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  • The Education Establishment’s “Success”

    07/31/2014 7:22:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Campus Report ^ | August 2014 | Deborah Lambert
    It’s sad but true. Nearly 50% of high school seniors know the names of The Three Stooges (Larry, Moe and Curly) but can’t name the three branches of government. And fully one-third of students asked for the origin of the statement “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” responded that this came from the Bill of Rights when it actually came from The Communist Manifesto. So says Dr. Walter Williams, the eminent free market economist and higher education critic, who explained in a recent column at Townhall.com that examples like this are a testament to...
  • Scott Walker Calls on Wisconsin Legislature to Repeal Common Core

    07/17/2014 9:41:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/1/7/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) called on state lawmakers Thursday to pass a bill in January that would repeal the Common Core standards and replace them with “standards set by people in Wisconsin.” According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Walker released a statement Thursday afternoon, just hours after two Republican state senators, Leah Vukmir and Paul Farrow, issued a joint press statement calling for a delay in the use of the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) that are aligned with the Common Core standards. Earlier in the year, Walker helped draft a bill that would create a state board to replace...
  • Now There Are Three: Oklahoma, South Carolina Join Indiana in Exiting Common Core

    06/06/2014 8:03:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6-6-14 | Kelsy Harkness
    Common Core is on the chopping block. Oklahoma today became the third state to exit the national education standards and reclaim its decision-making authority in education. The move comes on the heels of South Carolina, which days ago put an end to Common Core—setting precedent for other states to follow. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley quietly signed a bill withdrawing the state from Common Core, but Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, also a Republican, was not shy about stating her reasons for pulling her state from the national standards. “We are capable of developing our own Oklahoma academic standards that will...
  • Revolt Against the Testing Tyrants

    03/19/2014 4:35:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Have you had enough of the testing tyranny? Join the club. To be clear: I'm not against all standardized academic tests. My kids excel on tests. The problem is that there are too damned many of these top-down assessments, measuring who knows what, using our children as guinea pigs and cash cows. College-bound students in Orange County, Fla., for example, now take a total of 234 standardized diagnostic, benchmark and achievement tests from kindergarten through 12th grade. Reading instructor Brian Trutschel calculated that a typical 10th-grade English class will be disrupted 65 out of 180 school days this year...
  • Harvard Student Charged In Bomb Hoax

    12/17/2013 2:59:05 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 66 replies
    WBZ Boston ^ | 12/17/13 | WBZ Boston
    BOSTON (CBS) — A Harvard student has been charged in connection with Monday’s bomb threats which shut down four Harvard buildings and canceled finals for many students. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Eldo Kim, 20, of Cambridge, emailed several bomb threats to offices associated with Harvard University, including the Harvard University Police Department and the Harvard Crimson, the student-run daily newspaper. Kim will be in US District Court Wednesday. According to the complaint, two officials of Harvard University, and the president of the Harvard Crimson, received identical anonymous email messages bearing a “subject” line that read “bombs placed around campus.”...
  • Sacramento County To Offer Home STD Tests For Chlamydia, Gonorrhea

    08/27/2013 11:09:28 PM PDT · by grundle · 4 replies
    CBS News/Sacramento ^ | August 26, 2013 | Anjali Hemphill
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento County’s health department will begin distributing a take-home STD test for women that won’t cost users a penny. The city has one of the highest rates of STDs in the state, and it keeps going up every year. Now a new online program will hopefully get more people to get tested. “We definitely need all the help we can get,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. The division of public health says STDs are spreading like wildfire in Sacramento, with chlamydia and gonorrhea considered an epidemic. “Many people who have STDs do not...
  • PayPal tests mobile payments using your face for verification

    08/08/2013 10:28:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    cnet ^ | 8/8/13 | Lance Whitney
    PayPal is rolling out a new trial for British consumers to see if they really can leave their wallets at home. Recently kicking off in London borough Richmond upon Thames, the test includes 12 different merchants set up to accept PayPal payments, according to the company. Using the PayPal app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, shoppers can see nearby participating merchants highlighted on their mobile phones. They can then "check into" a certain store by clicking on its name and pay for an item by sliding an animated pin down the screen. The person's name and photo then pops...
  • City students' scores take dramatic plunge on new standardized tests (NYC)

