Are schools asked to do too much? Here’s a post on the subject by Larry Cuban, a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This post appeared on his blog.Read full article >>
A new study on Teach For America by Mathematica has been released, and it is been hailed as some kind of proof that TFAers are more effective than other teachers. But does it really prove that? Here’s a piece on it by Julian Vasquez Heilig, an award-winning researcher and associate professor of Educational Policy and Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. This appeared on his Cloaking Inquality blog.Read full article >>
Bundled in coats and clutching cups of hot coffee, parents chatter while their kids glide across the ice rink in Rockville.
But the Montgomery County parents aren’t talking much about playing time or stick-handling skills, instead using the opportunity as a sort of weekend therapy session. They talk about their children’s medical problems. They fret over the embarrassing emotional tantrums their children have in public. And they complain to one another about how hard it is find the right classroom for their children, who may have autism, can’t speak or will never know how to read.Read full article >>
Here’s a brief description of the Sept. 15, 1963, bombing by the Ku Klux Klan of a church in Birmingham, Ala., that left four girls dead. It was written by award-winning historian Taylor Branch in a book he dedicated to “students of freedom and teachers of history.”Read full article >>
A group of retired and current teachers from Bladensburg Elementary School in Prince George’s County gets together at least twice a year to talk about families, share fond memories and discuss the latest in education.Read full article >>
The menu was an appetizing smorgasbord: apple-and-cranberry Waldorf salad, greens with chopped kale, roasted red-pepper humus, falafel flat-bread sandwiches, chow mein noodles and a yogurt parfait with granola and fresh strawberries and blueberries.Read full article >>
Two Arlington County ninth-graders told Washington-Lee High School Principal Gregg Robertson they had made a mistake. Advanced Placement world history, a college-level course, was too much for them. They wanted to switch to the regular world history course.Read full article >>
Scientifically based research. It’s one of those phrases thrown around a lot in the education reform debate, but what it actually means is anybody’s guess. Here’s a piece on the subject by P.L. Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina. He edited the 2013 book “Becoming and Being a Teacher,” and wrote the 2012 book, “Ignoring Poverty in the U.S.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Education.” This was published on Alternet.com.