(Surprisingly) Congress passed a new education bill last week. Forget “No Child Left Behind” rolled to in 2001 and embrace “Every Student Succeeds Act“. So what are the changes?
- Testing will continue, but STATES – not the U.S. government – will now decide how to use the results in evaluating teachers and schools. The new law encourages states to limit the time students spend on testing, and it will diminish the high stakes for underperforming schools.(Associated Press)
- Computer Science has been included in the definition of well-rounded education subjects. Its inclusion, for example, will allow computer science educators the same level of access to professional development opportunities as teachers in other subject areas such as science and math. (Wall Street Journal)
(see also The Case for Computer Science)
These are the two main points I saw as I scanned multiple news outlets’ headlines – there may be more. You can read the full details here (it’s only 1,068 pages). #HappyReading
This is not some game or new trendy thing to do. “Year of Yes” is a memoir by Shonda Rhimes (yes, that Shonda Rhimes). In Year of Yes, Shonda shares tips from her own enlightenment and how she changed her whole life. I don’t read many memoirs but I plan to read this one, every single page!
NPR did a feature in which Shonda explains how she “Said ‘yes’ to her children”. What will you say yes to? No need to wait until the New Year to make a resolution you probably won’t keep… Start today. First and foremost Start by saying Yes to Yourself!
Accepting the concept that you don’t have to do the conventional thing because everyone says that’s what you should want. USA Today
If you missed Shonda on Ellen today, you can catch her with Oprah this Sunday. I will certainly be watching. I’ve already preordered my copy. Put this book on your Christmas list this year – for yourself or for a friend.
#readAnything #learn #grow #sayyes
Year of Yes, Amazon