Reading comprehension is not a "skill," or single strategy that can be taught directly, but is instead rooted in prior knowledge that allows students to create understanding as they read, argues Daniel Willingham of the University of Virginia.

More reaction to the "common standards" in language arts and math. EdWeek hosts at chat at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of State continues to have persistent shortages of staff with critical language skills, despite the fact that such skills help to advance U.S. policy and economic interests around the world, says testimony released last week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

"Creation," stars Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his wife, Emma.

Members of a "validation committee" include Andreas Schleicher of the OECD, William Schmidt of Michigan State, Linda Darling Hammond of Stanford University, and Lauren Resnick of the University of Pittsburgh, among many others.

The National Wildlife Federation argues in favor of increasing students' time outdoors.

A documentary laments the United States' standing in math and science, and praises an Arizona charter school for showing a way forward.

New "Common Core" standards are out for public comment.

Steve Robinson, a math and science adviser at the U.S. Department of Education, will be working out of the White House. Robinson will still be officially a part of the department of ed, but he will going about his business from the White House's Domestic Policy Council. My colleague Michele McNeil explains it all on Politics K-12....

State officials approval a detailed process for handling complaints about teaching materials in evolution-related lessons.


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