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Strauss: Kindergarten teacher: My job is now about tests and data -- not children. I quit.

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:30am

Susan Sluyter is a veteran teacher of young children in the Cambridge Public Schools who has been connected to the district for nearly 20 years and teaching for more than 25 years. Last month she sent a resignation letter ( “with deep love and a broken heart”) explaining that she could no longer align her understanding of how young children learn best in safe, developmentally appropriate environments with the testing and data collection mandates imposed on teachers today. She wrote in part:

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Strauss: Kindergarten teacher: My job is now about tests and data -- not children. I quit.

Education News from Washington Post - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 11:30am

Susan Sluyter is a veteran teacher of young children in the Cambridge Public Schools who has been connected to the district for nearly 20 years and teaching for more than 25 years. Last month she sent a resignation letter ( “with deep love and a broken heart”) explaining that she could no longer align her understanding of how young children learn best in safe, developmentally appropriate environments with the testing and data collection mandates imposed on teachers today. She wrote in part:

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Motherlode Blog: I Didn’t Want My Son to Have Dwarfism. Not Really.

Education News from NY Times - Sun, 03/23/2014 - 8:09am
I have rare form of dwarfism, and I never expected to be able to have a child—but once I was pregnant, part of me expected my son to share my condition. I wasn’t sure I’d know how to raise a “normal” child.
    





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Student alleged to have ricin had been reported to Georgetown

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 7:33pm

A Georgetown University student who was charged Friday with possessing the biological toxin ricin made aggressive comments online toward another student earlier this year, according to a recent Georgetown graduate who said she alerted the school’s administration to the messages and believed the second student might be in danger.

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Snow and severe winter take a toll on classroom learning

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 5:49pm

This winter’s frequent snowstorms have reshuffled lesson plans and testing schedules at schools across the Washington region, and the days off have left students worried about being ready for spring exams. Teachers wonder if first-graders will make their reading goals as they lose ground on snow days, and parents have been surprised by extra homework.

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The Committee: Excerpts from inside the inner sanctum of GW admissions

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 2:32pm

In the world of selective college admissions, the inner sanctum is The Committee.

This is a panel, found at many colleges and universities, that typically convenes to deliberate borderline applications. The Committee weighs the case and decides whether a student should be admitted, turned down or put on a waiting list.

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The Committee: Excerpts from inside the inner sanctum of GW admissions

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 2:32pm

In the world of selective college admissions, the inner sanctum is The Committee.

This is a panel, found at many colleges and universities, that typically convenes to deliberate borderline applications. The Committee weighs the case and decides whether a student should be admitted, turned down or put on a waiting list.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: A Common Core for All of Us

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 2:30pm
Should schools protect kids or challenge them?
    





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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: A Common Core for All of Us

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 2:30pm
Should schools protect kids or challenge them?
    





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Inside the admissions process at George Washington University

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 2:12pm

Britt Freitag, an admissions officer at George Washington University, confessed she was “slightly nervous” about a candidate for the Class of 2018. His grades were solid, but not stellar. The student had taken some tough courses, but not as many as Freitag would have liked. Test scores, she said, were “definitely on the low side.”

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Inside the admissions process at George Washington University

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 2:12pm

Britt Freitag, an admissions officer at George Washington University, confessed she was “slightly nervous” about a candidate for the Class of 2018. His grades were solid, but not stellar. The student had taken some tough courses, but not as many as Freitag would have liked. Test scores, she said, were “definitely on the low side.”

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Strauss: Things teachers learn in their first year

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 2:00pm

Here is a lovely video from BuzzFeed Video featuring teachers talking about the things they learned during their first year on the job.

Excerpts:

You think right off the bat you’re gonna be this amazing teacher and you kinda have to come and realize that you’re not.

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You don’t know the life of your students so something at home could be a really big problem. Some kids reading on a 12th grade level. Some kids reading on a sixth grade level. And when you are faced with that reality every single day you are making up for a lot of lost time. You have to be a counselor, a best friend, a father figure, a mother figure.

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I had a student who was so defiant he was border-line threatening me.

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Teaching has really showed me that there is no kid who doesn’t want to learn.

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Strauss: Things teachers learn in their first year

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 2:00pm

Here is a lovely video from BuzzFeed Video featuring teachers talking about the things they learned during their first year on the job.

Excerpts:

You think right off the bat you’re gonna be this amazing teacher and you kinda have to come and realize that you’re not.

--

You don’t know the life of your students so something at home could be a really big problem. Some kids reading on a 12th grade level. Some kids reading on a sixth grade level. And when you are faced with that reality every single day you are making up for a lot of lost time. You have to be a counselor, a best friend, a father figure, a mother figure.

--

I had a student who was so defiant he was border-line threatening me.

--

Teaching has really showed me that there is no kid who doesn’t want to learn.

--

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Strauss: A ‘Dear John’ letter to Florida -- from 2010 state Teacher of the Year

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 11:50am

Megan Allen is a veteran English teacher who was the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher. But she left Florida with her morale extremely low because of a series of reforms that she felt were targeting teachers in ways that unfairly hurt them as well as their students.

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Strauss: A ‘Dear John’ letter to Florida -- from 2010 state Teacher of the Year

Education News from Washington Post - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 11:50am

Megan Allen is a veteran English teacher who was the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher. But she left Florida with her morale extremely low because of a series of reforms that she felt were targeting teachers in ways that unfairly hurt them as well as their students.

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In Beijing Talk, Michelle Obama Extols Free Speech

Education News from NY Times - Sat, 03/22/2014 - 7:34am
The first lady told an audience of mainly students that unfettered expression, particularly on the Internet and in the news media, form the basis for a strong, prosperous society.
    





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Court Orders Rehiring of 2 Brooklyn Teachers in Misconduct Case

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 9:33pm
A five-judge panel says that the termination of two Brooklyn teachers, who a custodian said had been undressed in an empty classroom, was “shockingly disproportionate” to their “lapse in judgment.”
    





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Performance, standards of ‘traditional’ magnet schools in N.Va. prove alluring to parents

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 8:18pm

Arlington County has magnet schools for Spanish immersion; science and math; Montessori; and hands-on, nature-based learning. Another popular option is harder to describe: Arlington Traditional School.

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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 5:05pm
Welcome to Motherlode’s second official weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.
    





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Strauss: Chicago students pulled out of class for questioning over test boycott

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 4:37pm

Some Chicago public school students were taken out of class and questioned by district investigators who are looking into a boycott staged by teachers of the mandatory Illinois Standard Achievement Test earlier this month -- and their parents, who weren’t asked for permission -- are angry.

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