Posted on September 3, 2013 by LA School Report | http://bit.ly/UXHVhZ
If you’re not an online subscriber to the New York Times, you might want to max-out your free monthly quota (of ten stories) today. [ smf: I just ordered the entire issue on my Kindle: 99¢ ] The Science Times section, entitled “Learning What Works,” focuses exclusively on education with a look “beyond the alarming headlines about science and math achievement.” One article, “Fewer Topics, Covered More Rigorously” reports on the Common Core implementation in New York; another, “Field-Testing the Math App,” looks at preschool apps developed with Boston Public Radio, WGBH.
A full list of stories follows
from the New York Times | http://nyti.ms/17LdLsh
Science Times Special Section: Learning What Works | Sept 3 2013
Expecting the Best Yields Results in Massachusetts
By KENNETH CHANG
Adopting rigorous standards, and sticking with them while giving teachers some breathing room, has helped Massachusetts’ students rise to No. 1 in the nation on science and math achievement.
With Common Core, Fewer Topics but Covered More Rigorously
By KENNETH CHANG 4:32 PM ET
As states adopt the new Common Core standards for math education, teachers prepare for a shift from breadth to depth, particularly in the earlier grades.
Guesses and Hype Give Way to Data in Study of Education
By GINA KOLATA 2:41 PM ET
Amid a sore lack of data, one federal office is conducting randomized trials of various educational programs to determine which live up to their claims.
‘Sesame Street’ Widens Its Focus
By ELIZABETH JENSEN
With its usual silliness, “Sesame Street” is introducing serious concepts about nature, science, math and engineering to its target audience of children too young to read.
Chinese Educators Look to American Classrooms
By DAN LEVIN
While the world may be dazzled by Chinese students’ test scores, educators in China worry that the lack of hands-on science learning is stifling innovation and critical thinking.
Standard-Bearer in Evolution Fight
By CORNELIA DEAN
Eugenie C. Scott, longtime director of the National Center for Science Education, has spent a career beating back efforts to teach creationism in schools across America.
Young Students Against Bad Science
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA
Meet some high school and college students who have taken stands on issues connected to science education.
Cognitive Science Meets Pre-Algebra
By BENEDICT CAREY
Mixing related but distinct concepts in lessons has proved more effective than focusing on one subject at a time, though it feels harder.
Field-Testing the Math Apps
By LISA GUERNSEY
With the advent of interactive touch screens, educational apps have taken off. Until recently, there has been little research into their effectiveness, but that is starting to change.
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