Wednesday, June 30, 2010
"Principals say that recognizing multiple valedictorians reduces pressure and competition among students, and is a more equitable way to honor achievement, particularly when No. 1 and No. 5 may be separated by only the smallest fraction of a grade from sophomore science. But some scholars and parents have criticized the swelling valedictorian ranks as yet another symptom of rampant grade inflation, with teachers reluctant to jeopardize the best and brightest’s chances of admission to top-tier colleges. "
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
On commencement weekend, nation's top educational leader calls community colleges 'an unrecognized gem of education.'
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, an independent committee that advises Congress and the secretary of education on national policy, presented a report entitled “The Rising Price of Inequality,” sending a clear message to the federal government: without a broad increase in need-based state and federal aid, fewer low-income students will have the resources to remain enrolled in college and earn degrees over the next decade.
Friday, June 25, 2010
WH.gov: Vice President Honors High School Service Team
Vice President Biden speaks to the Parade All-America High School Service Team about the importance of community involvement and public service. The team is composed of high school students who are changing their communities through public service. June 23, 2010.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
PBS NewsHour piece on the Khan Academy and Salman Khan
Mountain View's global teacher of 1,516 lessons and counting SJ Mercury
From a tiny closet in Mountain View, Sal Khan is educating the globe for free. His 1,516 videotaped mini-lectures '” on topics ranging from simple addition to vector calculus and Napoleonic campaigns '” are transforming the former hedge fund analyst into a YouTube sensation, reaping praise from even reluctant students across the world.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
GOAL: encourage life-long reading and critical thinking.
OBEJECTIVE: Introduce students to current American Literature via reading lists (CDE, MLA, etc), the Best American Series, and other important anthologies.
1. Students will select and present a 5-minute oral report on book from the appropriate grade list of the CA Dept of Education Recommended Literature or American Library Association YALSA)
2. Students will analyze stories and articles anthologized by the Best American series.
- No text required—copies of the selections for classroom analysis will be provided and the student can read the full story/article online.
- Students will select and present a 5-minute oral report on a Best American story/article.
- The Best American Short Stories 2009: The peripatetic coffin / Ethan Rutherford
- The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009: Is Google making us stupid? / Nicholas Carr
- The Best American Mystery Stories, 2009: This or any desert / Vu Tran
- The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2002: Examined life: What Stanley H. Kaplan taught us about the SAT / Malcolm Gladwell
- The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (select one) The chameleon / David Grann, Everything I know about my family on my mother's side / Nathan Englander, Monster / Rebekah Frumkin
- Best American Science Writing 2008: The abyss / Oliver Sacks
- The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008: The CSI effect / Jeffrey Toobin
- The Best American Travel Writing 2005: Welcome to nowhere / Simon Winchester
- The Best American Travel Writing 2009: Ecotouring in Honduras / Elisabeth Eaves: 1/5 Island Dreams, 2/5 Swimming with Sharks , 5/5 Mel Gibson & the Demise of Civilization
- Best New American Voices 2009: Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice / Nam Le
Selections from other anthologies under consideration:
- Best American Fantasy 2009
- Best European Fiction 2010
- Nebula Awards Showcase 2009
- The Best American Crime Reporting 2009
- The Best American Essays 2009
- The Best American Magazine Writing, 20079
- The Best of Technology Writing 2008
Monday, June 21, 2010
Discounted or even free advice on applying to college was dangled by a cable company in a bid to attract subscribers and offered by the AFL-CIO to union members.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
In the latest sign of the premium that society places on an elite education, and the lengths some will go to get a leg up in securing it, Cablevision announced today that it was offering a free SAT preparation course as an incentive for people to subscribe to its Optimum service. (more)
Saturday, June 19, 2010
WHAT’S the key to success in the United States? Short of becoming a reality TV star, the answer is rote and, some would argue, rather knee-jerk: Earn a college degree...But there’s an underside to that conventional wisdom.
More Employers to Require Some College, Report Says By JACQUES STEINBERG, NYTimes
Jobs requiring at least a two-year associate’s degree will outpace the number of qualified applicants by at least three million in 2018, according to a report set to be released on Tuesday.
Friday, June 18, 2010
The Best of Technology Writing 2006 Table of contents
- China's Next Cultural Revolution Lisa Margonelli [Wired]
The People’s Republic is on the fast track to become the car capital of the world. And the first alt-fuel superpower.
