News in Education

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My USC alumni association has found me after many years.  One of the perks is a daily email of news in education.  I will be posting some of those that appear to be of general interest.  I will also take off articles that have been on the page for a while to prevent clutter.  –Nancy Boyer

Analyzing MOOCs – A SWOT Analysis By Andrew Spinner, Outlines the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of Massive Online Open Courses.

How Educators and Schools Can Make the Most of Google Hangouts By Mary Beth Hertz, Edutopia Connect classrooms, connect students from around the world, connect with mentors, hold discussions, eliminate travel, use for personal learning circles.

Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail By Jessica Lahey, The Atlantic A new study explores what happens to students who aren’t allowed to suffer through setbacks.

The Boys at the Back By CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS, NYTimes Boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized tests, yet they are far less likely to get good grades, take advanced classes or attend college. Why? A study coming out this week in The Journal of Human Resources gives an important answer. Teachers of classes as early as kindergarten factor good behavior into grades – and girls, as a rule, comport themselves far better than boys.

My Valuable, Cheap College Degree By Arthur C. Brooks, NY Times I possess a 10K-B.A., which I got way back in 1994. And it was the most important intellectual and career move I ever made.

Money Is a Terrible Way to Measure the Value of a College Major
Yes, students need to understand what skills are marketable. But they also need to study subjects that keep them engaged enough to graduate.

The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility
Higher education should be promoted to all students as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening, not just increase their earning power.

In Age of School Shootings, Lockdown Is the New Fire Drill
Kindergartners learn to hide quietly behind bookshelves. Teachers warn high-school students that the glow of their cellphones could make them targets. And parents get regular text messages from school officials alerting them to lockdowns.


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