3-7-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Defining the Diploma: NJ’s 21st-Century High School Graduate

What should high school in New Jersey accomplish for students and communities? Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet joins the first of a four-part series of roundtables on the state of our education

What should a New Jersey high school diploma stand for in these modern and complicated times? And how do we get there?

These will be the central questions when NJ Spotlight this morning hosts a conversation with state Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet and three prominent high school principals. The title: “Defining the Diploma.” It’s the first in a four-part NJ Spotlight roundtable series, Defining the New Jersey High School Diploma.


John Mooney | March 7, 2019



Star Ledger--What you absolutely need to know about Murphy’s budget — taxes, pensions, spending and weed

A year after a bruising budget battle brought New Jersey to the brink of a shutdown, Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday delivered a state budget address aimed at reconciling with the Democratic lawmakers whose support he’ll need to pass his $38.6 billion spending plan and raise taxes on the state’s affluent taxpayers.


Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Updated Mar 5, 7:41 PM; Posted Mar 5, 2019


Associated Press (via Philadelphia Inquirer)--School lessons targeted by climate change doubters

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards. A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma state senator wants educators to be able to introduce alternative viewpoints without fear of losing their jobs.

As climate change becomes a hotter topic in American classrooms, politicians around the country are pushing back against the near-universal scientific consensus that global warming is real, dire and man-made.

Of the more than a dozen such measures proposed so far this year, some already have failed. But they have emerged this year in growing numbers, many of them inspired or directly encouraged by a pair of advocacy groups, the Discovery Institute and the Heartland Institute.


Michael Melia, The Associated Press, Updated: March 6, 2019- 2:19 PM



New York Times--Using Arts Education to Help Other Lessons Stick

The arts can be a source of joy in a child’s day, and also come in handy for memorizing times tables.

In “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” Betty Smith’s 1943 autobiographical novel about growing up poor in the early 20th century, the public school that the heroine attends is a pretty bleak place. But “there was a great golden glory lasting a half-hour each week when Mr. Morton came to Francie’s room to teach music.”


Perri Klass, M.D| March 4, 2019



Education Week--One-Fourth of K-12 Math Instruction Occurs Digitally, Survey Suggests

Despite the massive influx of devices and software into K-12 schools, educators say the vast majority of math instruction takes place offline, according to a new survey from market intelligence firm Simba Information.

"Only about one-quarter of math instructional time is spent using digital tools or content," according to the "K-12 Mathematics Market Survey Report 2019," released by the group last month.

"Educators appear to still want substantial time for direct instruction, group work, and traditional problem solving via paper and pencil."


Benjamin Herold on March 6, 2019 12:40 PM



The Atlantic--The Stigma of Choosing Trade School Over College

When college is held up as the one, true path to success, parents—especially highly educated ones—may worry when their children opt for vocational school instead.

Toren Reesman knew from a young age that he and his brothers were expected to attend college and obtain a high level degree. As the children of a radiologist—a profession that requires 12 years of schooling—his father made clear what he wanted for his boys: “Keep your grades up, get into a good college, get a good degree,” as Reesman recalls it.


Meg St-Esprit| Mar 6, 2019