Some of the News Fit to Print
TEACHER-PREP PROGRAMS ZERO IN ON EFFECTIVE ‘PRACTICE’
The Match Teacher Residency is a teacher education program run by the
Boston-based Match Education, a nonprofit charter-management
organization that requires candidates to practice and master a
repertoire of specific competencies before they lead a full classroom.
It is an approach to student-teaching that does away with much of the
trial-and-error that often characterizes the experience. It is one of a
small number of teacher-preparation programs focusing on what's coming
to be called "practice-based" teacher education. The approach is growing
in popularity among charter groups and beginning to emerge in
university-based programs as well. "The principle underneath it is that
this is not a sink-or-swim model," said Morva McDonald, an associate
professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Washington,
in Seattle, which runs traditional and alternative teacher-education
programs. The article is in Education Week.
SPARKING CREATIVITY BY BUILDING A SCHOOL IN THE CLOUD
TED Talk winner Sugata Mitra says: From Plato to Aurobindo, from
Vygotsky to Montessori, centuries of educational thinkers have
vigorously debated a central pedagogical question: How do we spark creativity, curiosity, and wonder in children?
But those who philosophized pre-Google were prevented from wondering
just how the Internet might influence the contemporary answer to this
age-old question. Today, we can and must; a generation that has not
known a world without vast global and online connectivity demands it of
CALIFORNIA VOTERS SPLIT ON BROWN’S SCHOOL PLANS
SACRAMENTO — California voters have yet to strongly embrace Gov. Jerry
Brown's controversial plan to shift money from rich schools to poor
ones, an ominous sign as he works to win support for the idea from
skeptical lawmakers and the state's powerful teachers unions. A new USC
Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll found that 50% of respondents agreed
with such a move, to help school districts that serve low-income
children and English-language learners. But a significant minority, 39%,
opposed the plan, which is embedded in the governor's budget blueprint
and is the centerpiece of his education agenda. Brown has described his
bid as "a classic case of justice to unequals." The article is in the L.A. Times.
ABOUT HIGHER ED
YOU’RE DISTRACTED. THIS PROFESSOR CAN HELP
Professor David M. Levy hopes to open a fresh window on the polarized
cultural debate about Internet distraction and information abundance. At
its extreme, that debate plays out in the writing of authors whom the
critic Adam Gopnik has dubbed the Never-Betters and the Better-Nevers.
Those camps duke it out over whether the Internet will unleash vast
reservoirs of human potential (Clay Shirky) or destroy our capacity for
concentration and contemplation (Nicholas Carr). On college campuses,
meanwhile, educators struggle to manage what the Stanford University
multitasking researcher Clifford Nass describes as a radical shift in
the nature of attention. The article is in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
FOR THE COLLEGE BOUND, ARE THERE ANY SAFE BETS?
Once, a graduate degree in a practical field like law or medicine was
seen as a ticket to a stable career. Now they’re no sure bet. So in
today’s economy, what should ambitious young people pursue? Which majors
and careers have a reliable “return on investment”? The New York Times invited six experts to respond.