20 July 2011

Around the Connecticut Blogs

CT Blue is fed up with Obama (great post):
What did we do to deserve this?
Only a Republican could go to China, and only a Democrat can destroy Social Security and Medicare. Obama has taken aim at both. The Republicans will play along and take electoral advantage of the betrayal. It’s time for some serious pushback from the real Democrats in the House and Senate, but don’t hold your breath.

Jonathan Kantrowitz (me)

$1 trillion dollars in savings over the next ten years by eliminating tax credits and deductions
It’s not often I agree, even in part, with a conservative Republican, but Tom Coburn has proposed $1 trillion dollars in savings over the next ten years by eliminating tax credits and deductions, and I like his thinking:

Connecticut Bob is happy that the Unions have changed their by-laws
Moving the goalposts
I'm actually quite impressed with how this is going. Not everyone is going to be happy about it, but then again, are they ever? It's getting accomplished, and hopefully we'll avoid some of the more drastic cutbacks in state services that are being proposed.

Education Research Report: Changes in the way science is taught may be coming
Report calls for shift in the way science is taught in US
A report released by the National Research Council presents a new framework for K-12 science education that identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. The framework will serve as the foundation for new K-12 science education standards, to replace those issued more than a decade ago.

The committee that wrote the report, A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, sees the need for significant improvements in how science is taught in the U.S. The new framework is designed to help students gradually deepen their knowledge of core ideas in four disciplinary areas over multiple years of school, rather than acquire shallow knowledge of many topics. And it strongly emphasizes the practices of science – helping students learn to plan and carry out investigations, for example, and to engage in argumentation from evidence.

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