Thursday, April 30, 2009

Education Standards Likely to See Toughening

Education Standards Likely to See Toughening By SAM DILLON, NYTimes
The Obama administration will likely toughen rules on areas like teacher quality and academic standards.

April 15-April 30: No special posts for History Thursday, Science Friday, Saturday Arts, and Sunday Lit. I am leading a workship at CATESOL and I will be taking MATESOL comprehensive exams. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Columbine Victim’s Spirit of Hope Grows

A Columbine Victim’s Spirit of Hope Grows By KIRK JOHNSON, NYTimes
The father of a girl killed in the 1999 shootings is taking her message of compassion to the corporate world.

April 15-April 30: No special posts for History Thursday, Science Friday, Saturday Arts, and Sunday Lit. I am leading a workship at CATESOL and I will be taking MATESOL comprehensive exams. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Business Grads Looking Beyond Wall Street

Business Grads Looking Beyond Wall Street By STEVEN GREENHOUSE, NYTimes
Business students graduating this year know they are less likely to get a job offer in investment banking. For some, that’s liberating.


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Monday, April 27, 2009

Tug of War Over Costs to Educate the Autistic

Tug of War Over Costs to Educate the Autistic By AMANDA M. FAIRBANKS, NYTimes
A baffling disorder that is increasing — or at least, increasingly diagnosed — poses a challenge to a school system.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Colleges Ask Donors to Help Meet Demand for Aid

Colleges Ask Donors to Help Meet Demand for Aid By STEPHANIE STROM, NYTimes
Colleges and universities are emphasizing the swelling need for financial aid in their fund-raising pitches.

April 15-April 30: No special posts for History Thursday, Science Friday, Saturday Arts, and Sunday Lit. I am leading a workship at CATESOL and I will be taking MATESOL comprehensive exams. Thanks!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

New UC admissions policy angers Asian-Americans

New UC admissions policy angers Asian-Americans By TERENCE CHEA Associated Press Writer

"The new policy, approved unanimously by the UC Board of Regents in February, will greatly expand the applicant pool, eliminate the requirement that applicants take two SAT subject tests and reduce the number of students guaranteed admission based on grades and test scores alone. It takes effect for the freshman class of fall 2012. Some Asian-Americans have charged that the university is trying to reduce Asian-American enrollment. Others say that may not be the intent, but it will be the result."

Friday, April 24, 2009

Stepping Up to the Challenge with Learning Disabilities

Stepping Up to the Challenge By TARA PARKER-POPE, NYTimes
For students with attention deficit disorder, the transition to college can be shaky.


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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Congratulations! You Are Nominated. It’s an Honor. (It’s a Sales Pitch.)

Congratulations! You Are Nominated. It’s an Honor. (It’s a Sales Pitch.) By DIANA JEAN SCHEMO, NYTimes
Invitations to student leadership conferences fill mailboxes, virtual and real. They flatter. They promise. Do they deliver?

April 15-April 30: No special posts for History Thursday, Science Friday, Saturday Arts, and Sunday Lit. I am leading a workship at CATESOL and I will be taking MATESOL comprehensive exams. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Work-Study!

They’ll Work for Education By LISA BELKIN, NYTimes
As more students sign up for work-study, some campuses scramble — stimulus money or not.


April 15-April 30: No special posts for History Thursday, Science Friday, Saturday Arts, and Sunday Lit. I am leading a workship at CATESOL and I will be taking MATESOL comprehensive exams. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Make Room, Cynics; MTV Wants to Do Some Good

MTV Adjusting Lineup to Do a Little Good By TIM ARANGO, NYTimes
After years of celebrating the excesses of youth, MTV is adding shows with a veneer of positive social messages. On “The Buried Life,” stars raised money for a school.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Want to pick up the tab at Harvard for a child born today?

18 Years in the Making By RON LIEBER, NYTimes
Want to pick up the tab at Harvard for a child born today? Follow these steps.

