The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Bowe Bergdahl, American Soldier, Freed by Taliban in Prisoner Trade
Anybody paying attention to school reform knows that kindergarten today is nothing like it used to be. Kindergarten schedules used to be dominated by play, but there’s not much time — if any — for that any more in many programs. Play has been replaced with reading, writing and arithmetic — and a slew of tests on reading, writing and arithmetic. There is so much pressure on teachers to get kids in kindergarten — who can be 4, 5 or 6 — academically oriented that some teachers have stopped offering a snack because there just isn’t any time. Recess? That’s gone in some places too.Read full article >>
The newest teachers at the District’s Maury Elementary School haven’t been to college. They can’t tie their own shoes. They don’t speak much English. And they aren’t potty-trained.
They are babies. Mostly bald, and completely mesmerizing.Read full article >>
When voters were allowed to choose every member of the Prince George’s County school board, just 25 percent of the members had college degrees a year and a half ago. That percentage was lower than any other school system in the Washington region and far below the national average.Read full article >>
The Obama administration is developing a college rating (not ranking) system that will be based on criteria yet to be determined but that could include data such as tuition and how much students earn when they graduate and get a job. It is intended to be used (with congressional approval) in deciding which institutions deserve federal student aid.Read full article >>
Elliott Witney, a brilliant reading teacher, was one of the six people who launched KIPP, now the nation’s largest charter school network, in a Chicago hotel conference room 14 years ago. He eventually became principal of KIPP’s flagship school in Houston. So, why has this hero of the charter movement taken an administrator job in a traditional Houston area district full of bureaucratic annoyances charters were created to eliminate?Read full article >>
How do you wreck a public school system?
There are plenty of ways, but right now let’s just focus on one district, the state-run Philadelphia School District, which has been starved for funding by the administration of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and has been a guinea pig for corporate school reform, with widespread school closures and rapid charter expansion in the past decade.Read full article >>
Strauss: Bloomberg, at Harvard, blasts Ivy League ‘liberals’ for ‘trying to repress conservative ideas’
Because I am a fan of good speeches, I’ve recently posted some interesting ones from the 2014 college commencement season, including a few that were funny (Mindy Kaling at Harvard Law, Jim Carrey at the Maharishi University of Management) and one that included an extended apology to students about how the speaker’s generation had failed them. (Deborah Bial at Mount Holyoke College).Read full article >>
The tennis courts at Northwest Washington’s Lafayette Elementary became the scene of a snap-crackle-pop symphony Friday afternoon as hundreds of students attempted to set a Guinness World Record for the most people popping bubble wrap at the same time.Read full article >>