GUEST POST: An Interview with a physician who created an app that employs evidence-based learning principles — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

David Handel, MD, Co-founder iDoRecall.com, a web application that helps students achieve academic success by leveraging evidence-based learning science strategies. David is a retired MD who was a mediocre K-12 student but graduated #1 in his college and medical school classes by using cognitive psychology learning techniques to completely redesign his approach to learning. David…

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The Legal Breakdown: How The Political Duopoly Suppresses Your Right to Vote — IVN.us

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The Legal Breakdown: How The Political Duopoly Suppresses Your Right to Vote We have come a long way as a country in terms of securing and protecting voting rights in the US. Still, the fight continues to give all voters, regardless of party affiliation, equal access to all stages of the taxpayer-funded election process. Touro…

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Rich Problems, Dept.

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If you hang around long enough in the world of math education you’ll hear people refer to “rich problems”. What exactly are rich problems?
 
One definition is: “A problem that has multiple entry points and has various levels of cognitive demands. Every student can be successful on at least part of it.”
 
My definition differs a bit: “One-off, open-ended, ill-posed problems that supposedly lead students to apply/transfer prior knowledge to new or novel problems that don’t generalize.” 
 
For example: “What are the dimensions of a rectangle with a perimeter of 24 units?”
 
 A student who may know how to find the perimeter of a rectangle but cannot provide some of the infinitely many possibilities is viewed as not having “deep understanding”.
Rather, the student’s understanding is viewed as “inauthentic” and “algorithmic” because the practice, repetition and imitation of procedures is merely “imitation of thinking”.
 
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Why does the learning styles myth persist? — The Emotional Learner

The belief that people have certain learning styles has been with us for some time now, as has the controversy that surrounds it. However, despite the best efforts of psychologists, neuroscientists, cognitive scientists and education professionals, this myth persist. The theory of learning styles implies that there exist different ways of learning and that individuals […]

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High-school students arrested in France over maths exam leak — Education | The Guardian

Meanwhile teachers’ baccalaureate marking strike threatens results for thousandsFrench high-school students face an anxious wait for exam results this week amid protests by teachers who are threatening not to hand over results and an embarrassing leak of baccalaureate maths papers.Police arrested 19 high-school children on Tuesday and Wednesday in Marseille and Paris as part of…

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Who Knows? Who Decides? Who Decides Who Decides? — Truth in American Education

I was recently reading a section of the book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power” by Shoshana Zuboff. This is an eye opener and an excellent book about surveillance capitalism. Many of the things being addressed in this book are things I see related…

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Are We on the Verge of a New Era of Political Reform?

Americans are deeply frustrated with how democracy is working in the United States and that could lead to a change in the status quo.Storm clouds fill the sky over the U.S. Capitol Building.”Bold, ambitious ideas need a hearing right now.”That was Pete Buttigieg, the wunderkind mayor-turned-presidential candidate who has made a strong case that structural…

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Bowling Green’s Daily News sounds just like us, saying ‘Black students are being left behind in our schools. That’s not right.’ — Bluegrass Institute

The latest opinion piece from the Daily News, “Black students are being left behind in our schools. That’s not right.” sounds exactly like the sorts of things BIPPS has been saying for some time (Just use our blog’s search feature with the term “Achievement Gap” to find plenty of examples). But, we didn’t write this…

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Supreme Court Closes with Confusion, Leaving Voters Caught in the Middle — Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

June 27, 2019; SCOTUSblog and the New York TimesEveryone seems confused. On the final day of handing down Supreme Court decisions, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), in two of the most anticipated and highly charged cases, came out with what might be deemed “non-decisions.”In the two combined cases of gerrymandering, one in…

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Consequence of NOLA High School Grade-fix: All New Orleans HS Student Records to be Audited

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This is a long time coming.

As a result of the grade-fixing scandal at a New Orleans charter high school– a scandal that resulted in 49 percent of the school’s Class of 2019 being found to lack credits and/or exit exam scores– Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) superintendent, Henderson Lewis, vows a criminal investigation of that school, Kennedy High School (operated by New Beginnings Schools Foundation) as well as an audit of student records for students attending New Orleans high schools.

New Orleans is slated to become the nation’s first all-charter school district by 2022.

From the June 27, 2019, article in The Lens:

Orleans Parish schools Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. on Thursday blasted John F. Kennedy High School and the New Beginnings Schools Foundation, the nonprofit that runs Kennedy, amid a grade-fixing scandal and investigations that have rocked students at the Gentilly high school. Lewis called for a criminal…

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