Below is a list of a few of the educational news items that have caught my attention in the last week.
Spare the rod and teach the child:
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/07/13/2208604/duke-scientists-spare-the-rod.html - an article about threats and rewards activate different circuits in the brain. I don’t think the research proves much else about the effectiveness of threats or rewards, but it is an interesting read.
Why teachers should be scholars:
http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/12650/ An article looking at how teachers can teach any subject regardless of their expertise in that subject. Here is a quote from the article…”What the figures suggest is that far too many teachers in English schools lack the academic knowledge required to develop intellectually their pupils.”
Tens of millions slashed from the Queensland education budget with more to come:
Edmodo secures 25 million in funding:
Lack of Respect for Teaching to Blame for Mediocre US Education Results
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-lynch-edd/american-students-conside_b_1682100.html Here is a quote “It seems Joe Public fails to realize that in order to solve problems that plague the nation — in order to solve any problem — knowledge is needed. Ignorance only begets more ignorance. In seeking resolutions to some of our most puzzling questions, we must have educated people in place capable of addressing such quandaries.”
13 Professional development websites for teachers
Should schools embrace BYOD (bring your own device)?
http://neatoday.org/2012/07/19/should-schools-embrace-bring-your-own-device/ interesting thought…BYOD might be a way of propping up declining educational budgets
Obama to spend 1 billion on developing an elite teachers corp
http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/12133-obama-admin-unveils-$1-billion-%E2%80%9Cmaster-teacher-corps%E2%80%9D Leaves me wondering when a politician might actually have a creative and original idea…I’m sure I’ve heard all this before
Parents reject proposal for late school start
http://bangordailynews.com/2012/07/19/news/lewiston-auburn/parents-reject-auburn-school-committee-proposal-for-late-class-start/ One school district wanted to start school 2 hours later on a Wednesday to give the teachers professional development time. Seems like the parents don’t support the idea…who would have thought…?
What has caught your attention in educational news where you are?