The matter before the Montgomery County Council’s Education Committee was largely procedural, but elected officials did not miss the chance Monday to press a perennial concern: The state, they argue, shortchanges the school system on funding.Read full article >>
Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua P. Starr, school board Member Rebecca Smondrowski and two principals are part of a local delegation spending 10 days in China.
Educators on the trip include Joan Benz, principal of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, and Judy Brubaker, principal of Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School in Germantown. The group left Sunday and is expected to return Sept. 25.Read full article >>
Today is the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution -- and that means it is also Constitution Day. What’s Constitution Day, you ask? It’s a congressionally mandated moment in which schools -- from kindergarten through college -- must focus in some fashion on the country’s founding document. The law, which passed in 2004, requires all schools that get federal funding to offer an “educational program” on the Constitution, but doesn’t define what that is.Read full article >>
In this post veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo, who teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, talks about the difference between student engagement and student compliance -- and why he’d rather have 90 percent of the former than 100 percent of the latter. Ferlazzo has written five books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher, and has his own popular resource-sharing blog, on which this appeared.Read full article >>
The reading wars continue.
Last month I published two pieces by literacy experts who raised serious objections to key parts of a report released over the summer on teacher preparation by a group called the National Council on Teacher Quality. The first one is here, the second here.( I had earlier published posts on the report, here and here, which criticized its methodology in determining which colleges of education were worthwhile and which aren’t.) The literacy experts (some of whom have served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association) were concerned, among other things, that the council was promoting an old and narrow idea that direct instruction of phonics is the best way to teach reading and that other methods have little or no value.Read full article >>
Sometimes you find things in unexpected places, like this story, in Forbes magazine. The story, headlined “Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City,” was written by a financial publisher and writer, not exactly the first person you’d think would take a hit at charter schools.Read full article >>