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Are Longer School Hours Coming?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 01, 2010, 11:27 am   

 

During Education Nation on NBC last month, President Obama recommended lengthening the school day and year as a potential solution to our children falling behind. The suggestion inspired praise from some reformers and critique from others, citing more expenses and stringent union contracts. Are longer days and shorter summers the wave of the future for students and teachers?

 
School Choice Case to be Argued Nov. 3
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 01, 2010, 10:24 am   

Just when you thought you could rest from political news, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on a big school choice case November 3rd.  The case is Garriott v. Winn, an Arizona tax credit program.  The ACLU opposes the tax credit program.  It believes it violates both the Arizona Constitution and the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution because it allows taxpayers and parents to contribute to, and claim a $500 tax credit for, contributions to School Tuition Organizations that award scholarships to private schools including religious schools.  The Institute for Justice, on the other hand argues that there is well-established U.S. Supreme Court precedent which allows states to create programs that emphasize parental choice among various educational options, including private religious schools.

 
It's Halloween!
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 27, 2010, 01:28 pm   
This week, Jill Newell, Manager of Professional Development & Communications for the Association of American Educators, helpfully provides some sites that offer Halloween-related lessons and tips.  Her recommendations include those in the bulleted list below.
 
Online Learning Changing the Game for Teachers and Students
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 26, 2010, 12:31 pm   
The AAE blog Online Learning Changing the Game for Teachers and Students notes that "The internet has revolutionized everything in our lives, from paying bills to shopping. Education is now well on its way to being revolutionized by the internet with online learning programs being adopted in school systems across the country. This technology is enabling teachers and students alike to tailor their day based on these new and innovative tools.

"In one Connecticut middle school, students are learning Mandarin Chinese live from an instructor based in Beijing. Using software called myChinese 360, students log in to an internet site that live-streams their instructor. Once logged on, students can participate, ask questions and follow along with the lesson as if they were in the room with their teacher. They even press a button to "virtually" raise their hands.
 
Is Multiculturalism Working?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | October 21, 2010, 11:08 am   


German chancellor Angela Merkel recently caused an international stir when she claimed the country's attempts to create a multicultural society have "utterly failed".  A Guardian article notes that Merkel said “too little had been required of immigrants in the past and repeated her argument that they should learn German in order to cope in school and take advantage of opportunities in the labour market.”

 
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