    08/08/2013 7:02:26 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 61 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | August 7, 2013 | Corinne Lestch, Ben Chapman, Jennifer Fermino
    Only about one-third of students from grades 3-8 passed the new math and reading proficiency tests, down from nearly a two-thirds in 2012. The new tests are more closely aligned to academic standards adopted by nearly every other state, but critics say children weren't properly prepared to the roll out. New York students struck out on tougher math and reading exams, posting a giant drop in scores on the high-stakes tests that were just as dire as education officials predicted. Only 31% of New York State students in grades 3 to 8 passed the 2013 math and reading tests, down...
  • No closer to common ground: Hearing airs concerns on Common Core

    05/23/2013 6:06:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-22-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON –Nearly three years after state Superintendent Tony Evers signed off on implementing the Common Core State Standards, the Assembly and Senate committees on education got around to holding a public hearing to get the facts on the changes in Wisconsin classrooms. The room was packed Wednesday, mostly made up of ‘stop Common Core’ advocates with signs and red T-shirts. There was no mixing up these Common Core opponents with the suit-wearing government bureaucrats and experts asked to testify. Some attendees were shipped down the hall to an overflow room to watch the hearing. The showing at the Capitol could...
  • French tests ease fears of coronavirus transmission

    05/11/2013 10:41:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Reuters) - ^ | May 11, 2013 6:42am EDT
    Three people who came into contact with France's only confirmed case of coronavirus have tested negative for the SARS-like disease, with results pending on two others, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Saturday. Lab results were expected later in the day on a friend or family member of the infected man, who remains in serious condition, and another patient who shared his hospital room, the minister and doctors told reporters in Lille, northern France. A doctor, a nurse and a third health professional who had come into contact with the 65-year-old confirmed to have coronavirus are in the clear
  • Envelope tests positive for ricin at Washington mail facility

    04/16/2013 3:25:05 PM PDT · by gore_sux · 122 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/16/2013 | Mike Brooks and Dana Bash
    Washington (CNN) -- An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.
  • The Boys at the Back

    02/05/2013 7:57:53 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 2, 2013 | CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS
    As one critic told me recently, the classroom is no more rigged against boys than workplaces are rigged against lazy and unfocused workers. But unproductive workers are adults — not 5-year-olds. If boys are restless and unfocused, why not look for ways to help them do better? As a nation, can we afford not to? A few decades ago, when we realized that girls languished behind boys in math and science, we mounted a concerted effort to give them more support, with significant success. Shouldn’t we do the same for boys? When I made this argument in my book “The...
  • Hillary Clinton has more tests, 'is much better'

    02/04/2013 12:55:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/4/13 | ap
    (AP) Hillary Clinton has more tests, 'is much better' NEW YORK Her husband says former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has undergone more medical tests but is "doing much better." Former President Bill Clinton made the remarks Monday to New York Congressman Peter King. The two spoke in front of a journalist outside the funeral of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (kahch). Bill Clinton said his wife had five hours of tests on Sunday and was told to "take it easy for another month." He said if her progress continues, "she'll be completely recovered."
  • North Korea's Nukes and the Ferocious Kim Jong-un

    01/30/2013 3:52:45 PM PST · by DanMiller · 8 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 30, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Will the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea (DPRK) test another atomic bomb soon and will the test "target" the United States? It seems likely, but how might it be done? The world has been awaiting another North Korean nuclear test since its failed missile launch of April 12, 2012. It was then thought that she was ready for one. That seems not to have been accomplished yet, but another missile launch, also anticipated, took place on December 12, 2012 when North Korea successfully launched a three stage rocket to put a "satellite" into orbit. That launch was frowned upon and...
  • ‘Anti-testing movement’ grows among American teachers

    01/28/2013 1:23:38 PM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/28/2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    ...“I, along with 3 million educators across the country, proudly support our members’ efforts in saying ‘no’ to giving their students a flawed test that takes away from learning and is not aligned with the curriculum,” said National Education Association President Dennis van Roekel...
  • Why Equality Must Die

