NY Education

Funding Opportunity: Expanded Preki...

Funding Opportunity: Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students in High-Need School Districts

The purpose of the Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students in High Need School Districts is to increase the availability of high quality prekindergarten placements for high need children and schools within New York State.
RFP Posted: Breakfast Media Campaig...

RFP Posted: Breakfast Media Campaign

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Child Nutrition Program Administration (CNPA) team is seeking proposals for a comprehensive statewide multi-media campaign to promote the importance of consuming a nutritious breakfast and getting daily physical activity to students and teachers. The vendor would be responsible for developing an impressive statewide multi-media campaign that focuses on the correlation between the consumption of breakfast and getting daily physical activity with positive learning outcomes.
News and Notes: Introducing Commiss...

News and Notes: Introducing Commissioner-Elect Elia

Read our latest edition of News and Notes for an introduction to Commissioner-Elect Elia, a recap of the Learning Summit, new social studies resources, translated modules, teacher workshops, news from the State Library, and more!
Funding Opportunity: 1003(g) School...

Funding Opportunity: 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) – Round 6

The primary purpose of the SIG is to provide Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with an opportunity to support the implementation of a whole-school change model in their Priority Schools. This grant allows for three federally-designated models to do so: Turnaround, Restart, and Transformation. In addition, this grant is introducing three additional models – Innovation Framework, Evidence-based, and Early Learning Intervention. A secondary purpose of the SIG is to support this school closure process. In certain cases the LEA, in collaboration with the local community, may conclude the best option for its students is to close the existing school and transfer students to existing higher achieving options within the district. The requirements and parameters set forth in this Request for Proposals (RFP) will serve as the quality standard for an approvable SIG plan. LEAs will be expected to fully implement the SIG plan in its funded Priority Schools through available resources including, but not limited to, the SIG. The SIG plans in this RFP must be designed to meet one of the intervention models. For additional information review the SIG Grant Application Documents.
2015-2018 Learning Technology Grant...

2015-2018 Learning Technology Grant Application

The purpose of this grant is to help transform learning environments through the integrated use of instructional technology in classrooms and school libraries, and to provide sustained professional development to increase the skills of teachers and school librarians in the use of instructional technology in coordination and implementation of the Learning Standards of New York State and the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards. The goals of this grant are to integrate instructional technology in classrooms and school libraries to help students attain higher levels of performance in the State Learning Standards of NY and NYS Common Core Learning Standards to ensure that all New York State students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
2015-16 Grant Application for Indiv...

2015-16 Grant Application for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Funding

The 2015-16 grant application is now available for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Section 611 and Section 619 federal funding for the education of students with disabilities.

InsidehigherEd

Essay on the importance of cues in ...

Essay on the importance of cues in college teaching

When teaching undergraduates, it's important to remember what they don't know and to offer cues, writes Rob Weir.

Essay on academics who face guilt w...

Essay on academics who face guilt whenever they aren't working

Kerry Ann Rockquemore has advice for a young academic who feels bad about every minute spent in anything but work.

Essay on the need for new Ph.D.s to...

Essay on the need for new Ph.D.s to do job searches for more than dream jobs

Every new Ph.D. needs a plan B, writes Thomas Magaldi.

Essay on diversity issues and midca...

Essay on diversity issues and midcareer faculty members

Midcareer minority faculty members face particular challenges, write Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist.

Essay on how to prepare for an inte...

Essay on how to prepare for an interview for an academic job

Melissa Dennihy discusses how to prepare for an interview for a faculty job.

Essay on mistakes that derail good ...

Essay on mistakes that derail good candidates from becoming college administrators

Lucy Leske considers the errors that she sees derail candidacies of good people for leadership jobs in higher ed.

BBC News Education

Children's early help 'cut by half'

Children's early help 'cut by half'

Government funding of early intervention programmes for children and young people's services has been cut by £1.8bn over five years, say children's charities.
Call for global school emergency fu...

Call for global school emergency fund

Millions of youngsters caught up in conflict and disasters should not lose their chance of an education, says Gordon Brown.
Study reveals school segregation

Study reveals school segregation

A study of ethnic "segregation" in schools in England shows that most ethnic minority pupils enter schools where ethnic minority pupils are a majority.
Budget pledge on speedier adoptions

Budget pledge on speedier adoptions

The government is to pledge £30m to try to speed up the process of finding adoptive parents for children in care in England.
Exam focus 'harms' pupils' health

Exam focus 'harms' pupils' health

Schools are on the verge of becoming exam factories that damage pupils' mental health and self-esteem, says the NUT.
Student migration rules 'ludicrous'

Student migration rules 'ludicrous'

The head of Cambridge University says it is "ludicrous" to include overseas students in UK migration targets.

