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HGSE in the Media: January 2014

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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Report: Longer School Day Can Help Common-Core Implementation Education Week, 1/31/14 (Registration required.)
"'The time is now insufficient [in the school day] to do the job that we're asking kids to do,' said Paul Reville, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (and a former Massachusetts secretary of education)."

State of the Union Fact Check: Obama’s Rhetoric vs. Reality ABC News, 1/28/14
"'Race to the Top has clearly provided large and impressive policy changes,' [Lecturer Jon] Fullerton said. 'It's probably too early to know what the outcome is. Teacher evaluation systems are just going online and teaching in Common Core standards is just beginning this year. Some of the tests haven’t been used yet, so we don’t know what the longer-term outcomes will be.'"

Inside the First-Year Data from MITx and HarvardX Campus Technology, 1/27/14
"It's easy to make the mistake of believing that MOOCs are a monolithic entity, all with common structure, common students and common goals. The data, both quantitative and qualitative, surprised me with their variability across students and courses." - Associate Professor Andrew Ho.

The Tricky Task of Figuring Out What Makes a MOOC Successful The Atlantic, 1/23/14
"Our data show that many who register for HarvardX courses are engaging substantially in courses without earning a certificate. In these course, 'dropping out' is not a breach of expectations but the natural result of an open, free, and asynchronous registration process, where students get just as much as they wish out of a course and registering for a course does not imply a commitment to completing it," write Justin Reich, Ed.D.'12, and Associate Professor Andrew Ho.

50 Years Later, War on Poverty Yields Mixed Success Education Week, 1/22/14 (Registration required.)
"'If you look at the policy remedies proposed 50 years ago, there was maybe more optimism that it would work,' said [Assistant Professor] David J. Deming, a Harvard University economist who is studying the long-term outcomes of education and health reforms. 'I think people are more mindful of the limits of government now than they were.'" (Note: Professor Richard Murnane is also quoted.)

Questionable Education Lessons From China Education Week, 1/22/14 (Registration required.)
"The Chinese media is replete with reports of the harmful effect of academic stress on adolescents' physical and psychological health, with parents working themselves to the bone for their children's education, and children enslaved by parents and teachers to take classes and do homework," write Xu Zhao, Ed.D.'07, Ed.D.'11; Visiting Professor Helen Haste; and Professor Robert Selman.

Harvard and MIT Release Working Papers on Open Online Learning Harvard Gazette, 1/21/14
"Led by Andrew Ho of Harvard's Graduate School of Education and Isaac Chuang of MIT's electrical engineering and computer science and physics departments, the effort was in service of a mutual goal — 'to research how students learn and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on-campus and online' — part of a mission statement established when MIT and Harvard joined to form edX, a nonprofit online learning platform, in May 2012."

Study Seeks to Show How DACA Impacts the Lives of Dreamers VOXXI, 1/9/14
"'The five-year study will help us understand the effects of wide access through DACA,' said Roberto Gonzales, a professor at Harvard University who is leading the team of researchers. 'It gives us an opportunity to see how giving work permits, jobs and driver's licenses to some undocumented young people across the country has positively impacted their lives.'"