HBO’s series The Wire may be casting more of a negative light on the federal No Child Left Behind Act than press conferences by the National Education Association. The series is chronicling the efforts of a cop turned rookie math teacher as he tries to inspire inner city Baltimore students and get them to make adequate yearly progress at the same time. In this article from Salon.com, author James Hynes calls The Wire’s depiction of life in an underperforming school as one of the “sharpest and most high-profile” critiques of the No Child Left Behind Act, which ...


In Ephrata, Wash., there’s a group of middle school science students who each day are greeted by a man with a foot-long, graying beard—their teacher. CNN reports that after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, science teacher Gary Weddle decided not to shave or trim his beard until Osama bin Laden was caught or killed. The manhunt has dragged on longer than expected. This story features a color picture of Mr. Weddle and his facial hair. Enjoy....


Here’s more on the adventures of five rookie teachers in New York City. In part five of “Making the Grade,” longtime education broadcaster John Merrow provides a look at how the new teachers are grappling with preparations for high stakes testing in a Brooklyn school struggling to get students up to grade level. The teachers, including a former business major and a former Americorps volunteer, are part of a group of Teaching Fellows assigned to some of the highest-needs schools in the city. They say they’ve left the curriculum behind in order to prep students in just English ...


Think the only thing kids read these days are Harry Potter books or instant messages from their friends? Think again, says the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. Later this month the foundation will choose the first Children’s Poet Laureate to cite the “natural receptivity” children have to poetry written just for them. The Children’s Poet Laureate will advise the Poetry Foundation and serve for two years. The bard will also get $25,000 and give two major readings over the course of the two years....


In the education wars, it seems Asia has jumped ahead. A new study by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has found that South Korea and other Asian nations are ahead of the U.S. and European countries in getting their students educated. Even though America has some of the highest education spending levels and has the much-touted No Child Left Behind Act, Asian students are completing college degrees in record numbers and outpacing Americans and Europeans in high school. Paul Basken provides a summary of the situation in this article from Bloomberg....


This live Webcast, hosted by Realizing the Dream, part of the Civil Rights Network, will feature students and teachers tutoring Capitol Hill staffers on their successul education reform programs. The programs were singled out as examples of "best practices" by a Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund report on education reform. The report will be released during the Webcast, whose guests include Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Wade Henderson, Former West Virginia Governor & President of the Alliance for Excellent Education Bob Wise, and Founder and Chairman of QUALCOMM Dr. Irwin Jacobs. ...


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