US Govt Dept of Education

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration In...

Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Increases Accountability for Low-Performing For-Profit Institutions

Over the past six years, the Obama Administration has taken comprehensive action to tackle one of the biggest problems in higher education: abusive practices in the career college industry. Today marks a milestone in that fight, as the Administration?s signature effort to protect students and taxpayers ? the gainful employment regulations ? go into effect, strengthening oversight that will end the flow of federal student aid to career training programs that leave students buried in debt with few opportunities to repay it.
Asserting Your Right to a Great Edu...

Asserting Your Right to a Great Education for Your Child

Speaking from the perspective of a father of two young children, Secretary Arne Duncan described a set of educational rights that should belong to every family in America at the National PTA Convention in Charlotte, NC. These foundational family rights can unite everyone who works to ensure that students are prepared to thrive in school and in life. The set of rights follows the educational journey of a student?from access to quality preschool; to engagement in safe, well-resourced elementary and secondary schools that hold all students to high standards; to access to an affordable, quality college degree.
3 Options to Consider if You Can?t ...

3 Options to Consider if You Can?t Afford Your Student Loan Payment

The U.S. Department of Education offers a number of affordable repayment options for borrowers who are struggling to pay back their student loans. The important thing to remember about all the options below is that it?s completely free to apply!
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Dunca...

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Announces a Set of Rights to Help Parents Seek High-Quality Education for Their Children

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today released a set of rights that outlines what families should be able to expect for their children's education.
Joseph A Smith, Jr. Appointed Speci...

Joseph A Smith, Jr. Appointed Special Master

Education Department Appoints Speci...

Education Department Appoints Special Master to Inform Debt Relief Process

As a next step to provide students who attended Corinthian Colleges the debt relief they are entitled to, Under Secretary Ted Mitchell announced today that he has appointed Joseph A. Smith, a distinguished advocate for consumers and taxpayers, as a Special Master to guide a fair, efficient process. In addition to advising the Department on issues related to Corinthian, Smith will help develop a broader system to aid students at other institutions who are seeking debt relief of their federal Direct Loans because they believe they were defrauded.

Yahoo

The Rubio economy: 'The old ways no...

The Rubio economy: 'The old ways no longer work'

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., shakes hands with Beverly Bruce, Romney's New Hampshire finance chairwoman in 2012, as they talk with 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and his wife Ann, at the end of the the Fourth of July parade, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Wolfeboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)CHICAGO (AP) ? With an eye on the future, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is laying out his plans for an "innovative economy" and "revolutionized higher education system" in his first major domestic policy speech as a presidential candidate.

Mexican teachers shear hair of thos...

Mexican teachers shear hair of those who show up for exam

MEXICO CITY (AP) ? Radical teachers opposing Mexico's program for evaluating and testing teachers blocked exam sites and cut off the hair of some who showed up.
Four teachers among six Israeli-Ara...

Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State

Israel's Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State. The six, residents of the Bedouin Negev desert town of Hura in southern Israel, were charged with various offences and three were alleged to have planned joining Islamic State militants in Syria, a statement from Shin Bet said. "The investigation uncovered that the suspects met secretly to discuss and promote Islamic State's ideology," Shin Bet said.
10 Colleges With the Highest Hispan...

10 Colleges With the Highest Hispanic Enrollment

Schools That Attract Hispanic Students
High School Educators Share How The...

High School Educators Share How They Became Twitter Rock Stars

Twitter is very popular among teens -- and their teachers. Twitter can be a helpful tool for high school teachers for their own professional development or for use with their students. The following skilled Twitter educators shared with U.S. News how they use the site and offered advice for beginners.
Attention, College Students and Rec...

Attention, College Students and Recent Grads: The Unpaid Internship Is Back

Attention, College Students and Recent Grads: The Unpaid Internship Is BackAs long as an internship is tied to education and interns benefit more than the employer from the arrangement, companies don?t have to pay them, a U.S. appeals court stated Thursday. This decision reversed a 2013 win for former interns Alex Footman and Eric Glatt, who sued Fox Searchlight for violating labor and overtime laws while they worked for free on the Natalie Portman film Black Swan. A panel of judges in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals found the initial ruling?s reasoning, which looked to six criteria presented by the Labor Department, too limiting.

