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Common Core standards driving wedge in education circles

Common Core standards driving wedge in education circles
By Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Teacher David Riesenfeld has been piloting Common Core standards in his 10th-grade world history class in New York City. A high-profile effort by a pair of national education groups to strengthen, simplify and focus the ...

Daily Kos: Testing-driven education means giant corporate profits and 'pineapples don't have sleeves': " In 2000, Pearson Education, the company that produces tests for Texas, "signed a $233 million contract to provide tests for Texas schools, and in 2005 they got another $279 million." In 2011, as Texas was slashing its education budget to the bone, Gov. Rick Perry's administration gave Pearson a $470 million contract "to come up with a new test that will hold Texas schoolchildren to a higher standard at the same time that budget cuts are forcing them into increasingly crowded classrooms." But Texas isn't alone. Pearson is the company responsible for "pineapples don't have sleeves," and the size of those Texas contracts combined with the fact that the pineapples passage has appeared on tests in New York, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, and Illinois at a minimum should give you some idea just how lucrative the testing business is for Pearson and other testing firms. In fact, combined state spending on standardized tests went from $423 million in 2001 to $1.1 billion in 2008."

Autistic boy's teacher placed on leave amid probe
By Becky Bratu, msnbc.com The New Jersey teacher who says she was out of the room when school staffers were caught on a recording device making inappropriate comments around students was placed on paid leave Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Spain hit with second recession in three years
Washington Post
The news comes just three days after the country said that its unemployment rate has spiked to almost 25 percent and a day after tens of thousands of protesters rallied against cuts in health care and education. A woman walks past a shuttered ...

Teacher banned for online chats with student
Herald Sun
He is one of a handful of teachers banned for "inappropriate communications with a student" using a mobile phone or social media. The ruling by the Victorian Institute of Teaching follows the State Government's introduction in February of strict new ...

“Why don't teachers just teach what is going to be on the test?”
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
It was widely understood that learning should nurture critical thinking, creativity, imagination, analysis and synthesis. But now, many students want “just the facts,” and they are often baffled by teachers who seem too lazy or recalcitrant to hand ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Creative Learning Corporation Announces 145th Franchise
MarketWatch (press release)
AUGUSTINE, Fla., Apr 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Creative Learning Corporation (OBB:CLCN) , owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz(R), the highly-popular children's education and enrichment program, is pleased to announce that the Company has reached its ...

Meridian's New Mobile-Learning Program Puts Learners on the Move
MarketWatch (press release)
HERNDON, VA, Apr 30, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- As part of its newly launched "Learner on the Move" program, Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC has added learning content management system (LCMS) technology and mobile-learning consulting services ...

who's teaching your kids about money?
CNN (blog)
It's not likely that they are learning it in school; personal finance is probably not a requirement for a high school diploma in your state. According to the Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy, only four states – Utah, Missouri, Tennessee and ...

Education.com Introduces Wonder...in a Box!
MarketWatch (press release)
Wonder Box takes the guesswork out of learning with hands-on projects that ignite kids' natural curiosity and build kindergarten readiness skills. REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Education.com, the web's fastest growing ...

Teacher Peach! Debuts at International Reading Association in Chicago
MarketWatch (press release)
They deserve respect and support, as well as tools that reflect professionalism in the critical role they play," notes Teacher Peach founder, Randi Brill. "Our mission is to offer teachersresources that can be useful, reinforce a love of teaching, ...

North Thurston teacher-librarian Steve Coker wins computer-education award
North Thurston High School teacher-librarian Steve Coker recently was awarded the President's Award for Excellence from the Northwest Council for Computer Education. North Thurston High School teacher-librarian Steve Coker helps sophomore Esprit Starr ...


Sweeping changes to hit schools
Atlanta Journal Constitution
And as soon as students hit the sixth grade, they'll start learning about negative numbers, a grade earlier than in school years past. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com Teacher Brian Butera — with Whitewater Middle students Lynsea Long (from left), ...

Tens of thousands protest health, education cuts across Spain
MADRID (AP) – Tens of thousands of people across Spain protested Sunday against education and health care spending cuts as the country slid into its second recession in three years. By Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP Thousands protest againsteducation and ...


More teachers retiring earlier
Columbus Dispatch
By Charlie Boss and Collin Binkley Groveport Madison teacher Jack Wills is retiring three years before he can receive full benefits. Groveport Madison High School teacher Jack Wills plays a small blues concert on his guitar for students each year ...

