Linda Darling-Hammond Disappoints in Cleveland City Club Address


Linda Darling-Hammond is a national figure in the field of education policy.  She is the President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute at Stanford University, where she is an emeritus professor of education, and she headed up President Obama’s transition team for education. She is the author of several books including The Flat World and Education, in which she declares: “One wonders what we might accomplish as a nation if we could finally set aside what appears to be our de facto commitment to inequality so profoundly at odds with our rhetoric of equity, and put the millions of dollars spent continually arguing and litigating into building a high quality education system for all children.” (p. 164)

Last Friday, Darling-Hammond delivered the weekly address at the Cleveland City Club.  I was disappointed.

Darling-Hammond declared that “we have left No Child Left Behind (NCLB) behind” and implied that its…

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Preschool children may exhibit racial and gender biases

Two groups of youngsters responded much less positively to photos of black boys than photos of white girls, black girls and white boys. The paper, published in Developmental Science, claims to present “the earliest evidence of bias at the intersection of race and gender.”

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Targeted internet ads may improve millennial voter turnout

An academic study done in partnership with The Dallas Morning News finds that Dallas voters between the ages of 23 and 35 were more likely to participate in certain local races if they had been targeted by internet ads promoting election news coverage and election reminders.

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Super Bowl research, tips to tackle before kickoff


American football is the most popular spectator sport in the United States, and each winter it culminates in the game of all games – the Super Bowl. This year, on Feb. 3 the New England Patriots will face off against the Los Angeles Rams. Historically, viewership of the Super Bowl has topped 100 million.

Looking to cover the big game even though you don’t work on the sports desk? We’ve gathered and summarized Super Bowl-related research that looks at issues related to public health, economics, business, technology and crime. Whether you’re covering the game from a local or national perspective, the highlighted findings might offer you some new angles.

You’ll find answers to questions including: Are “Super Bowl Babies” a thing? Sure, people watch for the ads, but do the much-hyped commercials actually boost sales? Does sex trafficking spike around the Super Bowl? What’s the relationship between Super Bowl season and the flu? Can the internet withstand the demands of live streaming the game? And how can investors profit from a Super Bowl-oriented strategy?

Cruise on down to the end zone for our summaries.

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Michigan’s Paw Paw Public Schools accused of racial discrimination by ACLU

The culture at Paw Paw Public Schools hurts students of color, the American Civil Liberties Union claims.

A “racially hostile educational environment” is how the ACLU described the southwestern Michigan school district best known for its continued use of a Native American name and image as its mascot.

After a Freedom of Information Act request exposed cases of what it believes to be hostile and discriminatory behavior, the ACLU filed a federal discrimination complaint on Monday, Jan. 21 with the U.S. Department of Education against Paw Paw Public Schools, MLive reports. The ACLU is calling for a federal investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

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