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July 13, 2007

Bored Perhaps, But Learning

I’ve already heard more than a few times the dreaded words of a child in the midst of summer break: “I’m bored.” Or my daughter’s version: “I’m Sooooo bored!” Of course the complaint is not an accurate reflection of summer vacation for many middle- and upper-income children, who have...

June 01, 2007

AP Expectations

The typical expectation of many people is that when more students are taking tougher courses the academic rigor of those courses is likely to decline to meet the lower standards of the masses. But recent results from the Condition of Education, the U.S. Department of Education's latest annual compe...

March 23, 2007

Studying Math Motivation

One of the responsibilities of this blog is to troll for interesting or useful research articles about student motivation. This morning, I found one while trolling on the American Educational Research Association site. Titled "Students' Motivation for Standardized Math Exams," the article examin...

March 02, 2007

Failure is Relative

From the T.F.A. Trenches has a recent entry that touches on the life lessons about resiliency that can be learned by struggling to master basic mathematical concepts. In this case, maybe a failing grade is still a step in the right direction. Nice little story. Check it out.

February 16, 2007

Breaking Down the Asian Stereotype

The stereotype of the highly motivated, high-achieving Asian student is hard not to buy into because Asian-Americans, as a group, outperfrom all other minorities in virtually all categories, and they beat white students on most measures too. But Education Week reporter Lesli Maxwell's story this we...

February 12, 2007

NCLB: A Local Perspective

In case you missed it, we had a fascinating online chat on last week with local leaders from Rockland County, N.Y., which recently published a 72-page report on how the No Child Left Behind Act needs to be changed to better serve the needs of local school districts. A transcript of the ch...

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