When the title of the article is “Dehumanized: When Math and Science Rule the School,” it’s safe to assume that the author is not buying the prevailing line about the United States’ shortcomings in those subjects, and their alleged consequences for society. Mark Slouka, in a piece in published in this month’s issue of Harper’s Magazine, derides the continuous “ritual” of pointing out new crises in math and science, a campaign that he says is being pushed along by corporate America with uncritical assistance from politicians, colleges and universities, and the news media. Slouka is not arguing ...
From Guest Blogger Stephen Sawchuk Move over Education Equity Project and Broader Bolder, there's a new coalition in town! Called Rethink Learning Now, this group of philanthropic organizations, civil rights groups, and education groups supports three pillars of education reform: "learning," teaching," and "fairness." It envisions a policy agenda for education that is based on promoting high-quality learning conditions and effective teaching, and equal opportunities for all kids to have a great education. It has a bunch of rather sensational public service announcements up on its Web site (grade school kids in orange jail jumpers and an NFL-like draft for ...
As the United States commemorates the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, teachers have an increasing number of resources available to help them to create lessons focused on the events of that day, and their implications for the country. My reading of various materials put together by teachers and advocacy groups suggest that educators have more options available today than they did three or four years ago. Back then, as my colleague Kathleen Manzo reported, teachers were often left cobbling together lessons about 9-11 on their own. I profiled a teacher in a New Jersey school who had, ...
California's budget cuts are deeply affecting the school curriculum. The four-year postponement of the textbook adoption process is a huge financial loss for publishers.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics offers a scholarship for teachers who want to take courses on the history of math, and make it part of classroom lessons.
A model for training math and science teachers developed at the University of Texas at Austin will be replicated to a state university campus outside of Dallas.
The National Council on Teaching Quality, which has been critical of elementary math teachers' preparation, is offering an online guide to coursework it believes is effective.
Can't find a job? Students who head to school to strengthen their resumes see a payoff, OECD says.
The Miami Herald examines policy, and parenting, as a means to education achievement in Singapore.
In Iowa, there's a long tradition of national political figures paying visits to schools.