This Week in the News…

Posted: November 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, Nov. 14, The Plain Dealer

Math Scores Climb; Ohio Kids Best in Region in Arithmetic and Reading

“Yesterday’s scores showed that the majority of children mastered basic concepts such as probability, algebra, and mathematical reasoning. But two-thirds were not proficient in math, meaning they could not understand complex subject matter and apply it to real-life situations. But critics of the test say those kinds of proficiency levels are flawed and unrealistic, and the scores probably will be used as a weapon against public education. Given the supposed dismal performance at the proficient level, for-profit education companies will rush forward and legislators will offer a bill calling for vouchers as the only way back to the garden, said Gerald Bracey, a George Mason University professor.”

Sunday, Nov. 16, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

JFK: America’s Greatest Murder Mystery

“That media-mediated view of Kennedy is common among young adults, but they don’t feel the event as strongly as those who lived through it. When Roy Rosenzweig, a history professor at George Mason University, surveyed 1,500 people for his book The Presence of the Past, he found that most baby boomers listed Kennedy’s assassination as an event that had a major impact on them, but hardly anyone aged 18 to 30 did. ‘Everybody has some sense of it,’ says Rosenzweig, ‘but it’s not the same thing as having lived through it.'”

Monday, Nov. 17, Christian Science Monitor

New Take-It-with-You Numbers

“Already, some 5.8 million Americans have dropped their wired home-phone service to go strictly wireless, according to one recent report. The ability to keep the same wireless phone number is expected to encourage a few million more to do the same. Such moves could prove profound. ‘For 100 years, we called places when usually we wanted to speak with specific people,’ says Andrew Finn, associate director of the Center for Media Research and Telecommunications at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘We didn’t have a one-to-one match between the person and the number.’ With cellphones, ‘we’re now reaching people, not places.'”

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