April 15-April 30: No special posts for History Thursday, Science Friday, Saturday Arts, and Sunday Lit. I am leading a workship at CATESOL and I will be taking MATESOL comprehensive exams. Thanks!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

NYTIMES: Education Life Spring 2009

Education Life: Spring 2009 »
Ways to save, cradle to college; behind closed doors in a financial aid office; and the scramble for work-study jobs.


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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dividing Up the Pot

Dividing Up the Pot By LAURA PAPPANO, NYTimes
Inside a financial aid office as decisions are made: Whom do they want? Whom do they, well, want less?

April 15-April 30: No special posts for History Thursday, Science Friday, Saturday Arts, and Sunday Lit. I am leading a workship at CATESOL and I will be taking MATESOL comprehensive exams. Thanks!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Casual Fridays: Does SAT-Prep really help?

ScienceBlogs CognitiveDaily: Casual Fridays: Does SAT-Prep really help? (04/10/09)

Does SAT preparation really matter? Are students who work harder on the test rewarded with better college educations -- and better careers, later on? We may be able to answer some of those questions with this week's Casual Fridays study.
Click here to participate

[ScienceBlogs covered the SATs a few years back with our massive Blogger SAT Challenge. If you haven't seen that study, you should definitely take a look.]

April 15-April 30: No special posts for History Thursday, Science Friday, Saturday Arts, and Sunday Lit. I am leading a workship at CATESOL and I will be taking MATESOL comprehensive exams. Thanks!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A quick eye-exercise can improve your performance on memory tests

ScienceBlogs CognitiveDaily: A quick eye-exercise can improve your performance on memory tests (but only if you're right-handed) by Dave Munger 04/16/09
Several studies have confirmed this bizarre proposition: If you're taking a test of rote memorization, like words from a list, move your eyes from side to side for about 30 seconds before you start. Really.

April 15-April 30: No special posts for History Thursday, Science Friday, Saturday Arts, and Sunday Lit. I am leading a workship at CATESOL and I will be taking MATESOL comprehensive exams. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Gated communities of learning

Gated communities of learning By Andy Kroll, Salon.com
Rising tuition and sinking bank accounts are turning the nation's colleges into bastions of inequality

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A High School on the Front Line

A High School on the Front Line, NYTimes
At Cecil D. Hylton High School in suburban Virginia, non-English speaking students thrive academically in separate classrooms, but what opportunities do they sacrifice in return? Video

Monday, April 13, 2009

State Colleges Also Face Cuts in Ambitions

State Colleges Also Face Cuts in Ambitions By TAMAR LEWIN, NYTimes
Budget problems have raised the question of whether universities have lost sight of their educational mission.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Lit 041209




The Manga Bible by Siku


More sketches of Jesus Christ: .1. .2.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Saturday Arts 041109

Five Picks from the NYTimes Global Art Guide (compiled by Elisabeth Hopkins)

The Golden Journey: Japanese Art From Australian Collections
An assemblage of about 300 Japanese objects that span prehistoric times to Japan’s embracing of modernization with the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Serene Buddhist sculptures, painted screens, miniature netsuke talismans, Ukiyo-e images of the ‘‘floating world,’’ costumes, masks, armor and export art created for Australia’s international exhibitions in the 1880s, attest to the indisputable refinement of Japanese art.

Korean Dreams
The Korean minimalist and installation artist Lee U-fan (b. 1936), who now lives in Japan, donated his collection of traditional Korean painting to the Musée Guimet in Paris. For the exhibition, he has selected 40 screens, hanging scrolls and album leaves dating from the 17th to 19th centuries, during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). The subjects reflect the influences that marked Korean art and culture at that time — love of landscapes (exemplified by bird-and-flower painting and landscapes), Confucianism (screens depicting books and scholars’objects) and Daoism (a screen with the 10 symbols of longevity, one of the highlights of the show).

