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I Wish Richard Kahlenberg Could Be Right, But . . .

In the August 30 NYTimes, Richard Kahlenberg and Halley Potter offer us a pipe dream of a high performing charter school world, one with diverse student populations and unionized faculty, where pedagogical innovation and shared governance are realities of everyday life. Show More Summary

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Super Punch “From Luc Besson’s AMA, regarding writing The Fifth Element: At 16, i wrote 200 pages and threw them in the garbage because it was bad. I then wrote 200 more which also finished in the garbage. Then I wrote 400 pages that i kept, waited for 15 years, and wrote a first draft. […]

Earth tears open a fissure in Mexico

6 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The planet Earth continued her campaign against the human race this week, shifting the method from sinkholes to a mile-wide rip across a Mexican state. It's a giant fissure in the Northern Mexican desert, 3,300 feet long and up to.....

Can a $1 million global teacher competition (backed by Bill Clinton) boost the profession?

There’s no question that many teachers feel demoralized amid a punitive school “reform” movement and that their profession could use a boost, but is a $1 million global competition for a single “exceptional” teacher really the way to go about doing that? The $1 million Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize contest is underway, with Oct. […]

Obama Awards Contract to Student Loan Predators Who Swindled 60,000 Veteran Families

Sallie Mae has a long, dirty history (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here) of preying on those dependent upon student loans for a college education. Recently, the dirty bastards spun off a company, which according to Forbes,...Show More Summary

‘Shut your lips and stand in line’ — what no kid should hear on the first day of school

Veteran educator Matt Fiteny is the social studies education manager at the non-profit Center for Inspired Teaching in Washington D.C., which trains educators at all stages of their careers to improve their ability to raise student achievement. He worked for 12 years as a teacher, teacher-leader and administrator. This is a short post about an […]

What Do the Reform Folk Do?

What Do the Reform Folk Do? By Learner and Loewe (Scorer) Based on the Tune from Camelot What do the reform folk doTo help them escape when they're blue?The Duncan who is ailing, the Bill Gates who is glumThe Coleman who is wailing from...Show More Summary

SketchBook Express Offers Tools for Creativity

Creation tools hook kids, connect them with global community of artists

Word Literacy: Adjective Detective

The Adjective Detective offers a collection of animated lessons on adjectives, followed by a simple quiz and detective game.

Thinking about charter schools

Stephen Dyer says: I get and am sympathetic to the argument that kids need opportunities to escape struggling schools. And I have little problem with the few really excellent school choice options that are out there that genuinely do give kids opportunities to achieve their potential. But when the vast majority of those opportunities aren’t [...]

What kind of learning environments do high-poverty minority students deserve?

Paul Thomas says: The public narrative around KIPP is based on embracing an authoritarian and highly structured model for high-poverty and minority students. Public schools have failed high-poverty and minority students in terms of disproportionate...Show More Summary

How a book designer plucks a vision from an author’s pages

If you judge a book by its cover, you might want to know what goes into its design. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Peter Mendelsund, author of “What We See When We Read” and “Cover,” about the process of communicating an author’s work to readers, as well as the importance of cover design in the age of e-readers.

Death by goblin

In Zimbabwe a traditional healer tried to save an old man from his goblin. The tsikamutanda succeeded in destroying the goblin, but the victim died in the process. Said victim had the extraordinary name of Punish Mhlanga. Zimbabwean goblins are...

Stranger danger: "The Strange Ones"

"The Strange Ones" (1963) is a short film in the classic genre of stranger-danger movies. It presents a nightmarish world populated by stalking pedophiles (they look like anyone else!) and risk-seeking children. As Jesse Walker observes, because of the sheer...

PBS Higher Ed Series Reeks of Gates and Lumina

It's easy to understand how PBS and NPR can remain commercial free, once you accept the fact that they are heavily sponsored by billionaires and their foundations who get their commercials worked into the news stories, themselves. Call...Show More Summary

State education board slams Obama administration’s testing policies

Vermont’s Board of Education recently passed a resolution on assessment and accountability in public education (see full text below) that slams some of the Obama administration’s key school reform policies. Adding its voice to the growing chorus of critics who have called on the Education Department to reduce its focus on using standardized testing as […]

State education board slams Obama administration’s testing policies

Vermont’s Board of Education recently passed a resolution on assessment and accountability in public education (see full text below) that slams some of the Obama administration’s key school reform policies. Adding its voice to the growing chorus of critics who have called on the Education Department to reduce its focus on using standardized testing as […]

Does ‘restorative justice’ in campus sexual assault cases make sense?

Meg Mott, a professor of political theory at Marlboro College in Vermont, recent wrote a post published on this blog about how  many colleges are mishandling cases of sexual assault on campus. The issue has been getting attention, with with a bipartisan group of senators recently introducting legislation in Congress that would force school officials […]

Does ‘restorative justice’ in campus sexual assault cases make sense?

Meg Mott, a professor of political theory at Marlboro College in Vermont, recent wrote a post published on this blog about how  many colleges are mishandling cases of sexual assault on campus. The issue has been getting attention, with with a bipartisan group of senators recently introducting legislation in Congress that would force school officials […]

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