    07/14/2012 7:47:56 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 9 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 July 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    One of man’s faults is that he always swings from one extreme to another, without taking more than a pit stop in that lonely land called Enlightened Distinction. For example, it’s understandable that the French Revolutionaries would have adopted “égalité!” as part of their battle cry, coming as they did from a society in which class distinctions trumped all. But now we’ve come full circle, from preserving group-defined inequality regardless of merit — to enforcing group-defined equality regardless of merit. A case in point is a recent ruling mandating that New York City must hire unqualified black and Hispanic firefighters....
  • US takes back supercomputing crown with world's fastest computer

    06/18/2012 8:12:23 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 22 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6/18/12 | FoxNews
    A U.S. supercomputer has won back the crown in the never-ending battle for the world's most powerful supercomputer. Its victory is the latest milestone marking the steady climb of computing power all across the globe. The Top500 industry list gave its No. 1 ranking to the Sequoia supercomputer housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California — a spot earned by Sequoia's ability to crunch 16.32 quadrillion calculations per second (16.32 petaflops/s). Such supercomputing power is used by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration to simulate nuclear weapons tests for older weapons that have been sitting in the U.S. arsenal....
  • Strange Tests

    06/10/2012 6:53:43 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 4 replies
    Basic training ^ | Sunday June 10, 2012 | Gene Cunningham
    Strange Tests Sometimes God's commands make no apparent sense at all; when that is the case, it is because He does not want them to make sense to us. God does not do anything without a reason, and He can always be trusted absolutely to be devising good. Sometimes He just wants us to show that we understand that, so He gives us strange tests. Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is rewarder of those who seek him. (HEB 11:6) To Abraham the test...
  • Firing of Dobbs Elementary teacher upheld for aiding students on tests (cheating)

    05/27/2012 3:58:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    AJC ^ | 5/23/12 | Jaime Sarrio
    Firing of Dobbs Elementary teacher upheld for aiding students on testsBy Jaime Sarrio The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 5:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012 The firing of a fifth teacher in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal was upheld Wednesday by a tribunal. Derrick Broadwater, a teacher at Dobbs Elementary, was accused of helping students with words they didn't know and prompting them to recheck answers if he suspected something was incorrect. The tribunal voted to uphold APS' decision to terminate Broadwater after hearing recordings of the teacher talking to GBI investigators in March 2011. “I always tell my kids to go...
  • If you feel OK, maybe you are OK.

    03/15/2012 8:53:33 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | 02/27/12 | H. Gilbert Welch
    Recently, however, there have been rumblings within the medical profession that suggest that the enthusiasm for early diagnosis may be waning. Most prominent are recommendations against prostate cancer screening for healthy men and for reducing the frequency of breast and cervical cancer screening. Some experts even cautioned against the recent colonoscopy results, pointing out that the study participants were probably much healthier than the general population, which would make them less likely to die of colon cancer. In addition there is a concern about too much detection and treatment of early diabetes, a growing appreciation that autism has been too...
  • Walker unveils plans for boosting reading skills

    01/05/2012 4:23:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Gov. Scott Walker and the state schools superintendent unveiled a task force's recommendations Wednesday for how Wisconsin might ensure that every child can read by the end of the third grade, including testing incoming kindergarteners' reading proficiency, providing teachers with more training opportunities and holding teachers to higher standards. Walker formed the Read to Lead task force in March after reading tests showed Wisconsin students were falling behind students in other states. He and state Superintendent Tony Evers unveiled the recommendations at a public school in the Milwaukee suburb of Greendale. They called the recommendations an "aggressive plan to improve...
  • SAT Reading Scores Fall to Lowest Level on Record

    09/14/2011 12:04:13 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 66 replies
    Scores on the critical reading portion of the SAT college entrance exam fell three points to their lowest level on record last year, and combined reading and math scores reached their lowest point since 1995. The College Board, which released the scores Wednesday, said the results reflect the record number of students from the high school class of 2011 who took the exam and the growing diversity of the test-taking pool -- particularly Hispanics. As more students aim for college and take the exam, it tends to drag down average scores. Still, while the three-point decline to 497 may look...
  • French Airport Tests 'Virtual' Hologram Boarding Agents

