On Sunday afternoon, 7-year-old Russell Welland built a parachute out of coffee filters, cups and pipe cleaners. He wanted to make it fly.
So the amateur aeronautical engineer tested the parachute by putting it in the bottom of a tall plastic tube set atop an electrical fan in a South Lakes High School auditorium.Read full article >>
Strauss: Parent to officials: ‘if you know it’s wrong but remain silent, you’re complicit in educational malpractice’
Here’s a letter from Massachusetts parent Ricardo D. Rosa to the New Bedford School Committee and Superintendent Pia Durkin about high-stakes standardized testing. Rosa explains why he wants to opt his children out of this month’s Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exams and all upcoming high-stakes test, including the Common Core-aligned tests being designed by a consortium of states called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).Read full article >>
I tried. I really did. When the College Board announced its latest SAT changes and my e-mail box overflowed with analyses of their importance for the future of our republic, I tried to ignore them.
The SAT and its feisty competitor, the ACT, are the most discussed and feared exams in the country, but I learned long ago that they don’t deserve all that attention. I wanted to let this latest SAT freak-out pass without my mentioning it. I decided to weigh in only when otherwise intelligent people began to suggest even more bizarre changes to the test, such as adding ways to measure emotional maturity and creativity.Read full article >>
This is a good example of why it is important to do your homework before you vote. On anything.
New York legislators elected -- and last week the entire body confirmed -- four new members of the state Board of Regents, which makes and oversees education policy and has been under attack for the botched rollout of the Common Core State Standards.Read full article >>
Love them or hate them, the Common Core State Standards in math and English/Language Arts are being implemented in classrooms in most of the country -- in some places better than others. A nonpartisan organization called Young Education Professionals asked a few teachers how they are dealing with the new standards, and their reports are below. The teachers work in Maryland and Washington and D.C.; Virginia is one of the few states that did not adopt the Common Core. This appeared on the organization’s website.Read full article >>
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Parents are calling on Mayor Vincent C. Gray to restore city funding meant to help provide a permanent home for D.C. International, a new foreign-
language-immersion charter school for students in grades six through 12.
Julie Hiltz is a media specialist at Lutz Elementary in Hillsborough County, Florida, and a National Board Certified Teacher with 12 years of experience. She is also a 2013-14 Center for Teaching Quality Teacherpreneur, who is spending half of her workweek this school year engaging colleagues across the state in teacher evaluation and Common Core reforms.Read full article >>
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People say the craziest things to teachers about their profession. Like what? Like how easy their jobs are, and how anybody can do it.
Here is a list of some of the common idiocies along with some useful comebacks, compiled and written by Cindy Long and originally published in NEA Today , a publication of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers union.Read full article >>