Education

The Way We Teach Math Is Holding Women Back

First Daughter Ivanka Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured the National Air and Space Museum with a group of middle school students …

Mathematics Education

Using Quick Check-Ins to Measure Student Understanding

Chris Ward’s fifth graders have been practicing long division for most of the period. While some understand it well, others are still struggling. …

Pedagogy

Betsy DeVos compared school choice to taking Uber over a taxi — here's why that could be troubling

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos offered a telling analogy for how she views education during a recent keynote speech held at the Brookings Institution on March 29.<p>DeVos, a vocal advocate for school choice, drew a comparison between consumers picking ridesharing services like Uber or Lyft over …

Education Reform

New Report Connecting SEL To Standards Should Be On “Must-Read” List For Most Educators

Most of us teachers know that Social Emotional Learning skills are critical to any kind of academic learning.<p>However, in the face of unrelenting …

Learning

In The Era Of Artificial Intelligence, STEM Is Not Enough

<b>Amazon’s Alexa</b> is now your personal butler at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas. Self-learning software developed by <b>Google</b> defeated the world’s best player of the highly complex Chinese strategy game Go. <b>IBM’s Watson</b> saved the life of a woman in Japan by correctly diagnosing her with a rare form of cancer …

Artificial Intelligence

Education is Changing and We Need a Better Way to Talk about It

“What for-profit colleges have showed us, especially over the last 20 to 25 years, is that not all school is good school.”<p><b>Tressie McMillan Cottom</b> is …

Higher Education

Exam technique: Seven steps to help students write under timed conditions

I’m well acquainted with the despairing looks from Year 11 as they realise, too late, that they’ve run out of time in an exam. The new English …

Pedagogy

DeVos on American schools: ‘I’m not sure that we can deteriorate a whole lot’

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos might not have ever worked in a school system or state education department, but she’s been getting up to speed …

Betsy DeVos

I taught my 5th-graders how to spot fake news. Now they won’t stop fact-checking me.

It’s more important than ever to teach kids how to read news critically.<p>It was a fall day in 2014, and my classroom was full of excitement. My students had transformed themselves into historical figures for a living history project. I was going to broadcast it online so other schools could watch …

Journalism

Play the Scale—Don’t Let the Scale Play You

When I first got my greasy little hands on the minor pentatonic scale at the ripe old age of 13, it was mayhem in my household. Luckily, I had …

Guitar Lessons

LivingTree: A free private social network for communication with school stakeholders in 100+ languages

If you’re tired of having to login to one platform to receive district communications, another for intra-school communication, and still more …

Education Technology

We need more doctors and nurses. Maybe this online Harvard Med School course can help

The U.S. is facing a major shortage of medical professionals—by some estimates, we will be short 90,000 doctors and more than a million nurses by 2025.<p>Harvard Medical School says it wants to help. <b>Today the institution unveiled a certificate program called "HMX Fundamentals," delivered entirely</b> …

Health Care

Sats for seven-year-olds set to be scrapped

<b>Controversial national tests taken by seven-year-olds in England could be scrapped under new government plans.</b><p>The move follows years of pressure from teachers, parents and educationalists opposed to putting young pupils through high stakes national Sats tests.<p>The statutory tests in English, maths …

Primary Education

Sultry selfies, flirty students and perfectionism: The challenges of being a female teacher today

By Anonymous<p>As a young female teacher in my 20s, I wasn’t surprised to read about the recent furore surrounded Lydia Ferguson, a teacher at Ousedale secondary in Newport Pagnell. She was allegedly suspended for posting a “sultry” selfie to Facebook.<p>The image is not lewd or intimate in anyway - …

Education (UK)

SF picks ex-Oakland administrator as schools superintendent

The San Francisco school board on Wednesday selected a city native with an eclectic educational background to lead the district, saying Vincent Matthews has the experience and leadership skills to take on the role of superintendent.<p>Matthews didn’t take a traditional route to the top job. He trained …

Education Reform

Updated - Trump-O-Meter: Dramatically scale back the U.S. Education Department

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to dramatically scale back the Education Department. In his fiscal year 2018 budget proposal, he …

U.S. Dept. of Education

World History 3D Printer Museum Project | Blog | Project Based Learning

March 28, 2017<br>World History 3D Printer Museum Project<p>Reading about archaeology and museums and ancient civilizations can be a lot like reading about …

Pedagogy

Trump signs bill undermining school accountability

Some education groups say it’s a recipe for a chaos.<p>On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a bill that strikes down accountability regulations for …

Education Policy

Tens of thousands of teachers are getting climate-denying propaganda in their mailboxes.

It sounds insane, but may make more sense in the context of these three anecdotes:<p>1. The Heartland Institute, a libertarian, climate-denying think …

Climate Change

Oxford University is shaking up all those portraits of white men on its walls

Oxford University is putting up more portraits of women, people of colour and LGBTQ people to better reflect its "diversity".<p>The "Diversifying Portraiture initiative" intends to "broaden the range of people represented around the University." According to a statement, the university seeks to …

Higher Education

College admissions: the myth of meritocracy

Why the college admissions process isn't as fair as many students believe.<p>March 29, 2017 —At this time of year, many high school seniors across the …

College & University

School Vouchers May Promote Segregation

According to a report by the Century Foundation, school voucher programs may promote school segregation.<p>One of the schooling options that has been championed by Trump's controversial education secretary Betsy DeVos is vouchers, which lets students use public funds to go to private schools. But …

Education Reform

AP EXPLAINS: Could Pell Grants work year-round?

Pell Grants have been a fixture of federal financial aid since the 1970s, helping about 8 million low-income students attend college each …

College & University

Bad Analogy Of The Day: No, Secretary DeVos, Public Schools Are Not Taxis & School Choice Is Not Uber

Though I have nothing against cab drivers, I don’t think comparing public schools to taxis and school choice to Uber is a particularly effective …

Schools

Earn 8% While You Wait For This Stock's Turnaround

Pearson has been struggling in recent months with the disruptive integration of online educational materials.<p>The company has been making strides in …

U.S. Secretary of Education

Guardian University Awards 2017: the winners

The 2017 awards recognised universities for pioneering work transforming the lives of students and communities<p>It’s been a busy year for universities. They’ve discovered a new planet, brought about changes in the law that will protect the rights of the deaf community and transformed the care given …

Higher Education

Obama administration Education secretary endorses Gonez, Melvoin for L.A. school board

Arne Duncan, who was secretary of Education under President Obama, has endorsed Kelly Gonez and Nick Melvoin for the Los Angeles Board of Education, giving the candidates a counterpunch against opponents attempting to link them ideologically with the Trump administration.<p>Like President Trump and …

U.S. Secretary of Education

Hear Steve Vai's Isolated Guitar from "For the Love of God"

<b>PHOTO: Ethan Miller | Getty Images</b><p>Sorry for yet another isolated guitar track, but we couldn't let this one go by. You'll agree when you start …

Guitar Lessons

Free tuition, great. But CUNY needs money to keep from falling apart

An HBO documentary on student debt recently caught my attention because I work at the New York City College of Technology. Although most of our …

Higher Education

Yes, academics tend to be left wing – but let's not exaggerate it

The accusation that that academia is disproportionately left-wing and liberal is not a new one. Nor is the main thrust of the claim, in a report by …

Higher Education