Blog posts from 2010

December 29, 2010

This article in the New York Times describes how football fields in Los Angeles may now be sponsored by Nike.

Facing another potential round of huge budget cuts, the Los Angeles school board unanimously approved a plan on Tuesday night to allow the district to seek corporate sponsorships as a way to get money to the schools.

As they discussed the proposal at Tuesday night’s meeting, several board members expressed distaste with the idea of opening up schools to business, but...

December 27, 2010

Last week at age 18 Danielle McBurnett become the youngest nurse practitioner in the country at age 18.

She started taking college classes at age 12, and graduated high school at 15 before enrolling in the nursing program at Arizona State University.

Arizona Central reports that...

December 22, 2010

In this blog post for the Citizens League policy organization Education|Evolving associate Kim Farris-Berg questions a recent study that technology leads to distraction, and thus away from learning.

Ultimately, she...

December 20, 2010

Waiting for Superman has really drawn attention to the hunger that families have for good schools. 700+ applications for 40 spots at a school in Harlem; scenes of mothers riding public transit for hours in search of good schools.

In this scene from the movie Bill Gates talks about the importance of education to the country’s future. “People get panicked about the economic success of this country,” he says, and “there is one thing that will determine that.”

“We cannot sustain an economy based on innovation unless...

December 17, 2010

Recently we commented on an interesting study by Charles Kerchner and Laura Mulfinger that provided keen insights into teacher-run schools.

In another post we highlighted an excerpt that showed how students at one school, operating as a student congress, decided that instead of banning cell phones in the school, they would allow phones but...

December 15, 2010

EdWeek ran this interesting article on a study put out yesterday by Fordham and Basis Policy Research.

The researchers examined over 2,000 chronically low-performing elementary and middle schools, and found that it is difficult to close them. Despite...

December 13, 2010

After comparing four years of semester grades with standardized state exams, teachers at Ellis Middle School in Austin, Minnesota noticed a discrepancy. A small but significant portion of student that got good grades in class did not score well on the tests; while another portion that received high scores on the year-end state tests were C or D students during regular coursework.


December 10, 2010

In this guest post Nick Dennis, assistant headmaster at Felsted School, an independent school in Essex, England, describes their experience in the first year of a two-year commitment as a regional training center for innovative use of Apple products. He describes how the school has come to see that technology need not be a distraction; should not be considered a panacea itself; yet has capacity to help teachers rethink ways technology can improve learning.

December 8, 2010

With the release of PISA scores yesterday, anxiety rose in face of middling US results, and strong Chinese performance—particularly Shanghai. The references to Russia are back, with the President saying that, “Fifty years later, our generation’s Sputnik moment is back.”

The United States scored in the 20’s on most subjects measures. The image of China as rising power: “The(ir) work ethic is amazingly strong,” a...

December 6, 2010

This past summer Apple senior vice president for retail Ron Johnson spoke to the Civic Caucus policy group, and this blog commented on Apple’s One-to-One education program that he described. In designing the stores, he said, they first went to auditorium seating for teaching lessons to customers.

Immediately they began experiencing fewer questions during the sessions, and...