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Posts tagged with ‘common core’

  • A Scientific Habit of the Mind

    By Matt Impink on November 17, 2014
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    As the education system continues to evolve, the emphasis on STEM education must also evolve. The focus in the early stages of STEM education has been simply throwing money at the development of STEM education amongst teachers and students. Seemingly saying, “Holy crap, we’ll pay you a lot of money if you’re a STEM major,” the results have been disappointing. […]
  • If you rely on air and water, you’ll want to read this

    By Bruce Hetrick on February 10, 2014
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    Viewers of “Downton Abbey” have learned a painful lesson this season about the dangers of distraction: While everyone’s attention is focused elsewhere, a dastardly deed might be done—one with long-lasting and mushrooming repercussions. On “Downton,” the crime is rape. The victim is one of the sweetest women on the show, a lady’s maid named Anna. The bad guy is an outsider, […]
  • Common Core: Cooperation or Civil War

    By Matt Impink on February 5, 2014
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    In the United States there are often national problems that must be solved by 50 individual states. When states have resisted cooperation, it has sometimes led to disastrous consequences. In Colonial America, there were state or regional differences between various weights and measures. A bushel of oats in New Jersey was 28 pounds while a bushel in Connecticut weighed 32 […]
  • Creating a Public

    By Sheila Suess Kennedy on September 13, 2013
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    One of the reasons many of us believe so passionately in public education is that it is–in the words of political scientist Benjamin Barber–”constitutive of a public.” In other words, in addition to teaching children English, math, science, history and other subjects, public schools are intended to create a generation of citizens. Of course, if the sole purpose of schooling […]