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Can you correct the errors found in this Virginia textbook?

Can you correct these mistakes found by experts in the textbook Our Virginia from Five Ponds Press? Finish the quiz to see a review by our experts.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 28, 2010; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Curriculum, Quizzes, Textbooks  | Tags:  African-American history, US history, Virginia, american history, civil war, confederacy, confederate, emancipation, five ponds press, history, slavery, textbook, textbooks  
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In STEM era, humanities get new attention

Given all the attention STEM-related subjects get, you could be forgiven for thinking that math, science, technology and engineering are the only things college students can take. In this STEM era, the humanities are getting new attention at colleges and universities.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 26, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Curriculum, Higher Education  | Tags:  STEM, brandeis university, engineering degrees, humanities, iran, mandel center, math education, new york times editorial, president obama, science fair, social sciences, south korea, stem education, the humanities, university of connecticut, university of pittsburgh, white house  
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The rich irony in Virginia’s history textbook error

There is rich historic irony in the news that a textbook given to Virginia’s fourth graders wrongly claims that thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War: The process by which textbooks are adopted by states began because Southern states after the war did not want their children to read the North’s version of the conflict.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 20, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Curriculum, History, Textbooks  | Tags:  black confederates, civil war, confederate soldiers, diane ravitch, did blacks fight for the south, history textbooks, jay mathews, textbook adoption, textbooks, the confederacy, virginia textbook, virginia textbooks  
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Willingham: How to teach collaboration

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes that “collaboration” and “working effectively in groups” are often deemed 21st century skills that young people must learn. But how to teach them? Researchers just made headway in characterizing what good group members do.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 4, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Curriculum, High School, Higher Education, Intelligence, Research  | Tags:  21st century skills, collaboration, dan willingham, daniel willingham, how to teach collaboration, teaching 21st century skills, willingham, working in groups  
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Texas education board: Textbooks favor Islam over Christianity

The Texas Board of Education adopts a controversial resolution today that accuses textbook publishers of favoring Islam over Christianity and tells them to stop it. Never mind that the books the board cited as examples of bias were phased out of Texas classrooms long ago.

By Valerie Strauss  | September 24, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Curriculum, History, Textbooks  | Tags:  islam resolution, mosque and ground zero, religion resolution and texas, resolution, texas, texas and islam, texas and textbooks, texas board of education, texas resolution, textbook resolution, textbooks and islam  
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Schools should teach religion (now more than ever)

The new school year began at a moment when religion was front and center in American popular dialogue. But the one place those issues were least likely to be discussed was in public schools. A professor argues that schools have misinterpreted the concept of "separation of church and state" and says students should learn about religion.

By Valerie Strauss  | September 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Curriculum, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  establishment clause, first amendment, lausreligion in schoreligin in, religion and school, separation of church and state, teaching religion  
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Too many curricular aims creates assessment problems, Valerie Strauss , September 21, 2010
Where’s the rigor in U.S. schools?, Valerie Strauss , August 20, 2010
 
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