by Lacy Compton
Occasionally, when I go in search for interesting news items to write about on this blog, I end with a bit of a conundrum--too many stories I'm intrigued by and I think our readers would enjoy too. Well, folks, that happened to me again today, and so I present you with links to some very engrossing education stories found around the web in the last week:
- Last week's NPR story about grit, or teaching students the value of hard work, certainly captured my attention, both for the interesting way it showed students learning about this topic in a New York classroom and for its connections to our book, Mindsets in the Classroom.
- I also became quite interested in an NPR series on paying for college, especially the story on how college costs came to be so high. The series combines this fascinating historical piece with more practical stories on what students and families could and should be doing.
- This story on Iowa's proposed changes to how teachers receive licensure to teach in special education programs drew me in simply because it sets up a most challenging question--is there one right way to align a teacher's certification with a program when the students' needs are so diverse?
- Also on the topic of special education, I personally love it when outsiders to this type of program get the chance to dive in and see what life is really like for teachers, students, and their families, as one reporter did in Lubbock, TX.