Monday, January 31, 2011
This documentary may be of interest to those who are interested in learning more about the educational realities that young women face in some parts of Africa.
Friday, January 28, 2011
1. Why Americans aren't living longer, CNN.com, January 27, 2011
Brief Intro:"A new report from the National Research Council finds that Americans fall short on life expectancy compared with other high-income countries because of two vices – smoking and obesity."
2. CDC: Almost 26 million Americans have diabetes, CNN.com, January 26, 2011
Brief Intro:"Almost 26 million Americans older than age 20 have diabetes and more than a quarter or 7 million do not know they have the disease, according to estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday."
3. Financial rewards for a doctor's care, NYT.com, January 26, 2011
Brief Intro:"In their efforts to improve the quality of medical care, policy makers here and abroad have focused on ways of providing financial incentives to doctors that reward them when they provide better care.
But a new study published in Tuesday’s BMJ, the online version of the old British Medical Journal, casts serious doubt on whether pay-for-performance programs are an effective way of improving the quality of care."
1. Pennsylvania school experiments with 'segregation', CNN.com, January 27, 2011
Brief Intro:"A Pennsylvania high school says some students are separated by race, gender and language for a few minutes each day in an effort to boost academic scores, raising controversy over the historically contentious issue of segregation in schools."
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
1. Distrust of health system keeps black males from getting care, Business Week/Health Day, January 14, 2011
Brief Intro:"It's not because they want to appear tough or self-reliant that black men delay going to the doctor; it's because they don't trust the health-care system, researchers at the University of North Carolina report."
2. Walmart pledges to makes food healthier, more affordable, CNN.com, January 20, 2011
Brief Intro:"The largest grocery chain in the country has announced an extensive five-year plan to make its food healthier and more affordable. Walmart, which serves roughly 140 million consumers a week, announced the initiative as a collaboration between its corporation and first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign.
3. Doctor fills health-care gap for homeless women, CNN.com, January 20, 2011
Brief Intro:"Means started her nonprofit -- Women of Means -- after working for seven years with the city's established homeless health care programs. She found that, despite all of the quality medical resources for the homeless population, few women were actually using the services."
1. In Florida, virtual classrooms with no teachers, NYT.com, January 17, 2011
Brief Intro:"Naomi is one of over 7,000 students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools enrolled in a program in which core subjects are taken using computers in a classroom with no teacher. A “facilitator” is in the room to make sure students progress. That person also deals with any technical problems.
These virtual classrooms, called e-learning labs, were put in place last August as a result of Florida’s Class Size Reduction Amendment, passed in 2002. The amendment limits the number of students allowed in classrooms, but not in virtual labs. "
2. Teacher training taught by students, NYT.com, January 14, 2011
Brief Intro:"The idea of using students to help teachers sharpen their skills came from the National Urban Alliance’s trainers, who, while working with Newark’s teachers, observed how easily students on the playground seemed to teach one another the latest dances or games. "
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
1. Teens and Blacks face highest unemployment, Jan 7, 2011, CNNMoney.com:
Brief Intro:"The employment situation has improved overall over the last year, but large swaths of the U.S. population are lagging behind, including blacks, Hispanics and teenagers."
2. For minorities, new 'digital divide' seen, Jan 11, 2011, MSNBC.Com:
Brief Intro:"Today, as mobile technology puts computers in our pockets, Latinos and blacks are more likely than the general population to access the Web by cellular phones, and they use their phones more often to do more things."
1. America's healthiest and unhealthiest states, MSN.com:
Brief Intro:"For the second year in a row, residents of Vermont are the healthiest people in the nation, according to a new state-by-state survey by the nonprofit United Health Foundation, which is funded by insurer UnitedHealth Group."
1. 60 first graders, 4 teachers, one loud way to learn, Jan 10, 2011, NYT.com:
Brief Intro:"Instead of assigning one teacher to roughly 25 children, the New American Academy began the school year with four teachers in large, open classrooms of 60 students. The school stresses student independence over teacher-led lessons, scientific inquiry over rote memorization and freedom and self-expression over strict structure and discipline."
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
- Treat technology as a tool, not a curriculum area.
- Think differently about teaching.
- Decide to do it, not pilot it.
- Concentrate on current curriculum initiatives at first.
- Support teachers as much as possible.
- Make technology part of teachers' everyday language use too.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
1. New medical school model: Adopt a family to treat, Jan 5, 2011, NPR.org
Brief Intro:"Medical education in the U.S. is going through a growth spurt. After decades without a single new school, five new medical schools have opened since 2009, and 10 more are being accredited — a response to the growing doctor shortage.
Besides producing more doctors, many of the new medical schools are also trying to reshape medical education. Florida International University's College of Medicine in Miami is one of these new schools. Its approach to rethinking medical school is a community-based medical curriculum."
2. Health spending rose in '09, but at a low rate, Jan. 5, 2011, NYT.com
Brief Intro:"Total national health spending grew by 4 percent in 2009, the slowest rate of increase in 50 years, as people lost their jobs, lost health insurance and deferred medical care, the federal government reported on Wednesday."
1. To beat back poverty, pay the poor, Jan 3, 2011, NYT.com (opinion blog)
Brief Intro:"Several factors contribute to Brazil’s astounding feat. But a major part of Brazil’s achievement is due to a single social program that is now transforming how countries all over the world help their poor."
1. State lawmakers outline plans to end birthright citizenship draws outcry, Jan 5, 2011, NYT.com
Brief Intro:" Conservative legislators from five states opened a national campaign on Wednesday to end the automatic granting of American citizenship to children born in the United States of illegal immigrants."
1. Math that moves: Schools embrace the iPad, Jan 4, 2011, NYT.com
Brief Intro:"A growing number of schools across the nation are embracing the iPad as the latest tool to teach Kafka in multimedia, history through “Jeopardy”-like games and math with step-by-step animation of complex problems."
2. Georgia facing a hard choice on free tuition, Jan 6, 2011, NYT.com
Brief Intro:"The largest merit-based college scholarship program in the United States offers any Georgia high school student with a B-average four years of free college tuition.
But the Hope scholarship program is about to be cut by a new governor and Legislature facing staggering financial troubles."