Although U.S. test scores tend to lag behind other countries, the American approach to education is thought of as a system that fosters creative thinking, says columnist Jay Matthews. Despite criticism on the homefront, U.S. education is for the most part free of drill-and-kill methods that prevail elsewhere, Matthews says.
Two studies published in the journal Developmental Psychology find that children who attended conflict resolution seminars at a young age are less likely to act out in school. The studies have not tracked children as they progress to later grades.
The use of technology in schools is becoming more widespread, but some educators question whether more technology definitely is serving its purpose. Technology doesn't necessarily guarantee learning but must be part of a cohesive lesson plan, these educators say.
Oakland schools gave layoff warnings to 1,056 staff members, clearing the way for it eventually to eliminate 400 to 500 jobs. Teachers protested the move, calling instead for alternative measures to cut spending.
Massachusetts may have inflated this year's MCAS passing rate by as much as 20% by not counting students who had dropped out, transferred or otherwise left the system, Boston College researchers have found. State officials countered by saying the the Boston College researchers' methodology may have been flawed.