School arms race | Joanne

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The Use and Misuse of Education Research: How Does Dr. Avis Glaze’s Raise the Bar Stack Up? | Paul W. Bennett

A sweeping Nova Scotia education reform report, Dr. Avis Glaze’s Raise the Bar, is now attracting an incredible amount of scrutiny in the regional media, among academics, and flocks of tweeting ‘parakeets’ on social media.  As one of Canada’s outstanding educators with impeccable Ontario Institute for Studies in Education credentials, the controversy might strike most Canadian education researchers as downright bizarre. In a field – provincial education policy- not known for stellar, evidence-based research, it is also peculiar and unusual enough to warrant some serious investigation.

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Niet Iedereen Haat Directe Instructie | Dick van der Wateren

Beste Paul, Ik weet niet of ik je stuk serieus moet nemen, of dat het bedoeld is als satire of provocatie. Voor een empirisch onderzoeker heb je een tamelijk bizarre titel gekozen, die makkelijk te falsificeren is. Eén uitzondering is voldoende en die uitzondering heb ik snel gevonden, namelijk mijzelf. Vermoedelijk zijn er nog wel […]

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More guns in school? | Joanne

An armed sheriff’s deputy waited outside Stoneman Douglas High School for “upwards of four minutes” while a gunman was shooting, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. During seven minutes of gunfire, 14 students and three adults — a teacher and two coaches — were killed.

Israel said Deputy Scot Peterson, the school’s resource officer, should have gone in and “killed the killer.” Suspended without pay, Peterson resigned and then retired.

Teachers and staff in Clifton, Texas, trained at a gun range in 2013 to qualify for a concealed-carry license. Photo: Lance Rosenfield/Education Week…

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Iedereen Haat Directe Instructie (Terwijl het Werkt!) | Paul Kirschner

Deze blog – korter en met minder links naar materialen – is als blog verschenen in het maartnummer van Didactief. In een blog van Robert Pondiscio (echt de moeite van het bezoeken waard), werkzaam aan de Thomas B. Fordham Institute in de VS, noemde hij directe instructie de Rodney Dangerfield van curricula. Rodney Dangerfield was […]

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The Use and Misuse of Education Research: How Does Dr. Avis Glaze’s Raise the Bar Stack Up? | Paul W. Bennett

A sweeping Nova Scotia education reform report, Dr. Avis Glaze’s Raise the Bar, is now attracting an incredible amount of scrutiny in the regional media, among academics, and flocks of tweeting ‘parakeets’ on social media.  As one of Canada’s outstanding educators with impeccable Ontario Institute for Studies in Education credentials, the controversy might strike most Canadian education researchers as downright bizarre. In a field – provincial education policy- not known for stellar, evidence-based research, it is also peculiar and unusual enough to warrant some serious investigation.

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Even confident, capable girls don’t study STEM | Joanne

Girls who are high achievers in math, and confident about their ability, are less likely to major in math, engineering and science than high-achieving, confident boys, conclude Gema Zamarro & Lina M. Anayas, who tracked students through college.

At all achievement levels, boys are more confident of their math abilities than girls. That confidence seems to matter more for boys than girls. High confidence raised the probability of majoring in a “hard sciences” STEM field by 13 percentage points for boys, only 6 percentage points for girls, the study found.

High achievement raised the…

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