Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
For years, many Asian-Americans have been convinced that it's harder for them to gain admission to the nation's top colleges.
Studies show that Asian-Americans meet these colleges' admissions standards far out of proportion to their 6 percent representation in the U.S. population, and that they often need test scores hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of admission. Critics say these numbers, along with the fact that some top colleges with race-blind admissions have double the Asian percentage of Ivy League schools, prove the existence of discrimination.
The way it works, the critics believe, is that Asian-Americans are evaluated not as individuals, but against the thousands of other ultra-achieving Asians. (read more)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Cursive is not included in the so-called common core standards, which will govern teaching and lesson plans in 46 states beginning next year, leaving states free to shift away from a subject taught for centuries. Hawaii and Indiana have already dropped it.
With technology pervasive in society and fewer documents that need a cursive signature, some educators say there is no need to bother kids with the tedious, time-consuming lessons on cursive. They argue that we soon may no longer need to sign our names on legal documents or credit card receipts; a scan of our eyeballs or a thumbprint may be all that is needed to identify us.
But there's more than just necessity that should be considered, historians say. (read more)
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
For her design of a cancer-fighting technique that targets tumors and leaves healthy tissue intact, 17-year-old Angela Zhang of Cupertino has won the national Siemens Competition in Math Science and Technology and a $100,000 scholarship.
Monday, December 12, 2011
wh.gov: Making College More Affordable
Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visit Duncan Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Florida to discuss the steps the administration has taken to make college more affordable and the need for Colleges to keep costs lower so the next generation of Americans can outcompete the rest of the world.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Sites have grown exponentially, helped by hordes of grateful parents whose dim memories of algebra or trigonometry are not enough to help with their children's homework.
'Cheating' Caught on Film Shakes U.K. Exams System
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Champions of Change: Girls and Women in STEM
Champions of Change event honors twelve local leaders working to recruit and retain girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. December 9, 2011.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Addressing the issues that students with learning impairments may face on the path to college.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Forty percent of students planning engineering and science majors bail out.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The children of alumni still have an edge getting into Ivy League schools, even with the oversupply of talented applicants. Why is that?
Affirmative Action for the Rich Richard D. Kahlenberg, Century Foundation
Legacy preferences aren't necessarily associated with increased generosity, and they disproportionately benefit wealthy white students.
How Do You Define Merit? Terry L. Shepard and Debra J. Thomas, higher education administrators
State universities favor in-state children because of their taxpaying parents; shouldn't alumni donors be given a similar preference?
Bad for Diversity John C. Brittain, law professor, University of the District of Columbia School of Law
Despite 50 years of affirmative action, children of African-American and Latino alumni of elite colleges remain underrepresented in the legacy pool.
Respect for Tradition Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus, George Washington University
It is foolish to ignore the benefit that appropriate prudently applied legacy admissions can serve in crafting a freshman class.
Hard-Core Economics Peter Sacks, author, "Tearing Down the Gates"
Elite institutions have an implicit bargain with their alumni that essentially says, 'You give us money, and we will move your kid to the front of the line.'
Athletes Are the Problem Michele Hernandez, college admissions consultant
We shouldn't worry about legacies, but about the recruited athletes, whose academic records are often well below a school's standards.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Stanford University’s nearly $15,000-a-year Education Program for Gifted Youth will now bear the institution’s name, a move seen as a watershed in a growing field that is drawing scrutiny.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Using New York Times editorials and Learning Network prompts to help SAT and ACT students improve their reading comprehension skills and to train them to think critically and respond in essays to news stories.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
The College Board said it was hiring a former F.B.I. director to review its testing procedures.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Clearing Up Some Confusion About the New Federal Student Loan Rules By RON LIEBER, NYTimes
Ron Lieber, Your Money columnist, answered readers’ questions about the recent changes announced by President Obama on federal student loans.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
A conference in Madrid ponders an era of escalating costs and ever-increasing mobility, predicting that the duration of academic programs would shrink and that huge classrooms will become less the norm.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The sticker price keeps some students from applying to certain universities. But by Oct. 29, colleges will be required to post calculators on their websites that provide a better idea of what students will pay. (download mp3)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
VOAVideo: Radio Essays Explore Technological Creativity
There are mechanisms in nature as well as in human endeavors like engineering and art. Since 1988, the creative manipulation of these mechanisms has been explored in short radio essays about the history of technology called 'The Engines of Our Ingenuity'. The man behind the series is retired University of Houston engineering professor, John Lienhard, who broadcasts his essays Monday through Friday from the university's public radio station, KUHF. Through the Internet, he now has fans all over the world.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Over at The Times’s Economix blog, Motoko Rich reports today on a new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce that indicates that college students might do well to study science, technology, engineering or math.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
HowCast: How to Take the SAT
Doing well on the SAT can mean the difference between attending your first choice and your safety school, so you'd better learn what to do.