    08/18/2011 11:31:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Orly, France - An airport in France is experimenting with "virtual" boarding agents in a bid to jazz up its terminals with 21st century avatars who always smile, don't need breaks and never go on strike. The pilot project at Paris' Orly airport began last month, and has so far been met with a mix of amusement and surprise by travelers, who frequently try to touch and speak with the strikingly life-like video images that greet them and direct them to their boarding gate. The images materialize seemingly out of thin air when a boarding agent -- a real live
  • Atlanta public school educators cheat to improve student test scores

    07/06/2011 8:14:18 AM PDT · by Steve495 · 15 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | July 6, 2011 | Steve McGough
    Georgia attorney general releases 800-plus page report detailing cheating scandal at Atlanta public schools. Teachers, school administrators and principals were directly involved with various efforts – including outright cheating and changing student answers – to increase the Atlanta school systems student performance scores. Some even held “erasure parties” on weekends to change answers. The report stated that children were denied special-educational assistance because their falsely reported CRCT scores were too high, and during testing, teachers pointed to the correct answer while standing at students’ desks. According to the report, Parks Middle School had the most educators accused of cheating under...
  • Health fair at Black Expo event offers free tests (Indiana - $1000 worth of stuff for everyone)

    07/15/2011 7:21:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    7/13/11
    Link only - Health fair at Black Expo event offers free tests
  • Dozens of Atlanta educators falsified tests, state report confirms

    07/05/2011 12:07:40 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 25 replies
    CNN (Communist News Network) ^ | Today | CNN Wired Staff
    Dozens of Atlanta public school educators falsified standardized tests or failed to address such misconduct in their schools, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday in unveiling the results of a state investigation that confirmed widespread cheating in the city schools dating as far back as 2001. "I think the overall conclusion was that testing and results and targets being reached became more important than actual learning for children," Deal said. "And when reaching targets became the goal, it was a goal that was pursued with no excuses." Falsifying test results made the schools appear to be performing better than they really...
  • Iran tests missiles capable of reaching Israel, U.S. bases

    06/28/2011 8:31:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    JTA ^ | 6/28/11 | Staff
    (JTA) -- Iran reportedly tested medium- and long-range missiles that are capable of reaching Israel and U.S. bases. Tuesday's firing of the missiles came on the second day of the Revolutionary Guards' war games. The day before, Iran's military displayed on national television underground missile silos programmed to hit predetermined targets with medium- and long-range missiles, including Israel and U.S. bases in the Middle East, in the event of an attack. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards Air Force, told the English-language semi-official Iranian news service Fars that the United States and Israel were Iran's only enemies,...
  • On Eternal Life...( I john 1)

    06/23/2011 11:55:58 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 3 replies
    And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.(I John 5:11-13)The letter of the apostle John is all about clarity.His burden is to let christians know what is what and who...
  • Obama: Measure students with more than tests (Hope, change AND dreams?)

    03/28/2011 10:57:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    TBO ^ | 3/28/11
    Obama: Measure students with more than testsThe Associated Press March 28, 2011 Updated: 11:13 pm WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Monday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways than just exam results. Too much testing makes education boring for children, he said. **SNIP** Latino students make up one in five of all students in prekindergarten through high school in the U.S. but lag far behind whites in educational attainment, with less than one in three graduating from high school, according to federal Education Department figures. Obama emphasized to his largely...
  • Bills would require welfare applicants to take, pay for drug tests (randon tests for state workers)

    03/24/2011 5:46:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    TBO ^ | 3/24/11 | WILLIAM MARCH
    Bills would require welfare applicants to take, pay for drug testsTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS By WILLIAM MARCH | The Tampa Tribune Updated: 03/24/2011 12:05 pm TALLAHASSEE - Bills are advancing in both houses of the Florida Legislature requiring applicants for welfare benefits to take and pay for drug tests, despite Democratic and even some Republican opposition. In House committee hearing Wednesday, the bill's sponsor revised it to make it tougher, applying to all applicants, not just those with criminal records for drug offenses. That brings it in line with the Senate version of the bill, which already applied to all applicants,...
  • Glenn Beck Facebook: One positive from all medical tests: Back on Radio & TV tommorrow

