Dual-language in Washington State - a view from Seattle Globalist.
A MacArthur Genius award went to an educational researcher, Angela Duckworth. From Ed Week:
Educational research psychologist and former teacher Angela Duckworth
has devoted her career to understanding traits beyond IQ or test-taking
abilities that predict a student's success— including grit and
self-control. It is perhaps her own possession of these traits that
helped lead the MacArthur Foundation to name Ms. Duckworth as one of
this year's 24 MacArthur Fellows.
Duckworth and her colleagues began by developing ways to empirically
measure grit and self-control. Even when controlling for cognitive
ability, the presence of these traits were important predictors of
success. Unlike simple measures of IQ or natural intelligence, these are
traits that can be taught.
From Ed Week, an article, Misdiagnosis in the Gifted (sure to start a fight here but I hope not).
As information from the organization SENG
(Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) points out, "behaviors
directly associated with giftedness may mimic medical or mental health
disorders." While it is entirely possible for gifted children, just
like all children, to be susceptible to and diagnosed with the wide
array of medical and mental health disorders that exist, there have also
been documented cases of gifted children being misdiagnosed with
a medical or mental health disorder because their gifted traits were
misinterpreted by a medical professional who lacked training in and
information about quirks and characteristics of giftedness.
Seeing the importance of this issue, SENG has launched a "Misdiagnosis Initiative" this year "to alert the pediatric healthcare community to the potential for misdiagnosis."
Logging and Washington State go together but it looks like a new logging bill passed by the House on September 23rd may threaten school funding in rural areas. From Ed Week:
The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act
has given rural communities in national forest areas federal money to
compensate for revenue lost because of restrictions on harvesting
timber. School districts have relied on that money for decades, but the legislation expired last year. It was reauthorized last summer for one year, and this site
gives a state-by-state breakdown of the funding (Oregon leads the pack
with $63 million, followed by California at $35.8 million).
Although schools likely would see a funding cut, groups such as the
National Education Association and the National Association of Counties
were supportive of the legislation.
"This bill provides a path forward to providing a lifeline for rural
schools in great need: dependable sources of funding," according to a
letter from the NEA to members of the House. "Among its five titles, it
provides an approach for long-term funding for communities that
currently receive Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination
Act dollars, as well as crucial transition funding."
The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate. President Barack Obama has
threatened to veto the bill, and every major U.S. environmental group
views the bill "as an ecological nightmare," according to the Huffington Post
story. Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities called it "disappointing
that the Obama administration continues to ignore the stark realities
facing our forests and communities by threatening to veto the
To note, I went to check out where Washington State falls under in this legislation but got this message from the USDA:
Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available.
After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to become available again.