Independent

Headteacher warns pupils could be e...

Headteacher warns pupils could be expelled if they go on holiday in term time

A headteacher has sent a newsletter to parents warning pupils who go on holiday during term time could be expelled.

Children are being segregated in Br...

Children are being segregated in British schools, report warns

Children are being segregated when they start school, according to a report which found that white pupils grouped together while almost two-thirds of ethnic-minority children formed the majority of pupils in their classrooms when they began their education.

Private schools told to share sport...

Private schools told to share sports facilities with local communities and comprehensives

All private schools must open up their playing fields and sports halls to local communities and state schools as a condition of their charitable status, a former sports minister and Olympics chief has said.

Schools are using 'dubious practice...

Schools are using 'dubious practices' to boost results, teacher's union says

Schools are using ?dubious practices? and even cheating to achieve better performance results because of the intense pressure of the Government?s test and exam system, a major study for the largest teaching union has found.

Staffordshire school bans short ski...

Staffordshire school bans short skirts because they're 'distracting' to male teachers and pupils

Pupils have been banned from wearing short skirts at a Staffordshire school because they are distracting to male teachers and other pupils.

Over one in five secondary school m...

Over one in five secondary school maths lessons taught by teacher without degree in the subject

More than one in five secondary school maths lessons is now taught by a teacher without a degree in the subject, official figures have revealed.

Education Week

Head Start Proposals Draw Cheers, C...

Head Start Proposals Draw Cheers, Cautions

Early-education advocates welcome the idea of a longer day and year for Head Start operations, but wonder if there will be federal funding to match.
Lincoln schools offering guaranteed...

Lincoln schools offering guaranteed hours to attract drivers

Superintendent leaving Portland sch...

Superintendent leaving Portland schools for Kentucky

Taxes, education debated as lawmake...

Taxes, education debated as lawmakers near budget deadline

School aid formula being considered...

School aid formula being considered creates winners, losers

Group studying effects of computer ...

Group studying effects of computer glitches on state testing

Educause

The Role of Campus Leadership in En...

The Role of Campus Leadership in Ensuring IT Accessibility

“Everyone should have an opportunity to participate in higher education.”

With those words, Michael K. Young, President of the University of Washington, opens a new video from his institution’s AccessComputing Project, IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say. Developed with support from the National Science Foundation, this video presents university presidents, chief information officers, and other higher education leaders who stress the importance to higher education of accessibility for persons with disabilities, and of having campus technology environments that support it.

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The Game is Changing. What Will Be ...

The Game is Changing. What Will Be Expected of You?

“When we were doing our studies for the National Academies, the typical first response of university presidents or CFOs or provosts was to say: ‘I understand things are changing very rapidly, but I'll ask my CIO to take care of it. The CIO usually can.’ We would then ask: ‘Suppose you wake up in the morning and come in to your office and nothing works anymore. You can't access e-mail. All of your course systems have collapsed. Who fixes the problem?’ They begin to scratch their heads, and pretty soon it's like the five phases of grief. They start off with denial and anger, move through bargaining and depression, and finally reach acceptance.” — James J. Duderstadt, Change and the Research University

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The Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012

The Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012

EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues, 2012

The EDUCAUSE annual publication of top IT issues has long resonated as a yearly snapshot of the most pressing issues for IT leaders in higher education. At the top of list for 2012:

Updating IT professionals’ skills and roles to accommodate emerging technologies and changing IT management and service delivery models Supporting the trends toward IT consumerization and bring-your-own device Developing an institution-wide cloud strategy

 

Below are the EDUCAUSE Review article summarizing the IT Issues Panel's findings for 2012 and accompanying resources.

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Tune In June 5 -- Rolling Out a BYO...

Tune In June 5 -- Rolling Out a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program

This free hour-long session, “Rolling Out a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program,” will offer ideas, sample policy statements and guidelines, and lessons learned for campuses interested in implementing a BYOD strategy for mobile devices on campus.

Those unable to attend may wish to visit the archives after the event or browse related resources.

Interact on Twitter at #EDULive.

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Get Involved with EDUCAUSE -- Volun...