To complete this How-To you will need:
A computer with internet access
A registration form
A photo ID
2 #2 pencils
A library or bookstore (optional)
An SAT registration book (optional)
SAT resource books (optional)
Step 1: Register for the test
Register to take the SAT by signing up online at collegeboard.com or by mailing the registration form found in the SAT registration book, available in your school counselor's office.
Tip: Signing up for an online account allows you to register, view your SAT scores, and send them to colleges.
Step 2: Get registration confirmation
Receive your registration confirmation and admission ticket either online or via snail mail.
Step 3: Prepare
Prepare for the test well in advance by studying, reviewing, and taking practice tests that can be found online.
Tip: There are many books available at your local library or bookstore that will assist you in preparing. Ask a librarian or bookseller for assistance in finding them.
Step 4: Bring supplies on your test day
Bring your SAT admissions ticket, a photo ID, two no. 2 pencils, and a calculator.
Step 5: Take the test with confidence
Be confident and relaxed when taking the test. The payoff could be entrance to the college of your dreams.
Step 6: Arrive on time or early
Arrive to the test center on time or early. Your confirmation will affirm your test time
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Online college courses have proliferated, and so have financial aid scams. Investigators are fighting to keep up.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
While more time in the classroom may benefit children from disadvantaged backgrounds, is it right for everyone?
- Help for Parents and Society Geoffrey Canada
- Quality vs. Time in the Classroom Vicki Abeles
- Naps, Recess and the Arts Annie Murphy Paul
- Let Teachers Teach Vern Williams
- Let Students Sleep Mary A. Carskadon
- Why Not Internships? Kathleen Porter-Magee
- Targeted Time and Programs S. Paul Reville
- For Us, More Time Is Critical Richard Barth
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Seton Hall University, a private college in New Jersey, will give early applicants with strong academic credentials a tuition discount of some $21,000.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Applying for Scholarships? Think Small by Emily Glazer, WSJ.com
Emily Glazer explains why students can likely forget about scoring one big scholarship and instead should try piecing together money from a host of smaller scholarships and grants.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Ignorance by American students of the basic history of the civil rights movement has worsened, according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
More public and private school systems are wiring up parent-accessible data-management systems that keep track of schoolwork, grades and attendance. There are opportunities for overuse.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
wh.gov: At the White House with the Google Global Science Fair Winners
President Obama welcomes the winners of the first-ever Google Global Science Fair to the White House. Go behind-the-scenes with the three remarkable, young, American women that swept the awards and hear what the journey to success has been like. http://whitehouse.gov/stem. Also read the WhiteHouse Blog post about Google Science Fair Winners.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
The group Complete College America cites factors like whether enrollment is full- or part-time, or at a two- or four-year institution.
Friday, October 7, 2011
By Dan Kadlec, Time.com Sep 28, 2011
In the muddied global effort to teach young people about money, one thing has become clear: college graduates pretty much have, or through experience and learning ability soon will acquire, enough personal finance smarts to effectively manage that part of their life.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Here is the link for the essay prompts from the most recent SAT administration in October 2011.
