this blog entry. "Do you 'pick' your battles with staff?" Ah, what a delightful way of avoiding the issues that can move your team forward or not. In my own work, I've found that the crucial conversations/confrontations...Show More Summary
2013 I Love My Librarian Award Winners Congratulations to the 10 winners of the 2013 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award! Thank you to all the library supporters who sent in nominations. 2013 recipients...Show More Summary
The question of who guides Mr. Obama’s next chapter may seem distant to the public. But, as aides to former President Bill Clinton have demonstrated, proximity to an ex-president translates into life at the intersection of wealthy donors, powerful networks and conference circuit perks. Show More Summary
Last week a genetics experiment caused a bit of a stir. A study – a rigorous, well-grounded study – showed that genes count for 58 per cent variation in GCSE results. Genes are more important than home life, than school, than whether you are rich or poor. On reflection, all the excitement was a bit [...]
The Publisher 2013 Video Training includes topics such as backstage view, creating documents, the ribbon, word art, shapes, formatting text and text boxes, saving emailing and publishing to the web.
Amazingly powerful music workstation unleashes the musician in us all
By combining a background essay and discussion questions with a video from Dragonfly, this PBS science resource investigates the physics of basketball.
Project Information Literacy has once again dug deep into information behavior, turning some of our assumptions upside down while showing that others have grains of common-sense truth. (Full disclosure: I’m on the PIL Board; my compensation is the ability to say “I’m on the PIL Board.”) As a librarian, my default approach is that […]
Catholic educators are feuding over a $1 million gift that the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers have given to Catholic University in Washington D.C. A tough letter, signed by 50 Catholic educators from across the country, says Catholic University should not have accepted a $1 million gift from the the right-wing Koch Brothers because they support […]
Following a petition drive that garnered more than 160,000 signatures, a Florida school district will rename a high school whose current name commemorates a Confederate general and the first “grand wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan. Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville will soon be known as something else after the community made clear to the […]