When you read Laura Pappano?s cover story on the huge stir being caused by Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs, pronounced ?mooks?), you may at first think that there?s nothing new under the sun. Correspondence courses, after all, began in the 19th century. Over the decades, educational institutions have experimented with teaching via radio, television, closed-circuit video, and the Internet. And each new distance-learning technology has prompted predictions of the demise of ivy-clad campuses, the loss of mentoring by belovedly quirky profs, and the end of fond memories of college life. Fifteen years ago, a reporter from The Boston Globe marveled at how 1990s cutting-edge technology ? ?a two-way PictureTel compressed-video system linked by high-speed phone lines? ? was connecting a classroom on Martha?s Vineyard with a university on the Massachusetts mainland. As one university official told him (well, actually, told me): ?What is better in terms of quality ? a dull, boring, standard lecture, or a penetrating lecture by a great teacher, backed up with all the best video props...?? The PictureTel wonderment didn?t disrupt the college paradigm back then. Will MOOCs? Perhaps. The technology and pedagogy of online ed is constantly improving. And the pressing need to control costs seems destined to drive online education forward.
Miss. gov: US education declined with working moms
Dads are working." Bryant's wife, Deborah, has worked outside the home for more than 38 years, including while their two children were growing up. "Anybody that thinks I would blame working mothers for failures in education is just ridiculous," the governor told the AP. Bryant's father was a diesel mechanic. When Bryant and his two brothers were growing up, their mother occasionally worked as a grocery store cashier and in a bakery to earn money when the family needed it, the governor told the AP. The Washington Post forum focused on ensuring children can read well by the time they finish third grade ? a focus of Bryant's during the 2013 legislative session. He signed a law requiring children who are having trouble reading in early grades to receive intense instruction. Those who can't read at a basic level by the end of third grade are supposed to be held back, starting at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. Democratic state Sen. Deborah Dawkins of Pass Christian, who worked as a physician's assistant while raising three children, criticized Bryant's remarks about working mothers. Dawkins, a frequent critic of Bryant, said the governor seems to have little idea about the problems parents face in finding quality, affordable day care, particularly in one of the poorest states in the nation.