Social networking Get Your Hate On

Twitter and Facebook don’t connect people – they isolate them from reality, say a rising number of academics.

Social networking under fresh attack as tide of cyber-scepticism sweeps US
Twitter and Facebook don’t connect people – they isolate them from reality, say a rising number of academics
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A Union of Professionals – Why Teacher Unions Are Good for Teachers and the Public

Diane Ravitch says they Protect Teachers’ Rights, Support Teacher Professionalism, and Check Administrative Power

Diane Ravitch: A Union of Professionals – Why Teacher Unions Are Good for Teachers and the Public
They Protect Teachers’ Rights, Support Teacher Professionalism, and Check Administrative Power
We live in an era when leaders in business and the media demand that schools function like businesses in a free market economy, competing for students and staff. Many such voices say that such corporate-style school reform is stymied by the teacher unions, which stand in the way of leaders who want unchecked power to assign, reward, punish, or remove their employees. Some academics blame the unions when student achievement remains stagnant. If scores are low, the critics say it must be because of the teachers’ contract, not because the district has a weak curriculum or lacks resources or has mediocre leadership. If some teachers are incompetent, it must be because of the contract, not because the district has a flawed, bureaucratic hiring process or has failed to evaluate new teachers before awarding them tenure. These critics want to scrap the contract, throw away teachers’ legal protections, and bring teacher unions to their collective knees.
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The role of the Internet as a platform for collective action grows – O'Reilly Radar

A survey released this week by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and Life Project shed light on the social side of the Internet. The results offered insight into the differences between the connected and the disconnected, revealing that Internet users are more likely to be active participants, with some 80 percent of Internet users participating in groups, compared with 56 percent of non-Internet users.
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Financial Literacy NetworthIQ

NetworthIQ is kind of a game. Most people who share their data do so anonymously, but Kincer posts a link to his personal Web site, where he uses his real name.

Financial Literacy – NetworthIQ, allows people to record their net worths and display the ups and downs for anyone to view.
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K12 Teachers can Learn Arabic or Chinese

Arabic and Chinese Intensive Summer Language Institutes American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS

This program provides fully funded fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic and Chinese in Egypt and Mainland China.Fully funded fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic and Chinese in Egypt and Mainland China.
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