Some irony in the story in the Times recently about teaching math in colleges/universities. The story is about how a Central Washington professor, Dominic Klyve, has been given a grant (shared with six other higher ed institutions) to study using "primary sources" to help students grasp math concepts.
What primary sources? People like Euclid and Archimedes. The idea is that students understand not just how to solve an equation but how the method to solve the problem was developed.
I do like this "back to basics" idea (at least in trying to help students see math as a journey and not just a single endpoint of solving problems) but it's a bit of a clash with what K-12 students are learning via Common Core math. My understanding of how Common Core math is taught does not match up with what this professor (and others) are trying to find out for how college students should be taught math.
A report from the Fordham Institute and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools criticizes states for not being "hospitable" in allowing charters to provide pre-k. That raises an interesting question as to whether the City's pre-k program will look to charters for space (more on that in a new thread coming).
Charter schools are often barred from automatically enrolling pre-K
students into their kindergarten programs without first subjecting them
to a lottery.
Well, first, I can only say to charters that rules are rules. You get this great freedom but it comes at the cost of rules. If you have too many kids applying for a charter, it goes to a lottery. I note that many state charter laws do give currently enrolled students a bump in so it is indeed possible to create a system where you enroll in pre-k and that's it.
That statement is also fairly interesting as both staff and SEA head, Jonathan Knapp, seemed to support that notion of rolling pre-k kids into K-12 seamlessly in their assessment of the agreement the district signed with the City for pre-k. It's not necessarily a bad idea but Knapp and staff said it might be better for the preschool teacher to ALSO be the kindergarten teacher. Do that and the City will continue its march into our district's inner workings.
Good roundup of the journey of NCLB by Ed Week including parts that both sides like on the revamping of NCLB, amendments put forth and a timeline.
I absolutely want to get back to working on student data privacy but, in the meantime, if you have been wondering about data sources, here's a great rundown from Data Science Central of "big data" sources for your research needs from government to weather to music.