Opinion

More help needed to expand tech education

If MassCan can raise more funds from the private sector, the state and foundations, the business-nonprofit coalition hopes to train enough teachers so that, in five years, a computer science course can be offered in the majority of Massachusetts public high schools.

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State legislatures grapple with biometrics use in schools

While the efficiency benefits gained from using biometric technology can be useful, lawmakers are starting to look at restricting the technology’s use in K12 schools. Florida has legislation pending that would ban schools from collecting biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans.

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Is the U.S. losing the tech race?

Radical changes in K12 education cannot be justified on the basis of pervasive but largely unfounded claims of widespread scientist and engineer shortages. That said, there are even stronger reasons to continue to improve science and math education.

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Computer education: Shouldn't it be part of high school?

Currently, only 19 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. California is not one of them. By providing graduation credits for these courses, more students will be encouraged to explore this critical field.

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Six years for high school? Why two extra years is catching on

A new six-year Brooklyn, N.Y., high school has been called the future of vocational education in America, receiving praise from mainstream media and even President Barack Obama when he visited the campus in October. Not bad for a school that has yet to graduate a single student.

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Ban "digital" learning

It’s time to ban “digital” learning. We’ve amplified the virtues, necessity, promise and potential of technology so much that we are perilously close to forgetting what it was all about in the first place: helping teachers to teach and students to learn.

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Understanding how technology helps today's students

Many commissioners and board members can be skeptical about technology. That is not to say they disapprove. However, they may fail to see the connection between technology and learning to read, doing essential math and understanding history. Commissioners are not alone. Many people older than today’s millenials and young students find technology frustrating, even incomprehensible.

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The STEM shortage myth

You've likely seen stories in the news media over the past decade about the impending shortage of qualified STEM graduates being produced by U.S. schools. When you cut through the rhetoric, there are shortages in some narrow fields, but no empirical evidence to suggest that STEM is facing a broad and widespread shortage.

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Education requires innovation in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh public schools are in need of innovation. A 30-person team of teachers, community leaders and officials, formulated by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and Great Public Schools, hopes to analyze a community-learning school model that has proven to be successful in Cincinnati school districts.

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Utah earns digital learning excellence

Utah was in the top spot again among all 50 states on the Foundation for Excellence in Education's Digital Learning Report Card. Many in the education establishment criticize Utah for its large class sizes and low per-pupil spending. However, the state emerges as the vanguard of the nation, with a 92.3 percent score.

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