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The kids are all right
The kids are all right
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'A new era of collaboration': "“It’s a total victory!” said Martine Desjardins, president of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec, which is the largest student association with about 125,000 students. “It’s a new era of collaboration instead of confrontation.” "

Too Hot for High School Football? | Mother Earth Journal: "“The climate’s getting warmer so players are exposed to higher temperatures,” said Andrew Grundstein, a climatologist at the University of Georgia and a co-author of a 2012 study of heat related deaths in high schools nationwide. Across the country, deaths of high school football players due to heat nearly tripled from 1994 to 2009 compared to the previous 15 years, according to Grundstein’s study. Heat illnesses in football players have multiple causes, experts say, but as the climate heats up, practices in Georgia – and around the country – are getting watered down just to be safe."

The Stealth Inequities of School Funding | Center for American Progress: "There must therefore be more to the story behind funding inequities. This report tries to provide a fuller picture of the problem so that we know more about what stands in the way of equity. The two chapters that follow explore stealth inequities in school finance, which are defined as often-overlooked features of school funding systems that tend to exacerbate inequities in per-pupil spending rather than reduce them, and that do so in a way that favors communities with the least need."

Schools Matter: Nineteenth Century English Schools for the Poor in Yuma, AZ: Only the Monitors Have Been Swapped Out: "Maybe Carpe Pecuniam would a more appropriate school name. Translation: Seize the Cash. "

Haunts: End the war on children living with disabilities. End it now. – women in and beyond the global: "Over two years ago, we wrote about `seclusion rooms’. These are solitary confinement spaces in schools across the United States. More often than not, they’re closets or utility rooms, anything small and tight with a lock on the outside. That is not seclusion. That is torture."

The Homeschool Diaries - Paul Elie - The Atlantic: "The city’s public schools are underfunded, overcrowded, and perpetually in turnaround. District boundaries governing enrollment change from one year to the next, as do standards for admission to gifted programs and “citywide” schools, accept­ance to which is determined by children’s scores on tests whose educational relevance is questionable. Meanwhile, middle-­class parents are priced out of districts midway through their children’s education, as people a few rungs higher up the ladder move to neighborhoods with acclaimed public schools (the West Village, Park Slope) and put the half-million they would have spent on private schools toward the mortgage."

Families Unlocking Futures: A new report by and for families: "On September 10 2012, Justice for Families and research partner the DataCenter released Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice. This report offers first-of-its kind analysis that details how the juvenile justice system does more to feed the nation’s vast prison system than to deter or redirect young people from system involvement; and demonstrates the incredible damage the system causes to families and communities."

Education Reform and Disruption: What will a "disrupted" Higher-Education system look like? - Quora:  "The Credential will be diced, distributed, stackable and shareable. The existing accreditation system creates a guild of degree providers, and the degree is the only credential that matters. In the future, there will be "micro credentials" that can be transferred by API, and will have easy interfaces for sharing. Since it will be easy to literally see what you learned, where, how, and how fast you learned it, employers and random people you want to impress will take these credentials at face value and choose whether or not to accept them. OpenBadges and are now working on this sort of thing, but LinkedIn could be a player here as well. How will you represent your learning to the world?

As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity | Psychology Today"Kim, who is a professor of education at the College of William and Mary, analyzed scores on a battery of measures of creativity—called the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT)—collected from normative samples of schoolchildren in kindergarten through twelfth grade over several decades. According to Kim’s analyses, the scores on these tests at all grade levels began to decline somewhere between 1984 and 1990 and have continued to decline ever since. The drops in scores are highly significant statistically and in some cases very large. In Kim’s words, the data indicate that “children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle.”"

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