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'Brain-based' education: Run from it

A veteran educator explains why teachers should run from any curriculum that says it is "brain-based."

By Valerie Strauss  | February 28, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Cuban, Learning, Research  | Tags:  brain research, brain-based education, daniel willingham, education and brain, larry cuban  
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The "three great teachers in a row" myth

It's time to stop the constant recitation that the achievement gap could be closed if all students had three, or four, or five great teachers in a row. Here's a history of the myth.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 25, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Congress, Diane Ravitch, Research, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  center for american progress, diane ravitch, education trust, standardized tests, teacher evaluation, teachers  
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Most, least popular kids less likely to bully, study says

A new study suggests that neither the most popular students nor the least are likely to be bullies at school but rather the kids who are in the middle of the social hierarchies.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 8, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Bullying, Research  | Tags:  anti-bullying programs, bulliers, bullying, bullying research, bullying victims, who bullies  
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New study: How L.A. Times teachers data is flawed

Nobody should be surprised about a new study that finds big flaws with last year’s Los Angeles Times project in which it used “value added” methods to rate the effectiveness of more than 6,000 teachers. But feel free to be annoyed.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 7, 2011; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Research, Standardized Tests, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  l.a. times, latimes, los angeles times, los angeles times teachers, rand corp., rating schools, rating teachers, teacher effectiveness, teacher evaluation, teacher ratings, teachers, teachers database, value added, value added methods, value added models  
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Study: Most high school biology teachers don’t endorse evolution

The central theory of biology is evolution yet a new study shows that most high school biology teachers are reluctant to endorse it in class.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 29, 2011; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Research, Science  | Tags:  biology, biology teachers, charles darwin, creationism, darwin, evolution, evolutionary biology, high school biology, high school science, intelligent design, study on evolution  
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Do tests really help students learn -- or was a new study misreported? -- Kohn

A new study that received attention was said to have concluded that kids should "take a test to really learn." Except, as Alfie Kohn explains, the study doesn't support that conclusion.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 28, 2011; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Research, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  alfie kohn, high-stakes testing, new york times, rote learning, standardized testing, student on testing, testing, testing study  
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Older Entries in This Category »

How about a 21-hour school day?, Valerie Strauss , January 22, 2011
The biggest flaw in Gates value-added study, Valerie Strauss , January 14, 2011
A critical shortage of school counselors, Valerie Strauss , January 12, 2011
How colleges can identify depressed students, Valerie Strauss , January 10, 2011
A hard look at education research , Valerie Strauss , December 28, 2010
Will firing 5-10 percent of teachers make us Finland?, Valerie Strauss , December 18, 2010
How poverty affected U.S. PISA scores, Valerie Strauss , December 9, 2010
Willingham: Close to a magic bullet in education, Valerie Strauss , December 6, 2010
Is progress in Florida schools exaggerated?, Valerie Strauss , December 2, 2010
Report: Number of 'dropout factories' declines, Valerie Strauss , November 30, 2010
The social cost to academic achievement -- Willingham, Daniel Willingham , November 22, 2010
New data on bullying: 17% report regular abuse, Valerie Strauss , October 20, 2010
The limits of Moco schools' economic integration study, Valerie Strauss , October 15, 2010
Study shows deep disparities in funding for schools, Valerie Strauss , October 12, 2010
'Manifesto' should be resignation letter, Valerie Strauss , October 12, 2010
Poll: Kids say their friends share too much online, Valerie Strauss , October 8, 2010
Poll: Americans misunderstand learning disabilities , Valerie Strauss , October 8, 2010
Willingham: How to teach collaboration, Valerie Strauss , October 4, 2010
Book blasts research base for Obama reform plan, Valerie Strauss , October 4, 2010
Should colleges stop legacy preference in admissions?, Valerie Strauss , September 23, 2010
A critical look at a report on standardized tests, Valerie Strauss , September 22, 2010
Too many curricular aims creates assessment problems, Valerie Strauss , September 21, 2010
Willingham: Left/right brain theory is bunk, Valerie Strauss , September 20, 2010
What Americans really think about public schools, Valerie Strauss , September 20, 2010
Study shows test score improvements, Valerie Strauss , September 16, 2010
Obama ed policy lacks scientific support -- Willingham, Valerie Strauss , September 13, 2010
How 'Twilight,' other dark fiction affect teen brains , Valerie Strauss , September 4, 2010
Study blasts popular teacher evaluation method, Valerie Strauss , August 29, 2010
Ed policies ignore science on how/when kids learn, Valerie Strauss , August 2, 2010
Do high standards really help kids?, Valerie Strauss , July 21, 2010
A weird accountability system in Texas, Valerie Strauss , July 14, 2010
A new look at Teach for America, Valerie Strauss , July 11, 2010
Two new studies on charter schools , Valerie Strauss , June 29, 2010
New analysis of achievement gap: ½ x ½ = 1½, Valerie Strauss , June 29, 2010
How homicides affect test scores - study, Valerie Strauss , June 15, 2010
School junk food ban works, study finds, Valerie Strauss , May 30, 2010
Gender gap in higher education growing -- report, Valerie Strauss , May 29, 2010
1 in 6 U.S. students in high-poverty schools , Valerie Strauss , May 28, 2010
Is education research all dreck? -- Willingham, Valerie Strauss , May 17, 2010
Willingham: About poverty and school success, Valerie Strauss , May 3, 2010
Social media addiction: Worse than you think , Valerie Strauss , April 28, 2010
New strategy to teach vocabulary -- Viadero, Valerie Strauss , April 25, 2010
How writing improves reading skills--study, Valerie Strauss , April 19, 2010
New analysis of violence on campus, Valerie Strauss , April 19, 2010
U.S. public education by the latest numbers, Valerie Strauss , April 14, 2010
New Harvard research on teacher effectiveness, Valerie Strauss , April 12, 2010
Researchers take new look at teenage brain, Valerie Strauss , March 30, 2010
Parents spending time with kids: Good and bad news, Valerie Strauss , March 25, 2010
Why aren’t there more women in STEM?, Valerie Strauss , March 23, 2010
Video game hurts schoolwork of boys--study , Valerie Strauss , March 18, 2010
New MIT study on student cheating , Valerie Strauss , March 17, 2010
The hype of 'value-added' in teacher evaluation, Valerie Strauss , February 25, 2010
Data-driven gobbledygook from Ed Dept , Valerie Strauss , February 18, 2010
The trouble with algebra, Valerie Strauss , February 18, 2010
New study looks at segregation in charter schools, Valerie Strauss , February 9, 2010
Education research needs more retractions, Valerie Strauss , February 8, 2010
Achievement gap among best and brightest, Valerie Strauss , February 4, 2010
 
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