This month, both the NEA publication, NEA Today and the AFT magazine, American Teacher, feature articles on Wikis and Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The NEA article provides an in-depth look at Wikipedia, which strives to be a free, online reference allowing anyone to create entries—thus, says NEA Today, opening the medium for mistakes and vandals who intentionally post incorrect information. The AFT item presents the views of two teachers: one who views Wikipedia and Wikis in general (which students can create themselves) as a valuable learning tool, and another who says the use of Wikis...


The British government's new regulations that require schools to serve healthy lunches aren't going over too well with some English children. They're not overly impressed with the more nutritious fare being served up at their schools; they want their hamburgers, fries, and sugary drinks back on school menus. Some parents feel sorry for the kids, stating that children won't eat what's not appetizing to them, no matter what, and have even sold them banned food though the gates of a northern English school, according to a story posted by The New York Times....


The Washington Post provides tips for parents and for educators to bridge the chasm that often divides the two groups. Teachers often complain that parents are either overbearing or not involved at all in their child’s education, while parents bemoan the fact that teachers don’t take their input seriously. This article gives tips for both sides on how to make the relationship between educator and parent work in favor of the student. Some of them are fairly basic, but worth a look....


October is Children’s Health Month and the Environmental Protection Agency is going all out to make sure everyone is aware of the risks of hazardous chemicals in schools, the threats that old, dilapidated school buildings pose, and of the benefits of a healthy school environment—for students and adults. Check out the EPA’s list of activities for the month, or read their 2006 report on children’s environmental health, or consult the daily calendar that has a children’s environmental health tip every day. If you want to be more participatory, mark your own calendar for Oct. 19, ...


This is the story of how a turnaround specialist struggled to turn things around. The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer reports on the efforts of one Virginia turnaround specialist, Park Land, who pledged to spend three years as principal at Boushall Middle School in Richmond and make the struggling school into an educational example. The school had failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress and was on a targeted list of schools “in need of improvement” by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Listen to or watch the story to find out what happened....


Jeremy Iverson was a 24-year-old Stanford University graduate when he decided his private boarding school experience was not much of an adolescence. So he enrolled at a public high school in Southern California and went undercover to write a book, posing as a 17-year-old student. Only the school's principal knew who he was. The result is “High School Confidential” which takes a look not only at today’s teenage culture of text messaging, hook-ups, and steroid use, but also at the public education system and the way it works. In this Salon article, Mr. Iverson talks about the failings of ...


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