Forgot one interesting piece of news; the City has extended the deadline for families to apply for their Preschool Program from July 31st to August 10th. What? Families aren't breaking down the doors for this "high-quality" preschool? I note that ALL the classrooms for the City program are indeed in Seattle Schools.
The College Board got quite the battle over AP History and apparently more conservative interests won. From Huffington Post:
After facing months of intense scrutiny over a new Advanced Placement
U.S. History (APUSH) course outline that some conservatives perceived as
containing anti-American biases, the College Board released a new
framework for the class Thursday morning. This structure places more of
an emphasis on concepts surrounding American national identity, the
country's founding leaders and documents and the effective role of free
enterprise in U.S. history.
The 2015 framework released Thursday directly responds to the fears of
critics. As opposed to last year's framework, it explicitly mentions the
concept of American exceptionalism and emphasizes the names and roles
of the founding fathers. Although this year's framework highlights
America's positive influence on world, like its role in ending the Cold
War, it includes about the same number of references to slavery as last
The College Board officials and scholars who worked on the 2014
framework update consistently defended the product.
"Many of the comments we have heard about the framework reflect
either a misunderstanding of U.S. history or a very limited faith in
history teachers’ command of their subject matter," the letter said.
"The Curriculum Framework was written by and for AP teachers --
individuals who were already experts in U.S. history and its teaching."
Are you a "charter champion?" If so, the Washington State Charter School Association is looking for those people who want to volunteer to fix up buildings for new charter students in a Day of Service.
Speaking of charters, boy, are some parents who attend Success Academy Charter Schools in NYC upset over the costs of "scholar uniforms and backpacks." You have to buy the LL Bean packback and a "complete" uniform package (about $450). No picking up packages; UPS will deliver BUT you have to be home to sign for it. Parents note the early cut-off date to get these uniforms and wonder about getting "an infraction" because their child does not have a uniform in time for the opening of school.
Ever heard of "opportunity hoarding?" It's a phrase to explain why better off kids do well in school and in life. (Note: this is based on research in the United Kingdom but references a similar study done in the US in 2013.)
Researchers tracked the accomplishments of 17,000 people born during the
same week in 1970 and found that family, social and institutional
connections, rather than ability as expressed through cognitive tests,
are the best predictors of success. The study analyzed the subjects'
accomplishments up to their 42nd birthdays.
"The education of parents was found to correlate with children's career
success, and the connections afforded by more educated parents were
found to create an unequal playing field," The Independent newspaper writes
of the research. The study's authors call this outcome "opportunity
hoarding," insisting it means "less connected children" get shut out
from education and career possibilities.
What's on your mind?