National Education News
How many times have you heard that “practice makes perfect?” Well, a new meta-analysis of dozens of previous studies shows that it is not always true. In this post, Alfie Kohn explains and talks about the consequences of this when it comes to education. Kohn is the author of 13 books about education and human behavior, including “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” “The Homework Myth,” and “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting.” He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org.Read full article >>
Host Michel Martin speaks with Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum about her final year leading the oldest historically black college for women.
Montgomery County’s Board of Education has given the go-ahead for the purchase of 40,000 laptops and tablets for students in Maryland’s largest school system as part of a major technology initiative.
The effort, announced July 10, would bring 100,000 devices into Montgomery’s public schools by 2017-2018. In unanimous votes last week, the school board approved the technology plan and authorized a $15.03 million contract for the first 40,000 devices.Read full article >>
Ending a 40-year practice of half-day Mondays, the Fairfax County School Board voted Thursday to fund an effort to extend Monday classes for elementary schools, adding an extra 75 hours of instruction for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.Read full article >>
Strauss: Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore
Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices. The author of the best-selling “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?”and a former director general of Finland’s Center for International Mobility and Cooperation, Sahlberg is now a visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has written a number of important posts for this blog, including “What if Finland’s great teachers taught in U.S. schools,” and “What the U.S. can’t learn from Finland about ed reform.”Read full article >>
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Roger Alvarez didn't make it to graduation, but he still wants to thank his high school English teacher. (This StoryCorps interview first aired Jan. 29, 2012, on Weekend Edition.)