Research Note: April 2009 GAO Report on Designated Federal Entities

The Government Accountability Office published this lengthy survey of “designated federal entities,” a term that include disparate entities from the Smithsonian Institution (21 USC 41), the National Archives and Records Administration (44 USC 2102), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (15 USC 789(d)). The specific objectives of this report are

May 31, 2009 Washington Post Story on Plan for States to Draft Common Standards

According to this story: Forty-six states and the District of Columbia today will announce an effort to craft a single vision for what children should learn each year from kindergarten through high school graduation… [And] [It is being led] by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State

May 28, 2009 New York Times Op-Ed On Humans’ Anti-Deliberative Tendencies

Nicholas D. Kristof writes: The larger point is that liberals and conservatives often form judgments through flash intuitions that aren’t a result of a deliberative process. The crucial part of the brain for these judgments is the medial prefrontal cortex, which has more to do with moralizing than with rationality.

May 27, 2009 New York Times Story on Aligning High School Curricula with College Curricula

This story reports that the stimulus law that Mr. Obama signed in February requires states receiving stabilization money to work to improve courses and tests so that high school graduates can succeed in college without remedial classes. The story links to a Department of Education excerpt of parts of the

May 25, 2009 New York Times Blog by Critchley on Happiness

Simon Critchley, a New School philosopher, wrote a thought-provoking piece on happiness at the “Happy Days” blog at the New York Times. In it, he quotes Jean-Jacques Rousseau‘s wonderful Reveries of a Solitary Stroller (also called Reveries of a Solitary Walker, Daydreams of a Solitary Walker, etc.): If there is

Study on How Much Do 17-Year Olds Know?

Retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter made further news recently when he despaired of the state of civics education in the United States.  Fred Hiatt of the Washington Post writes The justice went on to lament how many Americans today do not grow up understanding even the most basic truths

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