Thursday, February 16, 2006

News in Education

Scott sees the light or ateast the "rigor"
Scott Somerville said yesterday
I publicly disagreed with Spunky about the "rigourous secondary education standards" language in the Omnibus Deficit Reduction Act, and she took it very graciously. So it's only fair that I publicly report that she's right about the big issue that surfaced in our little spat. There is good reason to be concerned about the new federal push for "rigor" in education.
I appreciate the vote of confidence. To give added credibility to my claims about education reform, Scott linked to Virtual Dave, an associate professor at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. His post sounds like something I could have written myself. (Maybe I need to go back and get a PhD. to boost my credibility.)

If you give the government a crisis....
We are at a crossroads in higher ed. similiar to where we were over ten years ago in secondary education. Some are crying that there is a "crisis of confidence" in higher education. And of course any "crisis" will need a government fix. Any fix is going to include “objective and demonstrable learning outcomes.” And of course to do that you need a test. (HT: Joanne Jacobs)

He's not giving them a break.
John Stossel continues his assualt on the public schools. This guy isn't messing around. (I wonder if he has a PhD?) (HT: Boltbabe)

Education News at Spunky's
Some have asked me to post every so often on what we do around our house. We are using Tapestry of Grace. (Author Marcia Somerville now has a blog.) We are studying World War II. Here's what we're reading,

Steve: another Civil War book.
Spunky: The World is Flat by Friedman (thanks Julana) and The Case for Democracy by Natan Sharansky.
Kristin: The Gathering Storm by Churchill.
Jason: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Josh: The Double Helix by James Watson about the discovery of DNA.
Katie: Waitng for Anya about a Jewish girl during WWII.
Elizabeth: American Girl Molly Series.
Elaina: is in an Amelia Badelia rut. I have to say I love them too!

As a family I was going to read the Story of the Von Trapp Family. But I think I'm going to suspend that and read Stephen Soldier of the Cross. It is the sequel to Titus: Comrade of the Cross.

We are all into bacteria as well. We have two microscopes and my son is actively culturing anything in a dish of agar. He called me on my cell phone while I was enjoying a Starbuck's with Steve to tell me they saw their own blood cells under a microscope. Since this is a family blog, I will spare you the details of how they acquired the blood. But don't worry no one died.

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