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Recovered Kafka manuscripts to finally be published

Probably. Box with Kafka manuscripts to be opened to the public - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
David Bloomberg, chairman of the National Library, said yesterday that the library will continue its legal struggle to publish the manuscripts. "The library does not intend to give up on cultural assets belonging to the Jewish people," he said. "Because it is not a commercial institution and the items kept there are accessible to all without cost, the library will continue its efforts to gain transfer of the manuscripts that have been found." Haaretz has learned that a huge amount of documents found in the safe deposit boxes are letters and manuscripts belonging to Kafka and Brod. Also in the box is a never before seen handwritten manuscript of a previously published short story by Kafka. From a research point of view, the handwritten manuscript is of great value since Kafka's publications over the years had been edited by Brod. Several more safe deposit boxes are due to be opened by court officials and lawyers in Tel Aviv, where more documents and manuscripts of the two authors are expected to be found. . . .

Nw standards for teacher licensing could make better teachers, or just force them all to conform to a new blueprint

On the surface, this looks like a good idea. But then on the surface these things often do. The devil as always is in the details. Teacher certification will change from a standardized test to an amorphous collage of lesson plans, homework assignments and lectures. Who will judge the performance of these teachers newbie on their lesson plans, homework assignments, and lecture videos? Here is where the stink creeps in: the judging will be done by outsourcers trained by Pearson (the corporation sell the materials) to evaluate the teacher newbie. So not experts. Likely not even Americans. Will this make schools better, or just enrich another corporation that sells training materials? With New Standards, Going Beyond Paper and Pencil to License Teachers - NYTimes.com
The change is an attempt to ensure that those who become teachers not only know education theories, but also can show the ability to lead classrooms and handle students of differing abilities and needs, often amid limited resources. It is also a reaction to a criticism of some teachers’ colleges, which have been accused of minting diplomas but failing to prepare teachers for the kind of real-world experience where creativity and flexibility can be the keys to success. The new licensing standards will be required next year in Washington State and have been committed to in Minnesota. New York will impose the new standards starting in 2014 with the estimated 62,000 students expected to graduate with teaching degrees. New York and up to 25 other states are moving toward changing the way they grant licenses to teachers, de-emphasizing tests and written essays in favor of a more demanding approach that requires aspiring teachers to prove themselves through lesson plans, homework assignments and videotaped instruction sessions. . . .

July 25, 2012

In Louisiana, taxpayer money is being used to open 20 Creationist schools

Creationists in Louisiana Win State Funding -- Diane Ravitch's blog
The voucher legislation in Louisiana will send millions of dollars to Christian academies that repudiate evolution and teach creationism. Their students will never learn about evolution other than to hear it ridiculed. At least 20 of the religious schools that receive voucher students teach creationism, and as this researcher shows, that may be only the tip of the iceberg. This is a descent into ignorance. But in the eyes of a group of state superintendents called Chiefs for Change (the state superintendents of Florida, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New Mexico, Maine, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Tennessee), this is called bold and visionary “reform.“ We are in deep trouble if we continue in this direction.