Get Involved with EDUCAUSE -- Volunteer Submissions Are Due June 1

As someone who has a vested interest in higher education IT, you are part of a dynamic and close-knit community where we share new ideas, network with peers, and work toward the common good of the profession.

EDUCAUSE provides opportunities to be an active member by volunteering in a variety of roles, either short- or long-term, throughout the year. These opportunities include:

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Is Agile the Future of Project Mana...

Is Agile the Future of Project Management?

Gartner predicts that by the end of 2012, agile development methods will be used on 80 percent of all software development projects. Project Management Institute’s research shows that agile project management tripled from December 2008 to May 2011, and can help decrease product defects, improve team productivity, and increase business value.

Read the latest article release on agile project management from the Project Management Institute.

To help you apply project management processes at your organization, EDUCAUSE members have access to a selection of professional development resources:

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Huffingtonpost.com

Hold Shady Colleges Accountable? Th...

Hold Shady Colleges Accountable? That's Your Job

It's time to ask: When the Department of Education refuses to enforce its own laws, who pays the price? Right now, the answer is simple: hundreds of thousands of students around the country. It's time for that to change--but it won't if Secretary Duncan keeps blaming Congress for his own Department's failures. According to Secretary Duncan's recent Politico editorial, Corinthian Colleges, once a mighty for-profit college empire using taxpayer money to prey on poor students just looking to get ahead, ran smack up against his heroic Department, which shut it down and put together a plan for defrauded students to get their money back. His staff would be able to do more, Secretary Duncan gripes, if only the Higher Education Act contained more robust enforcement mechanisms. Then it could shut down scam schools like Corinthian and force them to pay for the wrongs they committed against their students. Two parts of this story are true: Corinthian and other institutions like it are preying on the dreams of those disenfranchised by the rest of our higher education system, and many members of Congress are all to happy to take for-profits' money to advocate for their interests. The rest is self-serving bunkum. Until February of this year, when 15 former Corinthian students publicly refused to pay their student loans and, along with others, began submitting applications for debt relief, the Department had not given the least thought to how to provide them "every dime of relief". The Department itself admitted that it was a "building debt activism movement", which, in full disclosure, I was involved in organizing, created "a need for a clearer process for potential claimants." Before students forced themselves into the conversation, the Department had been working to stuff Corinthian's wrongdoing under the rug: refusing to prosecute several whistleblower suits and arranging a sale of as many campuses as possible to the debt buyer Education Credit Management Corporation (ECMC), complete with a provision absolving ECMC of any liability for Corinthian's behavior. Meanwhile, its fellow regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Securities Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, and multiple states' attorneys general were busy investigating and suing Corinthian. Their powers were restricted to private student loans, but they did everything they could to convince an unbudging Department to do its part. Several Congresspeople -- including those Secretary Duncan praises in his editorial -- attempted to do the same. What everybody paying attention knows (apart from the Department of Education itself) is that the laws on the books already provide Secretary Duncan and his staff all of the legal authority they need to hold Corinthian and its ilk accountable. They just refuse to use it. Secretary Duncan could immediately cancel all former Corinthian students' federal student loan debts. He already has the legal arguments in front of him. We even sent him an order that he would just have to sign to make legally effective. In fact, he or his predecessors could have erased students' debts years ago--damning evidence of systemic misrepresentations at Corinthian has been available at least since 2007. If he (or his predecessor) had done so before their series of inept half-measures that led to the leaching of the corporation's funds, the Department could have recouped every dime from Corinthian. Yes, under today's laws. Under yesterday's laws. Under laws that have been on the books for decades. As for the debt relief process the Department is currently cooking up (at a slow boil) for students beyond Corinthian, all indications are that it will not even approach making every dime of relief available to which the law entitles them. Without needing even the least Congressional action, the Department could set up a procedure whereby a neutral investigator, working with other law enforcement officials, seeks out wrongdoing at colleges, provides automatic relief to all students who attended violating colleges, and compels those colleges to compensate the Department for every dime of relief granted. I repeat: all of this under today's laws. Instead, Secretary Duncan intends to force defrauded students to perform their own investigations, make their own legal arguments, and submit supporting documents they will never have because their colleges refuse to turn them over. Even where the Department has expressly found systemic wrongdoing, it is requiring students to apply for relief one by one, without even notifying them of their eligibility. Here's hoping those students happen to chance upon and decipher the Department of Education's byzantine website! The list of the Secretary's misrepresentations goes on and on. Bottom line: the Department of Education has plenty of tools in its toolkit already. It could force predatory schools to pay up and it could shut them down without any help from Congress. It could have done so, frankly, without even having had to spend the time and money to litigate gainful employment regulations up and down the federal courts. It's time for the Department to stop these scams -- not to sabotage its own accountability by blaming Congress.

