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If Connection is a Must for Learning, then Let’s Burn the Austen Books and Shakespeare Plays

Michael Caulfield writes as one of many “connectivist” advocates in education who place a high priority on the formation of social bonds in the classrom — what are often called “personal learning networks.” The amount and duration of connection in a class is seen as the indicator of its success. Caulfield uses connectivist ideas to [...]

Data Mining The First Grade

Last night, my wife and I received the papers you see here as a part of our first.grader’s information packet. The children’s magazine Highlights would give the.classroom a thousand stickers in exchange for our names, address, telephone numbers and email addresses.

There was no promise that the information would not be shared, or used [...]

Fresh Off Hikes to Student Loan Rates, Congressional Republicans Vote to Abolish Food Stamp Program

On Wednesday, Republicans in the Senate voted to double undergraduate student loan interest rates from 3.4% to 6.8%, making it more difficult for people to lift themselves out of economic struggle by earning a college degree.

One of the transformations associated with earning a college degree is decreased dependence on government services like SNAP, the [...]

49 Senators Vote to Double Student Loan Rates (Are Your Senators on the List?)

51 members of the United States Senate voted yesterday for S.1238, a bill to keep the interest rate for undergraduate loans at an annual rate of 3.4% rather than double the student loan rate to 6.8% per year. That’s a bare majority in favor of keeping a university education more affordable for Americans. Low student [...]

18 Democrats Join Push For Student Non-Discrimination Act

You may note that, despite all the talk about Republicans shifting their positions to accept the new reality that Americans accept equality on the basis of sexual orientation, there is not yet a single Republican co-sponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act. [...]

Lagging Democratic Support For Student Non-Discrimination Act In Congress

The first time the Student Non-Discrimination Act was introduced, it had 171 cosponsors. Now, the number of cosponsors is down to 120. [...]

Will They Teach The Rocky Parts Of The Bible In Public Schools?

It was a simulation, but the stonings of the Bible were not merely theatrical. [...]

Anything Government Does, Business Does Better? Try the University of Phoenix

In the SBR Forum, “John Galt” writes:

“Is there anything that the Government does better than the Private Sector?

I ask this question because I honestly can’t think of anything. I do realize there is a need for Government and I’m very happy for some of the things that the Government provides. Such as… our [...]

Armed Guards in School? Fact Check: Kids are Safer in School than out of School

In the Bangor Daily News of December 20 2012, Daniel Patterson of Presque Isle Maine writes that armed guards should be posted in all public schools:

“We need armed guards where masses of people, especially children, gather because crazed gunmen target masses of people. I know we might not like the image of soldiers at [...]

Mitt Romney Charter School Push Would Open Education To Corruption

The example of the Shekinah Learning Institute illustrates a good number of the serious problems that often come about as a result of the creation of charter schools. Yet, Mitt Romney wants to expand charter schools across the nation. [...]

Green Party and Occupy have most educated Facebook Fans (Americans Elect and No Labels the least)

Within the Facebook corporation, there are entire divisions dedicated to the analysis of the connections and communications of users, using unrestricted access to the entire Facebook dataset. If you have a Facebook page for your cause or organization, you can use Facebook Insights to see a far more limited breakdown of information about the people [...]