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Game Design Proves Popular at Orange County Center

Since its grand opening in February 2014, the Orange County Library System’s (OCLS) Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation, and Creativity has offered patrons access to high-tech tools ranging from 3-D printers to flight simulators. Show More Summary

"The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations"

You don't hear much about real societal issues when it's far simpler to scapegoat teachers. Statistically linking low test scores to increasing childhood poverty is supposedly no more than the "soft bigotry of low expectations" to some. Show More Summary

Chicago Activists Are on Day 11 of a Hunger Strike Over the Closure of This School         

In the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, a dozen parents and community members have gone 11 days without eating to protest the closure of their neighborhood school. In 2012, Chicago Public Schools announced plans to shutter Walter H. Show More Summary

Spotlighting Self-Published Authors – the Challenge to Libraries

The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project™ shows that public libraries have an influence on what their patrons read. Public libraries in other states can replicate their own self-published author rewards program, thereby staying current with their patrons and highlighting the self-publishing industry, which has exploded in recent years.

There Was Life Before Little Free Libraries

Libraries and other institutions have used the little free library concept for years before that was the name. How long have you been using it? Who in your community should be using it too?

Humanoid robot stalks out of the lab

2 weeks agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Boston Dynamics demonstrated another robot, this time a humanoid bot that stomps around like a deranged Frankenstein's monster straight from the uncanny valley's depths. It starts at :10. “I’m not saying it can do everything you can do,” Raibert said,...

The Accountability Scam

Sean Crowley, my brother blogger from Buffalo, has a great column about how educational leaders are popped into place with no public input. A secondary point he makes is about accountability. This is the word we invariably hear when insane systems are initiated. Show More Summary

Sharpening the Divide with Distractions

So, another set of Common Core State test scores have arrived. And, what do we have to show for it? Supposedly, there have been modest improvements, but with a much higher percentage of students opting out at the State level, actually one in five. Show More Summary

Why Have Some Civil Rights Groups Flipped on Standardized Testing?

By Ken Derstine @ Defend Public Education! August 10, 2015 In 1947, as a student at Morehouse College, an eighteen-year old Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote an article for the student newspaper The Maroon Tiger. In the article, The Purpose of Education, he explained his vision of what education should be. Show More Summary

With Friends Like These...redux

By Ken Derstine @ Defend Public Education! August 4, 2015 Leaders of the U. S. Congress are beginning meetings of a Conference Committee to reconcile differences in the Senate and House versions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Show More Summary

Chris Christie Said He Wants to Punch a Teachers’ Union in the Face. Get Ready for a Lot of That.

On Sunday, Jake Tapper interviewed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on CNN’s State of the Union and asked the Republican presidential candidate, “At the national level, who deserves a punch in the face?” Without hesitation Christie replies,...Show More Summary

Moving Motivation Beyond Lip Service

I recently started reading Lean Library Management: Eleven Strategies for Reducing Costs and Improving Customer Services by John J. Huber. Not twenty pages into it, I came across a familiar tune that can be found in many management books...Show More Summary

You’re Not That Important

“I am the number one determinate for student success” @PrincipalKafele is on fire @cedarhillisd w/the keynote address pic.twitter.com/jyVa3OKLZi — orlando riddick (@opriddick1) July 30, 2015 I don’t know the full context of this statement so this isn’t a personal attack in any way but rather a concern about an attitude that reveals 2 huge issues […]

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