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October 01, 2009

Stanford Scholar Talks Common Standards, College and Work Skills

The skills needed for two- and four-year colleges, and different jobs, may not be that similar, a scholar argues.

September 29, 2009

Standards Off-Base on Reading 'Comprehension,' Scholar Argues

Reading comprehension is not a "skill," or single strategy that can be taught directly, but is instead rooted in prior knowledge that allows students to create understanding as they read, argues Daniel Willingham of the University of Virginia.

September 21, 2009

Common State Standards, Part II (Updated)

New "Common Core" standards are out for public comment.

September 14, 2009

In Defense of the Humanities

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 publish...

July 21, 2009

Remembering Frank McCourt, Creative Writing Teacher

Frank McCourt, who has died at the age of 78, became a world-famous memoirist. But before that, he was a creative writing teacher in the New York public schools.

March 20, 2009

An A for Penmanship

Few report cards these days include a line to mark achievement in an age-old skill that our parents and grandparents toiled over in school. Even when I was a kid, a good grade in penmanship or handwriting was enough to elicit pride and boastfulness in both parent and student, not to mention the teac...

March 18, 2009

Burke Says Goodbye to CATEnet

It's been nearly a month since Jim Burke announced that his long-running CATEnet listserv, an e-mail forum for California English teachers, was heading into early retirement and it's taken me that long to get over the news. Burke, a veteran English teacher at Burlingame High School in the San Fr...

March 17, 2009

A New Kind of Online Dictionary?

I recently came across an intriguing item about a new resource called "Wordnik," an online dictionary that is supposed to provide users with a wealth of information they would not be able to get by looking up a word in print. Created by a Chicago lexicographer (someone who writes or compiles a dict...

March 12, 2009

'Hamlet' Adapted to Facebook

I got my chuckle for the day over a blog post by Timothy McSweeney that's being passed around. It reduces William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to a Facebook news feed. Even Robert Pondiscio over at the Core Knowledge Blog acknowledges that the Facebook rendition of "Hamlet" is a good example of world-cl...

March 04, 2009

NGA: Extend Literacy Instruction Through All Grades

An issue brief by the NGA Center for Best Practices cites examples of a number of states that have developed K-12 literacy plans. It's not enough to have a literacy plan only for students in grades K-3, such as the ones many states created to participate in Reading First, the flagship reading progra...

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