Dear Deborah, A year ago, the Los Angeles Times created a media sensation when it obtained the names and test scores of thousands of teachers, then commissioned a researcher to rate them in relation to their “effectiveness” in raising test scores. The Times then published online the names and ratings of those thousands of teachers. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan saluted the Times for rating teachers and naming names, but the overwhelming majority of testing and evaluation experts thought it was a terrible idea. The experts understand that evaluating teachers by their students’ test scores is fraught with problems.
Archive for September, 2011
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Catherine Allgor, professor of history and Presidential Chair at the University of California, Riverside, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to the board of trustees of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation.
The White House announced Allgor’s nomination on Sept. 6. Her appointment requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate before she begins serving a six-year term on the foundation.
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, established by Congress in 1986, promotes the teaching of the Constitution by giving fellowships to secondary school educators, enabling them to get master’s degrees in American history, American government, and social studies. The Read full post…
The Department of Education and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the new gainful-employment rules, saying the department’s procedures in adopting the regulations were “fully consistent with applicable law.”
In a tersely worded response filed with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Mr. Duncan and the department “deny that the regulations were unduly influenced by any external group,” as the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities claimed in its July lawsuit.
They also argue that the suit should be dismissed because the federal court lacks jurisdiction in the matter, that the association failed to exhaust all of its administrative remedies, and that the lawsuit failed to state a claim the court could remedy.
Pediatricians are often the first source of help for children struggling with their weight. Yet kids doctors can unintentionally harm weight-control efforts if they use terminology to describe the weight problem that makes children or their parents feel stigmatized or blamed.
Thats why a new study in Pediatrics examined parents feelings about the terms used to describe childrens excess weight. As the studys introduction describes, the words really do matter:
In 2010, the British public health minister announced that health providers in Britain should call their patients with obesity “fat” to motivate them to lose weight. Som
Harvards website carried a message from the “Syrian Electronic Army”
Harvard University has had its website hacked in what appears to be a “sophisticated” Syrian-related attack.
Along with a picture of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, the hacked home page showed a message saying the “Syrian Electronic Army Were Here”.
A further message made terror threats against the United States and criticised its opposition to the Assad regime.
Harvard said this has been the work of a “sophisticated individual or group”.
“The universitys homepage was compromised by an outside party this morning.
BEDFORD TWP., MICH. — If you look around your yard, you probably have daylilies. They are very hardy in the midwest and sometimes they can even be a nuisance. Wendy Arquitt is an avid gardener in Bedford Township and she has plenty of day lilies. She says many of them are ready to divide.
BEDFORD TWP., MICH. — If you look around your yard, you probably have daylilies. They are very hardy in the midwest and sometimes they can even be a nuisance.
Wendy Arquitt is an avid gardener in Bedford Township and she has plenty of day lilies. She says many of them are ready to divide.Read full post…