The Daily brief: July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011, 6:54 p.m.

Haikumania | Japanese literature professor Stephen Carter says that haiku is the most popular form of poetry in the world in a feature in the Stanford Report. The trend can be seen anywhere from haiku contests to advertising campaigns from the retailer Target.

Cut Spending, Raise Scores| Despite cuts to K-12 education in California, standardized test scores have been on the rise. This supposed improvement, however, does not yet reflect the recent increase in classroom sizes as a result of those cuts, warns state Board of Education president and education professor Michael Kirst.

Change Med Ed | A stronger education infrastructure is needed to match changes in recent policy changes by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, writes medical education specialist at the School of Medicine Erika Shimahara in an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News. One of the council’s changes includes limiting first year trainees from working shifts longer than 16 hours.

Overheard | “Khamanei unleashed all his forces, so to speak,” he said. “There was a ferocious attack on Ahmadinejad in parliament.” — director of the Iranian Studies program Abbas Milani, in a blog post on

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