Also check out CollegeBoard's Writing Practice webpage.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Decrying the state of American education, President Barack Obama on Friday said states will get unprecedented freedom to waive basic elements of the sweeping Bush-era No Child Left Behind law614 words
Obama’s Education Waiver Plan: No Child Left Behind’s Final Chapter? By Kayla Webley, Time.com Sep 23, 2011
President Obama announced on Friday his plan to offer relief to states that are chafing under the strict requirements of No Child Left Behind, the federal education standards championed by George W. Bush in 2002.
Obama Encourages Learning to Students By Ap Sep 28, 2011
President Barack Obama is encouraging students to work hard in their classes, saying the country is counting on them.
Coming Together to Kill Education Reform By Andrew J. Rotherham, Time.com Sep 29, 2011
A new consensus is emerging in education politics. But can the center hold? And would reformers even want it to?931 words
Monday, October 3, 2011
President Obama's Third Annual Back to School Speech
Tells America's High School Students that They Are America's Future. September 28, 2011.
Obama Urges Students to Set Their Sights on College By MARK LANDLER
In a back-to-school address to students at an elite Washington public school, the president urged youths to work hard and set a goal to get college degrees.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
A 19-year-old college student from Long Island allegedly charged local high school students up to $2,500 each to sit for the SAT in their name, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday
After Arrest, a Wider Inquiry on SAT Cheating By JENNY ANDERSON, NYTimes
Testing officials said a Long Island case involving seven students was an isolated event, while others argued that the problem was widespread and emphasized the need for better security at the test.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
- Wake up fifteen minutes early to focus your thoughts.
- Eat breakfast (skip the quad latte and Red Bulll--you'll crash during the test).
- Bring Student ID
- Bring pencils, calculators, ear plugs, water, energy bar, etc.
- Leave the house early.
- Arrive early--use the spare time to encourage yourself and your friends to do your best.
During the Test
- Stand up and stretch!
- Drink water.
After the test, meet up with some friends, and celebrate. Good luck!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Don't cram for the SAT!
- Put down that box of flash cards and back away from the BLUE BOOK.
- Follow you normal Friday Night Homework routine.
- Pack all your SAT supplies (ex: CHARGED-UP calculator, pencils, check your transportation/ride, etc) before you go to bed.
- Go to bed early.
- Set you alarm to wake-up fifteen minutes early to focus your thoughts.
- Vocabulary: flash cards, word lists (Latin/Greek roots/prefixes/suffixes), word games--good! But the best way to acquire vocabulary is to READ.
- Use POE (process of elimination)
- Avoid answers that are too extreme (narrow, general, always/never, etc)
Sentence Completion--1 Blank
- Cover the answers.
- Read the sentence.
- Note trigger words (ex: conjunctions, prefixes, modifiers, negation) which change the meaning of the sentence.
- Read the sentence again, substituting your own word in the blank.
- Match your choice with the supplied answer choices.
- Not sure of the meaning? Look at the root--is similar the root similar to the root of a word that you know?
- Use POE to target the correct answer.
- Yes, the word you don't know can be the correct choice.
Sentence Completion--2 Blanks
- Cover the answers.
- Read the sentence.
- Note trigger words (ex: conjunctions, prefixes, modifiers, negation) which change the meaning of the sentence.
- Read the sentence again, substituting your own word in the blank.
- Uncover the first column of words. Match them with your choice in the first blank (two answers should be retained, the other three should be dismissed).
- Not sure of the meaning? Look at the root--is similar the root similar to the root of a word that you know?
- Uncover the second column of words. Match them with your choice in the second blank (the target choices in the 1st blank are usually synonyms of each other; and the second blank is usually opposite of each other; OR the target choices in the 1st blank are antonyms of each other and the second blank is are synonyms).
- Remember: there is only one correct answer!).
- Read the questions first.
- The short passage questions are usually about the tone, main idea, or inference.
- There is usually one dual short passage set per SAT test.
- Each of the four questions compare/contrast both passages.
- Draw a quick Venn Diagram to organize the info.
