In a new article for ESPN, celebrity statistician Nate Silver chronicles the rise of big data in professional sports -- and the considerable unknowns, or "Dark Matter," that remains. Sam Chaltain wonders about the implications his article has for public education -- and if it's possible for the opposing armies in the reform debates to find common ground over what should be measured in American schools, and why, and how.
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February 27, 2014
January 16, 2014
A Maryland middle school is using a mandate requiring added class time to offer a wide array of enrichment courses.
January 02, 2014
The Philadelphia Free Library will celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday throughout 2014 with a series of hands-on activities, performances, and screenings of his work to help engage young people and adults.
December 16, 2013
This holiday season, after you're done baking your holiday sugar cookies, educator Kim Farris-Berg recommends you cook up some . . . intrinsic motivation? There's a recipe for that?
December 02, 2013
Schools continue to take advantage of federal funding for afterschool meals, encouraging better nutrition and afterschool enrichment.
November 20, 2013
In this guest post, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Executive Director Kimberlee Kiehl wonders if our historic fixation on getting kids to fit in is getting in the way of creating communities to which they feel they belong, and suggests a few ways we might need to change our practices as a result.
November 12, 2013
A new report from the Wallace Foundation drew on feedback from low-income youths to develop a blueprint for creating strong and engaging after-school arts programs.
August 02, 2013
The "Unified and Comprehensive System of Learning Supports for Alabama Students" design document focuses on prevention and early intervention, shifting the focus away from reactionary measures.
August 01, 2013
A new survey revealed that students are motivated to enroll in MOOCs because of their interest in the specific academic topics offered, while many respondents also said they wished the courses were were offered for credit.
March 27, 2013
"Children need to have stand-and-stare time imagining and pursuing their own thinking processes ... through play or just observing the world around them," the researcher says.