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8-26-19 Education in the News

Star Ledger—Op-Ed: On behalf of parents everywhere, I ask teachers to include these important lessons

As another school year begins, parents in New Jersey, and presumably all over the country, turn our attention to what is, and is not, taught in elementary and secondary school. Some have suggested such topics as financial literacy skills – meaning taxes, balancing a checkbook, and the implications of a mortgage or car payment – be added to the curriculum


 Mark Weinberg| Star-Ledger Guest Columnist|  Posted Aug 25, 8:38 AM



Jersey Journal--Jersey City teachers union to appeal ruling on union reps’ pay, NJEA says

The state teachers’ association said Friday that the Jersey City teachers’ union would be appealing an appellate court ruling that barred the school district from using district funds to pay for two teachers who perform union work on a full-time basis.


Joshua Rosario | The Jersey Journal| Updated Aug 23, 2019; Posted Aug 23, 2019


NY Times--How to Help Your Child Study

Regardless of a child’s age or challenges, parents can encourage sound homework routines for a successful start to the school year.

Every cartful of new school supplies is loaded with promise: binders organized by subject, crisp homework folders and pristine notebooks. But for many parents it can feel like it’s just a short hop from those freshly sharpened pencils to a child in full meltdown over a barely started English essay.

You don’t have to let go of the optimism. As parents, teachers and tutors, we have some concrete advice for staving off the tears — for both parents and children.


Brian Platzer and Abby Freireich| Aug. 22, 2019


Education Week--With New Anti-Plagiarism Tool, Google Enters Familiar Debates About Teaching Writing

Google has announced the launch of a new tool aimed at detecting when students submit work that is not their own, thrusting itself into long-running debates over how to root out plagiarism while also protecting students’ privacy and teaching them how to responsibly cite others’ work.


Benjamin Herold| August 22, 2019



Education Dive--Punitive discipline's effectiveness hazy as schools fight teen vaping

Experts say preventative education and intervention are more effective than punishment to counter misinformation and discourage e-cigarette use.

Students are vaping — in school bathrooms, between classes and after school — and at the crux of the crisis is the spread of misinformation.


Naaz Modan| Aug. 23, 2019



Edutopia--What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

The author of The Importance of Being Little on the costs of our collective failure to see the world through the eyes of children.

Erika Christakis is a former faculty member of the Yale Child Study Center and the author of the best-selling book The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need From Grownups. Christakis says that we’ve reached a perilous moment for very young kids: Increasingly we treat them as commodities and find ourselves “in danger of losing the child in childhood.”


Emily Kaplan| August 23, 2019



The Hechinger Report--Researchers can detect when students aren’t trying on computerized tests

A testing company spots disengaged students who are guessing answers too quickly

More than 10 percent of boys make rapid guesses on a low-stakes standardized test of reading, according to an analysis of nine million students. Steven Wise/NWEA


When you’re running out of time on a multiple-choice test, it makes sense to guess the rest of the answers rather than leave the questions blank. But it turns out that a surprisingly high number of students are guessing their way throughout a test, even when they’re not pressed for time or trying to boost their scores.


Testing experts have a name for it: rapid guessing.


Jill Barshay| August 26, 2019


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