A new report about what people called "education influentials" think will happen in the world of education says:
* That 87 percent of insiders think that the No Child Left Behind law won't be reauthorized until at least 2015.Read full article >>
I recently published a fourth grade "science quiz" given to students at a creationist South Carolina religious school, which featured questions in which the "correct" answers were essentially a denial of science. For example: Students were told to say True or False to this: "The earth is billions of years old" and the correct answer was "False." This reflects the beliefs of Young Earth creationist theory, which holds that the universe and everything in it was created by God some 6,000 years ago.
History is fascinating but too often kids find it boring in history class. Here Larry Cuban explains why and what to do about it. Cuban was a school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, Va.), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His new book is "Inside the Black Box of the Classroom: Change without Reform in American
Education." This appeared on his School Reform and Classroom Practice blog.
Teachers in Seattle protesting a mandated standardized test that they think is useless have scored a victory: The test will, starting next year, no longer be required for high school graduation.
Jose Banda, superintendent of schools in Seattle, just told principals of the district's high schools that it will be up to their school's leadership team whether or not to give the Measures of Academy Progress, and scores will no longer be a graduation requirement. The tests have been given this year, so the new policy starts in 2014, the Seattle Times reported.Read full article >>
Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson can move forward with plans to close 15 D.C. schools, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting activists’ claims that the closures violate the civil rights of city children.Read full article >>
The family of a second-grader suspended from his school in Anne Arundel County for chewing his Pop-Tart-like pastry into the shape of a gun has lost a bid to have the episode expunged from the child’s record, according to the family’s attorney.Read full article >>
Fairfax County parents and teachers rallied at a Tuesday night budget hearing to advocate for more money for instructional coaches— who collaborate with teachers in the classroom— and to expand the district’s world languages program.Read full article >>
A week-long shutdown of public schools in Buena Vista, Mich., appears to be ending after state officials agreed Wednesday to send state dollars to the bankrupt school system so children can return to class and finish the school year.Read full article >>