Monthly Archives: January 2012

The True Cost of High School Dropouts

In 2012, it’s estimated 7 out of 10 ninth graders will drop out of high school before getting their diplomas. A pair of economist-educators tally up the costs to society in this New York Times op-ed. An excerpt: If we … Continue reading

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Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

In this startling analysis, author and former New York Times correspondent Chris Hedges spells out what he sees happening to the United States public school system, public libraries and public airwaves. The end result of de-funding and de-emphasizing the importance … Continue reading

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Spotting Dyslexia Before a Child Starts School

Brain MRIs may provide an early diagnostic marker BOSTON, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Children at risk for dyslexia show differences in brain activity on MRI scans even before they begin learning to read, finds a study at Children’s Hospital Boston. Since developmental dyslexia … Continue reading

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Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool

A professor of physics says the lecture is good for conveying information in some subjects and for some students, but for science, a hands-on approach may work best. “Students have to be active in developing their knowledge,” David Hestenes, a … Continue reading

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Students Are Bored

Larry Strauss Huffington Post A former student of mine, now a police officer and one of my volunteer assistant basketball coaches, disappeared a few seasons ago for several months. When he resurfaced, he told me he had been assigned suddenly … Continue reading

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