National Education News

Michelle Rhee weighs in on women’s empowerment on visit to D.C.

Washington Post Education News - January 22, 2015 - 5:51pm
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 >>

Paris Announces Plan to Promote Secular Values

NYT Education News - January 22, 2015 - 2:33pm
The aftermath of the killings at Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market near Paris exposed serious cultural rifts, teachers say.

White House Proposals on 529 College Savings Plans Would Reduce Benefits

NYT Education News - January 22, 2015 - 2:32pm
As part of the Obama administration’s tax plan, money from 529 plans could no longer be withdrawn tax-free.

Think before you share that link ...

CNN - Tecnology - January 22, 2015 - 2:20pm
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.

Motherlode Blog: A New Nominee for Worst Tween Sitcom on TV

NYT Education News - January 22, 2015 - 1:33pm
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.

Hundreds of thousands of college students will be asked about sexual assault on campus this spring

Washington Post Education News - January 22, 2015 - 12:39pm
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 >>

The Learning Network: Text to Text | ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘A Fight Club for Flies’

NYT Education News - January 22, 2015 - 11:20am
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?”

Strauss: Teacher: Common Core tests set kids up to fail

Washington Post Education News - January 22, 2015 - 10:26am
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 >>

Strauss: What the new Common Core tests are — and aren’t

Washington Post Education News - January 22, 2015 - 9:09am
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 >>

The Learning Network: Throwback Thursday | Jan. 22, 1973: Roe v. Wade and the Death of L.B.J.

NYT Education News - January 22, 2015 - 8:08am
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.

The spaceship reinvented for new frontiers

CNN - Tecnology - January 22, 2015 - 8:06am
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.

Astronaut's stunning timelapse

CNN - Tecnology - January 22, 2015 - 8:06am
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst made a timelapse of Earth using footage from his six month mission on the ISS.

Solar plane set for round-the-world flight

CNN - Tecnology - January 22, 2015 - 8:01am
The quest to complete the first solar-powered flight around the world moved a bit closer to reality.

The incredible world of micro-robots

CNN - Tecnology - January 22, 2015 - 8:01am
From "fly bots" to swarm robots, check out the newest wave of micro-robots.

Former Google+ employee: We f***ed up

CNN - Tecnology - January 22, 2015 - 8:00am
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.

Yang: Internet of Things, or IdioT?

CNN - Tecnology - January 22, 2015 - 8:00am
We're saturated with expensive digital gimmicks.

Portable 'blood test in a box' to give instant diagnoses

CNN - Tecnology - January 22, 2015 - 7:59am
An Irish company has developed a new device that allows doctors to give an immediate reading from a single drop of blood.
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