Local teachers: Lowering kindergarten age to 4 'good move'
Kingsport Times News
McFarland said she has seen huge changes since she attended kindergarten and since she began teaching it. “When I first attended kindergarten, it was social,” McFarland said of things such as learning to get along with others. “Today, we're hopefully ...

Teachers' Union May Not Aid Rehiring Process At 24 Overhauled Schools
The Department of Education is closing two dozen schools this summer, and all the teachers will have to reapply for their jobs. "We are simply your lab rats. You're experimenting with our education," a student said before the panel's Thursday vote.


Weekend highlights: Special ed programs may lack needed skills
Cherry Hill Courier Post
At the Bankbridge Regional School in Deptford, a 15-year-old special education student made a covert video last year that appeared to show bullying by his teacher. The Gloucester County Special Services District is seeking to dismiss the teacher, ...

Conn. Gov. continues education tour in Bristol
Nancy Wyman are scheduled to meet parents, teachers and others at an hour-long town hall-style meeting Tuesday night at Memorial Boulevard Middle School in Bristol. The Democratic governor is pushing an education reform package that includes expanding ...

Xueda Education Group Announces the Filing of its Annual Report on Form 20-F
MarketWatch (press release)
BEIJING, Apr 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Xueda Education Group (NYSE:XUE) ("Xueda" or the "Company"), a leading national provider of tutoring services for primary and secondary school students in China with a focus on offering personalized tutoring ...

Illinois Preschool Funding Cuts: Sheriffs, Police Chiefs Say Early Education ...
Huffington Post
Angie Clark, a preschool teacher, reads to a group of four and five year old students, at Mitchell Elementary School, Tuesday March 29, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Steve Pope) A group of Illinois law enforcement leaders joined forces last week ...

'Teachers Make' A Difference, What About You?
7:00 pm ET by Taylor Mali Teaching, once a revered profession, has of late been much maligned. Teachers are accused of laziness and greed. They're blamed for low test scores, and a general decline in the nation's educational standing.

Wisconsin Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Student Allegedly Had Toddler ...
Shannon Cardinal, 43, a teacher in Wisconsin, who is accused to having sexual relations with a 17-year-old boy, is alleged to have had her 2-year-old present in the home during one of the encounters. By Scott Raynor A toddler was present in the home ...

Spain rallies against healthcare and education cuts (PHOTOS) — RT
Tens of thousands of Spaniards streamed into the streets nationwide Sunday to slam Madrid's austerity program, which will take a $13 billion bite out of the country's education and healthcare budgets.
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New Mexico Daily Lobo :: Lax education endangers nation
By Jason Darensburg
The report, U.S. Education Reform and National Security, is the work of an independent task force chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former New York City Department of Education Chancellor Joel Klein. ... Unfortunately , due to budget cuts and meddling by ideologues, many public schools have stopped teaching subjects such as cultural studies, civics or citizenship, leaving students without critical knowledge of their own national history, traditions or values.
New Mexico Daily Lobo

Teachers over 40 may delay tablet use - The Nation
Some 70 per cent of the 450000 teachers in primary and secondary schools are between 40 and 50 years old - and that could be a problem, a senior Office of the Basic Education Commission official said. Because older teachers tend to be ... Students might also be unimpressed with theirteachers' performance on the tablets, which may be inferior to theirs, said Anek Rattapiyaphorn, director of the OBEC's Technology for Learning and Teaching Bureau. This was seen in training on ...
NationMultimedia.com - National

Tao of Foo: Higher education as investment opportunity
By Konstantin Ryabitsev
Higher education as investment opportunity. It strikes me that most people in favour of tuition hikes view higher education as a fee they pay for with their taxes, rather than as an investment that will bring high dividends in the future. It is my wish ...
Tao of Foo

Kevin Hartnett: Teaching A Kid To Throw A Frisbee
By Kevin Hartnett
The obvious question at this point is: Why don't you just teach him how to throw a Frisbee? And I thought about that as we stood in the driveway. When it comes to teaching the boys small skills like throwing a Frisbee, my default response tends ...
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Education By Zip Codes « CBS Philly
By amyparmenter
A new study by Jonathan Rothwell at the Brookings Institution identified areas where high levels of economic segregation show the large gaps in education between low-income students and other students.
CBS Philly

Nečas nominates former dean to head Education Ministry | Prague ...
Prague, April 29 (CTK) - Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) has offered the post of education minister to Masaryk University's former rector Petr Fiala, the Czech Television (CT) public broadcaster said yesterday and ...
Prague Monitor

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