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NEPC’s 2018 report on virtual and blended schools

The NEPC has just issued its  6th annual report on virtual education, which you can get here. This study examines both full-time virtual schools (429 schools, 296,000 students), and full-time blended schools — those with a substantial on-line component as … Continue reading

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Learning on the land in the city or out of it

Nature-study, then, is not science. It is not knowledge.  It is not facts  It is spirit.  It is an attitude of mind.  It concerns itself with the child’s outlook on the world.   (Liberty Hyde Bailey, The nature study idea. … Continue reading

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Precision

This week, the term “precision,” describing a new approach to social engineering, caught my attention. The first thing that caught my eye was this article, on “precision medicine.”  The Harvard Magazine article reports on genome-specific strategies for treating cancer, as … Continue reading

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Learning styles, again

Audrey Watters, in her “weekly news,” tracks ed research and “research.” Her news post for April 13 links to an article in the Atlantic which reports  recent research  on “learning styles.” This piece is in no sense a systematic review … Continue reading

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What matters in education? Rushing the littles

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed several stories related to early childhood education, providing evidence that “Kindergarten is the new first grade,” or something like that.  A paper by Bassok et al. from 2016, provides some evidence that things … Continue reading

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Arne sees progress. How about you?

The former Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has published a column in the Washington Post (dated April 1) in which he argues that the past 30 years of education reform have been a success, or at least have produced some successes. … Continue reading

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Talking and teaching

In your projects, what role does classroom talk take, and who is doing the talking?  The typical story of STEM education’s evolution recounts an increasing emphasis on the social construction of knowledge — and that means, a lot of the … Continue reading

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Science at home — and first things first

Valerie Strauss, in her blog The Answer Sheet, has posted a story entitled “Parents want to help kids learn science — but many have no idea how.”  The story is actually written by Shelley Pasnik of EDC, based on a … Continue reading

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Truth decay and STEM education

Where topics are taught that may generate controversy (such as biological evolution)… the curriculum should help students to understand the full range of scientific views that exist, why such topics can generate controversy, and how scientific discoveries can profoundly affect … Continue reading

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Curriculum a panacea — again?

In my career at TERC, I have been a curriculum developer more than anything else. I love that work, because it’s about the science, and about doing  my best to help teachers bring exciting and absorbing phenomena to their students … Continue reading

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