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Bias in the SAT? Seven years ago the Harvard Educational Review published an article that inspired great controversy, fiery rebuttals, and highly technical debates. What was the big deal? And why does it matter today?
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The Little Engine That Could When Helen Featherstone agreed in 1985 to be the editor of a new newsletter based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, there was no such thing as e-mail, listservs, Google, RSS feeds, or Twitter.
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If Schools Can’t Spend More, They Need to Spend Differently The recent debate over the president's jobs bill centered on how many teachers would be rescued from layoffs. Little or no discussion was heard about which jobs mattered most. Could anyone have dared suggest adding new positions by cutting existing staff even deeper? This might be heresy, but it is necessity.
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Not by “Value-Added” Alone Publicly reporting test scores for entire schools is one of the more positive and logical educational innovations in recent years. Perhaps this is why someone at the L.A. Times thought it might be a good idea to take this one step further and report scores for individual teachers. Or perhaps someone just wanted to make headlines. Did they succeed?
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The “Boy Crisis”: Beyond Reading to Relationships Michael Sadowski makes some extremely thoughtful points about what growing numbers of scholars and the popular press have come to refer to as a "crisis"in boys' ongoing academic failure in American public schools. Sadowski argues that we must go "beyond gender" to the highly potent embedded contexts of social class, ethnicity, and race.
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Can "Learning for Jobs" work in the U.S.? Across today's developed countries, educators, policymakers, and economists recognize that the new "knowledge economy" demands different, higher-level skills than the 20th-century high school or upper secondary school provided.
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Is Teach For America a Learning Organization? I applaud Dick Murnane's focus on how we can foster the growth of schools as learning organizations. Murnane reminds us that tackling the improvement of the K-12 education of America's most disadvantaged children will require that we see the multiple pieces of the puzzle. Instead of relying on one simple approach, we need to step back and frame some large research questions.
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Beyond the Bullies: Bystanders and Instigators Enable Aggression Bruce Springsteen refers to high school as the "glory days" in one of his popular songs, and he regrets that the high school years pass by so quickly. Yet the sad truth is that high school is a far cry from glorious for children and youth experiencing bullying and harassment.
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What You Might Not Know About “Common Core Standards.” The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers have proposed a set of common core standards for English and math for children in kindergarten through grade 12. Forty-eight states (all but Alaska and Texas) agreed to participate in creating these standards. President Obama has announced his intention to link Title I funding to the adoption of the standards.
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Will the Apple iPad Transform Schools? The recent introduction of devices like the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad is a reminder that the printed book will evolve in the face of new digital devices, new capabilities for users, and new business models. In some disciplines taught in institutions of higher education, such as statistics, there is already substantial use of electronic textbooks. Change is coming to the K-12 schools, too.
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