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The Answer Sheet: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

BP, Bloomberg and teachers: A parody

Here's a news parody that neatly wraps up New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York schools boss Joel Klein, the BP oil company, teachers' unions and accountability.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 19, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Tags:  bloomberg and klein, bp oil and bloomberg, parody on bloomberg, teachers and bloomberg, teachers unions and bloomberg  
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Arne Duncan's opposition: A partial list

Surely Duncan must know that there is hostility across the country to the policies that the Obama administration is pursuing under his leadership. Right?

By Valerie Strauss  | June 19, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Race to the Top, Teachers  | Tags:  against race to the top, education secretary arne duncan, education secretary arne duncan and race to the top, facebook groups against arne duncan, opposition to race to the top, parents against race to the top, race to the top, teachers against race to the top, teachers and race to the top  
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Detroit school board head quits after complaint alleging inappropriate behavior

In the category of you can't make up this stuff, the Detroit Board of Education president quits after the schools superintendent accuses him of inappropriate behavior.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 18, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Tags:  board president resigns, detroit board of education, otis mathis, school board  
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Student newspapers destroyed after editorial upsets P.E. teachers

This sounds like a parody of a high school, but it really happened at Albemarle High School in Virginia.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 18, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  High School  | Tags:  The Revolution, albemarle high school, student editorial on athletes, student newspapers destroyed  
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Randi Weingarten: Rhee is wrong

The teachers union president whom D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee highly praised in an op-ed article this week -- the one in which she tells New York schools boss Joel Klein that he has a lot to learn from hr -- is taking strong issue with Rhee’s advice to Klein.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 17, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Teachers  | Tags:  aft president randi weingarten, d.c. schools chancellor michelle rhee, d.c. teachers contract, michelle rhee and joel klein, randi weingarten and michelle rhee, rhee and klein, rhee gives advice to klein, rhee op-ed, weingarten and rhee, weingarten op-ed  
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Teachers cover Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance'

Whoever said teachers don't know how to have fun haven't been to Holmes Middle School in Alexandria, Va. This week some of them treated kids to a dance performance of Lady Gaga's huge hit "Bad Romance."

By Valerie Strauss  | June 17, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Teachers  | Tags:  bad romance lyrics, lady gaga, lady gaga and bad romance, teachers, teachers cover lady gaga, teachers sing "bad romance"  
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The pain of graduation: 5-inch heels

After attending several graduation ceremonies and hearing wonderful uplifting messages about success, friendship, love and life, I carried away one overwhelming image: Girls tripping over their high-heeled shoes on their way to pick up their diplomas.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 17, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Student Life  | Tags:  girls tripping at graduation, graduation ceremonies, graduation shoes, health and high heels, heels and feet, high heels, high heels at graduation, high-heeled shoes and girls, prom shoes, shoes and fashion and graduation, the dangers of wearing high heels, what high heels do to feet  
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Minorities drive biggest jump in college freshman enrollment in 40 years, study says

Hispanics and other minority students drove the largest rise in freshman enrollment in the last 40 years at the nation’s 6,100 four-year post-second institutions from fall 2007 to fall 2008, the first year of the recession, according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center. But the enrollment boom was concentrated in certain states and highly focused on a very small number of the largest colleges and universities.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 16, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  College Admissions, Equity  | Tags:  college enrollment, freshman college enrollment, freshman enrollment jumps, freshman enrollment rises, pew enrollment study, pew research center, pew study on college enrollment  
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Ravitch: 'Are we in an era of National Stupidity?'

Education historian Diane Ravitch looks at the accumulating evidence revealing how our "accountability policies are a great fraud," and asks: "Are we in an era of National Stupidity or National Insanity?"

By Valerie Strauss  | June 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Education Secretary Duncan, Guest Bloggers, Standardized Tests, Teachers  | Tags:  Arne Duncan, Diane Ravitch, accountability and nclb, accountability movement, accountability policies, bridging differences, diane ravitch and deborah meier, holding teachers accountability, how to hold teachers accountable, narrowing the curriculum, president obama and education bluerpint, president obama and school reform, teachers and merit pay  
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The story behind rise in Texas test scores

Good news: Texas schoolchildren performed better on the 2010 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills this year than they did last, according to preliminary results released this month. Bad news: It turns out that students could pass the test answering fewer questions correctly than in 2009.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 16, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Standardized Tests  | Tags:  TAKS, TAKS results, Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, high-stakes testing and Texas, standardized test results, standardized tests  
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Why fun is important in learning -- Part 2

In Part 2 of "Why fun is important in learning" Sean Slade says: I would not ask a 6th grader to play on a senior basketball team as they would too easily be overwhelmed by skill-level, teamwork required, and level of competition (not to mention height). I would also not ask a 6th grader to play on an early elementary team for the opposite reasons. They would not be pushing themselves, would not be challenged, and subsequently would not be having fun.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 15, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Learning  | Tags:  fun in learning, learning, making learning fun, sean slade  
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College Admissions: Business as Usual

A college counseling director writes that the seemingly mysterious process of college admissions is actually very familiar to anyone in the business world.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 15, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Admissions  | Tags:  college admissions, college admissions process, college application process, getting into college  
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How homicides affect test scores - study

School reformers who say that poverty and family circumstance are only excuses for poor student performance might do well to look at a new study which found African-American children in Chicago scoring a lot lower on reading and vocabulary tests within a week of a homicide in their neighborhood--even if they did not directly witness the violence.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 15, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Equity, Research  | Tags:  effects of homicide on schoolchildren, effects of poverty on school performance, effects of violence on children, new york university research, school reform  
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Willingham: The unrealized promise of whiteboards

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks at the research about how well whiteboards help student learning. His conclusion: Not much.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 14, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, Technology  | Tags:  educational technology, smart boards, technology in schools, whiteboards  
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Rhee and her advice to NY: Hubris, or what?

In what could easily be seen as an astonishing act of hubris, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has offered a lot of unsolicited advice to New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, the man who recommended her to D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to run the city schools.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 14, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  D.C. Schools  | Tags:  michelle rhee and d.c. contract, michelle rhee and new york daily news, new d.c. teachers contract, rhee and advice and klein, rhee gives advice to klein, rhee's advice to klein  
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