Brilliance Not Age-Related Jack Andraka, at 14, began looking for a simple way to detect pancreatic cancer, motivated as I was by someone about whom he cared. It’s been successful in experiments but still needs validation.
Are Good Teachers Appreciated?The New Teacher Project, “The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools,” found that only 47% of high performing teachers were praised by their bosses for their good work.
A Major Step In Online EducationThe recent leadership crisis at the University of Virginia, perceived as moving too slowly on digital progress, turned out to be faulty. The University just announced that it will be moving to online learning on a global scale.
No More 'Borrowing' In MathAs part of making math instruction become more rigorous, more precise terms are being used, words closer to their mathematical meanings and better able to translate into higher math.
Attacking Problems of Failing SchoolsThe American Federation of Teachers, usually focused on urban education, is leading a five-year effort to improve education in McDowell County, West Virginia.
Independent Bookstores IncreaseReading habits have changed and the American Booksellers Association, (ABA), an organization of independently owned bookstores, counts 1830 independent member stores, 400 more than in 2005.
School Districts Rethinking Zero-ToleranceDenver and Los Angeles are rethinking zero tolerance policies after reports of severe punishments for youth misjudgments like carrying a toy gun.
Using <em>Little Red Riding Hood</em> To TeachThe Washington Post describes an integrated approach to teaching that was piloted in 90 kindergartens across Montgomery County, Maryland. It is expected to be picked up nationwide.
US Students Discover UK CollegesAccording to <em>The Washington Post</em>, the number of US undergraduates at British schools rose 30% in five years to more than 3500 students, and in 2010, applications increased by 17%.
High School PokerPoker as a learning tool has been gaining attention since George Nesson formed the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society at Harvard, which now has chapters in several other colleges.