Today's Reading List
November 23rd, 2011
11:34 AM ET

Today's Reading List

Here’s what the editors of Schools of Thought are reading today:

Sacramento Bee: Chancellor Katehi apologizes to protesters for UC Davis pepper-spraying
University of California, Davis campus police sprayed protesters last Friday. The school's police chief and two police officers have been placed on leave, while UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi apologized amidst calls for her to step down.

Orlando Sentinel: No middle school phys ed?
A Florida state representative says that his proposal to strip physical education mandates would give school districts flexibility and save money. Florida’s last governor beefed up the state’s physical education requirements, once ranked among the weakest in the U.S.

Indystar.com: Teacher's view: Tears are part of my job
A middle school teacher reveals the emotional lessons she learned during her first year in the classroom.

New York Times: Online High Schools Attracting Elite Names
Some colleges are issuing high school diplomas to students who complete coursework virtually.

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Legendary football coach values the game itself over attention and money
Coach John Gagliardi watches as his team, the St. John's Johnnies, plays Hamline University on Saturday, November 12, in St. Paul, Minnesota. St. John's routed Hamline, 61-0.
November 23rd, 2011
08:20 AM ET

Legendary football coach values the game itself over attention and money

By Chris Welch, CNN

Collegeville, Minnesota (CNN) - John Gagliardi knows a thing or two about football. He’s 85 years old, and he’s been coaching since he was in his teens.

“Because of WWII, when I was a high school senior, my coach got drafted, and we didn’t have any coaches in the town,” he recalls.

That’s when he took over.

Now, more than 60 years later, Gagliardi hasn’t stopped. Since 1953, he's been the head football coach at St. John’s University, a small liberal arts college outside of St. Cloud, Minnesota.

He’s the winningest coach in college football history — all divisions included — and the first active head coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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November 23rd, 2011
08:05 AM ET

Mykleby: Citizens must commit to our national reserve: the education of our children

Courtesy Mark MyklebyEditor’s note:  Mark Mykleby, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, was an assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from July 2009 until April 2011.  He retired from the Marine Corps in August 2011 and has joined LRN, a company dedicated to building values-based cultures that inspire principled performance in business and in life.

By Mark Mykleby, Special to CNN

In military operations, a commander commits his reserve forces as a bid for success.  Committing the reserve is the “all in” move to seize the initiative to achieve a desired end.

Today, education is our national reserve. It’s our bid for success.  This is the conclusion that Capt. Wayne Porter and I came to while we were special strategic assistants to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and when asked to consider what a grand strategy for our nation would look like.  The outcome of our efforts was not a “grand strategy” per se.  What we came up with was a story we called A National Strategic Narrative.  As part of that story, we said that our nation’s No. 1 strategic priority has to be education, since it is through the education of our kids that our nation will be able to compete in, and influence, the strategic environment of the future.

Admittedly, military analogies are overused today. But given our national condition – political and economic paralysis perpetuated by calcified ideologies, social dysfunction spawned by cultural and litigious excess, ecological depletion at a scale never before seen and a general cynicism for all things civic minded – the analogy of committing our reserve seems fitting because we are at a time when we need to act decisively now and go “all in” on education if we are to have any chance of redirecting our nation’s future.

Listen as CNN's John Lisk talks to Captain Wayne Porter and Retired USMC Col. Mark Mykleby, authors of "The National Strategic Narrative."
But going “all in” doesn’t mean we just buy our way to better education. As was highlighted by Bill Gates on Fareed Zakaria’s November 6 "GPS" show, we have doubled the amount of money thrown at education over the past 30 years.  And still, our national education performance has declined.

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November 23rd, 2011
08:01 AM ET

4 more accused of taking college admission exams for students

(CNN) - More Long Island students were arrested Tuesday in an ongoing investigation of a college admission exam cheating scandal that has expanded to include the ACT, according to prosecutors in New York's Nassau County.

"Our office exposed a gaping hole in standardized test security," District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.

The investigation unveiled nine students who paid four men to take the SAT or ACT standardized exams for them between 2008 and 2011.

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Florida A&M band suspended after suspected hazing death
Florida A&M University student Robert Champion, 26, became ill and died Saturday night.
November 23rd, 2011
07:20 AM ET

Florida A&M band suspended after suspected hazing death

(CNN) - A Florida university has stopped all band performances amid an investigation into the death of a student over the weekend that authorities say is linked to hazing.

Robert Champion, a 26-year-old drum major with Florida A&M University's marching band, became ill and died Saturday night after a game, the Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators have found that hazing was involved in the incident, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Tuesday.

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