Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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The Public School Advantage : Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools
by Christopher A. Lubienski and Sarah Thuele Lubienski.
The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
New Book Shelf: LB1556.5 .L93 2014
Available for 4 week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

Nearly the whole of America’s partisan politics centers on a single question: Can markets solve our social problems? And for years this question has played out ferociously in the debates about how we should educate our children. From the growth of vouchers and charter schools to the implementation of No Child Left Behind, policy makers have increasingly turned to market-based models to help improve our schools, believing that private institutions—because they are competitively driven—are better than public ones. With The Public School Advantage, Christopher A. and Sarah Theule Lubienski offer powerful evidence to undercut this belief, showing that public schools in fact outperform private ones.

For decades research showing that students at private schools perform better than students at public ones has been used to promote the benefits of the private sector in education, including vouchers and charter schools—but much of these data are now nearly half a century old. Drawing on two recent, large-scale, and nationally representative databases, the Lubienskis show that any benefit seen in private school performance now is more than explained by demographics. Private schools have higher scores not because they are better institutions but because their students largely come from more privileged backgrounds that offer greater educational support. After correcting for demographics, the Lubienskis go on to show that gains in student achievement at public schools are at least as great and often greater than those at private ones. Even more surprising, they show that the very mechanism that market-based reformers champion—autonomy—may be the crucial factor that prevents private schools from performing better. Alternatively, those practices that these reformers castigate, such as teacher certification and professional reforms of curriculum and instruction, turn out to have a significant effect on school improvement.

Despite our politics, we all agree on the fundamental fact: education deserves our utmost care. The Public School Advantage offers exactly that. By examining schools within the diversity of populations in which they actually operate, it provides not ideologies but facts. And the facts say it clearly: education is better off when provided for the public by the public.

Summary from publisher's website.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

4 SWC Locations -- 4 SWC Libraries

Main Campus
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista , CA 91910
Phone Number: 619-482-6397
Fax: 619-482-6417
TTY: 619-482-6490
August 18 through December 19, 2014
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Holidays -- Libraries are Closed
Labor Day - September 1
Veteran's Day - November 10
Thanksgiving - November 27-30
Winter Break - December 20 - January 19

Higher Education Center at National City - Library
880 National City Boulevard
National City, CA 91950
Phone Number: 619-216-6665 x4868
Higher Education Center at National City - Librarian Available
August 18 through December 19, 2014
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa - Library
8100 Gigantic Street
San Diego, CA 92154
Phone Number: 619-216-6750 x4424
Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa - Librarian Available
August 18 through December 19, 2014
Monday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Higher Education Center at San Ysidro - Library
480 West San Ysidro Boulevard
San Ysidro, CA 92173
Phone Number: 619-216-6790 x4907
Higher Education Center at San Ysidro - Librarian Available
August 18 through December 19, 2014
Monday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday:11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Database of the Week

E-books - read them from home!

The EBSCOhost E-book database has thousands of e-books on a wide range of subjects. These full-text books are freely available to all SWC students, faculty, and staff.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Website of the Week

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States 
The Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) of the University of Richmond

This digital atlas presents the cartographic history of the United States but also features the latest interactive technology. The website offers many different entry points for visitors to explore the collection of digitized maps, with the time-lapse feature being a favorite of mine.

The Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL) of the University of Richmond created this digital version of the Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright's 1932 Atlas of Historical Geography of the United States.

Reproducing nearly 700 maps, this digitization project has enhanced the original collection and added the dramatic functionality of 21st century technology. The Atlas will trace for you the expedition of Lewis and Clark and many other explorers. I suggest that you start with the Table of Contents to see the many ways this resource can be integrated into classroom curriculum or used for your own exploration in our American past.

Review by Tony McGee, SWC Librarian

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Orientations for Online Students

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