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 >>
When the doors to Tyler Elementary School were locked Monday morning in response to the shootings at the Navy Yard nearby, a few parents who had just dropped off their children were also shut inside.
Ivy Estabrooke, who has a 4-year-old daughter at the school on G Street SE, said she didn’t mind being “caught” along with her 2-year-old in the lockdown that began about 9 a.m. Estabrooke, a civilian Navy employee who works in Arlington and lives on Capitol Hill, said she and her 2-year-old daughter waited out the lockdown in the older daughter’s pre-kindergarten classroom.Read full article >>
A story in the latest edition of the New York Times Magazine titled “No Child Left Untableted,” by Carlo Rotella, is getting a lot of attention in part because of statements made in it by former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein, who now runs Amplify, the education division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. The story is about a big push by school reformers to “transform” public education with technology, specifically, tablets.Read full article >>
Lyn Mundey was sworn in Monday as the newest member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education.
Mundey replaces former school board member Carletta Fellows, who resigned in July after serving six months on the board.Read full article >>