National Education News
Michelle Rhee isn’t breaking any news today. She’s not here, in this private banquet room at a D.C. restaurant, as the polarizing former chancellor of D.C. Public Schools. She’s here to answer questions from women who are eager for inspiration: How did Rhee find the confidence to take on a high-profile job for which, she openly says, she lacked obvious qualifications? How has she — founder of the national lobbying group StudentsFirst and a leader in the education reform movement — managed life as a working mom?Read full article >>
The aftermath of the killings at Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market near Paris exposed serious cultural rifts, teachers say.
As part of the Obama administration’s tax plan, money from 529 plans could no longer be withdrawn tax-free.
CNN's Lisa France explains why you should stop believing everything you see online. From Facebook privacy fakes to Twitter death hoaxes, think before you share that link.
Instead of a show about the coed and girls’ teams our children have grown up with, Nickelodeon offers “Bella and the Bulldogs,” an ugly throwback to an era when girls who love sports are always odd girl out.
More than 800,000 students at 28 college campuses will be asked about sexual assault this spring, one of the largest surveys ever on the topic.The Obama administration has made the issue a priority, and the number of federal investigations into how colleges investigate reports of sexual violence has increased dramatically. Many universities have made their own attempts to change campus culture and ensure that students are safe, but there are many students complaining that officials are too worried about bad publicity to tackle the problem head-on.Read full article >>
In this Text to Text, we pair an excerpt from “Lord of the Flies” with a recent Science Times article and video on the study of aggression in fruit flies, and ask the question, “What is the relationship between aggression and gender?”
Jennifer Rickert is a sixth-grade teacher who has worked for 22 years in the Ichabod Crane Central School District in New York State. She just gave a powerful, detailed speech to her Board of Education about her objections to the state’s English Language Arts Common Core test and her decision not to administer it this spring.Read full article >>
At a Senate education committee hearing this week on how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, the subject quickly turned to standardized testing and whether the federal government should maintain NCLB’s annual testing mandate. Witnesses and legislators talked about the amount of time students are tested, the stakes tied to the scores for students and teachers, and the quality of the tests. Tom Boasberg, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, praised new Common Core tests as being more sophisticated than earlier standardized testing. He said:Read full article >>
As you can see from the picture of the Jan. 23, 1973 New York Times front page , the death of Lyndon B. Johnson was given a larger headline than the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that was handed down the same day.
More than half a century after Sputnik, space travel remains shockingly wasteful. Every rocket we launch at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars can only be used once and completes its mission by falling to Earth in pieces. This disposable design has scarcely advanced since the 1960s.
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst made a timelapse of Earth using footage from his six month mission on the ISS.
The quest to complete the first solar-powered flight around the world moved a bit closer to reality.
A former Google+ employee who spent three years helping create Google+ has written a brutal blog post declaring the tech giant's social network a failure.
An Irish company has developed a new device that allows doctors to give an immediate reading from a single drop of blood.