    10/12/2010 9:01:22 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 114 replies · 2+ views
    Glenn Beck Facebook page ^ | October 12, 2010 | steelers6
    Glenn Beck One positive from all the medical tests: giant milkshakes! See you tomorrow on radio and TV!
  • Report: Hizbullah successfully tests new missile in Iran

    09/19/2010 2:12:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] ^ | 9/19/10 | Staff
    Special Hizbullah units in Iran have successfully launched and tested a new Iranian missile "Fatah 110," according to a report over the weekend by Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai, Channel 2 news reported. According to the report, the Iranian missile, which was displayed with great pride in Teheran less than a month ago, has a maximum range of 200 kilometers. This means it is capable of reaching Jerusalem and Ashdod if it was to be launched from the Israel-Lebanon border.
  • No Cheating Left Behind

    09/09/2010 6:31:11 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 9, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If test scores look too good to be true, they probably are. “Yet another test-tampering scandal has erupted, this time involving teachers at Normandy Crossing Elementary School in suburban Houston, Texas,” Sarah McIntosh reported in the September 2010 issue of School Reform News. “When test results came back, many were amazed at astonishing improvement in state science test scores.” “The scores were so good, Galena Park Independent School District officials decided to launch an investigation. As a result, Normandy Crossing’s principal, assistant principal, and three teachers resigned in late May.” “The Texas teachers reportedly put together a study guide to...
  • Who's teaching L.A.'s kids?

    08/15/2010 6:45:09 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/14/20 | Jason Felch, Jason Song, Doug Smith
    The fifth-graders at Broadous Elementary School come from the same world — the poorest corner of the San Fernando Valley, a Pacoima neighborhood framed by two freeways where some have lost friends to the stray bullets of rival gangs. Many are the sons and daughters of Latino immigrants who never finished high school, hard-working parents who keep a respectful distance and trust educators to do what's best. The students study the same lessons. They are often on the same chapter of the same book. Yet year after year, one fifth-grade class learns far more than the other down the hall....
  • Routine Blood Tests Could Replace Colonoscopy

    08/03/2010 7:02:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies · 278+ views
    inn ^ | 8/3/10 | Hillel Fendel
    Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers have discovered that routine blood tests can provide an early warning for colorectal cancer. Anemia, a common blood disorder characterized by low hemoglobin levels, has long been associated with those suffering from colorectal cancer. It doesn't happen suddenly, however - and Tel Aviv University researchers say they have found that gradually decreasing hemoglobin levels can actually indicate a potential for colon cancer years in advance. Graduate student Inbal Goldshtein, who works with Dr. Gabriel Chodick and Dr. Varda Shalev of TAU's School of Public Health and Maccabi Healthcare Services' Department of Medical Informatics, says that...
  • Chinese Firm Drops Local IQ Standards for U.S. Hires

    07/08/2010 9:22:43 AM PDT · by decimon · 83 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | July 8, 2010 | Jason Mick
    Says lower IQ rates will help it deal with smaller U.S. talent poolThe U.S. has arguably been the most desirable place in the world to get a college education with international students from China, India, Japan, and others all traveling to the U.S. with that express purpose. However, there's serious signs of trouble; U.S. citizens' college graduation rates are in danger of falling behind China. Japanese enrollment is down as U.S. universities are slowly falling out of favor. And at least one executive of an Indian firm complained that American graduates were "unemployable". Adding to the list of awkward statistics...
  • Obama decides to unilaterally announce secret U.S. missile tests, satellite launches

    05/21/2010 9:17:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies · 1,636+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 5/21/10 | Andrew Malcolm
    Obama has decided to pre-announce to the world once-secret American ballistic missile tests and satellite launches. The Democratic administration's goal is to show a friendlier face to other countries and to coax Russia to do the same. It's part of a confidence-boosting initiative launched, so to speak, last fall when Obama suddenly abandoned the U.S. missile-defense system in Eastern Europe that had exercised the Russians, though it was aimed at potential future missiles from Iran. Obama hoped such a unilateral U.S. forfeiture would encourage Russia to put pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear weapons development. So far no good...
  • Afghan Insurgency Tests German Troops

