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11-10-17 Education in the News

The Record--Teacher's union gambled big and lost, faces loss of clout in Trenton

Leaders of New Jersey's teachers' union are gathering in Atlantic City and facing an ironic dilemma: a loss of clout in Trenton.

The New Jersey Education Association spent about $5 million on a failed bid to unseat state Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, whose Democratic caucus named him Thursday to another term as their leader. In the Assembly, the teachers union backed allies of Speaker Vincent Prieto, who announced Thursday he was stepping down amid a challenge from Craig Coughlin, a fellow Democrat.

And overall, legislative candidates endorsed by the union won in 76 percent of races Tuesday, the union's second-worst showing in the past nine legislative election cycles.


James Nash, State House Bureau, @jmnash Published 5:55 a.m. ET Nov. 10, 2017


Philadelphia Inquirer--5 questions: Psychologist weighs in on specialization in youth sports and a parent's role

Parental tirades and children’s tears on the sidelines of sports games are almost common fare.

Parents know they shouldn’t lose their cool, but sometimes they just can’t seem to resist.

Joel Fish aims to help.

A parent of three kids in sports, a licensed psychologist, and a sports psychologist, Fish is also director of the Center for Sport Psychology in Philadelphia, where he works with athletes of all ages and skill levels. And, sometimes, with their parents. He’s been a sports psychology consultant for various professional teams, including the 76ers, Flyers, Phillies, USA women’s national soccer team and the USA women’s national field hockey team.

He’s also the author of 101 Ways to Be a Terrific Sports Parent. We talked to him recently about just that.


Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer| Updated: November 8, 2017 — 3:01 AM EST


Education Week--The Case(s) Against Personalized Learning

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are backing it with hundreds of millions of dollars. States from Florida to Vermont have adopted supportive laws and policies. And school districts across the country are embracing this emerging education trend.

But as "personalized learning" takes root, it's also coming under greater scrutiny.

Leading researchers say their work does not support the most enthusiastic claims being made by personalized-learning supporters. Education experts are raising questions about implications for teaching and learning. Tech-industry critics are sounding alarms about Silicon Valley's growing influence over public schools. And a small but vocal coalition of parents and activists from across the political spectrum deride the term "personalized learning" as an Orwellian misnomer for replacing teachers with digital devices and data-mining software.

Such resistance is probably not surprising.


Benjamin Herold| November 7, 2017

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