- The Book Stops Here Daniel H. Pink [Wired]
Jimmy Wales wanted to build a free encyclopedia on the Internet. So he raised an army of amateurs and created the self-organizing, self-repairing, hyperaddictive library of the future called Wikipedia.
The Best of Technology Writing 2007 Table of contents
- The Ultimate Crossword Smackdown / Matt Gaffney [Slate]
Who writes better puzzles, humans or computers?
- It Should Happen to You / Ben McGrath[New Yorker]
The anxieties of YouTube fame
The Best of Technology Writing 2008 Table of contents
- The polarization of extremes / Cass R. Sunstein [Chronicle of Higher Education]
There are six sides to every issue available at the click of a mouse. So how is it that the internet can actually limit diversity?
- The life of the Chinese gold farmer / Julian Dibbell [New York Times Magazine]
One of China’s newest industries—making real money hunting virtual gold
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Best American Science Writing 2009 is the ninth edition of the popular annual series dedicated to collecting the most crucial, thought-provoking and engaging science writing of the year. Provocative and engaging, the Best American Science Writing 2009 as edited by Angier covers the full spectrum of scientific inquiry—from biochemistry, physics, and astronomy to genetics, evolutionary theory, and cognition.
Introduction / by Natalie Angier
- The itch / Atul Gawande
- Twitchy / Sallie Tisdale
- The first ache / Annie Murphy Paul
- A journey inside the brain / Oliver Sacks
- The truth about autism / David Wolman
- Blocking the transmission of violence / Alex Kotlowitz
- Reading the wounds / Jina Moore
- A cloud of smoke / Jennifer Kahn
- War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing / John Horgan
- Face-offs of the female kind / Marina Cords
- Tough lessons from golden rice / Martin Enserink
- Back to the future / J. Madeleine Nash
- A tall, cool drink of... sewage? / Elizabeth Royte
- Contagious cancer / David Quammen
- Looking up / Jennifer Margulis
- Birdbrain / Margaret Talbot
- Want to remember everything you'll ever learn? Surrender to this algorithm / Gary Wolf
- Hello, HAL / John Seabrook
- The anonymity experiment / Catherine Price
- The sky is falling / Gregg Easterbrook
- Big brain theory: have cosmologists lost theirs? / Dennis Overbye
- The final frontier / Karen Olsson
- Perhaps death is proud; more reason to savor life / Theresa Brown
- Evolutionists flock to Darwin-shaped wall stain / The Onion
The Best American Science Writing 2010 will be on sale Sept. 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Best selling authors handpick the year's finest writing in short stories, comics, mysteries, essays, travel, science and nature, sports, and nonrequired reading.
- The Best American Comics 2009
- The Best American Essays 2009
- The Best American Mystery Stories 2009
- The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009: (selected by high school students).
- The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009
- The Best American Short Stories 2009
- The Best American Sports Writing 2009
- The Best American Travel Writing 2009
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
whitehouse — June 08, 2010 — The President speaks about the importance of personal responsibility and giving back to the community as he delivers the commencement address at Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, MI. The school was the winner of the 2010 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. June 7, 2010.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Milpitas Adult Ed ESL/Citizenship proudly waving Measure B signs.
Vote Yes For Measure B! This is a group to encourage Milpitas residents to Vote Yes for a parcel tax on June 8, 2010. Schools will face more budget cuts again. If the ballot initiative is defeated, Milpitas schools could lose music, art, and sports programs.
A victory will require a two thirds majority. Meaning, for every No vote, the kids of Milpitas will need 2 Yes votes. The parcel tax is to save programs, not for salary.
The tax is $84 for 5 years for property owners. If you break it down, that equals $0.23 per day for 5 years. $7 a month for 5 years. Seniors are exempt.
Monday, June 7, 2010
The nation’s governors and state school chiefs released final recommendations for what students should master in English and math.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
The many members of the Queensborough Community College Class of 2010 who are living in the United States illegally have concerns over their prospects.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
The U.S. will soon propose regulations that would cut off federal aid to for-profit colleges whose graduates cannot earn enough to repay their student loans.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Is it really worth $100,000 in debt to graduate from a top school? And is it responsible?