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Washington Monthly | Hot for Teachers
But in the seven years since Rhee left Washington—and with the national press having turned its attention elsewhere—Rhee’s successors have quietly but persistently continued to pursue change. Teaching in D.C., and in public education generally, had long been a low-status occupation marked by weak standards and factory-like work rules. Building on Rhee’s early work, and learning from her mistakes, her successors have effectively transformed it into a performance-based profession that provides recognition, responsibility, collegiality, support, and significant compensation—features that policy experts, including many of Rhee’s harshest critics, have long sought but never fully achieved.
Rhee  charter  Education  teachers  teaching  wages  WashingtonMonthly 
9 hours ago by HispanicPundit
Student Writing in the Digital Age | JSTOR Daily
“Kids these days” laments are nothing new, but the substance of the lament changes. Lately, it has become fashionable to worry that “kids these days” will be unable to write complex, lengthy essays. After all, the logic goes, social media and text messaging reward short, abbreviated expression. Student writing will be similarly staccato, rushed, or even—horror of horrors—filled with LOL abbreviations and emojis.

In fact, the opposite seems to be the case. Students in first-year composition classes are, on average, writing longer essays (from an average of 162 words in 1917, to 422 words in 1986, to 1,038 words in 2006), using more complex rhetorical techniques, and making no more errors than those committed by freshman in 1917. That’s according to a longitudinal study of student writing by Andrea A. Lunsford and Karen J. Lunsford, “Mistakes Are a Fact of Life: A National Comparative Study.”

In 2006, two rhetoric and composition professors, Lunsford and Lunsford, decided, in reaction to government studies worrying that students’ literacy levels were declining, to crunch the numbers and determine if students were making more errors in the digital age.
writing  education  resnetsem 
10 hours ago by cogdog
Wolfram Alpha's Creator Runs a Summer Camp, Too | WIRED
You know, standard teen girl questions like “does this top match this skirt?” and “should I train a new neural net, or modify a built-in classifier and my data to work together?”
education  programming  wolfram  funny 
15 hours ago by yorksranter
I’m in 'Kahoots' with Technology in the Classroom
I’m in ‘Kahoots’ with Technology in the Classroom by Cassandra OSullivan Sachar, EdD via Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning
Education  technology  IFTTT 
17 hours ago by pmdpmd

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