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March 19, 2014

Making headlines

Democrat & Chronicle“The sense is that teachers have the knowledge and students don’t have anything—their heads are empty and we send them to school and we’re supposed to fill their heads with knowledge. That’s fundamentally wrong. That’s not how learning happens.”
—Joanne Larson, the Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education at the Warner School, told the Democrat and Chronicle in an article about Larson’s new book, Radical Equality in Education: Starting Over in U.S. Schooling.

Washington Post“Big-city people had an explanation, and their explanation was this is hostility.”
—Gerald Gamm, associate professor of political science and history, is quoted in a Washington Post article about his study examining why big cities often fail to get legislation passed in state legislatures.

NPR“I don’t have any problems with standards. I can live with standards. What I have a problem with and what I’m skeptical about is the implementation of these standards—instruction is becoming highly scripted, whole class instruction, very teacher directed, there is no room for creativity, we’re not asking children to innovate.”
—Lynn Gatto, executive director of Horizons at Warner, tells NPR in a discussion about how the classroom is changing for young children.

Bloomberg Businessweek“What we discovered suggests—at least for now—that these virtual courses complement, not replace, the traditional campus experience.”
—Eric Fredericksen, associate vice president for online learning and visiting assistant professor in educational leadership, and Mark Zupan, dean of Simon Business School, write in a piece for Bloomberg Businessweek about the University’s involvement in Coursera online courses

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