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A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web

The Associate Press has for some time claimed that people should pay for reprinting the title of an AP article and linking to the full text. I stopped quoting from AP stories when the AP claimed bloggers needed a license to quote more than 5 words from an AP story.  (Keep both of these things in mind, if you have students post research projects online!)  Now they’re announcing plans to…

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Mourning the Death of Handwriting

The cause of the decline in handwriting may lie not so much in computers as in standardized testing. The Federal Government’s landmark 1983 report A Nation at Risk, on the dismal state of public education, ushered in a new era of standardized assessment that has intensified since the passage in 2002 of the No Child Left Behind Act. “In schools today, they’re teaching to the tests,” says Tamara Thornton, a University of Buffalo professor and the author…