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Afternoon announcements: Hip-hop education reform

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November 20, 2012 05:41 pm

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T-2 days until Turkey day! The Alliance will be taking a blogging break starting tomorrow, November 21st, to celebrate the holiday. We’ll be back with our daily #ednews roundup and our other content on Monday, November 26th. We wish you all safe travels and a happy Thanksgiving!

Indiana University released a new report this week with interesting findings: there is a positive correlation between the amount of time students spend working on their homework and their performances on standardized tests. Perhaps more interestingly, there is little correlation between homework time and better grades in math and science. Washington Post

It’s well-known that with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will come higher academic benchmarks for students. For students who struggle under the current system, it’s easy to think they will lag further behind under the more rigorous standards. But an Education Sector study shows that, on the contrary, there is “no evidence that high standards have hurt low-achieving students.” It’s possible they’ve even helped. Education Sector

A couple of educators are determined to find new, innovative ways to reach black and Latino students. The two men have come together to launch a small pilot program that aims to use hip-hop to teach students science. They believe that connecting with students on an interactive level they enjoy and can understand will make the difficult principles easier to understand. New York Times 

In Idaho, digital learning has sparked immense debate, resulting in a repeal of a graduation requirement in which students took two online courses. Opponents of the policy believed teachers would be exchanged for virtual courses. The Board’s decision was 7-1. The policy would have eventually provided a laptop to every high school teacher and student and a renewed focus on online learning. Huffington Post

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