Nathan on Education
Testing and, more broadly, learning have been disrupted in the past two weeks for thousands of Minnesota students. The Minnesota Department of Education says equipment failure and outside computer attacks on Pearson, the company hired to run our statewide tests, caused the problems. The problems bec...Read More
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For five hours Saturday, March 14, I was mesmerized. Students taught me about a range of history subjects as I helped judge websites they produced for Minnesota History Day. Both research and experience show that what some people call “project-based learning” is a winning approach. Minnesota His...Read More
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“Amazing,” “wonderful” and “great” are how high school graduates have described dual-credit classes (high school and college credit) they took on their high school campus. If bills currently in the Minnesota House and Senate are adopted, there would be many more such courses all over the...Read More
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Two St. Paul Harding Senior High School seniors recently did one of the hardest things in education: They retained the eager, rapt attention of more than 30 middle school students for 40 minutes, Feb. 26. Their skillful presentations reminded me of a key, sometimes untapped, resource for schools: th...Read More
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New ideas, attitudes and opportunities are coming for Minnesota students. That was a central theme at the Feb. 6 “Pathways to Postsecondary” conference, cosponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. If things work out as state official...Read More
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It was quite a bipartisan celebration. From Brainerd, Crystal, Golden Valley, Forest Lake, Princeton and the Twin Cities, students and adults danced, sang and spoke at a meeting in St. Paul, Jan. 28, about the value of Minnesota’s various forms of public school choice. The ceremony was part of Nat...Read More
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The friendship of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and evangelist Billy Graham was just one of many unexpected things I learned about at a recent terrific Minnesota History Day celebration at a St. Paul high school. For people interested in youngsters, schools and learning with four or five hours to share...Read More
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