Archive | March, 2015

Ted Cruz On Education: 6 Things The Presidential Candidate Wants You To Know

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


With a speech at Liberty University in Virginia on Monday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) became the first candidate to declare for the 2016 presidential election. Just about every chance he gets he says he believes school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Here’s a look at some of his other views on education issues:

Common Core State Standards:

“We need to repeal Common Core,” he told the Heritage Foundation’s Conservative Policy Summit in January.

Challenging Math Students with Questions that Promote Critical Thinking

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


In College Algebra, we include mixture problems, distance problems, interest rate problems, work problems, wind and air speed problems, etc. We provide math problems with a variety of options so that the students learn how to pick the best problem-solving option. One can reasonably argue that we are teaching thinking skills since a student would need to know when to use which equation and how to apply the variables to the equation.

Coping with the Demands of “Always On” Learning

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


By Dr. Tiffany DePriter
Faculty Member, Mathematics at American Public University

When I tell people that I work from a home office, more specifically that I teach online, a quizzical expression comes over their faces. Surely they envision me padding to my desk at noon, wearing my pajamas. This is quite far from the truth. I have a designated office, and I am at my desk (fully clothed) by 9 am.

Virginia pushed into debate of teacher privacy vs. transparency for parents

Monday, March 16, 2015


A Loudoun County parent has sued state officials to force the release of evaluation data for thousands of teachers across Virginia, making it the latest in a series of states to grapple with whether such information should be made public.

Brian Davison has pressed for the data’s release because he thinks parents have a right to know how their children’s teachers are performing, information about public employees that exists but has so far been hidden.

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