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February 01, 2010

Obama Seeks Funds for a 'Well-Rounded' Education

This morning, I blogged about President Obama's budget proposals for 'STEM' education. Next, I'll turn to his plans to consolidate a bunch of discrete programs into two larger funds, one for literacy and the other for, yes, a "Well-Rounded Education." (With a name like that, what's not to like?) Fi...

January 29, 2010

Alaska Scholarship Proposal Pushes 'Rigorous Curriculum'

Alaska's governor is looking to use a new college scholarship program as a lure for students to complete what he calls "a more rigorous" high school curriculum.

January 29, 2010

'Anne Frank' Too Risque for One School's Reading List

The Diary of Anne Frank is pulled from a school's reading list because a parent complains about its sexual themes.

January 28, 2010

The Draft K-12 Common Standards: A Work in Progress

The revision process for the draft K-12 common standards offers a glimpse into the difficulty of crafting skills-and-knowledge sets to everyone's satisfaction.

January 27, 2010

Bill Gates' Letter Focuses on Teaching, Online Learning

Bill Gates zeroes in on teaching, online learning, in his annual letter.

January 26, 2010

State of the Union Bingo?

Online lesson plans are available to help teachers make the most of the State of the Union address.

January 26, 2010

Join Today's Online Chat About Common Standards

The chat is a great way to get up to speed on the initiative.

January 25, 2010

Texas' Book-Banning Boo-Boo

Funny or scary? You be the judge. The Texas board of education bans the author of the children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? on the mistaken belief that he wrote a book critical of American capitalism. (Hat tip to Robert Pondiscio over at the Core Knowledge blog.)

January 25, 2010

High School Students Debate Constitutional Issues Online

High school students took to their computers last week, but it wasn't to chat on Facebook. This time, they were applying constitutional principles to the issue of gay marriage. The video conference with students from high schools around the country was part of a program called The Exchange. Based a...

January 21, 2010

High School, College Instructors Differ on Students' Readiness

What does it mean when far more high school teachers think their students are ready for college than do the college instructors who teach them? It means we have a pretty big disconnect between what high schools think is needed for success in college and what actually is needed. This is not exactly ...

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