Friday, July 25, 2008

E-schools provide limited teaching jobs; boys surrender their trump in math and science

A new trend in education is “E-school,” which is taking hold, however slowly, in northern Virginia. Ian Shapira has a front page article in The Washington Post this morning, July 25, 2008, “The Odd World of E-School Teachers: Distance from Students Alters Exchange of Ideas,” link here

Still, the number of openings for e-teaching jobs in public school systems is small, and would seem to require normal licensure. The appeal of a job like that could include the ability to telecommute from home, and often the absence of typical discipline problems experienced by many classroom teachers. However, these courses would normally be more upper level courses for more mature students.

There was another major education story recently: according to a study published July 23 in the journal Science, girls are as good at math and science as boys. There is a typical story by David Malakoff in Science Now, “Girls = Boys at Math,” link here. The actual article “Diversity: Gender Similarities Characterize Math Performance” (by Janet S. Hyde,1* Sara M. Lindberg,1 Marcia C. Linn,2 Amy B. Ellis,3 Caroline C. Williams) must be purchased from Science Magazine at this address.

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