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Education

January 26, 2015

"The Unappreciated Success Of Charter Schools"

Excellent short piece by economist Adam Ozimek on what the average obscures about charter school performance. (Link via Marginal Revolution.)

"The Real-Life Teachers of Spare Parts on What’s Wrong With US Schools"

I liked about half of this argument and disliked half. The part I liked:

WIRED: How did you come up with the idea of building complex robots at a school where kids need basic math and writing help?

Lajvardi: The kids were bored. That has far reaching implications. They dropped out or learned little because they weren’t finding anything interesting at school.

Cameron: Most kids think school is a lot of work, you get yelled at, it’s regimented. What Fredi and I did with the robotics club wasn’t school. We were just doing something that was a lot of fun.

January 20, 2015

"Is rewarding straight-A students a problem?"

Of course. What would you expect from a modern public school?

A Maryland middle school has sparked heated controversy by holding an end-of-day pizza party for high-performing students. As Donna St. George reported in yesterday’s Washington Post, Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring only invited straight-A students to the final period celebration, while allowing B and C students to join after school. Students with less than a C average (306 of Eastern’s 865 students) weren’t invited at all. 

January 19, 2015

"Here’s How To See What College Admissions Officers Wrote About You"

Hoo boy, this could really shake things up. Watch Congress pass an amendment to FERPA in world-record time.

A group of Stanford students have discovered a way to access their own confidential admissions files — including comments by admissions officers, criticisms of their applications, and information about how their status as minorities, athletes, or legacies affected their applications.

January 14, 2015

"Wisconsin won’t admit it, but its new egalitarian policy leads to grading quotas"

Just when you think you've heard it all . . . 

"The future of management training is simulations"

I think this is true of more subjects than just management.

January 12, 2015

"The White House’s College Report Card Will Accomplish Nothing"

Ike Brannon, brief and absolutely correct: "It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to figure out that colleges will doubtless prove themselves as adept at gaming this system as they are at gaming the other college rankings."

"Private colleges are a waste of money for white, middle class kids"

Important qualification: if the student or his or her family has to pay the list price.

This is interesting:

The happiest people, in general, were the ones who developed a relationship with a mentor, participated in extracurricular activities or took on a major academic project -- all things you can do at any school.

January 11, 2015

"This Might Be the Most Accurate Thing Ever Written"

Excellent, but should be a longer list.

January 01, 2015

"2014 Top 100 Tools for Learning"

"A learning tool is defined as any software or online tool or service that you use either for your own personal or professional learning, for teaching or training, or for creating e-learning."

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