- The dual passages may not contradict each other (i.e. +/-), but one passage may be general, and the other passage may be more specific. Remember WHAT the topic is about, and the AUDIENCE.
- Read the blurb (who? what? where? when?)
- Skim & underline for information (Proper Nouns, Unusual Punctuation, Lists)
- Mark-up the passage as per the Questions (Beware of stealth EXCEPT and Inference Questions)
- Read the passage critically (why? how?)
- Answer the questions via POE
- Draw a Venn Diagram
- Read the blurb (who? what? where? when? audience? type of text?)
- Fill out the Venn Diagram--note "dual questions" in the union.
Dual Passage--Passage 1
- Skim & underline the First Passage for information (Proper Nouns, Unusual Punctuation, Lists)
- Mark-up the passage as per the First Passage Questions (Beware of stealth EXCEPT and Inference Questions)
- Read the passage critically (why? how?)
- Answer First Passage questions ONLY via POE
- Skip all Second Passage and Dual Passage Questions
Dual Passage--Passage 2
- Skim & underline the Second Passage for information (Proper Nouns, Unusual Punctuation, Lists)
- Mark-up the passage as per the Second Passage Questions (Beware of stealth EXCEPT and Inference Questions)Read the passage critically (why? how?)
- Answer Passage 2 questions ONLY via POE
- Skip all Dual Passage Questions
Dual Passage--Dual Passage Questions
- Update Venn Diagram (tone +/-) (note if there is a switch in tone/argument)
- Answer Dual Passage questions via POE
Thursday, September 29, 2011
- Read the Prompt
- Read the Quote
- Read the Prompt again.
- Think for 1 minute (don't write).
- Brainstorm. Focus, focus, focus your complementary examples and connect these specific examples to BIG CONCEPTS. Organize. (2 minutes)
- Write (20 min)
- Intro Paragraph:
- Thesis plus preview of your examples (Think DEVIL'S ADVOCATE--knock out objection to your thesis in your intro).
- 3 body paragraphs. Topic sentence plus 4-7 sentences of concrete detail.
- 2 body paragraphs is acceptable, but not advisable--write as much as you can to demonstrate the mastery of your tipic.
- Transition between paragraphs.
- LAST 2 MINUTES: Fix errors and upgrade vocabulary--(replace to be/to have with stronger verbs).
Writing Section (multiple choice)
The Fist of No Error (see above and sidebar)
- Subject/Verb agreement (number)
- Tense (verb tense and aspect)
- Pronoun (number, case, antecedent)
- Adjective/Adverb (modifiers; infinitive/gerund)
- Diction (correct word ex: affect/effect;phrasal verb & correct prepostition)
- Misplaced Modifiers (modifying phrases and clauses)
- "Patterns": comparison, parallelism, list made of similar parts of speech
- Conjunctions: coordinating, subordinating, correlative ; also relative pronoun clauses
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Before the Test
- Check out CollegeBoard's Practice page.
- Gather all your completed SAT Practice Tests into ONE pile.
- Arrange the tests from oldest to the most recent test taken (so you can track your progress)
- Review a completed test every evening before the Night Before the SAT Test (20-45 min).
- Look-up any difficult vocabulary.
- Note the trigger words in the Sentence completion Questions.
- Note how you used POE (Process of Elimination) to get the right answers in the short, long, dual passage sections.
- Analyze your wrong answers, and adjust your POE (ex. did you consistently choose the 2nd best choice on inference or EXCEPT questions).
- Review the FIST OF NO ERROR for the Writing section and mentally check off the selections (S/V, Tense, Prononous, Adj/Adv, Diction, Misplaced Metaphors, Parallelism, Conjunctions) as you review the wrong answers.
- Compare the errors made in the Paragraph Improvement section and your own essay: Transtions? Sentences out of sequence? Too much/too little concrete detail? Delete extraneous info? etc, etc, etc...
