The images in the book were bright and the words simple, but many of the women in the classroom hesitated as they sounded out each sentence.
“If you can’t read the words, can you talk about the pictures?” teacher Elizabeth Bergner coached. The goal for the women enrolled in Bergner’s adult-education class in the District is to learn English, but an equally important target is to help their children learn to read.Read full article >>
Author and former Yale faculty member William Deresiewicz has created a sensation with his attack on the Ivy League, published in the New Republic.
He is right to question our misplaced respect for elite colleges. He also wisely wonders why such institutions can’t welcome more students from low-income homes.Read full article >>
Former CNN correspondent Campbell Brown appeared on The Colbert Report last week in her role as head of the new Partnership for Educational Justice, an advocacy organization that is supporting seven parents in a lawsuit against New York State’s teacher tenure laws. (Supporting may be underestimating what the group is doing, given that she called the parents “our plaintiffs.”) Colbert asked her some good questions but her answers were, well, questionable. In the following post, Alyssa Hadley Dunn, a former high school English teacher who is now an assistant professor of teacher education at Michigan State University, fact-checks Brown’s answers. Dunn researches urban schools, educational policy, and social justice.Read full article >>
The backlash against the Common Core has prompted lawmakers in at least 12 states to get more involved in setting their own K-12 academic standards, injecting politics into a process usually conducted in obscurity by bureaucrats.Read full article >>
Maryland is urging its 1,450 public schools to move away from student suspensions for incidents of disrespect and insubordination as part of newly approved code-of-conduct guidelines.
The guidelines reflect the sweeping changes that the Maryland State Board of Education made six months ago as it sought to take a more rehabilitative approach toward student misconduct and reduce racial disparities in punishment.Read full article >>
Calvin Terrell was born in a six-bedroom house on King Street that been passed down from his grandparents in one of Alexandria’s oldest communities of African American homeowners. In the early 1960s, that house was demolished to make way for T.C. Williams High School.Read full article >>
Calvin Terrell was born in a six-bedroom house on King Street that had been passed down from his grandparents in one of Alexandria’s oldest communities of African American homeowners. In the early 1960s, that house was demolished to make way for T.C. Williams High School.Read full article >>