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Weekend Reads: How Mark Zuckerberg’s money could change schools

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
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  • Part of Mark Zuckerberg’s $45 billion gift (to his own charity) will advance “personalized learning.” Here’s what that means. (Time)
  • The remainder of Zuckerberg’s donation to Newark’s schools will fund “community schools” that offer social services. (N.J. Spotlight)
  • Those viral math problems that are meant to pillory the Common Core? A math teacher says they reflect good math sense but not always good teaching. (Salon)
  • How math gets taught has been and always will be a political question, not just a pedagogical one. (The Upshot)
  • A Harlem Children’s Zone-inspired initiative aims to improve the lives of children in 2.25 square miles in Colorado. (Chalkbeat)
  • Go inside the DreamYard Project, which is bringing the arts to children and teens in the South Bronx. (The New Yorker)
  • When teachers bar students from using the word “said” to promote creativity, they’re really promoting bad writing. (Slate)
  • Convincing kids that “grit” is the key to success teaches them that all challenges are possible to overcome, and that’s not always true. (The Atlantic)
  • Boston’s new schools chief says he’s drawing inspiration from a school that vaulted from worst to award-winning. (Hechinger Report)
  • The replacement for No Child Left Behind is called the Every Student Succeeds Act and would require states and districts (again) to overhaul low-scoring schools. (Politics K-12)
  • A top national teachers union official apologized after seeming to denigrate students with disabilities in a speech about how hard teachers’ jobs are. (Washington Post)
  • An economist argues that increasing educational attainment won’t end poverty. (Demos)

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