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Old Nov 5th, 2019, 10:37 AM   #351
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Minority Students Threaten to Sue if University of California Doesn’t Drop SAT

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Lots of schools are already dropping entrance exam requirements. Don’t be surprised if the University of California does the same over this.

The College Fix reports:
Minority students demand University of California ditch the SAT … or they’ll sue

Last Tuesday, a trio of students, several student advocacy groups, and the Compton Unified School District indicated they would sue the University of California if it does not drop its admission requirement of SAT and ACT test scores.

The basis for the suit: The tests “illegally discriminate against applicants who can’t afford test prep classes and pose other unfair obstacles …”
Wah frickin' wah.

One of our littluns was considering university stateside a couple years back. As such, she was required to take an ACT. She ended up doing very well. Not bad for someone who had never taken a single primary or secondary class in the US and had no, zero, test prep classes.
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Old Nov 22nd, 2019, 08:51 AM   #352
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I didn't see a good thread for this video, so it goes here because of its educational content.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l51o...ature=youtu.be
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Old Nov 22nd, 2019, 11:25 AM   #353
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I didn't see a good thread for this video, so it goes here because of its educational content.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l51o...ature=youtu.be
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Old Dec 4th, 2019, 10:46 AM   #354
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As Colleges Move To Do Away With The SAT In The Name Of Diversity, Detroit High School Valedictorian Struggles With Low-Level Math

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* The valedictorian of a Detroit high school is struggling with low-level math at Michigan State University, where 1 in 8 students were in remedial math.
* Universities have loosened their requirements to attempt to increase graduation rates and diversity.
* The University of California system may abolish the SAT and ACT as a requirement for entry, saying the standard screenings lead to “inequity” in student populations.
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Common Core fails: US test scores show no improvement despite billions of dollars thrown at education reform

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Results from the latest international exam show U.S. high school students have made “no significant improvement” since the early 2000s and continue to trail students in Asian countries, despite billions of dollars invested in educational reform.

The exam, known as the Program for International Student Assessment, consists of testing exercises in math, reading, and science and is taken by 15-year-old students across the globe every three years. It seeks to measure how students apply knowledge to real-life scenarios and is considered to be a barometer of future economic success.
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Old Dec 12th, 2019, 11:55 AM   #355
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‘It’s Time For A Lesson’: Betsy DeVos Fires Back At Teacher Union Head

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos fired back at a teachers’ union head Tuesday and said, “It’s time for a lesson.”

DeVos spoke out at Randi Weingarten, the American Federation of Teachers president, in regards to Weingarten’s tweet about parents sending children to public schools.

“What about the 90% of children whose parents choose to send them to public schools despite all @BetsyDeVosED attempts to undermine them?” Weingarten said in a tweet Tuesday. Her tweet referenced a news story on President Donald Trump urging Congress to pass a bill boosting education choice.

“It’s time for a lesson on accuracy,” DeVos tweeted back at Weingarten. “Parents don’t ‘choose’ to send their student to a government-assigned school – they actually don’t have a choice at all! In fact, 69% say they’d prefer to send their student elsewhere.”
There ya go. Using facts against against an unarmed person. Again...
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Old Jan 2nd, 2020, 01:53 PM   #356
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How classroom technology is holding students back

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Educators love digital devices, but there’s little evidence they help children—especially those who most need help.
Bingo!!!
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Old Feb 4th, 2020, 12:37 PM   #357
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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

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Mizzou students required to install location tracking app so college can 'pinpoint' them
New student-athletes at the University of Missouri are being required to participate in a tracking program designed to measure and enforce class attendance, a university spokesman confirmed to Campus Reform following a report from The Kansas City Star.

Despite privacy concerns, officials defended the decision as one to the benefit of students, as the school's athletics department has already been using the app, SpotterEdu, to track certain student-athletes. While athletes are required to use the app, new students who are not athletes will be able to opt-in to the program, a Mizzou spokesman clarified to Campus Reform.
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Passive acceptance of expanding government power is exactly why America is in its current state. The first step toward a freer country is the education of our youth that government is not our friend, that giving up any right, no matter how seemingly trivial and inconsequential, may have tremendous repercussions. Maybe not for these idiots, but for their children?
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Old Feb 5th, 2020, 02:08 PM   #358
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Seattle's School System Wants to Dismantle Its Gifted Programs. This Is Why School Choice Matters.

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As if to demonstrate why parents should pay attention to National School Choice Week, Seattle's school system is purposefully dismantling a program to serve its gifted students—and completely ignoring parents' wishes in the process.

Last week the Seattle School Board voted to partner with a nonprofit to change and (they hope) improve the curriculum of Washington Middle School. Unfortunately, these changes are coming at the expense of the Highly Capable Cohort (HCC), an extremely popular gifted program that lets the students who score the highest on standardized tests participate in a specialized classes. There, they study material several grade levels higher than the ordinary curriculum.

The program has historically been dominated by white and Asian students, and this hasn't set well with some folks who want to see more diversity in advanced programs. But rather than improve access, some school leaders—including Superintendent Denise Juneau—have decided that the whole program is a form of "redlining" and are trying to kill off the whole thing, over the objections of their own customers.
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The teachers' union is the customer, not the parents... and they are well served.
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Old Feb 17th, 2020, 12:32 PM   #360
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Wisconsin School District Abandons ‘A-F’ Grading Scale to Prevent Stress

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A school district in Madison, Wisconsin, has made the controversial decision to abandon the common “A to F” grading system based in favor of a system that is “kinder” to students. Now, top students will be graded as “exceeding” while failing students will be “emerging.”
Bold mine.

"Emerging". As in a turd? Yup. Definitely kinder than an "F"...
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