First Bell 7-16-13

A first look at the most important education news from this weekend and today:

Fordham's latest

"Praise the exception, but remember the rule," by Chester E. Finn, Jr., Flypaper

A study published in Psychological Science finds that a child’s spatial-reasoning skills may trump her math or verbal skills as indicators of future creativity or innovation, especially in STEM fields. (New York Times)

Certificate programs are the fastest-growing sector of higher education: Between 2001 and 2011, the number of certificates of one year or less granted by community colleges more than doubled. (Wall Street Journal)

According to a Pew survey of middle and high school teachers (and contrary to popular belief), digital technology has positive impacts on student writing—but may make students more likely to “take shortcuts.” (Los Angeles Times and Digital Education)

A report released by Human Rights Watch contends that students with disabilities in China are commonly denied access to “regular” schools—and that accommodations for these students are “little to none.” (Education Week)

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