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To Fix America's Education Bureaucracy, We Need to Destroy It

To Fix America's Education Bureaucracy, We Need to Destroy It
The Atlantic
A good teacher, studies show, can dramatically improve the learning of students. What do great teachers have in common? Nothing, according to studies -- nothing, that is, except a commitment to teaching and a knack for keeping the students engaged (see ...

The Atlantic

Teachers say school meals 'costing more'
BBC News
By Hannah Richardson BBC News, ATL conference in Manchester Parents are paying more for school dinners, many of which are small, carbohydrate-laden and variable in quality, a survey of teachers suggests. The Association of Teachersand Lecturers' snap ...

BBC News

ChinaCast Education Received NASDAQ Notification Letter Regarding Delayed Form ...
MarketWatch (press release)
BEIJING, April 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ChinaCast Education Corporation (the "Company", NASDAQ: CAST), a leading post-secondary education and e-learning services provider in China, announced today that, on March 27, 2012, it had received a ...

Widow of US teacher slain in Yemen felt no threat
Fox News
Joel Shrum, 29, of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, was gunned down March 18 in the central city of Taiz, where he had been living with his wife and two sons while studying Arabic and teaching English at a language institute. The Yemen branch of Al-Qaida ...

Fox News

Child Sense: Easter learning
Kansas City Star
It caters to the tactile child because it involves physically finding an egg and being able to pick it up and hold it (physical learning); the visual child enjoys the bright colors and having to look for something; the auditory child finds it engaging ...

Teachers 'under growing pressure to inflate exam results'
Seventy per cent of teachers said pressure to inflate exam results had mounted over the last two years, according to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Photo: PA By Graeme Paton, Education Editor In a new study, staff claimed they were being ...


Children left hungry as schools cut lunch portions
Children as young as five are being allowed to go hungry at primary schools as head teachers cut lunch portions to save money, research suggests. By Graeme Paton, Education Editor More than a third of teachers said canteen meals no longer represented ...


McGraw-Hill Education Meets with Education and Political Leaders on Capitol ...
MarketWatch (press release)
"As a pioneer of digital and adaptive learning technologies, we have seen the impact that digitallearning can have on schools across the country. We're working with the entire educationcommunity - from teachers and administrators, ...

Education Spending Raised in Arguments on Health-Care Law
Education Week News
By Mark Walsh For the US Supreme Court, the closely watched six hours of arguments last week were all about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. So how did the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, teacher tenure, curriculum, Title IX, ...

Teachers under the morality microscope
Los Angeles Times
Should teachers be able to complain about their students on Facebook? (Leon Neal / AFP/Getty Images / March 30, 2012) By Jonathan Turley In February, a Philadelphia high school teacherwas suspended because of a posting to her blog in which she ...

Teachers tempted to rewrite pupils' exam answers
The Guardian
A few admitted cheating was already rife in their schools in the survey of 512teachers conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). One secondary school French teacher, who didn't want to be named, told the pollsters she "virtually ...

The Guardian

Exam pressure 'undermining teacher's integrity'
BBC News
ATL head Dr Mary Bousted said results seemed to be more valued than learning. The union carried out research with 512 of its teacher members working in state schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It said teachers felt under increasing ...

BBC News

Education Briefs
New York Times
“The government will go ahead with the tuition fee increases,” said Esther Chouinard, a spokeswomen for the Quebec Ministry of Education. — CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE 20 business schools to meet at Global Network gathering The heads of about 20 business ...

Ebix Enters Medical E-Learning & M-Learning Markets by Acquiring Montreal ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Founded in 2005, Taimma specializes in providing innovative, best-in-class, custom, and off-the-shelf medical learning programs to meet the unique needs of the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries. Taimma's state-of-the-art E-Learning platform ...

Learning Express, the Educational Toy Franchise Announces Innovative Franchise ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
Ayer, MA (PRWEB) April 02, 2012 The national educational toy store franchise Learning Express, winner of the 2011 Franchise Business Review Specialty Retail Category, announced a new promotional program for their national franchise stores.

