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7/23/2015 – Get Ready For The Next Wave Of Education “Reform”

THIS WEEK: Pre-K Reduces Special Ed Placements … Teach Kids To Share … Kids In Poverty … STEM Myth … Real Education Matters


Get Ready For The Next Wave Of Education “Reform”

By Jeff Bryant

“Education activists are rejoicing that the latest versions of No Child Left Behind reauthorization coursing through Congress may give struggling schools a way to have more control over their own governance and destiny … As anti-democratic pressures appear to be easing on the federal front, they are ratcheting up in states across the country. In fact, the next form of education “reform” may be as bad or worse than what NCLB imposed.”
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How Early Education Can Reduce Special Education Placements

New America Foundation

“Two effective early childhood programs implemented in North Carolina … decreased third grade special education placements through early intervention … Third grade enrollment in special education is a critical benchmark, because transitions out of special education decrease dramatically after third grade … The study found that when combined, the programs reduced special education placements by 39% This not only means that almost 40% fewer children would be enrolled in special education at the end of third grade, improving their later in life outcomes, but also presents significant cost savings to the state … They further add to the research that proves the myriad benefits of high quality early education programs, especially for our most at risk students.”
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If You Want Your Children To Succeed, Teach Them To Share In Kindergarten

The Washington Post

“Kindergartners who share, cooperate and are helpful are more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later than children who lack those social skills … Kids who get along well with others also are less likely to have substance-abuse problems and run-ins with the law… Early-childhood education programs and schools could identify children with weak social skills early on, when they are still very receptive to learning how to behave differently … Children who interact well as kindergartners are more likely to make friends and get positive feedback from teachers and, therefore, are more likely to like school and stay in school.”
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More Children Are In Poverty Today Than Before The Great Recession


“One out of five American children live in poverty … 22% of children live in poverty, up from 18% in 2008 … Minnesota led the United States in children’s overall well-being … Minnesota has one of the lowest rates of uninsured children in the country. The state also maintains ongoing early childhood education programs … At a time when economic crisis gripped the nation, and when many states cut social welfare programs in a desperate attempt to manage budget deficits, Minnesota preserved many of these programs designed to help low-income individuals and families … At the bottom is Mississippi, where the child-poverty rate is a staggering one in three.”
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The Frenzy About High-Tech Talent

The New York Review Of Books

“In Falling Behind?, Michael Teitelbaum … vehemently denies that we are lagging in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, now commonly abbreviated as STEM … The US has all the high-tech brains and bodies it needs, or at least that the economy can absorb … Of 19.5 million holders of degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, only 5.4 million were working in those fields … 28% of engineers and 38% of computer scientists were either unemployed or holding jobs that did not need their training … In the decade ending in 2022, the number of engineering jobs will have increased only by 8.6%, which falls short of the 10.6% rise expected for the workforce as a whole. Most striking are forecasts for the chemical, mechanical, and electrical specialties, long mainstays of the profession. Together, the three are estimated to grow by only 4.3%, well under half the expected growth in the workforce.”
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Real Education Still Matters: Exposing the Limits And Myths of Educational Instrumentalism

Teachers College Record

Sociology professor at Georgetown University Peter Cookson writes, “The dominant narrative concerning the purposes of education has become increasingly narrowed and instrumental … Educational instrumentalism … elevates the quantifiable ‘products’ of education such as paper credentials and time spent in school above the complex, adventurous, and rebellious processes that characterize transformative education … Educational instrumentalism is the background metaphor and rationale of much of contemporary educational policy discussions … Progressive education in the tradition of John Dewey … is desperately needed today. Not only because it is based on ethical principles of freedom that are essential for the preservation of democracy, but expressive, progressive education is the only educational philosophy that can actually prepare today’s students for tomorrow.”
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