Florida High School Principal Takes Books Away From Teacher — Truth in American Education

The Miami Herald ran a troubling story last week about a high school teacher who had literature textbooks that she purchased carted away because they did not fit with the Florida Standards. Colleen Wright reports: Audrey Silverman arrived at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High last week ready to finish “The Necklace,” the English class…

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Team-based PhDs would address the isolation caused by current doctoral programmes and improve the efficiency, quality and impact of research — Impact of Social Sciences

Most PhD students think of their doctorate as a lone undertaking. This may be why a high proportion leave graduate school without finishing, and has also been identified as a contributing factor to the mental health problems experienced by many PhD students. Julian Kirchherr argues that tackling the PhD as a team project would be…

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Retrieval Practice promotes Deductive Reasoning — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

Testing sometimes gets a bad reputation. This is perhaps unsurprising in the world of standardized testing, but it has led to some misconceptions that we come across frequently. For example, many people believe that retrieval practice is used to memorize facts only, a point that we have written about previously. Others confuse formative testing (testing…

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Data Snapshot: Contingent Faculty in US Higher Ed — ACADEME BLOG

BY THE AAUP Over the past few decades, the tenure system in US higher education has eroded. At its best, the tenure system is a big tent, designed to unite a diverse faculty within a system of common professional values, standards, rights, and responsibilities. Tenure protects academic freedom by insulating faculty from the whims and…

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A Lesson in Change Management from the Gates Foundation — Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

“Who wants change?” Alan O’Rourke, audiencestack.com October 9, 2018; GeekWire This story has many juicy bits about how organizations have to think when making major operational changes. If you add to this picture the information NPQ wrote about earlier this week concerning the culture at the Gates Foundation, it all makes sense. Systems are designed…

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More on the grading issues in Kentucky’s schools — Bluegrass Institute

I blogged several days ago about “Which Kentucky school districts grade too hard or too easy?,” discussing evidence in the 2018 High School Feedback Workbook assembled by the Kentucky Center for Statistics. The data, which is for the graduating class of 2015-16, includes ACT scores and high school Grade Point Averages (GPA) for each school…

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9/27/18 – Is Homework Beneficial? – Top 3 Pros and Cons — ProCon.org

http://www.procon.org – What are the pros and cons of homework? Is it beneficial? From dioramas to book reports, and algebraic word problems to research projects, the type and amount of homework given to students has been debated for centuries.

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Optimising Learning Using Retrieval Practice — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

By Megan Sumeracki & Yana Weinstein This piece originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of Impact by The Chartered College of Teaching. You can read more about Impact here. Note the formatting of references and British English spelling was retained. Retrieval practice, or reconstructing knowledge by bringing it to mind from your memory, has…

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Conversations I’ve Heard Enough Of, Dept. — traditional math

The Kansas City Star published a column in defense of Common Core’s math standards, containing the usual rhetoric–to wit: I was recently part of a conversation about education. It was a social media conversation, intended to bash the alternative strategies of teaching math. The strategies have been caught up in the term “common core,” but […]

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Weekly Digest #126: Memory Researchers As Science Communicators — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

In today’s digest, we would like to highlight researchers who have spoken or written about how our memory works in order to inform a broader audience about its workings. Researchers who communicate science to the public help reduce misconceptions of human memory and contribute to a better understanding of it. Enjoy! Image from Pixabay 1)…

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