More States Opting To ‘Robo-Grade’ Student Essays By Computer

More States Opting To 'Robo-Grade' Student Essays By Computer

From Weekend Edition on NPR. Annotations in source available here. "Robograders" are on the rise in high stakes testing, and other aspects of our classrooms. Keep in mind this is just an algorithm looking for patterns in student writing. An algorithm isn't magic, it's code (writing) written by people. "The idea is bananas, as far … Continue reading More States Opting To ‘Robo-Grade’ Student Essays By Computer

Education unfits us for slavery; we need to protect the Department of Education

Education unfits us for slavery; we need to protect the DOE (The Hechinger Report)
Last week, the White House released a proposal to restructure the federal government, featuring a plan to merge the Department of Education and Department of Labor. Black students, whose ancestors’ bodies were once reduced to instruments of labor in slavery, have the most to lose from this politically-driven merger.

Andre Perry in The Hechinger Report: The notion of a governmental reboot seems fair enough. Government bureaucracies that grow over time can be anathema to innovation and efficiency. Technology has challenged the way we engage with all institutions, and the federal government could certainly improve its use of technology to better deliver services. [7/2/2018 3:56 … Continue reading Education unfits us for slavery; we need to protect the Department of Education

No literacy, no liberty: We are condemning our children to a future without hope

No literacy, no liberty: We are condemning our children to a future without hope | Opinion (Newsweek)
Democrats and Republicans should be ashamed of our recent education report card.

A good piece highlighting the recent 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test scores. The authors indicate the abysmal performance of U.S. students, while indicating the following: should leave all of us—Democrats and Republicans, wealthy or poor alike—ashamed of how we are condemning our children to a future of economic insecurity and social decay. The … Continue reading No literacy, no liberty: We are condemning our children to a future without hope

What Will Schools Look Like in the Future?

What Will Schools Look Like in the Future?

From the Freethink channel: Everyone wants America’s education system to do better. Ex-Googler Max Ventilla has a radical idea for how to make it work more like a social network. Ventilla’s AltSchool is building a highly-personalized education experience that gets better and cheaper as more students use it. In a decade, AltSchool may not have … Continue reading What Will Schools Look Like in the Future?

The perils and promises of listening to parents

The perils and promises of listening to parents (BOLD)
Encountering unexpected barriers to improving preschool in Ghana

The health sector has developed many successful community-based approaches to alter health-related perspectives and behaviors. A recent study found that community-based theater was an effective way to teach about the prevalence and social predictors of stroke and change behaviors. On a larger scale, nationwide public awareness campaigns have helped countries successfully vaccinate entire populations. Perhaps we need a similar … Continue reading The perils and promises of listening to parents

This is real resistance: Teachers strike back against neoliberal assault on public education

This is real resistance: Teachers strike back against neoliberal as... (Salon)
Teachers have finally had enough of the campaign against public education — amazingly, the public is with them

Henry A. Giroux in Salon: The power of collective resistance is being mounted in full force against a neoliberal logic that unabashedly insists that the rule of the market is more important than the needs of teachers, students, young people, the poor and those deemed disposable by those with power in our society. Teachers are tired … Continue reading This is real resistance: Teachers strike back against neoliberal assault on public education

What Is Digital Literacy?

What Is Digital Literacy? (Education Week)
For educators, digital literacy means much more than learning to read online. Here's a guide to understanding it.

This post is from 2016, a lifetime in Internet years. How much of this thinking has changed? While the word "literacy" alone generally refers to reading and writing skills, when you tack on the word "digital" before it, the term encompasses much, much more. Sure, reading and writing are still very much at the heart … Continue reading What Is Digital Literacy?

The Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are in Revolt

The Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are in Revolt (nytimes.com)
After a quarter-century of steady growth on education spending, a shock to the system.

American teachers are angry. They have taken to the streets in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado — and more recently in North Carolina. Dissent is building in Louisiana and Nevada, too. The protests have been recent, but the seeds of anger were planted during the last recession, when per-pupil spending (that had increased for … Continue reading The Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are in Revolt

Higher education is ailing. It hasn’t been destroyed – yet.

Higher education is ailing. It hasn’t been destroyed – yet. (Bryan Alexander)
Over the past week a discussion about the future of American higher education has unfolded across the web. Things began with the publication of new enrollment data.  I commented on this, and Josh K…

Excellent presentation of facts, findings, and trends from Bryan Alexander on the recent discussion about the life and death of higher ed. The takeaway: Where does that leave us?  Large areas of American higher education are suffering.  Their business model might not work any longer.  Student debt is unprecedented, dangerous, and continuing to grow.  Partly in … Continue reading Higher education is ailing. It hasn’t been destroyed – yet.

Here’s How Higher Education Dies

Here’s How Higher Education Dies (The Atlantic)
A futurist says the industry may have nowhere to go but down. What does the slide look like?

Bryan Alexander started grappling with the idea of “peak higher education” in 2013—inspired by the notion of “peak car,” “peak oil,” and other so-called “peaks.” At the time, there were signs that the industry was already struggling. The number of students enrolled in higher education had dropped by a little over 450,000 after years of booming growth, the proportion … Continue reading Here’s How Higher Education Dies