The Power of Ornament
The exhibition attempts to define the concept of ornament -- once denigrated as a merely superfluous decoration -- and to prove its relevance. International artists from Europe, Asia and the United States, from Gustav Klimt to the Iranian photographer Shirin Neshat, illustrate how ornaments reflect present and past history, are full of symbols and feed the concepts of beauty and seduction.

Brilliant Strokes: Chinese Paintings From the Mactaggart Art Collection
From the art collection of 700 works now in the possession of the University of Alberta, Canada, a selection of 17 Chinese paintings spanning the 15th century (Ming Dynasty) to the 20th century. They reflect the styles, techniques and subjects favored by the artists in each era. Of note, a 15-meter, or 50-foot, scroll that depicts in great detail the Qianlong emperor’s inspection tour of Southern China in 1751.

Qiu Zhijie: Breaking Through the Ice
Another exhibition in a series of monographies devoted to emerging Chinese artists. Qiu Zhijie’s (b. 1969) works, most of them commissioned specially for the show, include sculpture, installation, ink painting and works on paper. Based on the concept of ‘‘art engagé,’’ the works document the negative effects of recent industrial projects — such as the Nanjing bridge on the Yangtze River — on populations, the environment and on China itself. Qiu Zhijie’s earlier ‘‘Tattoos’’ — close-ups of a man’s torso superimposed with a giant red ideogram, often seen in exhibitions in the West — are also part of the show.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Science Friday 041009

Experiment Shows Molecules Can Walk, but Can They Dance? By HENRY FOUNTAIN, NYTimes
In efforts to create motors and other machines on the scale of molecules the devices have to walk before they can run.
A Soak Extracts DNA and Leaves an Old Bug Intact
Saturn’s Largest Moon Bulges in the Middle

Brain Researchers Open Door to Editing Memory By BENEDICT CAREY, NYTimes
An influx of money and talent into neuroscience has led to an experimental drug that could block certain memories.
Graphic: Focusing on a Memory Molecule

Three from BoingBoing.net

Thursday, April 9, 2009

History Thursday 040909

We Shall Remain

From the award-winning PBS series American Experience comes We Shall Remain, a provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history.More about the project

Episode 1 After the Mayflower
In 1621, the Wampanoag of New England negotiated a treaty with Pilgrim settlers. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English and a confederation of Indians, this diplomatic gamble seemed to have been a grave miscalculation.More About the Film

Episode 2 Tecumseh's Vision
In the course of his brief and meteoric career, Tecumseh would become one of the greatest Native American leaders of all time, orchestrating the most ambitious pan-Indian resistance movement ever mounted on the North American continent. Watch the trailer More About the Film

Episode 3 Trail of Tears
Though the Cherokee embraced “civilization” and won recognition of tribal sovereignty in the U.S. Supreme Court, their resistance to removal from their homeland failed. Thousands were forced on a perilous march to Oklahoma. More About the Film

Episode 4 Geronimo
As the leader of the last Native American fighting force to capitulate to the U.S. government, Geronimo was seen by some as the perpetrator of unspeakable savage cruelties, while to others he was the embodiment of proud resistance.Watch the trailer More About the Film

Episode 5 Wounded Knee
In 1973, American Indian Movement activists and residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation occupied the town of Wounded Knee, demanding redress for grievances. As a result of the siege, Indians across the country forged a new path into the future.Watch the trailer More About the Film

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Is It Time to Retrain B-Schools?

Is It Time to Retrain B-Schools? By KELLEY HOLLAND, NYTimes
Some are wondering if the way business students are taught may have contributed to the most serious economic crisis in decades.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Study Offers a New Test of Potential Lawyers

Study Offers a New Test of Potential Lawyers By JONATHAN D. GLATER, NYTimes
Professors at the University of California, Berkeley, have come up with a test that they say is better at predicting success in the field than the widely used LSAT.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Obama Outlines Plan for Education Overhaul

Obama Outlines Plan for Education Overhaul By DAVID STOUT, NYTimes
President Obama issued a challenge for states to lift limits on charter schools and renewed his support for a merit-based system of teacher pay.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sunday Lit 040509

this i believe . . .

