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HGSE in the Media: February 2016

By News editor on February 29, 2016 3:14 PM
Appearances by members of the HGSE community, as well as HGSE research projects and initiatives, in the national press — both traditional and online — in February.

Please note: 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.

Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students' Emotional Skills
New York Times, 2/29/16
"'You think test scores are easy to game?' said Martin West, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, who is working with the districts in California. 'They’re relatively hard to game when you compare them to a self-report survey.'"

Connecting to Practice
Education Next, Spring 2016
"If the central purpose of education research is to identify solutions and provide options for policymakers and practitioners, one would have to characterize the past five decades as a near-complete failure." - Professor Thomas Kane.

D.C. Officials See Cuban Education Firsthand: Song, Dance, Fidel, Little Choice
Washington Post, 2/28/16
"Pasi Sahlberg, a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, said that although clear national goals are common among the world’s best-performing school systems, it’s hard to compare Cuba with other countries and harder still to know what D.C. officials could replicate because of Cuba’s 'peculiar political and social system.'"

Standards, Grades And Tests Are Wildly Outdated, Argues 'End Of Average'
NPR, 2/26/16
"We've got to let go of putting a group into a study and taking an average and thinking that's going to be close enough to universal insight." - Lecturer Todd Rose

Why the Presidential Candidates Should Talk About Education
Harvard Political Review, 2/26/16
"'Education is a big tent,' said Katherine Merseth, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in an interview with the HPR. 'I can imagine that these candidates are trying to appeal to different tables of people sitting in the tent.'"

International Learning Communities: What Can Be Learned Across National Boundaries?
Education Week, 2/25/16 (Subscription required.)
Ph.D. candidate Amelia Peterson and Associate Professor Jal Mehta write about an ongoing project to investigate the learning experience of participants in international learning communities.

Trump’s Candidacy Is Already Damaging America
Washington Post, 2/25/16
"I study the impact of digital technologies on civic participation, and I have been watching groups of this sort form and grow in strength for some time, improving their capacity for coordination," writes Professor Danielle Allen. (More from Danielle Allen in the Washington Post.)

Ed. Groups Urge 'Whole-Child' Approach to Counteract Poverty
Education Week, 2/23/16 (Subscription required.)
"It isn't that we haven't made progress. But it is true that we are a long way from closing the achievement gaps that we set out very ambitiously to close at the onset of this education reform movement." - Professor Paul Reville

How Laurene Powell Jobs Is Reimagining the Future of Education<
Vogue, 2/19/16
"'The bottom line is if you are willing to take the long view—that one out of eleven ideas may work—then it’s worth doing,' says Howard Gardner about XQ. Gardner is a renowned professor of cognition and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 'But the notion that there are any quick fixes in education is nonsense.'"

An 'A' in Kindness? College Admissions Movement Places Less Emphasis on Tests
NBC News, 2/19/16
"'In the big picture here, we are trying to tell kids to lead more balanced lives,' lead report author and Harvard senior lecturer Richard
told NBC News."

After Centuries of Sameness, We're Finally Seeing The End of 'Average'
The Takeaway, 2/17/16 (audio)
In his new book, The End of Average – How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness, [Lecturer] Todd Rose makes the case that no one is average. He writes that 'our modern conception of the average person is not a mathematical truth but a human invention, created a century and a half ago by two European scientists to solve the social problems of their era.'"

Parenting Advice from a Teacher of the Year, a Children’s Author, and More
Washington Post, 2/17/16
“Instead of telling your children the most important thing is that they’re happy, tell them that the most important thing is that they’re kind." - Senior Lecturer Richard Weissbourd

Bad Teachers: Which States Are Keeping Track and Which Aren't
Christian Science Monitor, 2/16/16
"'What this survey points to is deep flaws and inconsistencies in what we track and how we act on it nationally and to highly variable standards
and in some cases a lack of standards,' says Paul Reville, director of the Education Redesign Lab at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education."

Study Tracks Instructional Shifts Under Common Core
Education Week, 2/16/16 (Subscription required.)
"The study, conducted by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, used a random-sampling survey to capture the experiences of 1,500 English and mathematics teachers in grades 4 through 8, as well as 142 principals. The researchers then linked those surveys with student test results."

The Global Search for Education: What's Really Worth Learning?
Huffington Post, 2/15/16
"'What's needed here is a rich conversation within and across schools, including school boards, parents, and even students. Much of that conversation involves sketching and critiquing opportunity stories."  - Professor David Perkins

The Costs of Inequality: Education’s the One Key that Rules Them All
Harvard Gazette, 2/15/16
"'Right now, there exists an almost ironclad link between a child's ZIP code and her chances of success,' said [Dean James] Ryan. 'Our education system, traditionally thought of as the chief mechanism to address the opportunity gap, instead too often reflects and entrenches existing societal inequities.'"

An Intelligence Expert Defines the Real Problem with Standardized Testing in Schools
Big Think, 2/15/16 (video)
"Having a more well-rounded understanding of achievement would benefit our understanding of education, [Professor Howard Gardner] says, and ultimately benefit the students themselves."

Inside Syrian Refugee Schools: Teachers Struggle to Create Conditions for Learning
Brookings, 2/10/16
"In this blog series, [Assistant Professor] Sarah Dryden-Peterson and [doctoral student] Elizabeth Adelman explore the experiences of Syrian refugee children and their teachers, drawing on long-term observations and interviews in Lebanon in formal and non-formal schools that serve Syrian refugees."

Study: Methods That Improve Teaching Common-Core Math Don't Help in English
Education Week, 2/9/16 (Subscription required.)
The study, conducted by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, examined two sets of issues related to common-core implementation: Are school faculties changing practices around the common core, and if so, what strategies are effective for improving learning?"

Why Is the University of Phoenix Being Sold?
Christian Science Monitor, 2/8/16
"As long as the demand for highly educated workers continues to grow, and as long as state and local funding continues to decline, it will be hard for public colleges to produce enough graduates to meet the needs of employers." - Associate Professor David Deming

Keep McKenna, Fix Suffolk Board
Boston Globe, 2/4/16
"'It’s awfully difficult to have a constructive and productive relationship between a board chair and president when the board chair appears to be the architect of the ouster,' said Richard Chait, a professor emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education who studies university management and governance."

Why We Need To Stop Managing People Like Widgets
Forbes, 2/1/16
"'Averagarianism forces our thinking into incredibly limiting patterns — patterns that we re largely unaware of,' [Lecturer Todd Rose] writes. 'But once you free yourself from averagarian thinking, what previously seemed impossible will start to become intuitive and then obvious.'"

Lessons in Learning
Harvard Gazette, 2/1/16
"'We’re preparing the leaders in international development and teaching them how to change the world,' said Fernando Reimers, director
of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and the International Education Policy Program."