Credit Where Credit is Due | theeffortfuleducator

My classroom changed about two years ago.  The way I thought about educating my students and how I wanted to educate myself further took a massive turn on twitter in September of 2016…more on that later.  In the past two years, I have become a much more fervent, yet skeptical, consumer of information with respect to my profession and the classroom. I’ve progressed from being a teacher whose only interaction with professional development occurred if it was mandated by my administration to an educator who cannot seem to devour enough journal articles, books, blogs, edchats (sometimes…

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Equity and excellence | Joanne

New York City’s elite high schools are filled with Asian-American students — many from low-income, immigrant families — who’ve aced the special admissions test. Mayor Bill de Blasio proposes admitting top students from each middle school to boost the very low number of blacks and Latinos, reports Chalkbeat.

Asian-American parents and community members rally to support the Specialized High School Admission Test outside New York’s City Hall. Photo: Monica Disare/Chalkbeat

Offering free test prep didn’t work, writes Laura Waters on NY School Talk. It came too late. The city needs to provide…

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Harvard: Asians aren’t likable, kind, ‘respected’ | Joanne

Asian-Americans are less likely to get into Harvard, despite higher grades and test scores and stronger extracurriculars than other applicants, concludes an analysis of 160,000 student records by Students for Fair Admissions, which is suing the university for discrimination. Admissions officers gave Asian-Americans lower “personal” scores for traits such as personality, likability, courage, kindness and being “widely respected,” reports Anemona Hartocollis in the New York Times.

“Harvard today engages in the same kind of discrimination and stereotyping that it used to justify quotas on…

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Some new data on learning styles |

It’s been 13 years since I wrote about the lack of evidence supporting learning styles theories in American Educator. My editor thought it would be good to review the evidence published since 2005 and write an update. To be honest, I wasn’t that keen on the idea, as I’m pretty sick of writing on this topic. (I’ve written pieces for several other outlets since 2005.) But she was right—there are some new findings of interest.  The whole article is open access, and you can find it here. What follows is a brief summary.
The best known review (that of Pashler et al in 2008) prompted a small rush…

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No, Educators and Policymakers Shouldn’t Just ‘Do What the Research Shows’ (Rick Hess) | larrycuban

  Rick Hess is Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. This post appeared June 4, 2018. The introductory paragraph was omitted.

…. I routinely advise policymakers and practitioners to be real nervous when an academic or expert encourages them to do “what the research shows.” As I observed in Letters to a Young Education Reformer, 20th-century researchers reported that head size was a good measure of intelligence, girls were incapable of doing advanced math, and retardation was rampant among certain ethnic groups. Now, I know…

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Mbo’ers worden studenten. Wat wordt de volgende stap? | Rineke van Daalen

Mbo’ers worden studenten. Wat wordt de volgende stap? Rineke van Daalen Mbo’ers heten niet langer leerlingen of deelnemers, maar studenten. Dat ze ooit deelnemers waren gaan heten was mij ontgaan, maar de verschillende naamsveranderingen wijzen in een en dezelfde richting: meer erkenning voor mbo-studenten. Het gaat niet alleen om een symbolisch gebaar, want de naamsverandering […]

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Not so smart no more | Joanne

IQ scores are falling, at least for Norwegian men, writes Scottie Andrew in Newsweek.

For most of the 20th century, IQ scores have risen steadily in developed countries: The “Flynn effect” is attributed to better nutrition, health care and access to education.


A Norwegian study analyzing male draftees found a steady rise for those born between 1962 and 1975 and a steady decline for those born after 1975.

Researchers blamed “changes in quality of education, increased exposure to media and poor nutrition,” writes Andrew. They ruled out the effects of immigration — they studied…

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