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Mom Uses Fruits And Veggies To Show...

Mom Uses Fruits And Veggies To Show How Much Her Baby Grew During Pregnancy

When California designer and home decor shop owner Nicole Mendez was pregnant with her second child, she came up with a great way to document her growing belly. Inspired by BabyCenter's "How big is your baby?" list, which uses corresponding fruits and vegetables to track a fetus' size throughout pregnancy, Mendez purchased the produce and held each one in front of her stomach at various times during her nine months. "Having something tangible to hold up to your belly really helps you to visualize your baby's size, and makes you realize how fast they grow!" she told The Huffington Post. Scroll down to see the mom's clever photo series and head over to her website for more. H/T BabyCenter @media only screen and (min-width : 500px) {.ethanmobile { display: none; }} Like Us On Facebook | Follow Us On Twitter | Contact HuffPost Parents

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Uber from the Driver's Seat

Uber from the Driver's Seat

Back in the early 1970's when I was in college, John Coleman was the President of Haverford College, a close neighbor of my alma mater, Swarthmore College. During his vacations, President Coleman often worked as a laborer, short order cook, or dishwasher. My favorite stories were about his service as a garbageman. This President of Haverford and of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank fancied himself a pretty fair collector of garbage. Of course he never suggested he would give up his day job for one of these part time gigs, but I admired him for just being open to experiencing a different side of working life. Whether being an Uber driver today is the equivalent of a garbageman in the 70's is a point I won't argue, but from my first ride with Uber six months ago, I felt the urge to be in the driver's seat. It seemed like an opportunity to experience how a growing number of Americans experience work today. And to be fully transparent, with a very creaky back these days, I'm not a huge fan of manual labor. I've got to hand it to Uber. They are really good at what they do. Exceptionally good. Five minutes after starting the on-line registration, my cell phone rang and the voice on the other end of the phone asked, "Are you ready to have your car inspected?" In a few more minutes, a very nice man in a very clean car pulled into the entrance of my university. Had I really not washed and vacuumed my car in a couple weeks? Nice start to a new job. Despite these shortcomings, after a ten-minute highly organized and regimented inspection, I passed (or I should say my near-new, but slightly dirty Volvo passed). My inspector had been driving with Uber for 17 months. His customer rating was 4.85 on a scale of one to five. He clearly was not someone to be ignored and so I listened very carefully to the driving tips he began to impart. It will take me a while, he suggested, to figure out how best to catch rides. Stay away from large events. They are a pain to get into and out of. I can drop people at the airport but I'm not allowed not to pick them up there. Sometimes, he advises, it's best just to sit near a hot neighborhood. The bars in Buckhead or the MARTA stations in North Atlanta are a good bet. The gentleman's clubs on Cheshire Bridge Road late at night are also lucrative, and apparently the dancers all take Uber home. (That should make my wife happy). Other times,he counseled, just try roaming a bit. On a good Saturday night, I should be able to clear $300 to $400. Since I'm donating my earnings to Oglethorpe's scholarship fund, that has the potential of being a night well spent. I've certainly been to plenty of alumni events where I didn't take in that much for my school. Here's what else I now know about the inside workings of Uber. If someone throws up in my car, I can just take a picture, e-mail it in, get my car cleaned, and I'll be reimbursed. And as an Uber driver, I'm eligible for all sorts of discounts at tire stores, oil lube outlets, cell phone companies, and even gas stations. This was getting better every minute. By the close of Day One, my driving record had been checked and my license, insurance and registration reviewed and approved. I think I am waiting on a criminal background check before they allow me to take the Uber driving test. That's seventy questions and I need to score a 70% passing grade before my credentials will be issued. My inspector commented that I seemed like I was probably well-educated enough to get a seventy. Clearly, he hadn't discovered that I flunked my first driver's test 45 years ago. I plan to study up over the holiday weekend. I'll share more after my virgin drive. I haven't been this nervous in a long time.

