Daily News Roundup, September 19, 2011

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EDUCATION IMPACT OF JOBS BILL UNDER DEBATE
Educators and analysts are taking a hard look at whether the $55 billion K-12 portion of President Barack Obama’s nearly $450 billion jobs plan will provide the jolt to schools still feeling the pinch of a sputtering economy that the administration hopes. The article is in Education Week.

WHAT IF THE SECRET TO SUCCESS IS FAILURE?
Why our children’s success — and happiness — may depend less on perfect performance than on learning how to deal with failure. Paul Tough follows an educator as he explores the question of whether and how schools should impart good character in their students. The article is in The New York Times Magazine.

DO SCHOOLS MATTER?
Whitney Tilson writes in the Huffington Post: The color of your skin and your zip code are almost entirely determinative of the quality of the public education this nation provides. This is deeply, profoundly wrong and is contrary to everything this nation stands for.

TEACHERS BREAKING OUT OF THE BOX
Peter Meyer writes in the Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog: I gave up bashing teachers years ago, when I realized that, as with soldiers in the trenches, they had their hands full just staying alive. What I never understood, however, since this wasn’t really a war, was why teachers seemed to hide behind their unions on so many school management questions, seemed to be as meek as mice on policy and pedagogy and curriculum issues, and were downright defensive about any criticism of them or their profession.

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