When it comes to education, does the conversation about poverty lead to meaningful discussions or misguided diatribes?
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December 29, 2013
Many educators are concerned that strict standards and accountability will never promote independent thinking, but have schools ever promoted that?
March 30, 2013
Education and learning is so much more than firing teachers and replacing them with iPads.
March 17, 2013
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
Days of service and no name calling weeks should be at the core of what schools do every day.
November 14, 2012
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
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
"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
"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
"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...