First Bell 5-31-13

A first look at today's most important education news:

Fordham's latest

"The selective-admission quandary," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Education Gadfly Weekly

"A point-by-point rebuttal of today’s anti-Common Core op-ed in the Weekly Standard," by Michael J. Petrilli, Flypaper

Colleges in states that have banned affirmative action encourage diversity by reaching out to disadvantaged high school students—but universities’ levels of effort vary. (New York Times)

The Washington Post reports on tea-party groups’ recent mobilization against the Common Core standards.

Coursera touts the potential of MOOCs to provide dual-enrollment opportunities to students in underprivileged high schools. (Digital)

In response to Coursera’s recent addition of ten more public universities, Arne Duncan expressed interest, so long as the MOOCs are quality. (Coursera Blog and Digital Education)

Studies find that kids in elementary and preschool learn more by explaining. (Education Week)

The Helios Foundation and NASA are offering grants in support of STEM education. (Curriculum Matters)

An eight-year-old boy who had been suspended for two days for chewing a pop-tart into the shape of a gun has been given a lifetime membership to the NRA; when pressed for a reaction, the boy replied, “I don’t know why I did it…I wish people would stop asking me about it.” (Huffington Post)

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