K-12 Education

7:33am

Sun June 1, 2014
NPR Ed

In Kentucky, Moving Beyond Dependence On Tests

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:36 pm

A school in Danville, Ky., has become a national exemplar.
Anya Kamenetz NPR

The white, split-rail fences of horse farms line the two-lane road that takes you southwest from Lexington. It's a beautiful half-hour drive to Danville, Ky.

Settled in 1783, the town is proud of its history. In Constitution Square, across Main Street from Burke's Bakery, sits a tiny log cabin that was once the first post office west of the Allegheny Mountains.

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4:03pm

Fri May 30, 2014
NPR Ed

Is The Deck Stacked Against Black Boys In America?

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 5:27 pm

President Obama, with Attorney General Eric Holder and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, speaks about a report from My Brother's Keeper, an initiative to expand opportunities for young men and boys of color.
Susan Walsh AP

The numbers are grim. Black boys are more likely than white boys to live in poverty, and with a single parent. They're also more likely to be suspended from school and land in prison, and less likely to be able to read.

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2:31pm

Fri May 30, 2014
NPR Ed

Standardized Testing: The Onion Nails It

Are tests biased against students who just don't care? The Onion weighs in.
Chad McDermott iStockphoto.com

Standardized tests. A lot of parents hate them because they think they're too stressful, that their kids take too many, and that a bad test could ruin hopes of Harvard.

Some teachers are dubious because they're often judged, in part, on how well kids do on these tests.

As for the kids... they hate 'em, too. But kids in the U.S. hate standardized tests for very different reasons than, say, kids in the U.K. or Japan or Finland.

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1:21pm

Tue May 27, 2014
NPR Ed

A Dress Code Double Standard? #YesAllWomen Answers 'Yes'

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 1:49 pm

The Santa Barbara shootings this weekend and the online rants of the 22-year-old identified as the gunman brought an outpouring of reaction online over the weekend.

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6:03am

Mon May 26, 2014
NPR Ed

Your Thoughts On The Most Important Challenge Facing Education

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:47 pm

Many call for revisions in education.
Nic McPhee Flickr

For our first blog post last week, we asked about the biggest opportunities and challenges in education today and repeated the call on Twitter. Here's what you said. You can also read this story on Storify.

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