Monday, August 29, 2011

Online Enterprises Gain Foothold as Path to a College Degree

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

A Short-Lived Test, Even With Coaching

A Short-Lived Test, Even With Coaching By TAMAR LEWIN, NYTimes

Signing up for some online classes, a reporter discovers she has forgotten a lot about math. Also, that studying in front of a computer is lonely.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

How to Fix Our Math Education

How to Fix Our Math Education By SOL GARFUNKEL and DAVID MUMFORD, NYtimes

The current curriculum is not a good way to prepare a vast majority of high school students for life.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Young Hispanics’ College Enrollment Rose 24% in Year, Study Says

Young Hispanics’ College Enrollment Rose 24% in Year, Study Says By SABRINA TAVERNISE, NYTimes

The Pew Hispanic Center says the increase was not just about population growth, but reflected educational attainment goals as well.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Open Courses, Nearly Free

Open Courses, Nearly Free By TAMAR LEWIN, NYTimes

The University of the People relies on volunteer professors to teach 10-week online courses to poor students in 100 countries around the world.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Do We Spend Too Much on Education?

Do We Spend Too Much on Education? NYTimes, Room For Debate

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?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope?

Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope? By ROBERT LIPSYTE, NYTimes

Boys’ aversion to reading, let alone to novels, has been worsening for years, prompting the question — what turns boys into readers?

Monday, August 22, 2011

U.S. News’ Gold Medal High School List & Asian American Students

U.S. News’ Gold Medal High School List & Asian American Students by Tim, 8Asians.com

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

Gold Medal List | US News Best High Schools

Mega-Congrats to #70 Monta Vista and #98 Lynbrook!

Gold Medal List US News Best High Schools

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

Back-to-School Special: 9 Credit-Card Tips For Students

Back-to-School Special: 9 Credit-Card Tips For Students by Martha White, Time.com

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

The New Students Going to Black Colleges

The New Students Going to Black Colleges by Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ.com

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

Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course

Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course By JOHN MARKOFF, NTimes

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

In $32 Million Contract, State Lays Out Some Rules for Its Standardized Tests

In $32 Million Contract, State Lays Out Some Rules for Its Standardized Tests By SHARON OTTERMAN, NYTimes

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

APUSH MUST READ: Joseph Ellis' FOUNDING BROTHERS and AMERICAN CREATION



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.


More resources for Founding Brothers and American Creation

Other Books by Joseph J. Ellis:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Life After High School

Life After High School By Annie Murphy Paul

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

Back-to-School Special: 5 Tips on Picking a Good School

Back-to-School Special: 5 Tips on Picking a Good School By Andrew J. Rotherham, TIME.com Aug 4, 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

Straight A's in High School May Mean Better Health Later in Life

Straight A's in High School May Mean Better Health Later in Life TIME.com Dec 9, 2010

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

Two stories about Student-Athletes

Student-Athlete Equation Could Be a Win-Win By JONATHAN MAHLER, NYTimes

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.


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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

Schools Plan Leap Into Data

Schools Plan Leap Into Data By MELISSA KORN And SHARA TIBKEN, wsj.com

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

College Grants Spared From Cuts

College Grants Spared From Cuts By LAURA MECKLER, wsj.org

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

Heffernan: Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade

Heffernan: Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade, byVirginia Heffernan, NYTimes Opinator Blog

It’s time to stop preparing students for a world that no longer exists.

Monday, August 8, 2011

For a Standout College Essay, Applicants Fill Their Summers

For a Standout College Essay, Applicants Fill Their Summers By JENNY ANDERSON, NYTimes

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

Nonprofit Nurtures Students as Writers

Nonprofit Nurtures Students as Writers By YUKARI IWATANI KANE, wsj.com

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

A Progress Report on Geography

A Progress Report on Geography By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, NYtimes

The Department of Education recently released the results of its national geography survey, and there were both good and bad implications

Friday, August 5, 2011

Online courses: Task force wants to allow fees

Online courses: Task force wants to allow fees by Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer, SFGate.com

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

The Corner Office Eludes Many Asians

The Corner Office Eludes Many Asians By KYLE STOCK, wsj.com

Despite an outsized share of Ivy League degrees, Asian-Americans are under-represented in executive suites, according to a new study.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

States Test No Child Left Behind

States Test No Child Left Behind By STEPHANIE BANCHERO, wsj.com

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

Local Basketball Stars Shun Bay Area Colleges

Local Basketball Stars Shun Bay Area Colleges By SAM LAIRD, NYTimes

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

Long Fights for Sports Equity, Even With a Law

Long Fights for Sports Equity, Even With a Law By KATIE THOMAS, NYTimes

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.