South Boston education center aims kids toward high school diploma
“I'm Meatball 1 and she's Meatball 2,” said 19-year-old Jussara Sequeira at Cultural Story Hour at the Old Colony Avenue Notre Dame Education Center late last week while pointing to classmate Neomi Nunez. Sitting in their teachers' office space ...

Teachers 'manipulate' test results
The Press Association
Teachers feel forced to "manipulate results" amid increasing pressure to ensure pupils pass exams, a poll has suggested. Many feel that their professionalism and integrity is at stake as school leaders, league tables, parents, Ofsted and politicians ...

Teachers bend rules to boost exam scores: Survey finds test marks are fiddled ...
Daily Mail
The poll, by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, reveals the lengths that schools are prepared to go to in order to climb league tables. A quarter of respondents said they gave pupils 'rewards and incentives' to work harder. Oneteacher cited ...

Daily Mail

Teachers admit fiddling results as pupils crumble under pressure of exams
The Independent
Schoolchildren are "close to breaking point" as they struggle to keep up with extra coaching laid on to push them through exams, teachers warn today. In a poll of more than 500 teachers, over two-thirds admitted forcing pupils to do more practice tests ...

Gov. Jindal's education reform gets mixed reviews from teachers
But even though few teachers are ready to offer a wholesale endorsement of Jindal's proposals, interviews with about a dozen New Orleans educators revealed generational and philosophical divisions over core issues such as teacherevaluations and tenure ...


Truth Needle: Teachers-union ad on health-insurance bill mostly true
The Seattle Times
A radio ad by the Washington Education Association says that part-time state senators get $850 a month for health-insurance benefits but the state spends only $384 a month on half-time teachers' insurance. By Andrew Garber We base our Truth Needle ...

Early Study Abroad For US Education Means Split Families In South Korea
Huffington Post
Such relocations, known as early study abroad, have surged in popularity in South Korea, where a rigid, test-driven education system, combined with intense social pressure to succeed in an English-first global economy, often means breaking up families ...

School dinner portions 'very small'
The Press Association
England's young children are being served "very small" school dinners, and given limited choice despite paying more for their meals, a survey of teachers suggests. The poll reveals that almost a third of teachers do not believe that school meals are ...

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Celebrates Entrepreneurs ...
MarketWatch (press release)
The event, presented by Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Businesses and MasterCard Worldwide, will also recognize Ernst & Young as well as Wes Moore and Joy Thomas Moore for their long-standing commitment to entrepreneurial education and support of NFTE.

Ofsted 'causes breakdowns in teachers'
Evening Standard
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Sir Michael, former head of Mossbourne community academy in Hackney, said he was reviewing the way Ofsted works to make sure inspectors are not “inhibiting teachers from teaching.” Leslie Davies, a 38-year-old English ...

Teachers 'compromise integrity to preserve school rankings'
Yorkshire Post
On top of their usual teaching, nearly a third, 31 per cent, of teachers, lecturers, leaders andeducation staff said they help pupils prepare for tests and exams by attending meetings to find out exam themes, and over a quarter give pupils rewards and ...

Kimberly Hester, Michigan Teacher's Aide, Files Lawsuit For Losing ...
By The Huffington Post News Team
Teachers · Education Reform · Ed-lection 2012 · Charter Schools .... Teachers should be reluctant to add students as friends on Facebook, as Facebook and other social media sites blur the lines in the student and teacher relationship.
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James Rosenberg: Helping Students, One Teacher at a Time
By James Rosenberg
Our goal is simple: Help donors find teachers -- and vice versa -- to enable individual teachers to transform their classrooms into vibrant, creative centers for learning, without needing to reach into their own pockets. Teacher knows best. There is, perhaps, no greater time of need than in the wake of a natural disaster, like ... Super Tuesday States Haven't Heard Candidates OnEducation, Say Teachers, School Leaders. It's Super Tuesday, and Ohio kindergarten teacherNicole Kessler is ...
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Teaching Carnival 5.08 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Prof. Hacker
[April's Teaching Carnival is compiled by Dawn M. Armfield, a PhD Candidate in the Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communications program in the Writing Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. You can ... Jonathan Malesic discusses the prospects and limitations of constructivism in “Constructing learning” and works through some tough questions for activelearning, including the time it takes to design activities and the risk of promoting activity for its own sake.

