Monday, January 31, 2011

Does College Make You Smarter?

Does College Make You Smarter? NYTimes Room For Debate

Students make little progress in intellectual growth in the first two years of college. Why is that?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Few Students Show Proficiency in Science, Tests

Few Students Show Proficiency in Science, Tests Show By SAM DILLON, NYTimes

Only one or two out of 100 displayed a mastery of science on nationwide tests, the Department of Education said

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Open for Questions: The State of the Union and Education



WH.gov: Open for Questions: The State of the Union and Education

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan answers questions about the education issues the President discussed in his State of the Union Address in a roundtable discussion. January 27, 2011.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The 2011 State of the Union Address



WH.gov: The 2011 State of the Union Address: Enhanced Version

WH.gov: The 2011 State of the Union Address

President Obama speaks about moving forward to create jobs, out-compete in the global economy by investing in innovation and education, and win the future for our children and our country. January 25, 2010.

GOOD SUMMARY:
VOAVideo: US President Addresses the Nation with Call for More Jobs, Cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to what he called Americans' creativity and imagination in urging the nation toward innovation and competitiveness. In his annual State of the Union address, Mr. Obama proposed new government investment even as the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives pushes to cut government spending. VOA's Carolyn Presutti summarizes the speech and the Republican response.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Inside the White House: The State of the Union Address



WH.gov: Inside the White House: The State of the Union Address

Watch behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the making of President Barack Obama's 2011 State of the Union Address. Senior Advisor to the President David Axelrod and Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau give a rare inside look at the process behind the President's address.

Broadcast times:

  • 9 pm EST
  • 8 pm CST
  • 7 pm MST
  • 6 pm PST

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Room For Debate

Is Extreme Parenting Effective? NYTimes: Room For Debate

Does strict control of a child’s life lead to greater success?

Friday, January 21, 2011

To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test

To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test By PAM BELLUCK, NYTimes

Test-taking actually helps people learn, and it works better than repeated studying, according to new research.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

In defense of Chinese dads

In defense of Chinese dads By Eddie Huang, Salon.com

I owe a lot to the discipline of my own Tiger Mother. But it's my father's relaxed presence that saved my life

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Obama Hosts Hu in State Visit



VOAVideo: Obama Hosts Hu in State Visit

Military bands and a 21-gun salute were part of the welcome for China's President Hu Jintao as he began the first White House state visit by a Chinese leader in 13 years.

WH.gov: China State Visit Arrival Ceremony (full video approx. 30 min)

President Obama welcomes President Hu Jintao to the White House for a state visit in an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn. January 19, 2011.

wh.gov: Presidents Obama, Hu Meet with Business Leaders (video 10 min)

President Obama and President Hu of China meet with American and Chinese business leaders at a roundtable meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. January 19, 2011.

WH.gov: President Obama and President Hu Press Conference (video 70 min)

President Obama and President Hu Jintao of China hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House. January 19, 2011.

WH.gov: State Visit Working Lunch at the State Department (video 21 min)

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcome President Hu Jintao of China to the State Department for a lunch during President Hu's state visit. January 19, 2011.

WH.gov: State Dinner with President Hu of China (video 16 min)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host President Chu of China at a State Dinner at the White House. January 19, 2011.

VOANews: Obama, Hu Vow Increased Cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, on Wednesday stressed the need to cooperate - even while acknowledging differences on trade, China's currency, and human rights.

President Obama's speech:

At a time when some doubt the benefits of cooperation between the United States and China, this visit is also a chance to demonstrate a simple truth. We have an enormous stake in each other’s success. In an interconnected world, in a global economy, nations -- including our own -- will be more prosperous and more secure when we work together.

The United States welcomes China’s rise as a strong, prosperous and successful member of the community of nations. Indeed, China’s success has brought with it economic benefits for our people as well as yours, and our cooperation on a range of issues has helped advance stability in the Asia Pacific and in the
world.

We also know this: History shows that societies are more harmonious, nations are more successful, and the world is more just, when the rights and responsibilities of all nations and all people are upheld, including the universal rights of every human being.

Mr. President, we can learn from our people. Chinese and American students and educators, business people, tourists, researchers and scientists, including Chinese Americans who are here today —- they work together and make progress together every single day. They know that even as our nations compete in some areas, we can cooperate in so many others, in a spirit of mutual respect, for our mutual benefit.

What Deng Xiaoping said long ago remains true today. There are still great possibilities for cooperation between our countries. President Hu, members of the Chinese delegation, let us seize these possibilities together. Welcome to the United States of America. Hwan-ying. (Applause.)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

MLK 25 Challenge: What are you Doing for Others?



servedotorg: MLK 25 Challenge: What are you Doing for Others?

To mark the 25th anniversary of the King Holiday, and to encourage ongoing service throughout the year, we are launching the MLK 25 Challenge -- a call to all Americans to honor Dr. King by pledging to take at least 25 actions during 2011 to make a difference for others and strengthen our communities. Ask yourself this question: What are you doing for others?

