A crack in the credit hour? Amy Laitinen provides some context behind the U.S. Department of Education’s letter to colleges, encouraging the creation of degree programs that measure competencies, rather than credit hours. Laitinen, in conjunction with Education Sector, released a report last fall that explained how competency-based education works—and why it makes more sense than awarding credit based on seat time. (Higher Ed Watch/New America Foundation)
How (not) to win an election. A candidate for Wisconsin’s state schools chief has put five reporters on a “Do Not Call” list, refusing to return their calls or interview requests, because he doesn’t like what they write. (Jim Romensko)
One step closer to Mars. The ever-ambitious Abigail Harrison, a 15-year-old who wants to be the first astronaut on Mars, was invited to watch the May 2013 Soyuz Launch in Russia. (Astronaut Abby)
What dads will do for their little girls. A father re-programs his 3-year-old daughter’s Donkey Kong game so that she can play as the princess and save Mario. (TIME)
Mimi Karabulut, ES communications intern, contributed to this post.