    11/14/2009 6:38:13 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies · 583+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 14, 2009 | By ALAN CULLISON in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG in Berlin
    One night in August, the Taliban stormed a local police station in this once-peaceful province and shot dead the governor's younger brother. Since then, the governor has singled out a culprit: The German military, which he says refused to send a helicopter to rescue his brother as he bled to death. "I called them and they said that wasn't a mission they could do," said Gov. Mohammad Omar. "They don't like to go out at night." German officials said there was no way they could have saved his brother. They offered their condolences, and said the death is just one...
  • My exam nightmare: views from academia

    07/13/2009 6:59:26 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 52 replies · 1,510+ views
    Guardian Co UK ^ | July 12th 2009 | David Batty
    Three educators give their views on exams Susan Greenfield, professor of synaptic pharmacology at Lincoln College, Oxford, and director of the Royal Institution "Back when I went to Oxford, the entrance exams for women were different. The one for Oxford I found most challenging was the general classics paper. It was a 3.5 hour paper – you had half an hour to think ,then one hour for each question. I still remember one of the questions – 'compare the ideas of empire in Greece and Rome'. That was a real high jump intellectually. Exams are good things. They prepare you...
  • White House garden tests positive for lead

    07/02/2009 11:04:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 1,042+ views
    breitbart ^ | 7/2/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says its high-profile garden on the South Lawn has tested positive for lead although it is not at dangerous levels. White House spokeswoman Katie McCormick-Lelyveld said Thursday that tests on the soil in the White House garden detected lead levels of 93 parts per million. Soil is considered unsafe for growing vegetables when it reaches more than 500 parts per million.
  • Invidious Statistics: How focusing on race can make a solution look like a problem.

    04/29/2009 2:06:12 PM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies · 311+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 29, 2009 | James Taranto
    Eight years after Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act, American 9- and 13-year-olds are doing measurably better on standardized tests. Good news? Not necessarily. The New York Times report on NCLB carries the headline " 'No Child' Law Is Not Closing a Racial Gap." Fair enough. If the law is helping white kids but doing nothing for blacks, that doesn't seem right. Only that isn't what's happening, as you learn from reading the actual report: The achievement gap between white and minority students has not narrowed in recent years, despite the focus of the No Child Left Behind...
  • Bank Bailout Plan's 'Stress Tests' Already Causing Stress

    04/19/2009 6:45:30 PM PDT · by Son House · 1 replies · 299+ views
    LATimes.com ^ | April 19, 2009 | Jim Puzzanghera and E. Scott Reckard
    The so-called stress tests will determine whether the banks need more government bailout money and the $700-billion rescue fund needs to be replenished. Releasing too much information could undermine the banks' health -- the very thing that the administration is trying to avoid, experts said. Revealing too little after weeks of buildup would cast doubt on the process and create a vacuum in which investors and depositors would make their own assumptions, possibly leading to runs on the weakest banks. ...Bert Ely, an independent banking analyst. "It's clear they didn't think through how this was going to play out." The...
  • School’s Success Gives Way to Doubt

    11/02/2008 1:18:33 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 427+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 30, 2008 | Adam Nossiter
    Charleston, S.C. - ... Somehow, [Principal MiShawna] Moore had transformed one of Charleston’s worst schools into one of its best, a rare breakthrough in a city where the state has deemed more than half the schools unsatisfactory. It seemed almost too good to be true. It may have been. The state has recently started a criminal investigation into test scores at Ms. Moore’s school, seeking to determine whether a high number of erasure marks on the tests indicates fraud. Ms. Moore, who has denied any wrongdoing, has taken a job out of state, leaving behind hurt feelings and wounded pride...
  • Grading Obama (He will replace standardized tests with "portfolios" in schools)

    11/01/2008 4:59:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies · 1,563+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 31, 2008 | Lance T. Izumi
    Talking to [NPR], Melody Barnes, a spokeswoman for Mr. Obama’s campaign, said recently that Mr. Obama supports “portfolio assessment” of student performance. Portfolio assessment usually requires a student to perform various classroom assignments, like write essays, do individual projects, participate in group projects. These assignments are put into a portfolio for that student and evaluated. In a debate earlier this month, Linda Darling-Hammond, education adviser to Mr. Obama, pointed to other countries where students are assessed based on “kids doing science inquiries, research papers, technology products.” Portfolio-assessment supporters claim that this method gives a broader view of a student’s knowledge...
  • Teaching to students' minds, not just to the test (VA)

