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Math and Science Education - Pencils Down. If we could snap our fingers and change the way math and science are taught in U.S. schools, most of us would.

Math and Science Education - Pencils Down

The shortcomings of the current approach are clear. Jessica Lahey’s ‘The Gift of Failure’: A Fear of Risk-Taking Has Destroyed Kids’ Love of Learning. I’ve known the mother sitting in front of me at this parent-teacher conference for years, and we have been through a lot together.

Jessica Lahey’s ‘The Gift of Failure’: A Fear of Risk-Taking Has Destroyed Kids’ Love of Learning

How Pittsfield, New Hampshire's Schools Are Practicing Restorative Justice. PITTSFIELD, N.H.

How Pittsfield, New Hampshire's Schools Are Practicing Restorative Justice

—When the freshman Hope Parent left her cellphone unattended at Pittsfield Middle High School, last year, her classmate Brandon Bojarsky saw his chance for a little fun. Grabbing the device off a windowsill in their Spanish class, he quickly shot off a few obnoxious text messages to people in her contact list—including one to Hope’s mother. By the time Hope figured out what Brandon had done, her phone battery had died. She couldn’t immediately follow up with people to tell them the unkind words hadn’t originated with her. Children today are suffering a severe deficit of pla... When I was a child in the 1950s, my friends and I had two educations.

Children today are suffering a severe deficit of pla...

We had school (which was not the big deal it is today), and we also had what I call a hunter-gather education. We played in mixed-age neighbourhood groups almost every day after school, often until dark. We played all weekend and all summer long. “The Disorder Is In The System, Not The Children” Teacher Quits With Epic Rant. Year-round Schools Don't Boost Learning, Study Finds. Students in “year-round” schools don't learn more than their peers in traditional nine-month schools, new research has found.

Year-round Schools Don't Boost Learning, Study Finds

A sociologist at Ohio State University found that, over a full year, math and reading test scores improved about the same amount for children in year-round schools as they did for students whose schools followed a traditional nine-month calendar. “We found that students in year-round schools learn more during the summer, when others are on vacation, but they seem to learn less than other children during the rest of the year,” said Paul von Hippel, author of the study and research statistician in sociology at Ohio State.

The problem with year-round schools may be that they don't actually add more school days to the 180 typically required, von Hippel said. Instead of a three-month summer vacation, year-round schools typically have several breaks of three to four weeks spread throughout the year. Some Schools Adopting Longer Years to Improve Learning. Year-round school gains ground around U.S. - US news - Life - Two days before Thanksgiving, the Indianapolis School Board will make a decision sure to heat up discussion around the turkey in just about every home with young children.

Year-round school gains ground around U.S. - US news - Life -

That's when board members will vote on whether to adopt year-round classes. If the board approves the measure, Indianapolis pupils would go to school in cycles of eight to 10 weeks, with three to five weeks off after each, throughout the year. That would put them among the growing number of children around the nation who are going to school on so-called balanced schedules. Indianapolis Superintendent Eugene White said the schedule would add 20 class days every year, giving pupils more time to learn and shorter periods away from the classroom to forget what they've studied.

For both teachers and students, the shorter but more frequent breaks will "give them some kind of relief and (allow them to) come back more invigorated," he said. 10 percent by 2012? We need year-round school to compete globally. Drop summer vacation, raise test scores? LZ Granderson: U.S. students ranked 17th in science, 25th in math in study of 34 nationsOnly 8 of the 34 countries have a lower high school graduation rate than U.S., he writes Reason for summer break, so kids could help on the farm, is obsolete, he says He says for U.S. to compete globally, we need year-round school, with mini-breaks Editor's note: LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for

Is Anti-Intellectualism As American As Apple Pie? - Paul Nevins. Cross-posted at The New York Times reported today that Republican Congressmen in a House sub- committee have voted to strip the EPA of its ability to regulate the emission of greenhouse gasses.

Is Anti-Intellectualism As American As Apple Pie? - Paul Nevins

It was also reported that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann introduced a bill last week to roll back efficiency standards for light bulbs, which include a phasing out of incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy efficient bulbs. In a similar vein, the legislation proposed by Congressmen Markey and Waxman last year to regulate carbon emissions was defeated in the Congress. In all three cases, the Republicans - along with some equally Neolithic Democrats from the coal and oil states - deny that global warming is a serious threat to our environment or to human civilization. Deformed: Authoritarian undercurrents in education. When education scholar Harold Berlak paid a visit to a Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter school in San Francisco he was shocked.

Deformed: Authoritarian undercurrents in education

Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting. February 5, 2012 | Like this article?

Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Thursday, hundreds of state legislators from across the nation headed out to an "island" resort on the coast of Florida to a unique "education academy" sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). There were no students or teachers. What is ALEC Scoring on Its Education "Report Card? " Gifted Students Deserve More Opportunities. BARACK OBAMA and Mitt Romney both attended elite private high schools.

Gifted Students Deserve More Opportunities

Both are undeniably smart and well educated and owe much of their success to the strong foundation laid by excellent schools. Every motivated, high-potential young American deserves a similar opportunity. But the majority of very smart kids lack the wherewithal to enroll in rigorous private schools. They depend on public education to prepare them for life. Yet that system is failing to create enough opportunities for hundreds of thousands of these high-potential girls and boys.

Current Work « NCEE. NCEE has returned to its original goal of analyzing the world economic and educational scene to identify the best course for American education policy and present its proposals for change in the education system to the American public. Specifically, it decided to follow up on the work of the first Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce by creating another, the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, to examine the workings of the current global economy and their implications for education and training in the United States.

U.S. Education Reform and National Security. Order Report Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press Release Date March 2012 Price $15.00 paper. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing. If students designed their own schools... 5 Things It Turns Out You Were Right to Hate About School. For many of you, school was 12 or more years of teachers and administrators deciding what was best for you, dictating exactly how you spent every minute of every day -- the result being that you absolutely hated each and every one of those minutes. But as you reached adulthood, you probably came to the realization that it was all for the best. You were just a stupid kid, after all, and your elders did things a certain way for a reason. A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned.

The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me - Karl Taro Greenfeld. The Coming Revolution in Public Education. Chicago Is Focus of National Debate on Schools. At stake are profound policy questions about how teachers should be granted tenure, promoted or fired, as well as the place standardized tests will have in the lives of elementary and high school students. How to Fix the Schools. Education solutions from abroad for chronic U.S. school problems. What The US Could Learn From Finland About Education. How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play - Tim Walker. 26 Amazing Facts About Finland's Unorthodox Education System. Reinventing Education To Teach Creativity And Entrepreneurship.

Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gain. Number of the Week: U.S. Teachers’ Hours Among World’s Longest - Real Time Economics. How Computerized Tutors Are Learning to Teach Humans.