- Re-read NYTimes The Choice Blog: For Those Withholding SAT Scores, Advice on Completing the Common Application By Jacques Steinberg
- Re-Read: To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test By PAM BELLUCK, NYTimes
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Scores on the critical reading portion of the SAT college entrance exam fell three points to their lowest level on record last year, and combined reading and math scores reached their lowest point since 1995.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The University of California will unveil its first top-tier cyber courses in January - 26 online offerings, from global climate change to game theory. At the same time, it's eyeing China and even American soldiers as potential sources of cash to pay for them.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
In contrasting scenes of celebration and chagrin on Wednesday, South Bay schools again topped the state in annual test scores, while more of them than ever before are being labeled failures by the federal government.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The spiraling cost of higher education is an issue that resonates nationally. How feasible is the idea of creating precise targets for a low-cost college education?
- Just a Start Anthony P. Carnevale
- Rhetoric vs. Texas Reality Luis Fuentes-Rohwer
- College, the Halfway House Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
- How the $10,000 Plan Might Work Richard Vedder
- Education on iTunes? Sean Decatur
- The Coming Tuition Price War Jane S. Shaw
- You Get What You Pay For Gaye Tuchman
- Price vs. Cost Jane Wellman
- The Self-Educated At-Risk Student? Sandy Baum
- Controlling Campus Inflation David Guenthner
- China Isn't Cutting Education Investment Marc Johnson
- Investing in Human Resources Martha O'Connell
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Schools are embracing digital learning, but evidence is scarce that the expensive technology is improving educational outcomes.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The Sentence Completion words for each CollegeBoard 2nd ed. test appear in the puzzles below. Because there are 130-140 Sentence Sompletion words per test, the words were alphabetized then the list was spit in half.
The word search puzzles were created via Discovery Education Puzzlemaker.
I created these SAT Vocabulary Puzzles for my students at Shareworld Learning Center. These puzzles are free to reproduce (as per the Creative Commons License) and can be used for educational purposes only.
Note: I plan to do a second series of vocaulary puzzles based on the CollegeBoard Critical Reading Passages.
Students--note the definitions and incorporate the vocabulary in your SAT and school essays. HOWEVER, do not limit your SAT prep to vocabulary only. The difficulty of a sentence completion depends on the syntax (logic) of the sentence.
- Test 01 AB (1 of 2)
- Test 01 CD (2 of 2)
- Test 02 AB (1 of 2)
- Test 02 CD (2 of 2)
- Test 03 AB (1 of 2)
- Test 03 CD (2 of 2)
- Test 04 AB (1 of 2)
- Test 04 CD (2 of 2)
- Test 05 AB (1 of 2)
- Test 05 CD (2 of 2)
- Test 06 AB (1 of 2)
- Test 06 CD (2 of 2)
- Test 07 AB (1 of 2)
- Test 07 CD (2 of 2)
- Test 08 AB (1 of 2)
- Test 08 CD (2 of 2)
- Test 09 AB (1 of 2)
- Test 09 CD (2 of 2)
- Test 10 AB (1 of 2)
- Test 10 CD (2 of 2)
Good luck on the SAT!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Online Enterprises Gain Foothold as Path to a College Degree By TAMAR LEWIN, NYTimes
Some recent entrants into the field of online education offer grounds for both concern and hope.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
The Pew Hispanic Center says the increase was not just about population growth, but reflected educational attainment goals as well.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Given that high school and college are no longer a ticket to middle-class life, does our society devote too much time and money to education?
