Kudos to Edweek for pulling together articles about the best practices for extending literacy instruction beyond elementary school -- the key reform needed to address the literacy gender gaps....


...Is there a parallel, as most dog trainers are female and most teachers are female? That might strike you reading this column. From the column: I think the most unexpected but significant problem of male underrepresentation in dog training and rescue work is lack of dog socialization to men. The vast majority of gender fear and aggression in dogs I see at the shelter is directed toward men. Men are bigger and more physical, talk louder and are more intimidating to dogs than women. They often wear facial hair and hats. Dogs need men around to become conditioned to masculine ...


Starting a new magazine is rough; critics everywhere....


An experiment with middle schoolers. I try to keep tabs on these experiments, mostly because I think these experiments don't receive enough attention from education researchers....


As usual, Bauerlein offers some wise reservations about the rapid adoption of digital learning. I don't deny the obvious potential, and at a recent Blackboard conference some digital learning pioneers spoke convincingly about positive results they are getting, including on literacy issues. Still, my gut instincts lie with Bauerlein....


In the Washington Post Anne Applebaum wonders what would happen to Tom Sawyer in today's schools? I think we all know: good old tom would be loaded up with medications....


Again, my good friends at Education Trust focus only on the racial graduation gaps. What gets left out are the gender graduation gaps. In Why Boys Fail I visit California State University at Fullerton where at the six-year mark 55 percent of the women have graduated but only 40 percent of the men. How can we work on racial graduation gaps if we're not candid about the gender gaps buried inside those race numbers?...


In the Chronicle of HIgher Education, Sandy Baum and Michael McPherson correctly point out that the debate over who needs college needs to define some terms. When I say college is the new high school, for example, I don't mean a four-year degree, necessarily. But neither do I mean a certificate from a truck-driving school. Based on my reporting, employers increasingly hire those with a two or four-degree degree even for jobs that traditionally have not required degrees. It's the best way to guarantee that someone has the literacy/math fundamentals down and can also handle the basics of customer ...


The decline of Nascar attendance. This pretty much says it all....


Let's hope not. If women are going to dominate universities then we need far more women opting to become business entrepreneurs, software writers and scientists. Our international competitiveness isn't riding on the number of clinical psychologists we produce....


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