Sunday, February 28, 2010
hosted by Tom Henderson (MathPunk.net) and Nick Horton (SapienGames.com).
Math for Primates Podcasts will cover Mathematics Education, Evolutionary Game Theory, Mathematical Philosophy, Logic, Quantum nonsense, and anything else that seems even remotely tied to mathematics in science or society.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
In case you hadn't noticed,
it has somehow become uncool
to sound like you know what you're talking about?
it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION AUTHORITY.
You have to speak with it, too.
Friday, February 26, 2010
"On a general level, the seniors had these valuable words of wisdom to share with the younger students:
- Remember that there is a school for everyone.
- Start the process early.
- Do not to stress about the SAT.
- Put yourself in your application and essays.
- Do not wait until Dec. 31 to file your applications.
- Don’t waste high school just trying to get into college. "
Thursday, February 25, 2010
VOAVideo: Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge
President Obama announces a new Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge and invites public schools across the country to compete to have him speak at their graduation. Visit WhiteHouse.gov/Commencement to apply.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Increasingly at universities like Tufts, student applicants are submitting YouTube videos alongside written essays.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
WH.gov: President Obama Calls for New Steps to Prepare Children for College and Careers
President Obama outlines new steps to better prepare Americas children for college and the workplace at a meeting with the National Governors Association . The President is calling for a redesigned Elementary and Secondary Education Act that includes a comprehensive, new vision to help states successfully transition to and implement college- and career-ready standards by improving teacher preparation and development, upgrading classroom instruction, and supporting high-quality assessments.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
In "Fear the Boom and Bust," John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek perform a gangsta rap about their competing economic theories. (via BoingBoing.net)
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Last week the NYTimes asked teachers about how they handle cheating and plagiarism, and reading their responses made us want to ask students about the same issue. What do you (students) consider “cheating,” and how much of it do you see in your school? Why do you think students cheat? (more)
Plagiarism: The next generation by Laura Miller, Salon.com
A 17-year-old novelist defends herself in the latest copycat scandal. Are we just too old to understand? (more)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
this i believe...Voices for Civil Rights
A number of prominent African-Americans were featured on Edward R. Murrow’s original This I Believe radio series. Their words helped build momentum for the civil rights movement in the years leading up to the Montgomery bus boycott, lunch-counter sit-ins and the march on Washington. Click the links below to read and hear their inspiring words.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Conservative activists on the Texas Board of Education say that the authors of the Constitution intended the United States to be a Christian nation. And they want America’s history textbooks to say so.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
VOAVideo: President Obama Extends Best Wishes for Lunar New Year
The President wishes peace, prosperity and good health to Americans and people across the world who are celebrating the Lunar New Year and welcoming the Chinese Year of the Tiger. February 12, 2010.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Hoping to capitalize on Olympic Game fever, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation has developed and offered science lessons that key off sporting events.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The College Board’s Advanced Placement program is expanding in American high schools, but as it moves from being a program primarily for elite students, the number of test-takers who fail A.P. exams is growing — although not as much as the number of those who pass.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The NBA's Locker-Room Nerds by Hannah Karp, Wall Street Journal
International Players Are Helping to Bring Back an Erstwhile League Pastime—Reading!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sally Rubenstone recently posted an open question on College Confidential that boils down to this: What might an applicant who was deferred by a college in its early decision or early action round do to improve his or her chances of admission now, as colleges are weighing final decisions?
Monday, February 8, 2010
Is the boom in Mandarin classes a fad or a cultural turning point?
"The Times recently reported on the rise of Chinese-language instruction in American schools, a push supported by aid from the Chinese government. While language fads come and go — there was Russian during the cold war, then Japanese in the 1980’s, then Arabic after 9/11 — thousands of public schools have stopped teaching foreign languages in the last decade. Is the boom in Chinese language education going to last?
There’s a long tradition of bemoaning Americans’ inadequacy in foreign languages. But what specifically should the nation do to improve its citizens’ knowledge of other languages? What are the impediments?"
- Susan Jacoby, author of “The Age of American Unreason”
- Ingrid Pufahl, Center for Applied Linguistics
- Marcelo and Carola Suárez-Orozco, N.Y.U.’s immigration studies program
- Norman Matloff, University of California, Davis
- Hongyin Tao, professor of Chinese language and linguistics
- Bruce Fuller, U.C. Berkeley professor of education and public policy
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Deadlines for financial aid applications are fast approaching, and Sallie Mae is here to help you complete the FAFSA — the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — with how-to videos and online chat with our experts.
*NEW* Sallie Mae FAFSA Videos!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Also see Mark Kantrowitz of finaid.org 7-part response to The Choice blog's list of financial aid questions submitted byits readers.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Many politicians, including the president, believe that the nation’s main education law needs to be rewritten, but odds are slim that it will happen this year.