National Education News

D.C. mayoral candidates sound off on future of charter and traditional schools

Washington Post Education News - October 23, 2014 - 2:13pm

D.C. mayoral candidates faced a math problem of sorts Wednesday night at the campaign’s only major forum devoted to education: In 1966, the District had about 147,000 students in 196 schools. Now, there are 86,000 students in 213 neighborhood and charter school buildings, yet the city continues to open charter schools.

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Can the web predict the future?

CNN - Tecnology - October 23, 2014 - 12:14pm
From drone wars to cosmic theories, long-term bets take the long view and place odds on the shape of the future.

Motherlode Blog: Preparing to Lose My Mind After Giving Birth

NYT Education News - October 23, 2014 - 12:14pm
Putting a plan in place does not guarantee that you will have a postpartum mood disorder, or that you won’t. It does guarantee you will know how to get help if you need it.

The dark world of online harassment

CNN - Tecnology - October 23, 2014 - 12:13pm
For the past 25 years, the Web has opened up unprecedented possibilities for human communication. But it has a dark side too -- sometimes, a very dark one.

Motherlode Blog: Motherlode in Your (e)Mailbox

NYT Education News - October 23, 2014 - 11:14am
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The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Happy Birthday, iPod

NYT Education News - October 23, 2014 - 10:55am
The iPod turns 13 today, and we mark the occasion with the 2001 Times article that reported its debut.

Average Prince George’s SAT score declines

Washington Post Education News - October 23, 2014 - 10:15am

The average SAT score for the Class of 2014 in Prince George’s County was 1197, down 10 points from the year before, according to figures released by county school system officials.

This year’s students in Prince George’s County also fared worse on the SAT test than students nationally, who scored an average of 1497 on the college admission test that has a perfect score of 2400 for critical reading, math and writing.

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Strauss: Read the report: 18 years of academic fraud at UNC for athletes, other students

Washington Post Education News - October 23, 2014 - 9:28am

For nearly 20 years, employees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill perpetrated an academic fraud involving fake classes and grades that permitted at least 3,100 students — many of them athletes — to graduate, according to a newly released report (which you can read in full below). While a number of employees have been fired or under disciplinary review, there are still big questions about who knew what and when that the report doesn’t directly answer.

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Motherlode Blog: For Trick or Treaters, Skip the Candy and Give Cash

NYT Education News - October 23, 2014 - 8:46am
A few houses hand out cash directly to kids. More often, families and dentists buy back the candy for cash. Some parents even haggle for the best stuff.

Are obese dummies the key to preventing road deaths?

CNN - Tecnology - October 23, 2014 - 8:28am
To accommodate the increasing numbers of overweight drivers, car safety experts are developing an obese dummy.

Strauss: Texas textbook review: ‘I’d like a Biblical check on that’

Washington Post Education News - October 23, 2014 - 7:39am

The Texas Education Agency held a special meeting this week at which members asked  publishers to respond to criticisms of proposed textbooks in social studies, fine arts and mathematics in advance of next month’s vote on approval of next texts. Earlier this year after publishers submitted textbooks for adoption next month, critics pored over them and found what they said were numerous inaccurate, distorted and biased material in history, geography, government, religion and other subjects.

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