National Education News

Strauss: Actually, practice doesn’t always make perfect — new study

Washington Post Education News - July 25, 2014 - 12:46pm

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

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Motherlode Blog: Letting a Child Make the Small Sacrifice

NYT Education News - July 25, 2014 - 12:43pm
It’s always my instinct to sacrifice for my kids. To step back; to say, you take it, you go, it’s ok, I don’t mind. My daughter’s gift of a horseback ride reminded me that being the giver isn’t always the right thing to do.

Before Passing The Baton, Spelman President Reflects On Tough Choices

NPR on Education - July 25, 2014 - 11:25am

Host Michel Martin speaks with Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum about her final year leading the oldest historically black college for women.

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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

NYT Education News - July 25, 2014 - 10:44am
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.

Montgomery gives go-ahead to major school system technology initiative

Washington Post Education News - July 25, 2014 - 10:25am

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.

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Fairfax County approves funds for full-day Mondays at elementary schools

Washington Post Education News - July 25, 2014 - 10:13am

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.

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Strauss: Five U.S. innovations that helped Finland’s schools improve but that American reformers now ignore

Washington Post Education News - July 25, 2014 - 8:31am

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-sellingFinnish 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.”

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AFT, NEA Agendas Converge Amid External, Internal Pressure

Education Week - July 25, 2014 - 7:04am
At their recent conventions, the teachers' unions showed remarkable alignment on key issues, from testing and accountability to common-core implementation and forceful rebukes of Secretary Duncan.

Thanks For Your Support. We'll Take It From Here

NPR on Education - July 25, 2014 - 7:03am

Many organizations, including the Gates Foundation, support our work. But they don't get to set the agenda.

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The Learning Network: Summer Reading Contest, Week 7 | What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?

NYT Education News - July 25, 2014 - 6:01am
Tell us what caught your eye and why, by 7 a.m. Eastern on Aug. 1. This week, our guest judge is Andrew Smith, and winners will be published on Aug. 12.

What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class

NPR on Education - July 25, 2014 - 3:58am

The Common Core State Standards in literacy and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom?

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Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher

NPR on Education - July 25, 2014 - 3:58am

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.)

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Weird Al Yankovic Soars to the Top of the Charts

NYT Education News - July 25, 2014 - 3:41am
What role has Weird Al Yankovic played in pop culture since the late 1970s?

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