- College Doesn't Create Success Peter Thiel
- A Smart Bet, but No Guarantee Judith Scott-Clayton
- Spending Triples; Results Slide Richard Vedder
- Investing in a Better Life Cecilia E. Rouse
- A Good Use of a Few Years Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
- Spend Smarter, Not Less Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
- Tailoring to Students' Interests Sandra Stotsky
- Is It a Priority to Teach the Poor? Pamela Burdman
- Preparation for Work Barbara Hofer
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
U.S. News and World Report put out their “Gold Medal” list of the top 100 public high schools in the United States. As expected some of the real estate forums in the San Francisco Bay Area picked this up and it started some lively debates on buying housing for the schools and school district; and of course conversations on the Asian American population in those neighborhoods and attending one of those schools. (read more)
Sunday, August 21, 2011
We looked at more than 21,000 public high schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The following are the 100 schools that performed the best in our three-step Best High Schools ranking analysis.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Even as school starts up again around the country, students may already be falling behind in one critical area of knowledge: How to choose and use credit cards. Unfortunately, until financial education is taught in high schools across America, students have to enter the world of consumer credit on their own. We talked to a couple of credit experts to ask them what they would tell students if they were teaching Credit Cards 101. (read more)
Friday, August 19, 2011
Many of the nation's 105 historically black colleges are increasingly wooing non-black students. The goals: to boost lagging enrollment and offset funding shortfalls.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Two leading experts on artificial intelligence at Stanford University will teach a free online course this fall, and tens of thousands of students from around the world have already enrolled.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Under a new contract, the Education Department has stipulated the details of what will and will not be on the standardized tests it gives to nearly all third through eighth graders.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
CTForum.org: Joseph Ellis discusses the Presidency (3 min).
Joseph John Ellis is a Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College who has written influential and award-winning histories on the Federalist period. His book Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (2000) received the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2001. Professor Ellis followed up Founding Brothers with American Creation. Read together, these two books provide and in depth look at the American Revolution.
Chapters from Founding Brothers and American Creation in chronological order with links to other online resources by Joseph Ellis and friends.
Note: if you are preparing for your first APUSH test (usually given on the second day of school), review AC3, Inventing, and FB2 (for a good overview of the Colonial Period, read Hannah's Escape). Remember, nothing substitutes for actually reading the book.
- AC 1: The Year (1776): the Declaration of Independence and American Revolutionary War.
- AC 2: The Winter (1777-1778): the Continental Army's winter at Valley Forge.
- AC 3: The Argument (1787-1789): Constitutional Convention and its debates.
- FB 3: The Silence: (1787-18the future of Slavery in the United States. Also listen to the NCC series The Legacy of 1808: (1) A Historical Perspective, (2) Traces of the Trade, (3) “Iron Ladies of Liberia”, (4) The Emancipation Proclamation Defined, (5) The Lincoln and Douglas Debates, (6) Modern-Day Slavery, (7) Slavery and the Literary Imagination, (8) Delta Blues, (9) Deconstructing Reconstruction
- Inventing The Presidency (1789-1797)As America goes into its fifty-fifth presidential election, we should remember that there might have been only one—if we hadn’t had the only candidate on earth who could do the job
- FB 2: The Dinner (1790): Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton discuss the selection of the Potomac River site for construction of the new national capital, in exchange for assumption of state debts by the federal government.
- AC 4: The Treaty (1790): Knox, Washington, McGillivray, and the Treaty of New York
- FB 4: The Farewell (1796): the Farewell Address of President George Washington
- AC 5: The Conspiracy: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James Madison and the origins of the Democratic-Republican Party.
- FB 5: The Collaborators (1) (1789-1801): John Adams and his wife Abigail (2) during Adams' presidency (also see 3); and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (4) during the same time period.
- AC 6: The Purchase (1803:) the Louisiana Purchase and impact on President Thomas Jefferson
- FB 1: The Duel (1804): the Burr-Hamilton duel.
- FB 6: The Friendship (1812-1826): John Adams and Thomas Jefferson during the last fourteen years of their lives
- Wikipedia: Founding Brothers and American Creation
- Scribd: Founding Brothers Summary
- Mr Brandon's Book Review (4 min video)
- Founding Brothers Reading Group Guide
- Gonzaga Study Guide
- Founding Brothers History Channel DVD
- Adapted Lesson Plan for the DVD (anticipate your teacher's questions!)
