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December 09, 2008

"The School Game," Cash Incentives, and An Announcement

Here at edweek.org, we've got a lot of really fantastic blogs that run the gamut of education topics, and catching up with them over the past few days, I ran into a couple of posts that are particularly relevant to those interested in student motivation. Over at Bridging Differences, Deborah Meier...

December 01, 2008

An Ethically Questionable Generation

This AP article about a survey on American students' ethics paints a grim picture of what kids think is right and wrong. According to the survey, 35 percent of boys and 26 percent of girls admitted to stealing merchandise from a store within the past year, up from 32 percent of boys and 23 percent ...

November 10, 2008

Unusually High Expectations Characterize This Charter School

Here's an AP article about a charter school in Arizona that is successfully teaching preschoolers Chinese, kindergartners division, and middle schoolers college algebra. It's a small program—only 17 students take the full regimen of classes—but it's open to students regardless of income, gender...

June 23, 2008

8th-Grade Grad. Ceremonies: Pros and Cons

This article in the New York Times debates the pros and cons of 8th-grade graduation ceremonies. In recent years, that benchmark has become more extravagant, says the article, which could send the wrong message to students by treating middle school graduation as an accomplishment and not an expectat...

March 18, 2008

How Much Stress Is Too Much?

This past Sunday, I had dinner with a friend of mine I hadn't seen in quite awhile. We used to hang out every couple of weeks or so, but lately it's been more like every few months. The reason can be described in two words: law school. Luckily, he was able to squeeze me in right at the end of his sp...

February 19, 2008

Homework Debate Revisited

A couple of months ago, we had quite a debate going on this blog about the importance of homework--how much should be given, whether it's effective, and how much strain it puts on families. So when I saw this story ("Survey on Homework Reveals Acceptance, Despite Some Gripes") on edweek.org this mor...

February 08, 2008

Homework Question: No More Zeros?

This AP story details an innovative, and effective, program to get students to finish their homework. At Glenpool Middle School, teachers don't give out zeros for incomplete homework assignments. Instead, they send the students to a lunch study hall, where they are expected to complete the originall...

January 10, 2008

Survey Says: H.S. Students Don't Put Enough Time Into School

This week's poll on the Education Week homepage may be of particular interest to the readers of this blog. It asks the question, "Do U.S. students spend enough time and effort on academics in high school?" So far, out of 179 total responses, the overwhelming answer is no. Twenty-six voters (14 perce...

January 09, 2008

Comparing American, Chinese, and Indian Students

My colleague Andrew Trotter has written a story about a documentary called 2 Million Minutes that compares 6 high school students from three different countries--India, China, and the United States. As you might imagine, the documentary examines the steadfast dedication of the Indian and Chinese stu...

December 17, 2007

Twelve Hours in the Homework Hot Seat

I woke up Sunday morning looking forward to a getting a jump on packing some Christmas gifts and watching my highly motivated New England Patriots continue their march toward an undefeated season. But then my middle school son nearly made me choke on my coffee when he showed me the progress he ha...

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