Education officials said the decline in scores was unexpected, but could be related to changes ushered in by the Common Core standards. Source: Nationwide Test Shows Dip in Students’ Math Abilities – The New York Times I commented as follows. The major reason for poor math performance is clear to me. It’s due to unscrupulous […]
Nationwide Test Shows Dip in Students’ Math Abilities (NY Times) I Say, It’s Not Going to Stop Until It’s Stopped
There is much that you can do to keep cognitively sharp. Source: Can You Get Smarter? – The New York Times When I wrote this I felt like I was boasting (not a pleasant feeling) but the topic is too important to not tell the truth. Here it is. This piece fits with my experience […]
“How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge – The New York Times” Sure, But Who Can Teach It?
High-stakes testing isn’t the only problem, and it’s time for schools to change their approach. Source: How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge – The New York Times My view: This cannot be stated enough: The reason K-12 is so bad is because college is so bad. I know this. […]
a strategy for first graders learning addition. If you want to remember what 8+5 is, you recall that 8 needs two more to be 10; take those two away from the 5 and give them to the 8, leaving you with 10+3 = 13 Source: Meet the New Common Core – The New York Times […]
But don’t get too excited. It’s the same as the old one…My kid has had teachers who liked and understood the math they taught. But not everyone’s so fortunate Source: Meet the New Common Core I added, Prof. Ellenberg, I too am a mathematician, but, unlike you, I have been fortunate enough to have taught […]
Universities are struggling to figure out how to impart information to students that won’t be overridden in the near future by computers and robots. Source: What to Learn in College to Stay One Step Ahead of Computers – NYTimes.com I commented. (twice, unfortunately. I thought they had deleted my first comment:() Unfortunately, as thoughtful as […]
A small, if vocal, movement urging parents to have their children sit out standardized exams took off this year, maturing from scattered displays of disobedience into a widespread rebuke. Source: ‘Opt Out’ Becomes Anti-Test Rallying Cry in New York State – NYTimes.com I commented further. Don’t test? Then, according to Harvard professor, and MacArthur Fellow, […]
I made a previous comment on this subject. “…From a purely financial perspective, high income parents should be willing to pay about $6,500/yr to get [a teacher in the 84th percentile vs. one at the 50th percentile]…Impacts on earnings are…similar in percentage terms for students from low and high income families…great teachers [as measured only […]
“Is Testing Students the Answer to America’s Education Woes?” The Real Answer is: Test the Colleges Through the Teachers!
Opinions on testing public schools students as a way to measure progress and as an accounting tool are varied, but are these exams working? Source: Is Testing Students the Answer to America’s Education Woes? – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com My Comment “Almost everyone involved in this debate is missing the 800-pound gorilla in the […]