Here’s an excerpt from a new book about American education by veteran teacher David Greene called Doing the Right Thing -- A Teacher Speaks . Greene taught social studies and coached in New York City schools for 38 years, worked as a field supervisor for Fordham University, mentored Teach For America Corps members in the Bronx and was a staff member of WISE Services. Greene looks at the current school reform era and how great teachers do what they do every day. This part of the book deals with the five basic but often misinterpreted principles behind creating a productive classroom culture.Read full article >>
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The Harvard Crimson, the university’s student newspaper, recently published a story about the continuing problem of grade inflation at the elite institution. Here’s a piece about why it matters, from Diane R. Dean is associate professor for higher education administration and policy at Illinois State University. Arthur Levine is president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University. They are co-authors of Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student.
St. John’s College in Annapolis, a small academic community immersed in the great books of Western civilization, is getting smaller. Enrollment has sunk below a threshold the school routinely exceeds — 500 students — and is down 9 percent since 2010.Read full article >>
Paul VI Catholic High School, located in Fairfax since 1983, is pursuing a move to Loudoun County, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington announced Thursday.
The diocese, which oversees Paul VI, said the school is planning to relocate by 2020 to a South Riding property already owned by the church.Read full article >>
The D.C. State Board of Education voted Wednesday to adopt new K-12 science standards meant to strengthen science education by prioritizing critical thinking and problem solving over memorization of facts.Read full article >>
Here’s some education news that you don’t hear every day: The Pittsburgh school board is rescinding a $750,000 contract with Teach For America, and keeping open an elementary school slated to be shuttered.Read full article >>
The Prince William School Board approved a controversial aquatics facility as part of a $97.9 million high school construction deal Wednesday night, bringing an end to a lengthy debate about whether the school system could afford to spring for a school with a pool.Read full article >>
How’s this for messy? Top Maryland officials approved a contract making the state the “fiscal agent” for one of two multi-state consortia developing standardized tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards despite objections that the contract has no minority business participation and concerns about testing obsession. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) acknowledged the lack of minority representation, saying the state feels “kind of saddled” by the contract in this regard because it was inheriting it from Florida, and he told officials to fix the problem. He also said Maryland was doing President Obama “a favor” by taking on the contract.Read full article >>