National Education News

The Learning Network: What Have You Learned Playing Video Games?

NYT Education News - 9 hours 7 min ago
What are your favorite video games? What do you think they have taught you? Do you think video games can help inspire social change? Have you ever played one that helped you understand a serious global problem?






One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

NPR on Education - 9 hours 13 min ago

One Tulsa, Okla., nonprofit believes that improving poor kids' prospects also requires preparing their parents for well-paying jobs. The program's director says managing both is a tough nut to crack.

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The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Math, April 23, 2014

NYT Education News - 10 hours 4 min ago
Can you calculate the approximate percentage of Martin Brodeur’s wins as goalie for the New Jersey Devils that were shutouts?






The Learning Network: Word of the Day | quack

NYT Education News - April 22, 2014 - 11:02pm
This word has appeared in 36 New York Times articles in the past year.






Paul Takes His School-Choice Message to Chicago

NYT Education News - April 22, 2014 - 10:05pm
Senator Rand Paul spoke of the importance of giving parents more flexibility to decide where their tax dollars go, and labeled those who stand in the way of greater choice “dead-enders.”






Prosecutors Describe an Extensive Drug Ring in Affluent Pennsylvania Schools

NYT Education News - April 22, 2014 - 8:44pm
Two former students of a private school outside of Philadelphia took on an ambitious venture to control the marijuana trade at high schools in the wealthy corridor of towns known as the Main Line.






Offensive e-mails at American University spark probe of potential student misconduct

Washington Post Education News - April 22, 2014 - 8:44pm

American University is investigating potential student misconduct after the disclosure of a string of e-mails and other documents laced with expletives and slurs and referring to assault, raucous parties and rape.

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Colleges Seek New Paths to Diversity After Court Ruling

NYT Education News - April 22, 2014 - 7:58pm
Many people in the affirmative action debate envision admissions criteria moving away from race and toward factors such as income.






No, Not Everyone Needs to Learn to Code – But Here’s What They Should Know

Educational Technology - April 22, 2014 - 7:40pm

by Greg Pollack, Huffington Post

Not everyone is meant to be a coder though–or has the motivation to code. This has left a huge part of the population wondering how to respond to the “learn to code” movement, and what actually makes sense for them to do. It’s one of the reasons why I believe the “learn to code” conversation is distracting us from a much more important question, which is this: “What should everyone know about code, even if they don’t learn to program?” In my view, the answer is basic code literacy, which ultimately boils down to knowing enough to successfully communicate in the technology-powered environment we live in. If your occupation requires you to speak to or email programmers, you’ll have a leg up if you have a basic knowledge of code.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gregg-pollack/no-not-everyone-needs-to-_b_5155549.html

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Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action

NYT Education News - April 22, 2014 - 7:36pm
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan voter initiative that banned racial preferences in admissions to the state’s public universities.






Course evaluation could go public

Educational Technology - April 22, 2014 - 7:36pm

By Meghan Holden, Minnesota Daily

University of Minnesota students may get access to their peers’ course evaluations when registering for classes next year. Some faculty members, administrators and students have pushed for years to make teacher and course evaluations more accessible. The course assessments, at least, could finally be made public when the University Faculty and Student senates vote on the issue in May. “I think it’s good for faculty, and I think it’s really good for students,” Faculty Senate Consultative Committee Chair Will Durfee said.

http://www.mndaily.com/news/campus/2014/04/15/course-evals-could-go-public

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Why rural schools need online courses

Educational Technology - April 22, 2014 - 7:29pm

by David Kaplan, WDBJ7.COM

It’s an online, Spanish language learning program that students at Highland County High School took for a spin. Whether it’s shrinking budgets, lack of interest, or a combination of the two, some smaller rural school districts like Highland County don’t have full-time foreign language teachers. That means students take some of these courses online. School leaders expect this new program to take learning to the next level. “I’m very excited about this. This is an awesome opportunity,” said Sophomore Cesar Ruiz. Through the eyes of the rural Virginia student interested in taking spanish, this is exciting stuff.

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/why-rural-schools-need-online-courses/25499962

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Fairfax spending plan includes tax increases, pay raises

Washington Post Education News - April 22, 2014 - 7:23pm

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a spending plan Tuesday that includes tax increases, raises for county employees, more money for schools, and higher sewer fees and fees for adopting pets.

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The Learning Network: Making the Argument: Student Winners From Our Editorial Contest

NYT Education News - April 22, 2014 - 5:19pm
We selected from almost 5,000 entries to choose our favorite student editorials.






Google Amends Terms for Scanning User Data

Education Week - April 22, 2014 - 4:33pm
With a federal lawsuit pending, and more scrutiny about its practices, Google updated its terms of service and privacy policies about how it uses private data.

Schools Explore Benefits of Peer Counseling

Education Week - April 22, 2014 - 4:32pm
Program shows promise in boosting student attendance, engagement, and leadership.

Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual'

Education Week - April 22, 2014 - 4:30pm
Twenty years after an article appeared in Teacher Magazine about the state of teacher education at one university, Ellis Hurd and Gary Weilbacher weigh in on where the program and teacher education stand today.

Upsetting the Gentility That the South Lays Claim To

NYT Education News - April 22, 2014 - 4:23pm
Two rancorous and still-evolving disputes involving race and sexual orientation have shaken the College of Charleston in recent months.
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