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Study Gauges Value of Technology in Schools NYT: A review of federal data found that technology investments in schools had not changed the nature of education.

6 months after Newtown: Rush of gun laws, mixed results USA Today: In the six months since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, lawmakers in four key states have approved significant restrictions on access to firearms. But elsewhere in the USA, the picture is far from clear.

Obama to meet relatives of shooting victims Education Week News: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met Thursday with relatives of the victims of the Connecticut school shooting, who were visiting Washington on the eve of the six-month anniversary of the tragedy 

Private Preschools See More Public Funds as Classes Grow NYT: Across the country, states and districts are increasingly funneling public funds to religious schools, private nursery schools and a variety of nonprofit organizations that conduct classes.

Clinton Project Promotes ‘Open Badges’ Online Credentials NYT: Former President Bill Clinton announced a project on Thursday to expand the use of Open Badges — online credentials that employers or universities can use in hiring, admissions, promotions or awarding credit.

Number of young American adults with college degrees jumps 36 percent Hechinger: Almost half of young Massachusetts adults have a bachelors compared with just 20 percent in Nevada. The Lumina reportdetails graduation rates by metropolitan region and state.

Unpaid No More: Interns Win Major Court Battle NPR: A federal ruling against a major movie studio's use of unpaid interns could have a wide impact on uncompensated labor, including internships for college credit. Workers' advocates say many interns are preventing workers who can't afford to work free from entering the labor force.

 Spending cuts taking toll on Head Start NBC: Sequester cuts have taken a toll on Head Start programs, leaving families without many good options. NBC's Kristen Welker reports.  (Nightly News)

 Turning graffiti into a public art education program NBC: Graffiti is a common sight on city structures throughout America, but the Mural Arts Program is taking what is commonly a crime and using it to change the face of city art and arts education. NBC’s Craig Melvin reports. (TODAY)

 

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The New York Times story on technology in schools raises the general issue of learning resources. The most important resource students have in learning a subject is a teacher, particularly in primary and middle school; after middle school, students who are proficient readers can learn efficiently through reading, and textbooks can today be most efficiently delivered to students electronically, so the general order of importance for student learning resources at the present time is teachers, then technology, then books.

In the article, most of the instances of poor student learning can be attributed to poor teaching practices: the students are generally just following instructions, which behavior has been drilled into them since kindergarten, and when the instructions are rote and mindless (a legacy from America's past infatuation with behaviorism), so is the learning.

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