Newsletter June 2014

Letter to Smriti Irani: Five steps to take India's education system from mediocre to world class

Dear HRD Minister,

Congratulations on BJP's victory in the general elections. We now eagerly await the measures that your government will take to drive socio-economic prosperity for the country. As the government prepares for such measures, it is important to note that for any growth model to be successful we need an educated and skilled population.....

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The App Age and Creativity

For adolescents growing up in the digital age, there is good news and bad news.

The good news? Researchers who analyzed hundreds of pieces of art by high schoolers found exceptional examples of creative output that exceeded those found in works produced by teenagers 20 years prior.

The bad news? In the same time span, creativity in writing by high school students has all but disappeared.....

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Are You Down With or Done With Homework?

It was a move that doesn’t happen very often in American public schools: The principal got rid of homework. This past September, Stephanie Brant, principal of Gaithersburg Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Md., decided that instead of teachers sending kids home with math worksheets and spelling flash cards, students would instead go home and read. Every day for 30 minutes, more if they had time or the inclination, with parents or on their own.......

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Math and Science: Where Elementary Schools Stand

A majority of elementary teachers indicate that the support they receive from their principal promotes effective mathematics and science instruction. But teachers regard state testing and accountability policies, on the other hand, as less supportive, according to a comprehensive study of U.S. K-12 science and mathematics education.

The 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education is the fifth.....

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