- Joseph Ellis on American Creation and the Founding
Other Books by Joseph J. Ellis:
- First Family: Abigail and John Adams, Oct 2010 (Google books overview)
- American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic, 2008 (Google Books overview)
- His Excellency: George Washington, 2004 (Google Books preview)
- After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture, 2002 (Google Book preview)
- Passionate sage: the character and legacy of John Adams, 2001 (Google Books preview)
- Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation (200) Google Books preview
- American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, 1997 (Google Books overview--no preview)
Monday, August 15, 2011
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote about many scary things: the firebombing of Dresden, the aftermath of the Vietnam War, the specter of individuals controlled by the state or by technology. But the most unnerving image he ever put on paper may have been this, written when he was 47 years old, recounting the words of a fellow Indianapolis high school grad: "When you get to be our age, you all of a sudden realize that you are being ruled by people you went to high school with ... You all of a sudden catch on that life is nothing but high school." (read more)
Sunday, August 14, 2011
...friends and colleagues who want to know how we went about picking a school, as if there were some secret education-analyst methodology I was privy to. I wish that were true! But even though I don't have access to the secret sauce, I do have a pretty good sense of how to kick a school's tires. Plus, I think it would be a shame not to use all of our parental angst for the greater good. And so, as our kids start a new year at a public school, here are some lessons from our school-hunting experience that might help guide yours. (read more)
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Class rank is important for more than just wowing college admissions officers and securing bragging rights. According to new research, the better your grades were in high school, the healthier you are years later. It's not the first time that education has been associated with physical well-being — more degrees equal better health — but a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior shows that it's not only more schooling but performance that makes a difference. Read more
Friday, August 12, 2011
The term student-athlete has become a punch line, with more focus on the entertainment the athletes can provide than the education they should be receiving.
All-Nighters for a Football Team During Ramadan By JERÉ LONGMAN , NYTimes
To accommodate its many fasting players, a high school in Dearborn, Mich., is holding practices from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Faced with an increasing stream of data, many companies are seeking managers who can make sense of the numbers through data analytics, or business intelligence. Finding qualified candidates has proven difficult, but business schools hope to fill the talent gap.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
In a deficit-reduction deal that is almost all about cutting government spending, one federal program emerged with more money: Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for college.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Students preparing to apply to college are increasingly tailoring their summer plans with the goal of creating a better personal statement.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
The executive director of San Francisco writing-skills nonprofit 826 Valencia, co-founded by writer Dave Eggers, says the need for the program has become more acute as education budgets are cut.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Hundreds, maybe thousands, of California community college students take online classes that require them to pay an access fee to a commercial publisher on top of their registration fee for the course.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Wisconsin and other states say No Child Left Behind unfairly penalizes schools that don't meet rigid requirements. Tired of waiting for Congress to overhaul the law, some states have taken matters into their own hands.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The Bay Area has one of the best crops of young basketball recruits in years, but Northern California is losing many of them to faraway schools.
Monday, August 1, 2011
While a college or university in violation of Title IX risks losing its federal funds, that penalty has never been used, and there are no examples of cases being referred to the justice department.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Educators have been brought to the campus of Bard College to teach low-income students who are gifted in mathematics concepts as varied as number theory and cryptography.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
CollegeBoard 2nd ed. Test 6 Vocabulary (part 2 of 2) pdf
Thursday, July 28, 2011
By MICHAEL WINERIP, NYTimes
Parents are supposed to rank their choices for the district lottery when it comes to selecting middle schools for their children, but the guidebook is vague about what each school is looking for.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
I applied to college one evening, after dinner, in the fall of my senior year in high school. (read more)
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Should the standard three-year law school model, followed by passage of the bar exam, be the only path to a legal career?
