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Afternoon Announcements: September 25, 2012

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September 25, 2012 03:57 pm


I dare to guess that if you are in the education profession in any capacity, you’re at least familiar with this week’s Education Nation Summit (#educationnation on twitter). If you’re not familiar, you can see the full schedule and stream the remainder of the conference live at Education Nation.

This morning, President Barack Obama spoke to the Summit via a taped interview, and Presidential nominee Mitt Romney followed with live remarks and a Q&A with the audience. Romney praised his own teachers, said he supports teachers striking and that he’d like to grade schools A-F, a platform borrowed from Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

On common core, he had this to say: “I think it’s fine for people to lay out what they think core subjects might be… I don’t subscribe to the idea of the federal government trying to push common core on states. But to financially reward states based on accepting the federal government’s idea of a curriculum is a mistake. I’d rather let education and what is taught state by state be determined state by state and not the federal government. “

Below is another clip from his remarks.

What else is happening in ed news today? Read on!

Everyone’s favorite science guy, Bill Nye, is making news this week by warning against the dangers of teaching creationism. “The earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old,” Nye told the Associated Press. “It’s not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your belief.”

Read the Associated Press story while you jam to the “Bill Nye the Science Guy” theme song.

California Representative George Miller wrote a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last Friday saying he’s concerned states aren’t accurately reporting graduation rate numbers with the leeway offered through the No Child Left Behind Waivers. Ed Week has the story.

When the education community isn’t tweeting, facebooking and discoursing about the Education Nation summit today, they’re talking about the dismal SAT scores for the class of 2012. The reading scores, in particular, hit a four-decade low. The Washington Post looks at the factors that can affect a student’s SAT scores.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush exercised his writing hand again today with an opinion piece in the Washington Times, in which he argues that schools’ expectations for their students should be colorblind. He says Washington, D.C. and some states’ plans “to lower academic standards for minority and low-income students” are “misdirected” and “puzzling.”


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