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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Dec. 4, 2013/ 1 Teves, 5774

Close your books, and boot up your laptops

By Dave Ross




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Students have been complaining about high-stakes testing for years. But what about small-stakes testing?


The New York Times reports that two psychology professors at the University of Texas instructed their 901 students to bring their laptops to class to take a computerized quiz every week.


Seven general questions --- based on the assigned material, and a personalized question based on something the student had missed on a previous test.


And in exchange for taking the weekly tests, there would be no midterms and no final exam.


So what happened? Well, the student rankings of the professors, who had both been very popular, plummeted.



Students found there wasn't nearly as much time to party when you have to read. But what also happened was that fewer students cut class. Attendance went from 60 percent to 90 percent.


And by the end of the semester, the professors found that grades were higher. Not by a lot --- but higher. And what's especially encouraging is that the MOST gains were among students from lower income households. The reason being that they could see each week exactly what they needed to work on --- instead of having to cram for one or two big tests, with no chance of recovering if they screwed up.


So, it appears that testing -- in the form of frequent quizzes using computers -- is a good thing.


As long as the professors' egos can withstand the bruising.

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Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on Seattle's KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. He spends his down time tinkering with electronic projects, writing novelty songs, shopping at thrift stores, and playing squash. As an avid hiker, he's earned the title Energizer Bunny from his friends; while they all stop to see stuff along the trail, Dave keeps going and going and going. He enjoys traveling internationally for work and pleasure with memorable stops in Baghdad, Qatar, Israel, Prague, Germany (to cover the Berlin Wall), China, Soviet Union, Niger, Senegal, and Iran.

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Previously:


12/02/13 What do you do when your dad is a billionaire?
10/25/13 The tale of two websites
10/23/13 Not since Moses
10/21/13 Another reason to sleep
10/21/13 Are you ready for 2020?
10/01/13 The real-life Bionic Man
09/30/13 The pilot exits the F-16 and it takes off without him
09/25/13 Human nature of everyday sadists demonstrated with bug grinder
09/23/13 Don't worry about the Sun, worry about . . .
09/19/13 The most dangerous person to search for on the Internet is . . .
09/18/13 The UN --- and the delicate art of doing nothing
09/16/13 The Internet Must Go!
08/29/13 When hospitals make you sicker
08/28/13 Smarter phone anticipates your behavior before you do
08/27/13 Getting tested for your dream job
08/26/13 A thug tells us how to stop gun trafficking
08/23/13 The better to see you with, Mr. Bad guy
08/22/13 The latest outburst of anarchy
08/21/13 Send al Qeda to crime ridden cities?
08/20/13 How honeybees are keeping men out of prison
08/19/13 Truth about Area 51 finally revealed
08/16/13 If you knew how much it cost to raise a child
08/15/13 The voice in the nursery
08/14/13 When license plates speak
08/13/13 The plant that wouldn't die
08/12/13 Class warfare at 35,000 feet is just fine
08/09/13 Want a good night's sleep? Become homeless
08/08/13 When eating too healthy becomes a problem
08/07/13 The Die Phone
08/06/13 Can't afford a doctor or medicine? There's always the Placebo App
08/05/13 Car prowlers taught lesson with call to mom





© 2013, Dave Ross

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