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HGSE In the Media: September 2011

Below, you will find appearances by members of the HGSE community, as well as HGSE research projects and initiatives, in the national press — both traditional and online.

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Improving South African SchoolingDeborah Jewell-Sherman Harvard Gazette, September 30, 2011
"'We have been there,' said Deborah Jewell-Sherman, a senior lecturer on education at HGSE and principal investigator of the project envisioned by Witten, 'preparing them both with tools and helping them create a vision for where they want their individual schools to go.'"

Reframing Truth, Beauty, and Goodness

Education Week, September 30, 2011
"This summer, I attended my 50th high school reunion. My wife called my attention to the school’s motto: Verum, Pulchrum, Bonum. I had no recollection that my school was devoted to 'truth, beauty, goodness.' Yet, 40 years after I graduated, I argued, in The Disciplined Mind, that the purpose of education, beyond acquisition of basic literacy, is to inculcate in students a sense of what is true and what is false; what is beautiful and what is boring or repugnant; what is good and what is evil," writes Professor Howard Gardner.

Classroom 'Crisis': Many Teachers Have Little or No Experience MSNBC, September 26, 2011
"While education experts caution that lack of experience isn't necessarily an indication of a teacher's ability, student achievement scores do show that on average a first-year teacher is not as effective as a third-year teacher, said Susan Moore Johnson, an expert on teacher recruitment and retention at the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

Should the School Day Be Longer? The New York Times, September 26, 2011
"To reach the ambitious goals policy makers have set for academic achievement, most students will need more learning time. Right now, all indicators show that after nearly two decades of standards-based school reform, we have deep, persistent achievement gaps and far too many of our students performing well below proficiency. This is true nationally and even in the nation’s highest performing state, my home, Massachusetts," writes Senior Lecturer Paul Reville.

Harvard Lecturer Speaks at CSU Forum, Says Blatant Racism is Muted The Post and Courier, September 21, 2011
"Americans largely have moved beyond blatant expressions of racism, such as saying to an Asian person, 'Chink, go home,' says [Lecturer] Josephine Kim."

Risks Seen for Children of Illegal Immigrants The New York Times, September 20, 2011
"The Harvard study reports that 'fear and vigilance' guide the home lives of young children whose parents are illegal immigrants, making the parents significantly less likely to engage with teachers or be active in schools."

More Young American Families Poor Than Ever Before: Census International Business Times, September 20, 2011
"Dropping out of high school in 1970 was much less costly than dropping out of high school now," [Professor] Richard Murnane said. "That's purely a function of changes in the economy."

Examining Test Scores a Complex Assignment Sign On San Diego, September 20, 2011
"'My view is the good old days worked well for some students but really neglected many, many others,' said [Professor] Tom Payzant, a former superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District who went on to lead several other districts and now teaches at Harvard University. 'It is hard now to think back 30 or 40 years ago when there was not much attention or focus on special education of students or perhaps more recently, in the last decade, with focus more on English-language learners and the rapidly changing demographics in states.'"

Six Views on Cheating and How to Prevent It The New York Times, September 12, 2011
"This summer, test cheating scandals multiplied at rates that give New York City bedbugs a run for their money. Policymakers and citizens were left wondering whether this was education’s Enron moment," writes [Professor] Daniel Koretz and Jennifer Jennings, assistant professor of sociology at New York University.

LePage: Plenty of Jobs, Not Enough Skills The Bangor Daily Herald, September 9, 2011
"The problem is not unique to Maine, either, according to Robert Schwartz, [former academic] dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, who talked about the mismatch during a presentation to the governor and business leaders on Friday. Schwartz said people's aspirations need to change to meet 'the emerging needs of employers and the skill gaps of young people coming through the system.'"

Is a College Eeducation Worth the Price? The Plain Dealer, September 3, 2011
"'Our argument is that we have relied too heavily on four-year college as the only kind of socially legitimate pathway for young people to get from high school to the professional work world,' said Robert Schwartz, [former] academic dean and professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

The Global Search for Education: What Do We Value Most? The Huffington Post, August 31, 2011
"'We need to focus on the kind of human beings we want to have and the kind of society in which we want to live' - [Professor] Howard Gardner."

Improve University Teaching Boston Magazine, August 30, 2011
"A Princeton Review survey in 2005 revealed that some of our most prestigious universities have among the lowest student ratings of professors' ability to 'bring material to life.' At the very bottom of a list of more than 350 colleges ranked were some schools that you may have heard of: UCLA, Texas, Michigan, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Berkeley, Columbia, and NYU. What’s going on here?," writes Assistant Professor Jal Mehta.

Harvard Family Research Project in the Media

Schools Need Community Cooperation (La Cañada Valley Sun, 9/18/11)

A Genius Idea: Robotics Team Gaining Attention, Winning Awards (The Marietta Daily Journal, 9/5/11)

Success Starts With Family Engagement (The Huffington Post, 8/23/11)