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Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Sunday Education Weekly Reader Visual Soundbites 03.11.12

Welcome to the  Sunday Education Weekly Reader Visual Soundbites from twitter. Tidbits from the week include tweets about the abolishment of the DOEd, lack of due diligence while instituting expensive (and taxpayer funded) early childhood programs, data sets picking winners and losers and another expert comes out against common core curriculum...err, standards.

  • Could it be states regain control of education?  These senators have a plan for that to happen.....Conservative Plan to Eliminate Education, Energy, Housing, Commerce Depts.
  •  Sounds like Kirkwood School District in MO...instituting early childhood program (all day kindergarten) without performing research if early childhood education makes a difference.  But why worry? It's all "free".  And it's all about "equity".  Sounds more like government provided childcare.....Blog: Is Early-Childhood Education Worth Spending Public Money?
  •  Satire...but maybe not? Data sets will pick the lucky 50 in the future?...All education dollars now directed to 50 children who can actually make a difference  


Education tweet for the week...oddly enough, from an expert in the field of digital identity whose livelihood centers around digitized information...his tweet looks like a tweet that could have come from a teacher:

Just been to a self-consciously paperless technology demo. All iPads, plasmas, formica. Oddly sterile. Not where I'd like to work

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