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Hazing, combined kindergarten, citizen science in the classroom, and Common Core fight: Required Readings, 07.29.14

Those following the unfolding drama regarding the marching band at Ohio State University may be interested in this interview, which notes that “few hazing victims see it that way.

The Kindergarten Hub at one Detroit elementary school is moving in a different educational direction, with 100 students and 3 instructors in a combined classroom setting. What do you think: groundbreaking or horrifying?

Citizen science in schools seems to engage students, generate data, and raise interest in the world outside the classroom. Meanwhile, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has announced the winners of its Stand Up for Science competition, designed to promoted the importance of funding basic science research.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was for the Common Core standards before he was against them. And the state’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has voted to join a lawsuit against the governor aimed to keep the implementation process on track, claiming that Jindal exceeded his authority when he took action to suspend Common Core tests for the upcoming school year.

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  1. July 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm —

    100:3 is an atrocious ratio, especially at Kindergarten age. Are they basically admitting it’s not about educating every kid anymore? It seems like we’ve gone from a sense that we should try to educate every child, as we’ve come to understand how difficult that would be, to a sense that we should just teach those who can learn easily in large group settings and blame the others for “not trying hard enough.”

  2. August 13, 2014 at 2:46 am —

    In South Dakota, politicians refused to accept the Common Core Science Standards just because they don’t like the idea of Federal oversight. So I’ve only just gotten a draft of the proposed South Dakota Science Standards. These standards were chosen by a swath of teachers and employees of the SD Department of Education to find excellent standards for South Dakota without risking government overreach. The proposed standards are word for word identical to the Next Generation Science Standards. I knew that the process was a joke to appease politicians, but I didn’t realize that they’d copy and paste the NGSS. Good on them, though, I really like the NGSS, and they are, technically, developed at the state level instead of the Federal level, so I guess the politicians got what they wanted too.

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