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The Teacher as Expert Movement

The Teacher as Expert Movement

As a teacher the one idiom that irritates me to no end is "Those that can, do; those that can't, teach." Unfortunately George Bernard Shaw did not create this sentiment, but only helped to give it voice. But, Shaw's infamous line does serve as a window into the perceptions of many into the profession of teaching. It makes me wonder, why aren't teachers viewed as experts? As unpopular as I feel this may sound, I think we, as teachers, must recognize aspects of how we have traditionally gone about our work that has contributed to this sentiment. I see three main issues: 1. Transparency In a recent conversation I had with Sean McComb, 2014 National Teacher of the Year, he proposed an approach that would remove the mystery of what happens in the classroom: Invite policy and decision makers into our classrooms. By having legislators and policy writers experience firsthand the realities of the classroom, we, as a profession, can better influence the decisions that are made throughout our system. Have you invited your superintendent into your classroom? Your local congressman? A Board of Education member? Not ready to invite guests into your classroom? Well, there are other steps to make our work transparent: blogging. I know, I know, you are probably rolling your eyes at this point, but hear me out for a second. Writing and publicly sharing what happens in our classrooms demonstrates to the world that learning is at the heart of a classroom. It makes public the messiness of the classroom. It shows the world that we are indeed practitioners. It demonstrates that we are focused on growth. There is also another benefit, people might give you feedback and we might all grow together. 2. Abdication Closely linked to a lack of transparency is the fact that we have abdicated many of the decisions that are made about teaching and learning. While we rely on our elected officials to make decisions for constituents and education is a national political issue, do we as teachers actively engage in a solutions-oriented manner for this end? To do so, it requires proactive instead of reactionary thinking. We must become practitioners of action-research in order to learn for ourselves what's best for our students and classrooms. For too long, we have relied on "experts" to "train" a workforce to help others learn. We must be the lead learners, in order to impact our craft and student outcomes, but most importantly to inform and influence the legislative and policy decisions that are being made for us. 3. Best v. Good Enough When it comes to the re-imagining that our schools need, we are mired in the models of the past. These experiences that confine our own schema are difficult to overcome, but in order to change the experience that school needs to be for today's students, we must be willing to question everything. We settle for "re-purposed" tools and experiences that never really worked to begin with, but provide us with a certain level of comfort and security. I know the common idiom is "Don't let perfect become the enemy of good," but I believe in education we practice "Don't let better happen, because we are good enough." We must continue to strive for better. We must consistently be willing to analyze our programs and strategies and techniques in order to assess their effectiveness. I know all of these ideas probably aren't popular. But I would like to engage in a conversation about what we, as teachers, can do to improve our profession. How do we transition from a job to a profession? How do we do a better job at working together for the behalf of all students? How should we engage with others to improve outcomes for all?

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John Stossel's Science Wars Are a P...

John Stossel's Science Wars Are a Phantom Menace

john stossel

Recently, libertarian television journalist John Stossel vented about the phrase "war on science,"  declaring:

"This year is the 10th anniversary of a book called "The Republican War on Science." I could just as easily write a book called "The Democratic War on Science."

 

Stossel explained that his hypothetical book would reveal how many on the political left fear genetically modified organisms (GMOs), give credence to the anti-research views of extremist animal rights activists, and inhibit research in socially delicate areas, such as the role of genetics in human behavior.

This had me scratching my head a bit. You see, there's already a book that covers that. And it's the same book Stossel criticized, Chris Mooney's The Republican War on Science.

I'm one of those weird people who actually reads books before I talk about them. So it didn't take me long to find the passages in Mooney's book that detail the ways the political left also engages in science denial.

Right at the start of The Republican War on Science, Mooney writes:

Let's be fair: those on the political left have undoubtably abused science in the past. While the best environmental groups marshal good science to make their case, more radical groups have occasionally allowed ideology to usurp fact. In objecting to genetically modified food, for instance, Greenpeace has suggested that these "Frankenfoods" pose human health risks... Yet in a 2004 report, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the government's leading independent advisor on science and technology, refused to treat food created through genetic engineering as inherently more dangerous than food created through other forms of genetic modification such as conventional breeding...

Opposition to genetically modified food is still with us, of course. 

Mooney added:

We have also seen distortions of science from another camp traditionally associated with the political left: the animal rights movement. Notorious for its attacks on medical researchers, the movement has also made questionable scientific claims to advance its agenda.

