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Afternoon announcements: October 12, 2012

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October 12, 2012 07:49 pm


Is anyone else as completely adoring of Modern Family as I am? For any other fans out there, you might enjoy this story! You know the kid that plays the not-too-terribly-bright Luke Dunphy? In real life, he’s a 13 year old Mensa member who is graduating from high school! Say what?! Here’s the story from the Huffington Post.

And now back to your regularly scheduled #ednews roundup! TGIF!

Y’all. Brace yourselves. There’s an infographic. The Washington Post shows data on public education enrollment, student achievement and other related information, released by the US Census Bureau.

What I got out of last night’s Vice Presidential debate: Biden’s laughter & a lot of foreign policy talk. There was a bit of education policy thrown in there, as well, but it wouldn’t have been hard to miss. Politics K-12 looks at how Biden attacked Ryan for his budget plan that includes potentially big education cuts. Biden claimed it would kick 200,000 children out of the Head Start earl childhood education program.

My favorite class in high school was gifted civics. AP US Government is a close second. So it bummed me out to find out that civics education testing is only required in nine states to graduate from high school, a study by the Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning and Engagement and Tufts University. Read more on the story from the Huffington Pos. My final exam for civics was the US Naturalization test given to immigrants who wish to become naturalized US citizens. How many students would pass that today?

Paper, not technology, is opined in the op-ed pages of the New York Times. Justin B. Hollander responds to Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent statement at the National Press Club that “textbooks should be obsolete.”


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