Yesterday I wrote a post about how public education’s biggest problem -- poverty -- keeps getting worse, with the news from a new report that a majority of students in public schools in the American South and West are low-income for the first time in at least four decades. Here’s a related piece which argues that policy makers own life circumstances affect the way they make school reform decisions for the poor. Jack Schneider (@Edu_Historian) is an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross and the author of the forthcoming book From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education. Heather Curl is a lecturer at Bryn Mawr College. Both authors are former classroom teachers. Schneider also founded University Paideia, a pre-college program for under-served students in the San Francisco Bay Area. His research focuses on educational policy-making and school reform.Read full article >>
Can they be this obsessed with data?
Look at some of the data that U.S. Education Department is requiring organizations that receive Promise Neighborhoods grants to collect and report:
The number of kids in the initiative who are getting five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.Read full article >>
Here’s an interesting post by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, a professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” His latest book is “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education.” This appeared on his Science and Education blog.Read full article >>
A Calvert County sixth-grader who was suspended for making a gun gesture on a school bus in September will have the incident cleared from his records, according to the child’s mother.
The Maryland school system’s decision ends a case that added to a spate of disciplinary actions against students with pretend guns in the Washington region. Children have been suspended for pointing their fingers like guns, carrying toy guns and chewing a Pop-Tart-like pastry into the shape of a gun.Read full article >>
D.C. traditional and charter schools grew for the fifth year in a row, together enrolling 4 percent more students this fall than last, according to a raw count the Office of the State Superintendent of Education released Thursday.Read full article >>
The D.C. Public Charter School Board decided at a meeting Wednesday not to immediately initiate the closure of Options Public Charter, the Northeast Washington school at the center of allegations that its former managers diverted millions of dollars to their own for-profit companies.Read full article >>
The Learning Network: Text to Text | ‘Enrique’s Journey’ and ‘In Trek North, First Lure Is Mexico’s Other Line’
Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell has selected a transition team to analyze the school system and offer recommendations on how to move the struggling system forward.
The 32-member panel, which includes local and regional educators, is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Monday.Read full article >>