- Reduce Credit Requirements David Van Zandt
- Allow Anyone to Take the Bar George Leef
- It's Not a Trade School Kevin Noble Maillard
- Improving, Not Overhauling Rose Cuison Villazor
- Bring Back Apprenticeships David Lat
- Learning to Think Like a Lawyer Geoffrey R. Stone
- A Priceless Degree Linda Greene
- Three Years, Better Spent Bryan A. Garner
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
CollegeBoard 2nd ed. Test 5 Vocabulary (part 2 of 2) pdf
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
School of Thought's recommended reading list for people who care about education
- Class Warfare, Steven Brill (Simon & Schuster)
- Sub Culture: Three Years in Education's Dustiest Corners, Carolyn Bucior (Outskirt Press)
- The Faculty Lounges and Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Paid For, Naomi Schaefer Riley (Rowman and Littlefield)
- The American Public School Teacher, Darrel Drury and Justin Baer (Harvard Education Press)
- Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America's Public Schools, Terry Moe (Brookings Institution Press)
- The Failure of Environmental Education (and How We Can Fix It), Charles Saylan and Daniel T. Blumstein (University of California Press)
- The Same Thing Over and Over, Frederick M. Hess (Harvard University Press)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
A College Board report focuses on the transition from two-year community colleges to four-year institutions, a path many students take each year.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Three girls from the United States won the top prizes in a global science fair started by Google for their projects on ovarian cancer, grilled chicken and indoor air quality.
Friday, July 15, 2011
VOAVideo: Students Bring Innovation to Global Technology Competition
Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems. That is the challenge posed for innovative young people participating in the ninth annual Imagine Cup in New York. The event, which runs through Wednesday, is billed as the world's premier student technology competition, is hosted by the Microsoft Corporation. VOA Correspondent Peter Fedynsky reports.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
California State University students won't be surprised to learn that CSU campuses dominate a new list of top public schools in the nation - for fastest-rising tuition.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Some Southern California teachers are finding ways to keep creativity in the lesson plan even as they prepare their students for standardized tests.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
How can summer school be improved to save money and help students?
Monday, July 11, 2011
A new admission process at medical schools involves a series of encounters meant to examine aspiring doctors’ ability to communicate and work in teams.
Well Blog: Screening for a Better Medical Student
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Test your strategy against the computer in this rock-paper-scissors game illustrating basic artificial intelligence. (fun, interactive app)
Friday, July 8, 2011
MR. DORSEY: You mentioned education. There's a lot of questions coming about education and its impact on the economy. This one in particular is from a curator who is pulling from a student in Ohio, named Dustin: "Higher ed is necessary for a stronger economy, but for some middle-class Americans it’s becoming too expensive. What can be done?"
THE PRESIDENT: Well, here is some good news. We’ve already done something that is very significant, and people may not know. As part of a higher education package that we passed last year, what we were able to do was to take away subsidies that were going to banks for serving as middlemen in the student loan program and funnel that to help young people, through Pell Grants and lower rates on student loans. And so there are millions of students who are getting more affordable student loans and grants as a consequence of the steps that we’ve already taken. This is about tens of billions of dollars' worth of additional federal dollars that were going to banks are now going to students directly.
In addition, what we’ve said is that starting in 2013, young people who are going to college will not have to pay more than 10 percent of their income in repayment. And that obviously helps to relieve the burden on a lot students -- because, look, I’m a guy who had about $60,000 worth of debt when I graduated from law school, and Michelle had $60,000. And so we were paying a bigger amount every month than our mortgage. And we did that for eight, 10 years. So I know how burdensome this can be.
I do think that the universities still have a role in trying to keep their costs down. And I think that it’s important -- even if we've got better student loan programs, more grants, if the costs keep on going up then we'll never have enough money, you'll never get enough help to avoid taking on these huge debts. And so working with university presidents to try to figure out, where can you cut costs -- of course, it may mean that the food in the cafeteria is a little worse and the gym is not as fancy. But I think all of us have to figure out a way to make sure that higher education is accessible for everybody.
One last point -- I know, Twitter, I’m supposed to be short. (Laughter.) But city -- community colleges is a huge, under-utilized resource, where what we want to do is set up a lifelong learning system where you may have gotten your four-year degree, but five years out you decide you want to go into another field or you want to brush up on new technologies that are going to help you advance. We need to create a system where you can conveniently access community colleges that are working with businesses to train for the jobs that actually exist. That’s a huge area where I think we can make a lot of progress. (transcript from LATimes.com)
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Starting from a handful of schools in Switzerland in the 1960s, the International Baccalaureate, or I.B., has spread to 139 countries around the world.