October 2009 Archives

Parents can get refunds for Baby Einstein videos that research has proven are worse than useless. More and more research is coming out that undermines NCLB and RTTT.

It may be a strange place to turn, but humans are learning about economics by studying the behavior of monkeys. As I learned this morning listening to Morning Edition's Planet Money segment, a primate ethologist by the name of Dr. Ronald Noe, from the University of Strasbourg, has been doing experiments with vervet monkeys. Monkeys, like humans, have a social structure. But with monkeys, grooming takes the place of money. High status monkeys are often groomed, and do very little grooming of others. Low status monkeys must earn their place in the monkey world by grooming their "betters." Dr. Noe's ...

We seem to be hell-bent on preparing our students for a future that is actually in our economic past. How can we prepare them for the world they will actually inherit?

Why are choices our leaders are making these days influenced more by politics than by evidence from educational research? This interview will help us understand.

While school districts struggle to meet onerous accountability requirements for stimulus funds, I have to wonder where the accountability was when bankers got their bailout?

The biggest report on education in the UK from the last forty years has reached a startling conclusion. The Sats test has had disastrous effects and should be abolished.

Research shows that some infants and toddlers are not learning to walk and talk as early as they should. This achievement gap must be closed or we may lose our competitive edge!

Many of our schools these days are guided by a business school practice known as Data-Driven Decision-Making. In fact, the data being used is so limited that the decisions one makes are constrained within a narrow range of options. What questions are we missing?


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