IDEA Stands for the Individuals with Disabilities Act

IDEA Stands for the Individuals with Disabilities Act

IDEA stands for the Individuals with Disabilities Act. The precursor of this Federal Law was the Education for All Handicapped Children Act made law in 1975. IDEA was enacted in 1990 and reauthorized 7 years later. In 2004, it was once again reauthorized. This time, IDEA was revised to ensure it would work in close […]

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MOOC – Higher Education For The Masses

MOOC – Higher Education For The Masses

MOOC: It sounds like an ultra, top, super-secret military program or maybe some new teenage catchphrase. In reality, MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses, and it is being hailed as the solution for higher education in poverty stricken or developing countries. In a nutshell, universities grant open access to whoever wants to take their […]

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Boost Children’s Chances of Doing Well in School by Keeping Books at Home

Boost Children’s Chances of Doing Well in School by Keeping Books at Home

Did you know that the more books you include in your home library, the greater determination your child will have to do better at school? It was recently claimed that parents can improve their children’s school results by simply providing them with regular access to books. This claim basically contradicts the belief according to which […]

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Are We Preparing Students To Be Employees and Entrepreneurs In America’s Economy?

Are We Preparing Students To Be Employees and Entrepreneurs In America’s Economy?

In 2006, J. Willard Marriott, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc. stated, “Our nation’s long-term ability to succeed in exporting to the growing global marketplace hinges on the abilities of today’s students.” He was commenting on the need for two parties two work together to ensure the economic well-being of the United States. […]

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National Assessment of Educational Progress – What does it really tell us?

National Assessment of Educational Progress – What does it really tell us?

The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) started in 1964. The first voluntary assessments, however, did not take place until 1990. NACEP is the largest nation-wide testing and assessment of the knowledge base of students in the United States. The Congress has mandated this project. The administrator is the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) […]

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Exam Revision: How to Make it Easier

Exam Revision: How to Make it Easier

Exams are without a doubt stressful, and students should find a way to deal with them without having to turn to last minute options. Prior to starting an exam revision, students should be aware of their university’s examination procedures and processes. Revision planning Students should plan their time accordingly before starting an exam revision session. […]

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Keeping Junk Food Out Of School

Keeping Junk Food Out Of School

There is no doubt American children are gaining excessive amounts of weight. One of the sources of this weight gain, and controllable, is the school. Under such programs as the National Lunch Program (NLP) and free breakfast programs, children often receive their only main meal of the day at school. Arguably, this one should be […]

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Homeschooling – Advantages and Disadvantages

Homeschooling – Advantages and Disadvantages

In 2001, around 1 million children were receiving home schooling. This figure has continued to grow reaching around 2 million in the United States in 2012 (statistics differ on the exact number) and still showing indications of ongoing growth. There are many different reasons why parents choose to home school. For them it seems the […]

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MOOCs Come of Age (Almost)

The number of “massive open online courses” or “MOOCs” continues to grow, led by Coursera with over 200 free courses offered by over 30 universities and almost 2.3 million students worldwide as of this writing. Also based in Palo Alto CA, Udacity claims over a million online students. Harvard’s and MIT’s edX is experiencing similar […]

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The Free One-World Global Classroom

The Free One-World Global Classroom

In 2006, Salman Khan, a hedge fund manager in New York, began tutoring his cousins in New Orleans in high school math by posting a few videos on YouTube for them to use.  Soon thereafter, Khan began to get fanmail and comments on his videos. He added some more math videos—this time a little more […]

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