The first official round of "voting" for the presidential elections getting under way tonight with the Iowa Caucus. Unlike other forms of elections such as primaries and local elections, caucuses, especially the one in Iowa, is very unfamiliar with the general public. This interesting piece from CNN look at the Iowa Caucus, which has a very old school feel to it.
The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il wrapped up a very bad year for dictators and despots all across the globe.
Laurent Gbagbo-former World Bank economist turned politician who refused to give up power after losing in presidential elections in fall 2010. Was captured by rebel forces in April and is now on trial at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
Muammar Gaddafi-was one of the longest serving leaders in recent history (42 years) until he was moved out of office by a rebel led NATO supported uprising in August. Was captured and killed by rebels in October.
Hosni Mubarak-took power after assassination of then ruler Anwar Sadat in 1981 and ruled until nonviolent protests drove him out of power in February. Currently on trial for a host of charges including murder.
It was really difficult to find one specific blog of Jo's that really stood out to me. Most of her blogs don't follow one specific thing or theme and the blogs are usually informative, witty, funny, or all three. I chose, Trends in Ed: The King's Quandry, as my favorite of Jo's blogs because I feel the whole notion of rethinking what a college education means and its worth, especially considering its high costs in these uncertain economic times, was one of the big education stories of 2011 and will continue to be in the foreseeable future. Peter Thiel's idea of encouraging budding entrepreneurs to drop out of college to pursue their ventures was radical and controversial but yet inspiring and brave.
Once upon a time, there lived a sad king. He saw himself as a visionary but throughout the land, he was seen as a trouble-making loon. But, this is not why he was unhappy. For, you see, the king noticed something upsetting happening in his kingdom: The brightest young citizens in the land could not go to the “best” schools but yet, the students at said schools were seen as the smartest and most talented, regardless of actual faculties. “Ah,” said the king, “So, it is not the student who brings value to the school, but the school who gives the student value. Should not it be the other way around?”
A few summers ago, Daniel blogged about celebrities seeking political office in the wake of Wyclef Jean’s then bid for Haiti’s presidency. As we eventually found out, Wyclef Jean didn’t meet the requirements to even mount a serious campaign. Now Russian billionaire and owner of the soon to be Brooklyn Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov, has announced he will be challenging Vladimir Putin in next year’s presidential elections. All this amid a backdrop of widespread protest against Putin and his party for alleged cheating in recently completed parliamentary elections.
Soccer star George Weah lost out in presidential elections in war-torn Liberia four years ago and was one of the leaders behind the opposition movement in recent presidential elections, which they lost again. In Pakistan, cricket icon Imran Khan recently led a massive antigovernment protest fueling speculation he will seek a presidential bid in the foreseeable future.
Demetri and I are attending a session by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Coming to Your School: The Classroom Economist.
This session seems particularly important to one of the concerns of the UFR curriculum by teachers, some of who claim they don't have the knowledge or expertise to teach about economics or economic language in the classroom. Economics is one of the many subjects that the UFR curriculum can be taught, along with US History, World History, Civics, Math and Social Studies.
Live Blog: Teaching About the Federal Budget, National Debt, and Budget Deficit: Findings From High School Teachers and StudentsSubmitted by George Nantwi on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 10:40am.
Professor Anand Marri of Teachers College, Columbia University is presenting his paper, Teaching About the Federal Budget, National Debt, and Budget Deficit: Findings From High School Teachers and Students at the 2011 National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference.
Demetri and I will be promoting the Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR) curriculum over the next couple of days at the National Council for Social Studies Conference (NCSS) in Washington, D.C.
We took a 3AM Amtrak train and arrived in DC about 7:15. After a 10-15 minute trip to the hotel and a few minutes to get settled, we made our way over to the Convention Center to get registered and are now sitting in at Professor Anand Marri's paper session on Teaching UFR.
Follow us on Twitter: @UFRCurriculum, hashtag #NCSS11 or #NCSS2011 for updates on our presence at the conference.
As EdLab prepares for the Halloween party on Monday, it is worth noting that one of the most sought after Halloween costumes/lookalikes is that of rapper Nicki Minaj, an alumni of the YoungArts program. Minaj is known for her eccentric and eye-catching costumes (see below). The EdLab will be working on promoting, among other tasks, the Masterclass/YoungArts educational resources. I wonder how we can use relevant news and trends about YoungArts alum (e.g. Vanessa L. Williams, Kerry Washington, Josh Groban) in this effort.
With Election Day less than two weeks away and the race for the White House fully underway, every candidate has or is finalizing all aspects of their campaign. On the campaign trail, every move is dissected and analyzed by pundits and opponents for any sorts of strengths or weaknesses. One of these key aspects is a campaign theme (e.g. President Obama “Hope” and Newt Gingrich’s “Contract With America”), which is usually represented with an image or a song.
The overall theme of the Rock N Roll Forever project is how music has shaped America’s political and social landscape. As with any key campaign decision, the chosen song has to speak to the aspirations of not just the candidate but for the specific constituency they are targeting. Nowhere is this more apparent than presidential elections. Since the founding of our nation, presidential candidates have used songs to rally support for their campaigns. Time Magazine gives a brief but insightful history of campaign songs in this piece.
A recently released report sheds light on the increasing role of online education among higher education students. The report, compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), notes that between 2000 and 2008, the number of undergraduate students who took at least one online course rose from 8% to 20% while the number of students enrolled entirely in online courses during this time rose from 2% to 4%.
Though there are many reasons that account for this increase in online course enrollment among undergrads, the overwhelming sentiment among students is that online courses affords them a chance to earn credits from the comfort of their living rooms instead of commuting. Students also noted that online courses allowed them to finish their work on time and allows for more flexibility than most campus-based classes. For older undergraduates, most of whom have work or family, online courses offer them a chance to balance all of their responsibilities. Disabled students are also most likely to enroll in online courses than their peers.