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HGSE in the Media: December 2013

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.

While many online periodicals keep their stories freely available indefinitely, stories on other sites expire after a specified period of time, after which they can be retrieved by locating the story through the website’s archives, and sometimes paying a fee to do so. Where that is the periodical’s policy, we have provided a link to the periodical’s main page and the citation for the article so that interested readers may find the original article.

Lisa LaheyThis Online Class Wants to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions The Atlantic, 12/31/13
"Harvard School of Education professors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey think we need to use a different approach to change. In their upcoming online EdX course, 'Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement,' Kegan and Lahey apply their psychological theory that traditional approaches to making changes can ignore the more complicated underlying reasons people behave the way they do."

Testing Companies See Cash Cow in Revamped GED Politico, 12/30/13
"Given a choice, of course, individual students will also likely gravitate toward the easier tests, which could negate the value of making the exams more rigorous in the first place. 'Of course that’s possible,' said [Professor] Richard Murnane, an economist at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 'It all depends [on] what the incentives are. It’s difficult to get them right.'"

Should Consortium Tests Be as Tough as NAEP? Education Week, 12/23/13 (Subscription required.)
"Harvard psychometrician and NAGB member Andrew Ho expressed concern that 'unrealistically high short-term goals are a risk' that creates the incentive to focus on the 'bubble kids' in a bid to meet those goals."

Is Teach for America Good for America? Harvard Magazine, 12/18/13
"Katherine Merseth, senior lecturer in education at HGSE and director of HGSE's Teacher Education Program, shares the view that TFA's five-week Institute (as the summer training is called) is insufficient. 'And why do I think that?' she asks. 'Because there's more to teaching than just standing and imparting knowledge…there's also a very big relational piece.'"

Finland's Global Standing in Education Takes Hit With Latest PISA Results Education Week, 12/18/13. (Subscription required.)
"Whatever the reasons for the declines, 'Finns must adopt smart responses and avoid hasty, false recoveries,' says [Pasi] Sahlberg, a former director general of the Center for International Mobility at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and currently a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education."

Muting the Mozart Effect Harvard Gazette, 12/11/13
"Though it has been embraced by everyone from advocates for arts education to parents hoping to encourage their kids to stick with piano lessons, a pair of studies conducted by Samuel Mehr, a Harvard Graduate School of Education doctoral student working in the lab of Elizabeth Spelke, the Marshall L. Berkman Professor of Psychology, found that music training had no effect on the cognitive abilities of young children."

Music Makes You Smarter. Right? Actually, it Doesn’t, Harvard Study Finds Boston Globe, 12/11/13
"'We don't teach our children Shakespeare and Dante and Tolstoy because it makes them do better in American history class or at learning the periodic table of the elements,' said Samuel Mehr, a graduate student at the Harvard School of Education who led the work. 'We teach them those great authors because those great authors are important. There's really no reason to justify music education on any other basis than its intrinsic merits.'"

Report: How to Grow a Farm Team for Principals Education Week, 12/10/13. (Subscription required.)
"Andrés A. Alonso, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, agreed that many school systems haven't set up a 'deliberate system' of developing school leaders and that much of the conversation about the work of principals is how hard it is rather than how fulfilling it can be."

Chris Dede: "Let's Digitize What We Have Now" EdSurge, 12/10/13
"EdSurge sat down with [Professor Chris] Dede in the first of our 'EdSurge Outlooks' series, where thought leaders share what 2014 will mean for education, education technology and the future of learning."