Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Trouble With Homework

Education writer Annie Murphy Paul examined the question: “How effectively do children’s after-school assignments advance learning?” in The New York Times. The science shows the size and weight of a student’s backpack are a lot less important than the lessons … Continue reading

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Princeton, Harvard, Williams Top U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

U.S. News & World Report released its 2012 evaluation of the nation’s top colleges and universities. Princeton tied Harvard at the top national university rankings. Notre Dame was ranked 19th and University of Michigan was 28th among national universities. Kalamazoo College … Continue reading

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SAT reading scores fall to lowest level on record

SAT reading scores for the high school class of 2011 were the lowest on record, according to the College Board in a report filed by the Associated Press. Combined reading and math scores fell to their lowest point since 1995. … Continue reading

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College Students in Early Classes Get Better Grades

The early birds get more than just grub — they get the grades. Education researchers at St. Lawrence University in New York report that students who enroll in morning classes get better grades. The reasons for the higher grades may have to do … Continue reading

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What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents

A new report finds a majority of teachers are leaving the profession after less than five years. The big reason? It’s not unruly students, administrative infighting or long hours. It’s the parents. In an article for CNN, educator Ron Clark provides details and discusses … Continue reading

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Back to School Night Tips

Some good ideas and helpful reminders for “Back to School Night” from USA Today. The article also includes some strategies for parents with multiple kids at one school. The piece is a quick read. It includes tips to save parents … Continue reading

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