Allowing students to use computers and the internet in classrooms substantially harms their results, a study has found.The study was undergrads so it's not clear if the results would be the same for K-12 students.
The paper published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that students barred from using laptops or digital devices in lectures and seminars did better in their exams than those allowed to use computers and access the internet.
The researchers suggested that removing laptops and iPads from classes was the equivalent of improving the quality of teaching.
What would help kids do better in math and English? Apparently it's philosophy. From Quartz:
In a move you don't see often, Tacoma Superintendent Carla Santorno and her Board have fired their facilities manager over his lack of notification to the district about lead levels in some Tacoma schools.Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year significantly boosted their math and literacy skills, with disadvantaged students showing the most significant gains, according to a large and well-designed study (pdf).More than 3,000 kids in 48 schools across England participated in weekly discussions about concepts such as truth, justice, friendship, and knowledge, with time carved out for silent reflection, question making, question airing, and building on one another’s thoughts and ideas.
From the Washington Post, kids at one elementary school found their desks and chairs replaced by half-ball seats.
Kinesthetics requires using space differently from traditional classrooms. One elementary school in Kentucky, for example, replaced desks with sofas and little tables. A California school brought in stand-up desks only, with no chairs. Many schools are experimenting with replacing chairs with yoga balls.This week marks the start of the fall campaign season for Washington state seats. Over on the eastside, things are heating up in a race between two ed reformers, Senator Mark Mullet and Rep. Chad Magendanz who is challenging Mullet for his seat. From The Issaquah Press:
More than 10 percent of Mullet’s cash contributions this election cycle are from proponents of charter schools. Mullet and Magendanz were co-sponsors of a bill to salvage the state’s charter-school law after it was struck down by the state Supreme Court in 2015.It's hard to decide who would be worse in the legislature - Mullet or Magendanz - but Magendanz is arrogant and unyielding so I'd go with Mullet.
The vast majority of both Mullet’s and Magendanz’s largest contributions have come from multinational corporations, political action committees and special interest groups.
It’s a different scenario in the district’s House races, where four of the five candidates for the two seats have relied to this point mostly on personal donations.
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