Tag Archives: Education

Back to the Future

This sounds racist: Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor in Classroom It was once common for elementary-school teachers to arrange their classrooms by ability, placing the highest-achieving students in one cluster, the lowest in another. But ability grouping and its … Continue reading

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The Devil Is In The Details

Walter Russell Mead: Mayors: Don’t Put Matt Yglesias in Charge of Your Schools Slate columnist Matt Yglesias has harsh criticism for districting in public school systems. In most American cities, children can only attend the schools in their district, which … Continue reading

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What about poor people who talk a lot?

NY Birdcage Liner: The Power of Talking to Your Baby By the time a poor child is 1 year old, she has most likely already fallen behind middle-class children in her ability to talk, understand and learn. The gap between … Continue reading

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Groupthink Causes Groupstink

The Golf Shot Heard Round the Academic World It sounds like the setup for a bad joke: What did the Wall Street type say to the college president on the golf course? Well, we don’t know exactly—but it has launched … Continue reading

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Utopian Ideas

Michael Barone: Obama keeps talking about corporate jets because it tests well in polls. And that’s the reason, I think, he keeps talking about universal preschool, not just for disadvantaged children. Polls show that large majorities of Americans would be … Continue reading

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Ever read something that makes you go “Huh?” California no longer requiring eighth graders to take Algebra California will no longer require eighth-graders to take algebra — a move that is line with the Common Core standards being adopted by … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between boogers and broccoli?

Answer: Kids won’t eat broccoli. Complaints Mount Against Michelle Obama’s New Lunch Menu In Wisconsin, high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the skimpy new school lunch menu mandated by the United … Continue reading

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