Monday, June 30, 2014

Math Under Common Core Has Even Parents Stumbling

Math Under Common Core Has Even Parents Stumbling
By MOTOKO RICH, NYTimes

Parents feeling helpless when confronted with first-grade math work sheets are adding to the political debate about whether the Common Core is another way in which Washington is taking over people’s lives.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rocketship Education changes course

Rocketship Education changes course, slows expansion
By Sharon Noguchi (snoguchi@mercurynews.com), San Jose MercuryNews.com

SAN JOSE -- Rocketship Education shot to national prominence by operating charter schools that produced stellar test scores from poor and immigrant students with a model focused on high-energy teaching, computerized learning and frequent test-taking.

But eight years after its first school opened in a downtown San Jose church, Rocketship has scaled back its ambitious goal of enrolling 1 million students in 50 cities -- which would have put it on the same scale as New York City's school district, the nation's largest. (read more)


Rocketship teachers: the fuel cells of charter network
By Sharon Noguchi (snoguchi@mercurynews.com), San Jose MercuryNews.com

The core of Rocketship Education is its enthusiastic, bright and energetic teachers. They work long hours, are accessible by cellphone at night and, even critics acknowledge, are dedicated to their students and achievement. (read more)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Multimillion-Dollar Minds of 5 Mathematical Masters

The Multimillion-Dollar Minds of 5 Mathematical Masters

The Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, financed by Yuri Milner, a Russian investor, and Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, comes with a $3 million award.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Is a college degree still worth the money? Report analyzes return on investment

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Is a college degree still worth the money? Report analyzes return on investment By Jaison Abel and Richard Deitz

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

If Affirmative Action Is Doomed, What’s Next?

If Affirmative Action Is Doomed, What’s Next?

Two new books offer ideas on how to achieve diversity in higher education without using race-based systems.