Anxiety is way up for teens: Why? | Joanne

Severe anxiety afflicts more U.S. teens than ever, writes Benoit Denizet-Lewis in the New York Times Magazine. What’s going on?

Over the last decade, anxiety has overtaken depression as the most common reason college students seek counseling services. In its annual survey of students, the American College Health Association found a significant increase — to 62 percent in 2016 from 50 percent in 2011 — of undergraduates reporting “overwhelming anxiety” in the previous year. Surveys that look at symptoms related to anxiety are also telling. In 1985, the Higher Education Research Institute at…

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Whatever Happened to Behavioral Objectives? | larrycuban

Not much. They are still around but often goes by an alias.

Introduced in the early 20th century, behavioral objectives are like  wallpaper in a favorite room that is stripped and then re-papered with wallpaper of a different hue but closely resembling the discarded debris. In short, the phrase has different names today (e.g., performance objectives,  learner outcomes, competencies-based outcomes) but remains common across the educational domain as well as in business, medicine, and other professional work. They are now a permanent fixture of organizations but not called “behavioral…

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Education pays — but there’s more than one way | Joanne

Education is a path to upward mobility, writes Fordham’s Mike Petrilli in response to Rachel Cohen’s Atlantic story, Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income. Petrilli edited Education for Upward Mobility to which I contributed a chapter.

“Four-year college degrees . . .  are the closest things we have to a guarantee of propelling poor kids into the middle class,” writes Petrilli.

However, “while a college degree has a big payoff, it also comes with a low probability,” he writes. “Among children from the bottom third of the income distribution, (Andrew) Kelly estimates, just 14 percent…

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Latinos go to college — but few earn 4-year degrees | Joanne

Latinos’ high school graduation rates have soared and they’re far more likely to enroll in two- and four-year colleges. However Latino college graduation rates have stalled, reports Catherine Gewertz in Education Week.

“Only two in 10 Latinos earn bachelor’s degrees, compared to nearly 1 in 3 blacks and 45 percent of whites,” according to a new report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, Latino Education and Economic Progress: Running Faster but Still Behind.

Two-thirds of Latino students enroll in community colleges with low graduation rates, the study finds….

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Homework Isn’t A Bad Word | theeffortfuleducator

Like assessment, homework has taken a lot of flack lately; and unduly so, I believe.  There is a real push, and even a hashtag (#ditchHW), that aims to end the practice of teacher-prescribed homework for students.  In my best estimation, those who oppose homework cite either a lack of evidence for its effect or a more pressing need for quality family time in our current climate.  In all honesty, I totally sympathize with the argument for more family time.  I love teaching.  I love my students.  I love reading about the intricacies in teaching methods/research and thinking about how I can…

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Onderweg Graag Offline | Paul Kirschner

Regelmatig schrijf ik stukken over dat men niet kan multitasken en wat, als men wel probeert dit toch te doen, de gevolgen hiervan kunnen zijn. Meestal gaat het over leren en hoe multitasken tot slechter leren leidt, maar deze keer niet. Bij dezen, dus, mijn excuses hiervoor maar ik vond/vind dit veel te belangrijk om … Continue reading Onderweg Graag Offline

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Biloxi pulls ‘Mockingbird’ for use of ‘n-word’ | Joanne

Gregory Peck and Brock Peters starred in the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Biloxi (MS) eighth-graders won’t read To Kill a Mockingbird because someone complained, said Kenny Holloway, vice president of the school board. “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable and we can teach the same lesson with other books,” he told the Sun Herald.

A reader told the Sun Herald the classic book was dropped “mid-lesson plan . . . due to the use of the ‘N’ word.”

I wonder what other books Biloxi will find to teach about racial injustice without making anyone…

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