Mooney goes on:

[Harvard psychologist Steven] Pinker notes, topics such as the genetic underpinnings of human behavior have gone unstudied out of a "general left-of-center sensibility that anything having to do with genes is bad." The notion that a tendency toward violence might have genetic roots, for example, raises among many on the Left the fear of eugenics-style solutions.

There you have it. Each of the topics in Stossel's hypothetical book--GMOs, animal rights extremism, research linking genetics and behavior--was already explicitly addressed in The Republican War on Science. Mooney even says, "in politicized fights involving science, it is rare to find liberals entirely innocent of abuses." So what's left (as it were) to talk about?

Well, there's always evolution.

Stossel opines:

The conflict conservatives have with science is mostly caused by religion. Some religious conservatives reject evolution, and some oppose stem cell research.

But neither belief has a big impact on our day-to-day lives. Species continue to evolve regardless of what conservatives believe ....

While it's laudable that Stossel acknowledges that species evolve, it's ignorant to argue that rejection of evolution doesn't affect our day-to-day lives.

The reason for that is clear: evolution is practically important. Have you seen a doctor recently? Biology underpins medicine--and evolution underpins biology. Your doctor's basic understanding of how living things work presupposes evolution. Doctors can't use the same flu vaccine year after year because microbes evolve. Vaccines change to meet that challenge, in a perpetual arms race driven by evolution. Have you eaten recently? Our understanding of evolution is used in agriculture to highlight the dangers of monoculture crops and explain how pests adapt to attempts to control them. Examples of evolution are all around us.

Stossel claims "the left's bad ideas about science do more harm" than the right's bad ideas about science. But those of us involved in science education know better.

For those of us involved in science education, what matters is not the political source of rotten antiscience ideas, but the fact that they hamper the education of students and hinder the prosperity of our economies. Left, right, or middle of the road, we ought to be able to agree that it's important for students to learn about the science as scientists understand it without the interference of political or religious ideologues.

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What Other Invasive Questions Shoul...

What Other Invasive Questions Should a Kindergarten Ask?

Cara Paiuk recently wrote an article in the New York Times Motherlode about a surprising question she saw on the kindergarten application form for her son. The response to her article has been overwhelming. Since Motherlode published the piece, it's been written about all over -- including in The Huffington Post -- and Hoda and Kathy Lee even chatted about it on The Today Show. Most people seem to agree that the way a child comes into the world is not anyone's business -- except a doctor's. Many paying attention to the story are also outraged because the question was directed at the female parent. It's difficult to imagine that kind of thing ever being asked of a man. I know men don't have vaginas, but that's not really the point. As Paiuk points out in the original Motherlode piece, the question reminded her "of some awful blind date asking if the carpet matched the drapes." Are people more likely to ask women offensive questions and feel more entitled to be invasive? Probably. In the end, Paiuk declined to fill out the form. If vaginas are fair game, what else might women be asked when filling out forms for their children? Here's an imaginary application specifically designed to invade a woman's privacy while at the same time shaming her and making her feel as guilty as possible about her choices: Conception Did you have an orgasm when you conceived your child? _Yes _No _I don't know, which means it wasn't memorable If yes, was it simultaneous? Really? I don't believe you. Did your husband have an orgasm? I'm kidding! Why so sensitive? Pregnancy How much weight did you gain during your pregnancy? Did you get heavy just in your stomach, or were you big all around? Speaking of weight gain, please check the specific places on your body where you were bloated: _Feet _Belly _Face _Upper Arms _Neck _I Had Cankles Birth Were you good and brave? Or did you take the epidural? Did you do everything your doctor told you, or did you show up in the delivery room with "opinions" about how you wanted to give birth? When you pushed out your baby, what else came out? Infancy Did you breastfeed or formula feed? When did you first give the baby solid food? Please check one: _Too soon _Too late Did you give your baby homemade mash or did you buy jars of pureed pear and try to convince yourself that was OK? When did you first give the baby sugar? When did you first put your baby in front of the TV? When did you first give your baby sugar in front of the TV? Early Childhood Did you read to your child? How often? Did you spend enough time broadening your child's horizons rather than just dragging them along to Target to do errands? Did you discipline your child in an intelligent way, or were you just too overwhelmed by the new baby to really put some thought into it? Describe in detail every tantrum your child has ever had and how you botched your reaction. Thank you for filling out our basic application form. Wait 'til you see the first grade form next year!

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