If you ever hear a complete recording of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his extraordinarily powerful “I Have a Dream” speech at the Washington Monument on Aug. 28, 1963, you will certainly never forget it. But it isn’t as easy as you might think to get access: The oration, as famous a speech as there is in American history, is private property, not in the public domain. Using it legally costs money, meaning that most people, including students learning about the civil rights movement, will at best only hear small bites of it.Read full article >>
Is cramming before a test better than not studying at all? Is underlining material a good way to retain information? A new school year is a good time to look at the latest research on the best ways to study. What works and doesn't may surprise you.Read full article >>
The Learning Network Blog: Reader Idea | Using Proposed Soda Ban to Introduce Viewpoints on Progressivism
The start of the academic year marks the beginning of “travel season” for admissions recruiters, who are mostly low-paid, recent college graduates in their 20s. They spend months on the road, living in hotels off the interstate and driving from high school to high school to promote their institution, answer questions and gather contact information for potential applicants.Read full article >>
When students at Fairfax County’s Mount Vernon High School return to classes next week, they no longer will be allowed to wear “jeggings” as pants.
What exactly are jeggings? They are the fashion cousin of leggings, the skin-tight staples found in many high school hallways. Jeggings are leggings with a faux-denim appearance, providing the tailored jean look that is in vogue among teenagers. To dress in leggings or jeggings, Mount Vernon students must wear them underneath shorts, dresses or skirts that are at most three inches above the knee, according to school regulations.Read full article >>
For years now a charade has been perpetuated on the public by politicians in Washington and school reformers about the definition of a "highly qualified teacher" -- an issue that has real-life consequences in the country's neediest classrooms. This post on the subject was written by Kenneth Zeichner is a professor of teacher education at the University of Washington, Seattle, and professor emeritus in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A member of the National Academy of Education, he has done extensive research and teaching and teacher education and has published widely. He is a product of the Philadelphia public school system and a former elementary teacher team leader in the National Teacher Corps.