    07/28/2008 12:39:37 PM PDT · by Gabz · 203 replies · 145+ views
    Virginian Pilot ^ | July 28, 2008 | Lauren Roth
    Teaching to students' minds, not just to the test VIRGINIA BEACH After two years of quiet planning, the superintendent of schools has unveiled his vision. Jim Merrill wants to overhaul teaching and focus on critical thinking instead of test preparation. For the past decade, the state's public schools have adjusted teaching to fit Standards of Learning tests, the yardstick used to measure school performance. "You could pass SOLs and still fail a kid," Merrill said. His new direction is the key idea behind a six-year plan. The School Board will consider a draft at its annual retreat this weekend. To...
  • DNA Tests Confirm IDs Of Russian Tsar's Children

    05/01/2008 7:54:08 AM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 134+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 4-30-2008 | Mike Eckel
    DNA Tests Confirm IDs of Russian Tsar's ChildrenMike Eckel in Moscow, Russia Associated PressApril 30, 2008 DNA tests carried out by a U.S. laboratory prove that remains exhumed last year belong to two children of Tsar Nicholas II, putting to rest questions about what happened to Russia's last royal family, a regional governor said Wednesday. The bone fragments dug up are those of Crown Prince Alexei and his sister, Maria, whose remains had been missing since the family was murdered in 1918 as Russia descended into civil war, said Eduard Rossel, governor of the Sverdlovsk region (see map of Russia)....
  • We Can Do No Wrong, Says NY Ag & Markets After Highly Questionable Lab Test Results

    03/03/2008 6:28:21 AM PST · by davidgumpert · 1 replies · 271+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | March 3, 2008 | David E. Gumpert
    The "safety" argument can be extended so that pretty much anything is justified. The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets has in the last few weeks helped demonstrate the problem more vividly than any of us ever could imagine, though. While the agency has been preparing its legal arguments over the last few weeks in preparation for trying to throw Barb and Steve Smith into jail for insisting on proper search warrant protection, Ag and Markets has quietly been playing another game with two other New York raw milk farmers, Jerry Snyder and Chuck Phippen—depriving them of their right...
  • Fresh tests on Shroud of Turin

    02/25/2008 12:33:54 PM PST · by BGHater · 350 replies · 3,258+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 25 Feb 2008 | Jonathan Petre
    The Oxford laboratory that declared the Turin Shroud to be a medieval fake 20 years ago is investigating claims that its findings were wrong.The head of the world-renowned laboratory has admitted that carbon dating tests it carried out on Christendom's most famous relic may be inaccurate.   Carbon dating tests carried out 20 years ago on the Shroud of Turin suggested that the relic was a forgery Professor Christopher Ramsey, the director of the Oxford University Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, said he was treating seriously a new theory suggesting that contamination had skewed the results. Though he stressed that he would...
  • Question for my religious FRiends here...

    11/17/2007 7:09:14 PM PST · by Philistone · 46 replies · 47+ views
    11/17/2007 | Philistone
    So my downstairs neighbor is a rather elderly black woman originally from New Orleans. She apparently believes that when calling long distance she needs to go out on her balcony and shout. In the rare conversations that we have had in passing, I can tell that she is a fervent believer. And yet, whenever she talks on the phone about her life (nephew arrested again for selling crack, husband jailed on yet another DUI) she always ends her anecdotes with "I know the good Lord is just testing me, and that with faith I can get through it". While I...
  • No Gr_du_te Left Behind (No College Graduate Left Behind)

    09/29/2007 3:26:32 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 10 replies · 209+ views
    New York Times ^ | 30 September 2007 | JAMES TRAUB
    AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON, a not-exactly-selective institution on the banks of the Kanawha River in the capital city of West Virginia, incoming students take a standardized test designed to measure reasoning and writing skills and then take the test again after sophomore year and once again as seniors — to see if their education is doing them any good. Courses are constructed around a series of defined “liberal learning outcomes” like critical thinking and creativity, and if the students’ work shows that many of them aren’t hitting the outcomes, the teachers go back to the drawing board. Ditto with...