New York Times Shows United States Lagging in Skills

A study of basic skills among people ages 16 to 65 showed that the United States is behind other countries in basic math skills and working with technology, and is roughly in the middle of the pack in literacy.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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63% of Teachers Buy Food For Their Class Each Month With Own Money, Reported By Share Our Strength

“63 percent of teachers report buying food for the classroom each month with their own money . . . That’s just one statistic from a report put out by Share Our Strength, which surveyed teachers across the country about hunger in America’s classrooms.”

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How many Jobs are Too Many? “Educator Rudy Crew’s long history of short tenures”

Hannah Hoffman article on the Registered Guard gave an interesting looking into Dr. Crew’s history. “Oregon state’s now-former chief education officer has held 25 jobs in 40 years,” what does this mean?

Has he done a solid job creating the pathway for each job he was recruited to do?

Should he stay at a location even if he believes he is finished?

How long must one stay in a position to make a difference?

Let us know what you think!

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How Colleges Verify Attendance

“Colleges are ramping up strategies to ensure that the student who gets the grade for taking an online course is the same person who does the homework and completes the exams.

The impetus is a federal law, passed in 2008, requiring colleges that are eligible for federal student aid for online programs to take steps to discourage financial aid and academic fraud. Federal regulations require students to have secure log-ins and passwords for online course offerings, but industry experts expect more stringent standards to come.”

This requirement is also a hedge against students who might look for help from Web-based companies such as and, which offer to take online classes for a fee.

Plans to use webcams, keystrokes analysis and personal details are currently used.

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Post by Lauren Williams about

“The concept is simple: teachers, school staff members and parent volunteers can use the service to post their school supply and teacher wish lists. Then, with a click, they can broadcast the list on their school or teacher website, print the list for sharing with parents, or post the list to any of more than 300 social media sites. Parents have the option of printing the lists or viewing them on a smartphone or tablet right in stores, adding a convenient and “green” element to back-to-school shopping for the first time. Parents using the site can also take advantage of coupons and discount offers on popular supplies and from key retailers available on the website.”


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John Brown University Faculty Member Questions Tenure

James Bruce, junior faculty member at John Brown University argues that striving for tenure may make faculty more likely to conform.  He believes that since the tenure system has colleagues input that a group think model will arise from the newer faculty trying to attain tenure.

Bruce continues to argue that tenure will just make a professor lazier once they attain it, since they have a steady paycheck no matter what they do.

“Because it is so costly to have an additional full-time teacher, universities make do with many part-time ones. Tenure fosters an academic underclass of wandering postdocs, VAPs (visiting assistant professors), graduate students, and adjuncts—a trend that should greatly trouble tenure’s defenders. It’s one thing to say that a hardworking professor receives tenure for his academic accomplishments; it’s another thing to say that a host of adjuncts have to work for a pittance to pay for it.”

What are your thoughts on tenure at universities?

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Universities Face a Rising Barrage of Cyberattacks

“America’s research universities, among the most open and robust centers of information exchange in the world, are increasingly coming under cyberattack, most of it thought to be from China, with millions of hacking attempts weekly. Campuses are being forced to tighten security, constrict their culture of openness and try to determine what has been stolen.”


Tracy B. Mitrano, the director of information technology policy at Cornell University, said that detection was “probably our greatest area of concern, that the hackers’ ability to detect vulnerabilities and penetrate them without being detected has increased sharply.”

Bill Mellon of the University of Wisconsin said that when he set out to overhaul computer security recently, he was stunned by the sheer volume of hacking attempts.

“We get 90,000 to 100,000 attempts per day, from China alone, to penetrate our system,” said Mr. Mellon, the associate dean for research policy. “There are also a lot from Russia, and recently a lot from Vietnam, but it’s primarily China.”

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