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Afternoon Announcements: Majority of Teachers Support Common Core Standards

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October 04, 2013 02:40 pm

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A large majority of K-12 teachers say that new learning standards now being implemented in most states will improve students’ thinking skills, a new survey suggests. USA Today

Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. The new study goes a long way toward providing hard evidence of a continuing bias against women in the sciences. The New York Times

Race to the Top district applications continue to be an unlikely casualty of the federal government shutdown. Bids for the second round of the competition can’t be emailed—they have to be delivered through snail mail. Politics K-12

A parent of a student at Daphne High School writes an open letter expressing her support for the school’s decision to offer Arabic as a foreign language, one that has been contested by other parents. She writes, “I am raising my children to be be informed, to be open-minded, to be tolerant of everyone alike or different, to question authority without disrespecting it. I am teaching them that they have the power to become informed and educated and by listening to others, make decisions on their own. Your decision supports my goals.” Huffington Post

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