“Education, a catalyst for development”
By adekunle
AKWA Ibom State Deputy Governor, Mr. Nsima Ekere, has described education as a catalyst for development. Mr. Ekere, who spoke while representing Governor Godswill Akpabio at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the West African ...
Vanguard News

Illinois Teachers' Pensions Threatened « CBS St. Louis
By Bob Hamilton
Financial troubles are so great the plan might have to consider reducing pension benefits to teachers who have already retired. ... Pensions Threatened. April 1, 2012 9:27 PM. Share this. 1 comment. Teacher 2, Getty Images, Adam Hester ...
CBS St. Louis

Teachers Under A Morality Microscope « JONATHAN TURLEY
By jonathanturley
Teachers have also been disciplined for lawful work they did before their teaching careers. In March, Oxnard middle school teacher Stacie Halas was placed on administrative leave after it came to light that she had been a porn actress before ...

Law Okays Teacher-Student Relationships in Arkansas | fox4kc.com ...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Most states frown on physical relationships between teachers and students. In Arkansas, teachers are allowed to have sexual relationships with students as long as he or she is 18-years-old.

Learning English language in Thailand: Hype or Necessity? - The ...
Knowing English is even better especially when a person wants to go to England, Australia or America to have higher education or explore new options for a better job or a career. Proficiency in English becomes an ... As mentioned earlier, Switzerland, and many other European countries where teaching and learning English is a big success, do not rely on what my colleague Dr. Sorin, call as "na (t) ive" speakers but on their own teachers of English. In Asia, a good example is India.
NationMultimedia.com - Opinion

Lawmakers optimistic on education reform | TheGazette
He added that other issues expected to receive attention are an expansion of core classes to include arts, music and technology, making more time available for classroom coaching to improve teachers' skills, and the use of online learning ...
TheGazette | Site Wide Activity

Education spending: The truth | The Meck Deck
By Michael Lowrey
Education spending: The truth. Posted April 2nd, 2012 at 9:46 AM by Michael Lowrey. It's not down very much this year versus last year. Simple as that, despite what teachers groups and certain politicians running for office are claiming.
The Meck Deck

EXCLUSIVE: Wisconsin Teachers' Unions Trained Well-Funded ...
By Doc Holiday
In a video produced by the MacIver Institute, organizers are seen arriving at a March 17 training session with the Wisconsin Education Association Council, Wisconsin's state teachers union.Teachers' unions led last year's protests in ...
Pat Dollard

In hands of inventive Rock Hill teachers, Hunger Games stir thirst for ...
Saluda Trail Middle teachers enraptured students with lessons and activities crafted around author Suzanne Collins' popular young-adult novel The Hunger Games. ... Posted: Sunday, Apr. 01, 2012. Modified: Sunday, Apr. 01, 2012. G4V4NOCDF.7. Eighth-graders Paul Michael Potter, left, and Haley Sherman are introduced as the "tributes" for District 12 by humanities teacherEmily Warner as Effie Trinkett in Saluda Trail Middle School's version of "The Hunger Games" on Thursday.
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Can A Free Bike Help A Girl's Education In India? « Urban Velo
By brad
This video documents a IGC Bihar research program to investigate the effect of providing 14 year old schoolgirls with bicycles. It is pretty academic, but worth viewing no matter your opinion on bicycles as world changers. Published by brad on ...
Urban Velo

Fighting For an Education: Detroit Students Suspended After ...
By Thembi Ford
Parents cite one teacher who has been absent for 68 days this year and entire classes forced to hang around in the library or gym because there are no teachers for their classes at all. The founding principal returned from a three-month sick ...
Clutch Magazine

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