Monday, January 17, 2011

DREAM • ACT• LIVE

"This bill would provide certain illegal and deportable alien students who graduate from US high schools, who are of good moral character, arrived in the U.S. illegally as minors, and have been in the country continuously and illegally for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment, the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency if they complete two years in the military or two years at a four year institution of higher learning."

DreamActivist.org is a multicultural, migrant youth-led, social media hub for the movement to pass the DREAM Act and pursue the enactment of other forms of legislation that aim to mend the broken immigration system.

The DREAM Act Portal is a clearinghouse of local and national DREAM ACT organizations and activities.


servedotgov: MLK Day Legacy of Service - 25th Anniversary

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed the course of history and inspired us to build what he called "the beloved community." The King Legacy of Service 25th Anniversary video tells the story of how Dr. King's birthday evolved into a national day of service. Featuring civil rights luminaries such as Congressman John Lewis, Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery, and Ruby Bridges, the 6-minute video reminds us of the importance of keeping Dr. King's legacy of service alive and challenges us to make service a part of our lives ─ everyday of the year.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Secretary Duncan CSPAN answers



used.gov: Secretary Duncan on CSPAN

Secretary Duncan on CSPAN answers questions about curriculum, standardized tests, and budget cuts.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Google Science Fair: How to enter



Google Science Fair Experiment - Extended From: GoogleScienceFair January 07, 2011

Introducing the world's first online global science competition, the Google Science Fair! Google has partnered with CERN, LEGO, National Geographic and Scientific American to create a new kind of online science competition that is more global, open and inclusive than ever before. Students aged 13 - 18 from around the world are invited to enter and compete for awesome once-in-a-lifetime experiences, scholarships and real-life work opportunities. Sign up today at google.com/sciencefair.

Google Science Fair: How to enter

Google Science Fair on YouTube

Google Science Fair 2011 website

VOANews: Google Searches World for Young Scientists

Google searching world for talented young scientists, engineers, inventors aged 14 to 18

Friday, January 14, 2011

RNA Game Lets Players Help Find a Biological Prize

RNA Game Lets Players Help Find a Biological Prize By JOHN MARKOFF, NYTimes

Scientists are harnessing the wisdom of crowds with an online video game that challenges players to design new ways to fold RNA molecules.

Interactive Feature: Playing With RNA

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Updated AP Scoring: CollegeBoard Multiple-Choice Scores

CollegeBoard Multiple-Choice Scores.

Beginning with the May 2011 AP Exam administration, there will be a change to the way AP Exams are scored. Total scores on the multiple-choice section will be based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points will no longer be deducted for incorrect answers and, as always, no points will be awarded for unanswered questions. Due to the change to the way AP Exams are scored, the scoring worksheets found within the Released Exams in the College Board Store have been revised. To download a new worksheet for a Released Exam, see CollegeBoard Multiple-Choice Scores.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

AP Biology Redesign

Advanced Placement is being redesigned to test more conceptual understanding. These are draft examples of the types of questions that will be found on the new AP Biology test.

New Sample Questions
CollegeBoard AP Biology Sample questions 2001-2010

"For biology, the change means paring down the entire field to four big ideas. The first is a simple statement that evolution “drives the diversity and unity of life.” The others emphasize the systematic nature of all living things: that they use energy and molecular building blocks to grow; respond to information essential to life processes; and interact in complex ways." (Rethinking Advanced Placement)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

APUSH Redesign!

Advanced Placement is being redesigned to test more conceptual understanding. These are draft examples of the types of questions that will be found on the new U.S. history test.

New Sample Questions
CollegeBoard APUSH Sample questions 2004-2010

"[T]he new plans divide United States history into nine time periods and seven overarching themes. But instead of requiring students to memorize the dates of the Pequot War — which, for those of you who forgot, occurred from 1634 to 1638 and eliminated the Pequot tribe in what is now Connecticut — teachers will have more leeway to focus on different events in teaching students how to craft historical arguments." (Rethinking Advanced Placement)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Rethinking Advanced Placement


Rethinking Advanced Placement By CHRISTOPHER DREW, NYTimes

A sweeping redesign of Advanced Placement aims to take the rote out. In biology, that means half the multiple-choice questions.

The New A.P.
Advanced Placement is being redesigned to test more conceptual understanding. Click below for examples of the types of questions that will be found on the new U.S. history and biology tests.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior by AMY CHUA, WSJ.com Saturday Essay

Can a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games and hours of music practice create happy kids? And what happens when they fight back? This essay is excerpted from "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua, to be published Tuesday by the Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Copyright © 2011 by Amy Chua.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dark Materials: Reflecting on Dystopian Themes in Young Adult Literature

Dark Materials: Reflecting on Dystopian Themes in Young Adult Literature By ANNISSA HAMBOUZ and KATHERINE SCHULTEN, NYTImes Learning Network

Are today’s young adult novels darker in theme than in years past? What’s behind the current wave of dystopia in young adult literature? In this lesson, students reflect on some of the reasons dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories appeal to young readers by engaging in one of six different activities

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Math That Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad

Math That Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad By WINNIE HU, NYTimes

Spending money on tablet computers may seem an extravagance, but some educators say they are more than just a cool toy.