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Claude Lorrain—The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Art History News – 12 hours ago
*Claude Lorrain, Coast View with Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl, 1673. Pen and brown ink with gray and gray-brown wash and white heightening on blue paper. Courtesy of The British Museum, London* The art of one of France’s greatest landscape draftsmen and painters, Claude Lorrain (1604/1605–1682), traveled to the National Gallery of Art, when *Claude Lorrain—The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum* went on view in the West Building, May 27 through August 12, 2007. The exhibition included 80 drawings from the extensive and important holdings at the British Museum. … more »

Magritte
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Art History News – 17 hours ago
The Albertina (Vienna) presented an exhibition 9 November 2011 – 26 February 2012, an extensive tribute to René Magritte, one of the most renowned and popular artists of the 20th century. Some 250 exhibits from all over the world, including 150 important paintings and works on paper, covered every creative phase of the Belgian Surrealist’s career. More than 90 lenders contributed to this great retrospective, thus enabling the Albertina to present every single one of Magritte’s masterpieces. Works such as *The Menaced Assassin, The Secret Player, The Gigantic Days, T… more »

Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 20 hours ago
Fifteen U.S. states currently have broad-based college merit scholarship programs. Based on either high school grade point averages or scores on college entrance exams, these in-state tuition scholarships are awarded to at least 30 percent of each state’s graduating high school class. In total, the 15 states spend about $2,191 per recipient or $1.4 billion per year. The aid programs appear to slightly increase the probability that residents born in the state live there after college, but they may also decrease the probability that people attain a four-year college degree. In … more »

TEACHERS’ GESTURES BOOST MATH LEARNING
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 23 hours ago
Students perform better when their instructors use hand gestures – a simple teaching tool that could yield benefits in higher-level math such as algebra. A study published in *Child Development*, the top-ranked educational psychology journal, provides some of the strongest evidence yet that gesturing may have a unique effect on learning. Teachers in the United States tend to use gestures less than teachers in other countries. “Gesturing can be a very beneficial tool that is completely free and easily employed in classrooms,” said Kimberly Fenn, study co-author and assistant profes… more »

Max Ernst Retrospective Albertina 23 January – 5 May 2013
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Art History News – 1 day ago
“Before he descends, a diver never knows what he will bring back up.” (Max Ernst) The Albertina will devote an exhibition – his first retrospective in Austria – to Max Ernst, the great pictorial inventor. Presenting a selection of 180 paintings, collages, and sculptures, as well as relevant examples of illustrated books and documents, the exhibition will assemble works related to all of the artist’s periods, discoveries, and techniques, thereby introducing his life and œuvre within a both biographic and historical context. Together with Matisse, Picasso, Beckmann, Kandinsky, and … more »

Scarborough Renaissance Festival Unveils the Mysteries of Mermaids in 2013
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Renaissance Faires – 1 day ago
The 33rd Annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival opens April 6th and will run eight consecutive weekends (and Memorial Day Monday) through May 27, 2013. Scarborough Renaissance Festival is great family fun, 16th Century style. When guests pass through the gates, they… more »

Students Mixing Career, Technical Courses with Traditional Academic Tracks
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 1 day ago
In the past three decades, U.S. students have begun blurring the lines between traditional academic studies and technical education courses, according to a new report by researchers at RTI International and MPR Associates, Inc. In the report, researchers found that career and technical education, including courses such as accounting, construction and health care, has moved from being a separate vocational “track” for graduates headed to jobs immediately after high school to an exploratory “field” for both academic and general high school graduates. The researchers also found that … more »

Salt is making us sick
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Health News Report – 1 day ago
The love affair between U.S. residents and salt is making us sick: high sodium intake increases blood pressure, and leads to higher rates of heart attack and strokes. Nonetheless, Americans continue to ingest far higher amounts of sodium than those recommended by physicians and national guidelines. A balanced review of the relevant literature has been published in the March 27, 2013 edition of *The New England Journal of Medicine*. Theodore A. Kotchen, M.D., professor of medicine (endocrinology), and associate dean for clinical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is the l… more »

Boston Public Schools’ prekindergarten program boosts children’s skills
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 1 day ago
Boston Public Schools’ prekindergarten program is substantially improving children’s readiness to start kindergarten, according to a new study of more than 2,000 children enrolled there. The program uses research-based curricula and coaching of teachers, is taught primarily by masters-level teachers, and is open to any child regardless of family income. The study, out of Harvard University, appears in the journal Child Development. Some of the study’s findings on the effects of the program are the largest found to date in evaluations of large-scale public prekindergarten programs…. more »

Eating more fiber may lower risk of first-time stroke
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Health News Report – 1 day ago
Study Highlights: – Eating foods with more fiber was linked to a lower risk of first-time stroke. – Every seven-gram increase in total dietary fiber was associated with a 7 percent lower risk of first-time stroke. – The results reinforce the importance of a diet that includes at least 25 grams of fiber daily. Eating more fiber may decrease your risk of first-time stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Dietary fiber is the part of the plant that the body doesn’t absorb during digestion. Fiber can be soluble, which means it dissolves in w… more »

Female students just as successful as males in math and science
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 1 day ago
While compared to men, women continue to be underrepresented in math and science courses and careers, is this disparity a true reflection of male and female student ability? According to a study to be released tomorrow in *Psychology of Women Quarterly,* a SAGE journal, male and female students earn similar grades in math and science while Asian American students of both genders outperform all other races. Researchers Nicole Else-Quest, Concetta Mineo and Ashley Higgins studied 367 White, African American, Latino/Latina, and Asian American 10th grade male and female students in ma… more »

Study Finds Similar Academic Growth Rates for High-Achieving Students at High-, Low-Income Schools
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 3 days ago
High-achieving students show nearly equivalent rates of academic growth toward college readiness, whether they go to a low- or high-poverty school, according to a new study released by the Kingsbury Center at Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). *A Level Playing Field: How College Readiness Standards Change the Accountability Game* found that average rates of academic growth by high achievers in high-income and low-income schools were nearly equivalent. Achievers in high-income schools showed slightly more significant math achievement growth than achievers in low-income schools… more »

Second ‘School Staffing Surge’ report suffers from same flaws as original
Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report – 3 days ago
In a follow-up to its Bunkum Award-winning report of last year, the Friedman Foundation recently released a second report, again describing a surge in school employment unaccompanied by progress in student achievement. Again, however, the report suffers from faulty premises and inaccurate data. Joydeep Roy reviewed The School Staffing Surge, Part II, for the Think Twice think tank review project. The review is published by the National Education Policy Center, housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education. Dr. Roy is a visiting professor at Columbia University’… more »

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