Connecting to a Global Tribe
Matt Harding has been to 70 countries to dance–badly–in front of a camera, and videos of his travels are an Internet sensation. Harding believes interacting with so many people is challenging his primitive brain to see more of what unites humanity.
Click here for the full essay. Matt Harding on YouTube.

this i believe Special Feature: Basketball
March Madness, the four weeks when collegiate basketball dominates American sports, concludes next week with the NCAA tournament finals. Whether played by college athletes, highly paid professionals or kids on the playground, basketball relies both on individual performance and teamwork. Click the links below to see how the game has inspired these essayists.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Saturday Arts 040409

The Art of Kimono Dressing NYTimes
Learning to Don Traditional Japanese Attire. How to put on a kimono, a task almost impossible to complete alone.

The Strange Tale of a Chinese Emperor’s French Prints By SOUREN MELIKIAN, Int'l Herald-Tribune
Of all the East-West encounters, few are as strange as the story at the heart of the Louvre show of 30 French 18th-century prints on view until May 18.

From the Deep, a Diva With Many Faces By HOLLAND COTTER, NYTimes
“Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas” at the National Museum of African Art in Washington is as rousing as a drum roll, as piquant as a samba.
Slide Show: An African Mermaid

Friday, April 3, 2009

Science Friday 040309

Hal, Call Your Office: Computers That Act Like Physicists By KENNETH CHANG, NYTimes
Theoretical physicists are not yet obsolete, but scientists have taken a couple of steps toward replacing themselves.

The Biggest of Puzzles Brought Down to Size By NATALIE ANGIER, NYTimes
With a bit of reasoning (and a cocktail napkin), you too can crack math’s imponderables.

Interactive: Quiz: Test Your Estimation Abilities, NYTimes
How many times a year does the average American teenager say the word “like”?

A Census Taker for Penguins in Argentina By CLAUDIA DREIFUS, NYTimes
Dee Boersma, a University of Washington conservation biologist, is the Jane Goodall of penguins.

The Cosmos, Surveyed By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN, NYTimes
At the Franklin Institute, instruments of exploration and investigation are on display, in the important exhibit “Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy.”

A New Look at Race and Natural Selection By NICHOLAS WADE, NYTimes
A team of geneticists has identified many fingerprints of natural selection in the human genome. More Articles in This Series

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Best Bet For a Post-Graduation Job: Engineering

Best Bet For a Post-Graduation Job: Engineering By JOE WALKER, Wall Street Journal

A new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers finds that eight of the top 10 best-paid majors are in engineering, with petroleum engineering topping off the list at $86,220.

History Thursday 040209


Discover Ancient Rome in Google Earth

See Rome as it looked in 320 AD and fly down to see famous buildings and monuments in 3D. Select the "Ancient Rome 3D" layer under Gallery in Google Earth. Download Google Earth at http://earth.google.com/rome/

Zapotec Digs in Mexico Show Clues to Rise and Fall
John Roach for National Geographic magazine, March 9, 2009
When it comes to pre-Columbian civilizations, the Aztec and Maya—known for their spectacular pyramids and temples, hieroglyphic writing systems, and elaborate, violent rituals—often overshadow the Zapotec, their less familiar counterparts centered in southern Mexico.

Ancient Greece - The British Museum
Experience this epic and exciting website, which explores the world of ancient Greece using hundreds of objects from the British Museum.

The Dark Ages History Channel

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Longtime Residents Not Allowed In-State Tuition

Longtime Residents Not Allowed In-State Tuition By ARIANA GREEN, NYTimes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Some high school teachers worry about grooming students for admission to elite universities. Judah Lakin worries about getting his students’ immigration papers so that they can afford college...