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Trends in Ed: “New” College in Britain 

For those of you who confine your consumption of educational news to the western shore of the Atlantic Ocean, you may not be aware of the controversy that has blossomed this week in England over A.C. Grayling’s plans to open a private “New College of the Humanities,” with a prospective fee set at 18,000 pounds …

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Trends in Ed: Menand and Mis-education 

In the New Yorker this week, Louis Menand discusses several books and themes that I’ve already mentioned here in Trends in Ed.  The title of his piece is “Debating the Value of College,” and I think its publication in America’s flagship intellectual magazine is a sign that the problems with our higher education system are …

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Trends In Ed: Mapping Educational Efficiency 

I could talk about article #594 in the series “college graduates are facing problems” that the New York Times ran this week, but by now I think we all know the drill.  Over-educated and underpaid (they tell us the median employed college graduate only makes 27,000 as a starting salary, which is pretty bad but …

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Trends in Ed: Silicon Alley? 

In December of last year, Mayor Bloomberg announced that New York City would be accepting bids for established engineering schools to open a satellite campus in the city.  This is apparently part of his plan to make New York competitive with Silicon Valley or Boston when it comes to engineering and technology entrepreneurship.  When I …

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Trends in Ed:School Violence 

This week the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a 7 part series, titled “Assault on Learning,” exposing a “climate of violence” within Philadelphia city schools.  The newspaper’s yearlong investigation has revealed that there are, on average, 25 (reported) violent incidents occurring at school, every day, in Philadelphia.   The majority of these incidents were assaults, and students were …

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Trends in Ed: Salad Days for EdTech? 

On Wednesday President Obama, as part of his 2012 budget, announced the details of his anticipated ARPA-Ed (Advanced Research Projects Agency for Education) program.  ARPA-ED is a $90 million proposal to catalyze development of educational technology, by funding projects performed by developed in industry, universities, or other innovative organizations. (more…)

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Trends in Ed: New Common Curriculum 

Yesterday a group of educators and business leaders announced a new proposed common curriculum, which would provide specific guidelines for teachers in every grade.  This continues a trend in greater centralization and standardization of education policy in the U.S. Last year, to capture some of the $4 billion the Obama administration was offering as part …

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Trends in Ed: Gates Goes to TED 

Bill Gates kicked off his guest-curated session at TED yesterday, called “Knowledge Revolution,” with some brash new prescriptions for educational reform.  He castigated states for bad prioritizing and budget gimmickry.  “It really is this old versus young,” he said. “Education will be cut to pay for pensions and health care.” Although the video is not yet …

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Trends in Ed: Showdown in Wisconsin 

The battle between Wisconsin public sector unions (composed mostly of primary and secondary school teachers) and Republican governor Scott Walker heated up today, as Walker threatened layoffs if his bill restricting worker benefits and collective bargaining rights is not passed.  Voting on the measure has been put on hold since last Thursday, when a Democratic …

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Colleges and Student Debts/Repayments  ☆

With a new school year set to commence in the coming weeks, US News & World Report recently released its annual list of America’s best colleges with the “usual suspects” Harvard, Yale and Princeton leading the way. When Forbes magazine reared its head into the ranking business in 2008, it took into “account the average …

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New Stimulus to Save Teacher Jobs 

President Obama signed into law a job stimulus package that poured $10 billion into education and served as welcomed news to teachers who have been laid off or facing layoff nationwide due to budget constraints. Every state in the union qualifies for the aid and should state governors fail to apply for the aid, the …

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States Adopting National Standards 

In many of the world’s developed nations, there are some sort of national educational sets, with the United States being the lone exception.  In the US, states are responsible for creating their own educational standards. That trend looks set to end as there are a growing number of states signing on to the Common Core …

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New York State To Toughen Standardized Exams 

New York State education officials are on the verge of toughening state standardized exams as they have deemed the exams too easy for students. The primary factors motivating the change is a sharp increase in test scores at all grade levels all over the state while there were no such results on national standardized exams. …

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Commercialization of Federally-Funded Research 

According to a recent Nature News article, two-thirds of businesses started by professors at US institutions are created without patentable knowledge. The remaining one-third of the 11,572 respondents set up their businesses "to exploit patents obtained through formal university intellectual-property systems". While the lack of patents might be expected in social science academic ventures, non-patentable …

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Etch a Sketch 5.0 

While South Dakota, Indiana, and a handful of other states have yet to implement any state funding whatsoever for pre-K programs, early childhood education seems to be a growing priority elsewhere. Although ten states did in fact reduce support for pre-K education in 2010, twenty-two are committed to ensuring that children arrive at the first …

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eReader Accessibility Update 

Earlier this year, Arizona State University was sued by the The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the American Council of the Blind (ACB) because ASU chose the Kindle  for a pilot eReader program.  The Kindle has some text-to-speech functionality, but no user interface or navigation voice over for users who are blind or …

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The Curious Case of Higher Education 

In case you only managed to scan the education headlines of the past two weeks, allow me to piece together the narrative subtext for you. A country knee-deep in reasons to worry about losing its competitive advantage over the rest of the world turns to its universities to spearhead the effort to maintain excellence, only …

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NYC Dept of Ed. To Ban Sexting and Cyberbulling 

In a move that may have huge ramifications for school boards across the country, New York City’s Department of Education is set to impose a ban on “sexting” and cyberbullying. The ban calls for a 90-day suspension for students who are caught sexting regardless of whether or not they are on school grounds. Students may …

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Funding Formulas and the Future: a brief polemic to end the week 

In the past week, two curious stories in education flew under the radar of most national media. The state of Rhode Island finalized a new school funding formula, ending its twenty-year regime as the only state in the union not to have one,  reported the Providence Journal on Thursday. Elsewhere along the BosWash Megalopolis, Philadelphia's …

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Recent Trends in the Overall Child and Youth Well-Being Index 

How will the economic recession impact the well-being of children and youths in the U.S.? The 2010 annual release of the Child Well-Being Index (CWI) by the Foundation for Child Development is the first report offering comprehensive data on the impact of the Great Recession on American children's quality-of-life. The CWI is an evidence-based …

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