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Student critiques of adult cluelessness have long been as much a part of high school as Friday night football and backpacks. My best friend in high school, Dan Cummings, was suspended for publishing an underground newspaper eviscerating how our school was run.Read full article >>
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For years, Drew and Debra Powell fought the special education system in Montgomery County.
They hired private tutors for their son after educators told them that he would never be literate. They pushed back when administrators at their son’s middle school wanted to place him in a more restrictive classroom, isolating him from students without disabilities. And they fought when Montgomery public-school officials wanted to label their son “emotionally disturbed” after an administrator didn’t allow him to go to the restroom and he had an accident.Read full article >>
Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited rural Kentucky on Friday to showcase the benefits of preschool education that starts before birth.
Duncan stopped by the home of a family in Whitley County that participates in a home-visiting program for families with infants and toddlers.Read full article >>
About 130 Catholic scholars around the country have signed a hard-hitting letter to U.S. Catholic bishops denouncing the Common Core State Standards as doing “a grave disservice to Catholic education” and urging the bishops to ignore the standards or, in the more than 100 dioceses that have already adopted them, to give them up.Read full article >>
Michael Feuer, the dean of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education & Human Development, was just inducted as president of the National Academy of Education, an organization made up of 200 elected members that advances high-quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice.Read full article >>
Prince George’s County School Superintendent Kevin Maxwell was named Maryland’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year for his work in narrowing the achievement gap and forging partnerships with the community while at the helm in Anne Arundel County.Read full article >>
Steve Peifer, associate director of college counseling at Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Fla., reported on a counselors’ listserv this (non-) conversation that he had with a parent at an open house, and he has given me permission to publish it.Read full article >>
Some time ago I wrote about a highly popular supplemental reading program used in thousands of schools called “Accelerated Reader” by Renaissance Learning Inc., which encouraged students to read books that were evaluated through a “readability” formula. Under this scheme, Ernest Hemingway’s classic, “The Sun Also Rises,” gets 10 points and is recommended for kids less than halfway through fourth grade. ”Breaking Dawn,” the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, earns 28 points and is recommended for fourth graders, too. Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Beloved,” which depicts a mother choosing to kill her daughter rather than see her enslaved, gets 15 points and a book level of 6.0, appropriate for sixth grade. Kids get rewards for amassing book points.Read full article >>
We hear a lot about how children from low-income families often enter school with a “word gap,” meaning they have heard and know fewer words than their more affluent peers, a reality that puts them at a disadvantage from the very beginning of their education. In this post, Esther Quintero, a senior research associate at the nonprofit Albert Shanker Institute, looks at why the “word gap” is more than about words. This first appeared on the institute’s blog. If you are interested in this issue, check out “Early Childhood Education: the Word Gap and the Common Core,” a public conversation taking place Dec. 11, 2013.Read full article >>
Why are some kids crying when they do homework these days? Here’s why, from award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York. Burris has for more than a year chronicled on this blog the many problems with the test-driven reform in New York (here, and here and here and here, for example). She was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is the co-author of the New York Principals letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. It has been signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens. You can read the letter by clicking here.Read full article >>
Karen and Reynaldo Dudley of Glenn Dale were on the prowl Wednesday night, in search of a suitable educational program for their son, who will be a high school freshman next fall.
The Dudleys and hundreds of other parents moved throughout the exhibit hall in the cafeteria at Eleanor Roosevelt High School gathering information about the specialty programs, career academies and public charter schools offered in Prince George’s County.Read full article >>
From The Hechinger Report, an independently funded unit of Teachers College at Columbia University, comes the following chart about how the Common Core State Standards in math and English language arts are changing classrooms:Read full article >>
School and county leaders broke ground this week on a $128 million project to rebuild Wheaton High School and recreate the Silver Spring campus as a model of project-based learning.
Construction, expected to be complete by August 2015, was kicked off at a celebration Wednesday, with the school band playing, and a long line of public officials and educators ceremonially turning shovels of dirt.Read full article >>
Earlier this year I wrote about a boy in Florida who was forced to take a standardized test even though he was born with a brain stem but not a complete brain and doesn’t have the cognitive ability to understand the difference between an apple and an orange. While many disabled children can indeed meet the same academic standards as mainstream children, others can’t.Read full article >>
The “no-excuses” school reform movement is famous for giving short shrift to how students are affected by living in poverty and expecting teachers to be able to overcome the consequences. Here’s a different “no excuses” philosophy, by George Wood, superintendent of the Federal Hocking Local Schools in Stewart, Ohio; executive director of the nonprofit Forum for Education and Democracy, and board chair of The Coalition of Essential Schools.Read full article >>
The high school graduation rate has improved across Maryland, according to figures released Wednesday, but Prince George’s County saw its graduation rate fall by 3.3 percentage points, leaving the school district more than 10 percentage points behind the state average.Read full article >>
Ten schools in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia accept applications for undergraduate admission only through the online Common Application — which has been experiencing technical issues — and offer nonbinding “early action” or binding “early decision” programs. Here’s how those schools are handling the first deadlines for the class entering in 2014.Read full article >>
At least 42 colleges and universities have announced deadline extensions this fall for applicants seeking early admission because of technical difficulties some students have experienced with a new version of the online Common Application. Here are the 43 schools and their new initial deadlines, which The Washington Post found in a check this week of admission Web sites.Read full article >>
At least 42 colleges and universities have pushed back their first application deadlines for the class entering next fall — a highly unusual reprieve as a crucial date in the admissions cycle approaches Friday.Read full article >>