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January 17, 2014

Poverty & Education: Meaningful Discussions or Misguided Diatribes?

When it comes to education, does the conversation about poverty lead to meaningful discussions or misguided diatribes?

December 29, 2013

Have Standards Ever Promoted Independent Thinking?

Many educators are concerned that strict standards and accountability will never promote independent thinking, but have schools ever promoted that?

March 30, 2013

Fire Teachers...Give Kids iPads?

Education and learning is so much more than firing teachers and replacing them with iPads.

March 17, 2013

Really? Test Prep for Homework!

In an effort to give students an edge on high stakes, teachers are assigning test prep for homework which sends a really bad message.

January 22, 2013

Service to Others Should Last All Year Long

Days of service and no name calling weeks should be at the core of what schools do every day.

November 14, 2012

When Parents No Longer Have a Say

Today's blog is written by an outstanding fifth grade teacher in upstate, N.Y. named Brian Rhode. I should know...because I'm his principal. This research shows that some children exhibit reading and writing behaviors in the informal setting of home and community long before they start formal schoo...

October 19, 2012

Overlooked: Students in Urban Schools

Today's guest blog is written by from former N.Y.C teacher and present Columbia Doctoral Candidate Michael Albertson. Mike previously wrote Urban Education: Issues and the Future for Finding Common Ground. Students of all backgrounds face a variety of challenges during their years of formal educat...

September 05, 2012

Rethinking Elementary School

"Approaches based on lecturing by teachers, passive reading of textbooks, and "fill-in-the-blank" worksheets keep students from making decisions, from becoming actively involved in their learning, and from learning how to think and communicate effectively." Bob Peterson We are at risk of losing wha...

August 21, 2012

Poverty Matters: The Obesity Epidemic

"Compared to more affluent children, Wen says, kids on Medicaid may be less likely to live in neighborhoods where they can play and exercise safely outdoors, and their caretakers are less likely to have access to supermarkets selling fresh, healthy foods" (CNN). About ten years ago I began teaching...

August 01, 2012

The Laundry Project: Voluntario Global

"I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to...

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The opinions expressed in Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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