Sub fired for teaching ‘vagina’ art | Joanne

Allison Wint is job hunting.

In a lesson about controversial art, a substitute art teacher told eighth graders that some viewers see “vaginas” in Georgia O’Keeffe‘s paintings, reports the Detroit Free Press. Allison Wint was fired by Harper Creek Middle School for . . . Saying the word “vagina?”

Wint remembers saying: “Imagine walking into a gallery when (O’Keeffe) was first showing her pieces, and thinking, ‘Am I actually seeing vaginas here, am I a pervert?’ ”

Through the course of the lecture, she went on to use the word vagina “maybe 10 times,” she said. “But it was never in a…

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Social emotional learning for everyone, or special interventions for disruptors? | Katharine Beals

Grit, growth mindsets, social emotional learning (SEL): these latest edu-fads are flourishing as never before–the more so as No Child Left Behind is succeed by the Every Student Succeeds Act. In assessing our school children, states must now include at least one “non-academic” measure.” The claim, of course, is that non-academic factors ultimately influence academic performance. And who would argue with the idea that how much you persevere, and how engaged you are, affects how much you learn?

But when schools divert students away from learning activities in order to engage in “social…

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College encourages lively consensus | Joanne

Trescott University encourages a lively exchange of one idea, president Kevin Abrams told The Onion.

“We recognize that it’s inevitable that certain contentious topics will come up from time to time, and when they do, we want to create an atmosphere where both students and faculty feel comfortable voicing a single homogeneous opinion,” said Abrams, adding that no matter the subject, anyone on campus is always welcome to add their support to the accepted consensus.

Counseling is available for any student made uncomfortable by the viewpoint.

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To help the poor, give them money | Joanne

To prepare children from low-income families for school success, U.S. policy and funding has focused on Head Start and universal pre-kindergarten, writes Brookings’ Russ Whitehurst. But research shows that giving more money to low-income parents is more cost effective, he writes.

The Earned Income Tax Credit, which raises the income of  low-income working parents, is more effective than providing free pre-K for four-year-olds, he writes. The chart also shows the modest effects of class-size reduction and Head Start.

Northern European countries focus on supporting family incomes rather…

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Wat Leren Leraren in de Leraaropleiding (en wat Niet)? | Paul Kirschner

Deze blog schreef ik oorspronkelijk voor het meinummer van het blad Didactief waar ik iedere maand iets schrijf over m.i. spraakmakend wetenschappelijk onderzoek en wat de betekenis daarvan is in/voor het onderwijs. Dit keer gaat het over wat leraren leren in hun opleiding (en wat niet), vooral met betrekking tot bewezen, evidence-based aanpakken. Dit keer […]

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Teen birth rate hits new low | Joanne

The teen birth rate has declined by 61 percent since its peak in 1991, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between 2006 and 2014, the teen birth rate for Hispanics fell by 51 percent and for blacks by 44 percent, while the birth rate for white teens declined by 35 percent. Hispanic and black teens remain twice as likely to give birth.

Some think MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” has discouraged teen pregnancy by showing its challenges.

More teens “are taking advantage of innovations like long-acting injectable and implantable methods that can last years over a daily birth…

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Learning to Code vs. Coding to Learn (Michael Trucano) | Dick van der Wateren

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Michael Trucano posted this on his blog December 8. 2015. From the World Bank blog: “Michael Trucano is the World Bank’s Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, serving as the organization’s focal point on issues at the intersection…

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