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HGSE in the Media: June 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.

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.

Jack ShonkoffHow Childhood Neglect Harms The Brain WBUR, 6/26/14
"'The science makes it more difficult to walk away,' [Professor Jack] Shonkoff says. 'Once you know the science now you have a moral responsibility to say, "We can't allow this to go by." That's what the scientific understanding has done.'"

Kids Today Focused on Winning at All Costs ABC News/Good Morning America, 6/25/14
"Harvard researcher Rick Weissbourd found a high percentage of children showed more concern with achievement than being a good person."

Kids Value Achievement Over Caring Because They Think Their Parents Do Too Slate, 6/25/14
"[Senior Lecturer] Richard Weissbourd and [Associate Professor] Stephanie Jones are two of my favorite people to talk with about children and teenagers. They teach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and they want to shift the frame for kids’ moral development — away from thinking about themselves and toward caring about others."

7 Ways to Redefine Happiness and Raise Caring Kids Huffington Post, 6/25/14
"The Making Caring Common Project surveyed 10,000 students from 33 schools across the country and asked them to rank what was most important to them: achieving at a high level, being a happy person (defined as 'feeling good most of the time') or caring for others. Almost 80 percent of the youth surveyed picked high achievement or happiness as their top choice. "

How to Think About Downsizing Your Life Wall Street Journal, 6/23/14
"Rather than downsizing, let's talk about 'clearing' and 'composing.' As we excavate the layers of our former life, we must clear a space, by getting rid of the baggage that has weighed us down — physically, emotionally, and spiritually — for too long." - Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

How The Boston Busing Decision Still Affects City Schools 40 Years Later WBUR, 6/20/14
"'It was clear to me when I was hired in 1972 that the day was going to come when the chickens would come home to roost,' said [Professor] Bob Schwartz, who was Boston Mayor Kevin White's adviser on education when the civil rights lawsuit was filed against the school committee."

Undocumented Students Seek State College Aid The Seattle Times, 6/20/14
"Research shows that undocumented students are three times more likely than other students to leave school without finishing, and the primary reason is finances rather than academics, said Roberto Gonzales, an assistant professor at Harvard University who formerly taught at the UW. "

Learning by Universal Design Education Week Teacher, 6/18/14
"As in any education initiative, you should start by asking yourself, 'What are the goals here? What am I trying to do?' I think a lot of mistakes are made by schools thinking that technology is the solution when they haven’t clearly defined the problem." - Lecturer David Rose.

Experts Back Equity Over Tests for Kids The West Australian, 6/12/14
"'Equity of outcomes in this country is probably the best thing that you can invest in,' Dr [Pasi] Sahlberg said. 'In other words, making the schools serve all types of children, including the Aboriginal population, is better.'"

A Rising Tide Harvard Gazette, 6/12/14
"Researchers at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) have studied the first round of academic achievement data to come out of Lawrence since the turnaround effort started. During a discussion Tuesday evening, they offered a first look at how the process is going. "

Teacher Tenure Under Assault Time, 6/11/14
"'Those cases were basically saying you need to have equal resources in order to have equal educational opportunity,' said Jim Ryan, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 'This case is saying you have to have equally good teachers to have equally good opportunity. And like the finance litigation in other states, some lawsuits will be successful and some won't.'"

Analysis: The Long Wait for the Impact — if Any — of Vergara L.A. School Report, 6/11/14
"[Dean James Ryan] went on to say, 'If suits like Vergara are brought in other states, this will be a long, drawn-out process. Litigation takes time, especially given the inevitable appeals process. The results are also likely to vary from state to state. The constitutional rights at stake are stronger in some states than in others, and the teacher employment laws in states also vary.'"

Teacher Tenure Dealt Legal Setback Wall Street Journal, 6/10/14 (Subscription required.)
Dean James Ryan comments on the "Vergara" decision.

Nearly 75% Who Take Online Classes Are Outside US Boston Globe, 6/7/14
"'A fixation on completion rates limits our imagination of what might be possible' with open online courses, said Andrew Ho, an associate professor in Harvard's Graduate School of Education and one of the authors of the report. 'A better criterion for success might be for students to complete more of the course than they thought they would or to learn more than they might have expected when they first clicked on a video or course forum.'"