Blog Profile / Slate: Schooled

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Archived Since:July 14, 2009

Blog Post Archive

You’ve Got Questions for Teachers. We’ve Got Answers!

The debates over K-12 education can feel especially hysterical these days, from household uproars over Common Core–inspired math homework to gubernatorial flip-flopping over whether the national standards are any good. But through it...Show More Summary

Why Schools Are Ditching A’s, B’s, and C’s for Greens, Yellows, and Reds

When Shane was in elementary school, he could go months without advancing a reading level. And even though his mom, Carrie Shepherd, considered herself an involved parent, she sometimes wouldn’t know that her son, who has dyslexia, had stalled until she saw Shane’s latest report card. Show More Summary

There’s a Big Hole in How Teachers Build Skills, and Pinterest Is Helping Fill It

For most of us, Pinterest brings to mind crafts we’ll never make, places we’ll never visit, and wedding dresses we’ll never buy. But when teachers log on to the social scrapbooking site, they search for things like pasta-noodle skeletons,...Show More Summary

Pre-K Has Changed. Can Teachers Keep Up?

Earlier this fall, I visited Emma Markarian’s prekindergarten classroom in the Bronx to see some 4-year-olds in action. The 15 preschoolers spread out to different activity centers across the classroom. In the block area, the youngsters...Show More Summary

Do Schools Really Need Principals?

Rafiq Kalam Id-Din is walking down a hallway at Brooklyn’s Professional Prep charter school when he sees a fourth-grader in the doorway of a so-called “djed room.” The room, named after an ancient Egyptian symbol for stability,...Show More Summary

Is Common Core Ruining Gym Class?

When Judy Schmid, a gym teacher at Jacobsville Elementary School in Pasadena, Md., teaches her students how to bowl, she has them score games manually, even though most modern bowling alleys have automatic scoring. Kids count fallenShow More Summary

To Download or Not to Download

Here’s some news that ought to please Ira Glass: Serial is the new Shakespeare. At least that’s the case in one California classroom, where high school teacher Michael Godsey did away with Hamlet, long a mainstay in his class, to...Show More Summary

Our Teacher Diversity Problem Is Not Just About Recruitment. It’s About Retention.

As a fifth-grade student in Clarksville, Tennessee, a small city near Nashville, I constantly got in trouble. Just about every day, I came home with a pink slip. I didn’t always know what I’d done wrong. But I knew the pink slips weren’t good and that three of them added up to detention. Show More Summary

The Reinvention of Bilingual Education in America’s Schools

One afternoon last fall, I watched as a group of young Hispanic students trained to become the best Spanish-language spellers in America. Their thick practice packet for the fourth annual National Spanish Spelling Bee began with examples...Show More Summary

A New Way to Evaluate Teachers: Let Them Set Their Own Standards

Last spring, as the school year was coming to a close, most of Michelle Breitenfeldt’s kindergarteners were not reading at grade level. But that did not stop the Wisconsin teacher from setting an ambitious goal for herself this school year: 80 percent of her students would be on target by May, she vowed. Show More Summary

Why Obama Barely Mentioned K-12 Education in the State of the Union

With ambitious child care and community college proposals, President Obama had plenty to say about education for our youngest and older students in last night’s State of the Union address. But he barely mentioned K-12 education. Perhaps...Show More Summary

To Improve School Discipline, Change Teacher Behavior

When one of Henry Arguedas’ students got upset and slammed a book on the floor last year, the teacher followed what has become standard protocol in schools across the country: He sent the teenager out of class to an administrator who...Show More Summary

American Teachers Might Not Work Such Long Hours After All

There’s little question that American schoolteachers work hard. But a new report suggests they probably don’t work quite as many hours as many prominent scholars and journalists have long believed. The issue of teaching time has both practical and more abstract implications. Show More Summary

Welcome to Kindergarten. Take This Test. And This One.

One of the first times New Orleans kindergarten teacher Molly Mansel gave her class a computer-based standardized test last fall, the 30 5-year-olds didn’t know how to take it. The children, raised in the era of the mighty touchscreen, were instructed to use a computer mouse to take the test. Show More Summary

A Painful Decade of School Reform

Reforms come and go so quickly at Intermediate School 61 in Queens. First there was the push for smaller schools that began in 2003. Then a mind-boggling data system was introduced in 2007. The implementation of Common Core began in 2012, a process on track to continue through at least 2022. Show More Summary

Middle School Is the Worst. Here’s What It’s Like to Teach It. 

All of us remember middle school, and very few of us would like to go back. That’s the case for middle school teachers, too. They’ve got some of the hardest jobs in education: working with students who want responsibility but aren’t always equipped to handle it. Show More Summary

How to Attract Teachers to Poor, Rural Schools

Last spring, Sam Bruner, the principal of two small schools on a Native American reservation in rural Pryor, Montana, knew he needed to hire two teachers for the upcoming school year. So he drove two hours west to a job fair in Bozeman, where he set up his table and then watched as a stampede of job-hunting teachers passed him by. Show More Summary

Cartoon Debate

On Wednesday, gunmen attacked the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12. The magazine was known for printing images of the prophet Mohammed, including the 2005 cartoons that originally ran in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, leading to widespread violence. Show More Summary

Magni Catholica Super Teges

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The Last Word

The following is Carol Blue’s afterword to her husband Christopher Hitchens’ book Mortality, out in September from Twelve.

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