Education reporter Lindsey Foat brings you a curated reading list in the field of education every week.
1. Education diversity gap discussed on Central Standard — KCUR
Recent studies show that, while racial diversity is growing among students, the same cannot be said for teachers. Guest Dr. Eva Tucker-Nevels, district coach of professional learning at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools discussed why it is important for minority students to learn from teachers that look like them.
2. Interactive graph shows college majors have changed in popularity since 1970 — NPR News
NPR’s Planet Money investigated the change in college degrees awarded since 1970. The interactive graph displays how many degrees in specific subject areas were awarded each year. Noted underneath the graph are both the constancy of business majors and the decline of education degrees.
3. Some schools still teaching cursive handwriting — PBS NewsHour
The past decade has seen a decline in schools that teach cursive handwriting as priorities have shifted to standardized testing and technology. NewsHour reports that some states, including Kansas, have made cursive mandatory. Some cursive proponents suggest that students who never learn to write in cursive will be unable to read historical documents written in cursive.
4. Middle ground found in Common Core debate — Kansas City Star
While Missouri legislators are getting closer to reaching a compromise about Common Core implementation, a new bill, HB 1490, is full of elements that make both sides of the party line nervous, but is on its way to becoming a law. The Kansas City Star has details of the compromise.
5. Students from two incredibly different schools share their stories — New York Times Magazine
University Heights High School and Ethical Culture Fieldston School are both in the Bronx, but the schools couldn’t be more different: one is public, one is private. The economic disparity between the students that attend each school is obvious. Students from each school were paired off and made to learn about their partners: many found that, regardless of economic differences, their stories had similarities.
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