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Afternoon announcements: October 11, 2012

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October 11, 2012 04:37 pm

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If you haven’t nerded out over it already like I have this morning, today is 10/11/12. It has zero significance, methinks, other than being fun to write. So I’m writing it everywhere possible. Anywho, on to the news…

Well, it’s that time of the presidential election cycle again when we’re about to start hearing “flip-flop” more often than we can handle. Today, the Huffington Post points out that in the short time since the first debate, during which he said he wanted to put more teachers in school, he is now criticizing Obama for proposing money to hire teachers. As they report, Romney “cast a proposal to hire more teachers as a waste of taxpayer money.”

The New York Times looks at the two questions asked multiple times yesterday by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. in the arguments on an affirmative action case heard before the Supreme Court yesterday. “He wanted to know how much diversity was enough,” the Times writes. “And he wanted to know when colleges would be able to achieve an acceptable level of diversity without using racial preferences.” A decision isn’t expected until spring.

So Obama’s not for you, and Romney’s not for you? Well, you’re in luck, because Education Week has a roundup of what the third-party candidates believe on education. “Third-party candidates are calling for everything from a return to teaching the Bible in public schools to forgiving all student loans.” Hey, I could get behind that latter platform idea!

Another report tells us that America’s education system doesn’t make the grade. Well, it assigns the US a C-minus grade; America just doesn’t make the honor roll. “America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S.” is a newly released report from Save the Children and First Focus, commissioned by former Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and current Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.) in 2010. As evidenced by the C- grade, the results are disconcerting. “The US earned subpar grades in five categories representing key domains of a child’s life: economic security, early childhood, K-12 education, permanence and stability, and health and safety,” writes the Huffington Post.

Eduwonk continues to host a written debate between the Obama and Romney campaigns on education. You can read the post from the Obama campaign here and from the Romney campaign here.

To end on an uplifting note, we have an opinion piece featured in the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog by guest blogger and educator, Marion Brady. He taught his first class in 1952 and tells the story of how it took him until 1970 to become a good teacher. He says if he were in the classroom today, he’d probably lose his job, as his methods were unorthodox.

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