Mathematician Amalie “Emmy” Noether’s education was originally geared toward English, French and playing the piano, before she began auditing math courses at the University of Erlangen.

Valuing Stakeholders in Early Childhood Education

STANFORD SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW | A conversation with ADRIANNA FOSS

[…] The Outdoor Classroom Project spring from research showing the profound impact of high-quality outdoor environments on every aspect of a young child’s cognitive, social, and physical development.

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Tough Week for The Common Core

NPR | By ANYA KAMENETZ

[…]  In an ideal world, policies would be made like this: Practitioners in the field would develop solutions to problems. Disinterested experts would study and test them. Philanthropists would support that research and development phase without picking winners. […]

Many in the ed-policy world agree: The Common Core State Standards skipped a few key steps here.

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Food as a human right: how cuts to food stamps are hurting the next generation

STREET ROOTS | By JOANNE ZUHL

Dr. Deborah Frank, Director of Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center:

“Early childhood is when the baby’s brain is going to increase two and a half times — two-thirds of the adult size — with adequate nourishment. Nutrition is the building block of the brain. […]

“It’s been calculated that a $20 billion cut in SNAP [the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program] (which is about the combined impact of the November cuts with the current legislation) will lead to a $15 billion increase for diabetes alone. […]

“If you’re trying to save society money, that’s not how to do it. What you’re doing is increasing all kinds of impairments, learning ability, hospitalizations, behavior problems, and ending probably with a wash or worse in health care and education cost.

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Duke: $60,000 A Year For College Is Actually A Discount

NPR | By LISA CHOW

In 1984, it cost $10,000 a year to go to Duke University. Today, it’s $60,000 a year. “It’s staggering,” says Duke freshman Max Duncan, “especially considering that’s for four years.”

But according to Jim Roberts, executive vice provost at Duke, that’s actually a discount. “We’re investing on average about $90,000 in the education of each student,” he says. […]

But just where exactly is all that money going?

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The Questions Education Reformers Aren’t Asking

TRUTHDIG | By MIKE ROSE

… no one in power is asking the more fundamental questions like: What is the purpose of education in a democracy, and are our reforms enhancing—or possibly restricting—that purpose?

 

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