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Bad behavior in college: Not just at Dartmouth

Philip J. Hanlon, the new president of Dartmouth College, has just gone public with his concern that the Ivy League school’s future “is being hijacked by extreme behavior,” by which he means in part sexual assaults and the proliferation of groups with “racist and sexist undertones.” He also lamented a campus culture marked by commonplace […]

Really? Do We Really Want Experienced Teachers to Resign

How many more experienced, professional educators will submit their letters of resignation before Washington and the State Legislatures stop catering to the monied interests intent on destroying any meaningful and real education forShow More Summary

Run for the Border

Real Clear Politics picked up this September 2013 video of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Columbus, New Mexico, in order to make a point about immigration. But I think it illustrates a different irony. I’m not sure Secretary Duncan would find it inspiring or courageous if he watched kids crossing the border into […]

Morning Video: They've Re-Segregated In Tuscaloosa

"The district, once the model of racial integration, has moved back in time, such that "nearly one in three black students attend a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened." (Plus a long feature story in The Atlantic Magazine with ProPublica)

Update: 107,000 Students Subjected to Restraint/Seclusion. Contact Congress to Pass National Bill

New statistics show that in 2011-12, at least 70,000 students were subjected to physical restraint, and 37,000, to isolated seclusion. The statistics were released this Spring as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection, a biennial data collection from public schools. Show More Summary

Taking Useful Notes at a Conference

I just came back from Computers in Libraries 2014 … with three pages of notes. I heard some useful stuff this year! I also changed how I’m taking notes, in hopes of making them more useful. In the past, I have been known to furiously type everything I hear, plus some ideas I get during […]

AM News: Teachers Suffer States' Common Core Uncertainties

Teachers Anxious as Policymakers Waffle on Common-Core Decisions State EdWatch: The indecision about the common-core standards in many states has led some teachers to believe that policymakers are leaving them in the lurch. Competing...Show More Summary

Talking about the Tests as Weapons of Mass Distraction

The New York Times editors appear to be catching on to the fact that the proliferation and misuse of high stakes testing are not only a huge waste of resources that are actually doing more harm than good, but are also a "distraction" from the very real problems of poverty and inequality. Show More Summary

I Wish I Could Read Wikipedia Like This "It often takes more than a few clicks to reach understanding. You dive down, deeper and deeper with each click, then navigate back up and continue reading. It's very easy to get lost and to lose your context. Show More Summary

Rhee's Two Takes on her Taping Incident

by guest blogger Arwen E. Michelle Rhee popped up in The Washington Post this month glorifying the same standardized tests from which so many parents seek to shelter their children. It is so strange to me, in this day and age, that one...Show More Summary

Review of The Thinking Teacher

When I first picked up this book I made an error of judgement. Noticing that it seemed quite slim, I thought I could finish reading it in just one or two sessions. However, what I had not counted on was the book’s living up to its title. Show More Summary

Seven things kids need to read better

For two decades,  Ellie Herman was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” Her fiction has appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. Show More Summary

Making Feedback on Writing Easy -

Earlier today, I received an email from's Anna regarding a beta service for offering feedback on online student writing. What's fascinating is the approach they take to accomplishing the feedback, which give the online feedback a "paper" approach. Show More Summary

Even the strongest relationships sour

Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, and John White, Louisiana’s education commissioner, were once a great school reform pair — seemingly inseparable.  Times have changed. In early 2011, Jindal tapped White, then the superintendent of the Recovery School District in New Orleans, to become education chief in Louisiana and the state Board of Education approved the […]

Five things you can try if your child didn't get into your first choice of primary school

So what should you do if your child is one of the 86,000 who've missed out on their first choice of primary school? First of all, don't despair. If your child has been offered a place at their second – or third or fourth – choice of school, the chances are he or she will [...]

Udacity Will No Longer Offer Free Certificates

Udacity hopes the certificates it offers to people who complete its massive open online courses are worth something. Now the company plans to charge students accordingly. The company, one of the big three MOOC providers, said on Wednesday that it would no longer give learners the opportunity to earn free, “non-identity-verified” certificates. Show More Summary

Kids Create Their Own Mobile Apps

Great mobile app creation site has solid teacher resources

Writing Fix: A Traditional Haiku

This document from the fabulous site, Writing Fix, gives just a brief explanation of the basic rules for writing haikus for your students to follow.

Media: NPR Ed Team Adds Staff (Still Needs Spiffy Name)

As you may already have heard via Twitter, the latest news on the NPR education team expansion front is that they've hired Anya Kamenetz to be one of two education bloggers for the new, expanded education page. Starting next month, the...Show More Summary

Modesto Disaffiliation Vote Set for May 6

The Modesto Teachers Association is all set to decide whether it wants to continue being part of the California Teachers Association. The local claims 1,525 members, which would make it the largest CTA local affiliate to break away if the vote goes that way on May 6. The decision by MTA’s officers was apparently triggered […]

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