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We at Socrato hope that you”re throughly enjoying the last week of 2010. A snowstorm has crippled much of the Northeast, so I hope that wherever you are, it”s nice and warm.

Though last week was a notoriously slow news week, I was able to find a few interesting blogs and articles on a variety of education topics. There”s a lot of chatter around a new study by Education Trust which determined that nearly 1/4 of the individuals who take the Army Entrance exam lack the remedial math and science skills to past the exam.

How do teacher absences affect students?

by Jim Stergious, Boston.com

Though Educational pundits often speak about reforming the number of hours children spending in the classroom learning, but are teachers also guilty of playing hooky too often to effectively teach our children?

In reaction to a recent story in the Providence Journal about how at Central Falls High School there hasn’t been a single day that all 88 teachers have shown up to work, Jim Stergeious sends a call out for data on how teacher absences affect student performance.

Study: Nearly a Quarter of Takers Fails Army Entrance Exam

By Ed Payne, CNN

It’s a horrifying prospect. Are Americans too dumb for the Army?

Though America is fighting two overseas wars, teachers are also on the frontlines here at home trying to produce quality United States students. However, though they may be producing students who pass their classes, they’re not producing students who could potentially serve our country.

A quarter of all individuals who take the army entrance fail to meet even the most basic eligibility requirements. Every year the military turns away a large number of students because they lack the problem solving, math, and science skills to serve.

Deloitte CEO: Better Career Preparation Starts in High School

by Barry Salzberge, Guest Post on WSJ Blog

Though we may have tons of data (test scores, grades) on how much our students perform in high school, we have very little data on how they perform once they leave school for college and are out there working in the world.

Barry Salzberge believes that to truly prepare future generations there needs to be some way that colleges can share how students performed with educators from the student’s high school.

Are Your Students Moving?

by Kimberly Warner, I Love Ed Tech Blog

Using Ed Tech in the classroom doesn’t have to be a stationary activity. You can also use technology to get your students physically moving in the classroom and get them geared up partipate in class discussions.

Kimberly Warner from Simple K-12 speaks with Dave Dodgeson about how he uses cell phones in the classroom to motivate his students daily.

Holiday Party Chatter: Tracking and Testing

by Maureen Downey, Get Schooled Blog

With an education blogger in the room, there’s no doubt that the usual holiday chatter will take a turn toward education and technology at some point.

According to Maureen Downey, this holiday she received some interesting insights into how parents with school-aged children feel about the quality of the education that their children are receiving. One neighbor in particular felt that public schools focus on test score and test preparation was preventing their children from getting a full, balanced education.

featured photo by CS Muncy

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