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Kentucky Reads Fall 2010 Reading List

Kentucky Reads Fall 2010 Reading List

As part of her initiative Kentucky Reads, First Lady Jane Beshear has released her fall reading list for students.  There’s a lot of literary goodness to be found in the list below.  I remember a few summers ago coming across Where the Red Fern Grows at Barnes and Noble, so I bought a copy and […]

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White House Hopes “Change the Equation” Initiative Will Spark STEM Growth

White House Hopes “Change the Equation” Initiative Will Spark STEM Growth

I’m proud to work for the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, a program that–at it’s very core–is about changing the way the think about opportunities, education, and potential for Kentucky students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (often called STEM).  I firmly believe our curriculum and program of study is one of […]

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A Chance at a Better Education

Much has been made about charter schools in Kentucky as of late. Groups like the conservative Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions found unlikely allies in the Obama administration toward finally allowing for charters in Kentucky.  As part of the multi-billion dollar package of Race to the Top, charters were an important component, worth about 32 out […]

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Syllabi-curious: Zombies in Popular Media

Syllabi-curious: Zombies in Popular Media

Ah, the contemporary university!  What we lack in encouraging students to pursue the humanities, we make up for in novel elective coursework. Take Columbia College’s (Chicago) “Zombies in Popular Media” course.  From the school’s course catalog: This course explores the history, significance, and representation of the zombie as a figure in horror and fantasy texts. […]

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Kentucky Loses It’s Educational Heart with the Passing of Bob Sexton

Kentucky Loses It’s Educational Heart with the Passing of Bob Sexton

The touching cartoon above is by Courier-Journal cartoonist Marc Murphy. The C-J also has this to say in a nicely-written editorial about the late Executive Director of the Prichard Committee. By any calculation, Robert F. Sexton was the most significant figure in public education in Kentucky in the last half century. In his 27 years […]

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Kentucky’s Class of 2010 by the Numbers

Readers should consider how they would feel if they had a child or relative in the Class of 2010 who recently graduated from a Kentucky high school.
Dr. Terry Holliday, Kentucky Education Commissioner

How should we feel?  Really, really poorly about the state of education in the Commonwealth…  Here’s why: For every 1,000 9th graders who entered high school in the 2006-07 school year, only 740 actually graduated in 2010. Of the 740 who graduated, 670 indicated they would attend two- or four-year postsecondary institutions; however, only 592 […]