• The new “marshmallow test” involves the internet and kids seem to be failing to resist temptation. (Slate)
  • Common Core fan: Pearson shouldn’t mix curriculum and tests, no matter what NYSED says. (CC Watch)
  • New York State policies on who gets tested meant a hospitalized child got a surprise test. (Answer Sheet)
  • In defense of “last in, first out” seniority layoff rules: Their arbitrariness is a virtue. (Eric Horowitz)
  • Michael Mulgrew has decreed that students in his school district will not take midterms. (Inside Nova)
  • A graphologist is among those to weigh in on the value of teaching cursive in schools. (Room for Debate)
  • Sixth-graders at Isaac Newton Middle School are using social media to make positive change. (HuffPo)
  • A teacher exhorts others to speak out about teaching, even when it seems hard to do. (Jose Vilson)
  • Within individual schools, the newest teachers tend to get the highest-need students. (Teacher Beat)
  • More kids are eating the free lunch at Democracy Prep since the school upgraded its food. (Economist)