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February 23, 2007

This Is Not Your Father's Origami

Looking for some good reading this weekend? Then check out Susan Orleans' fascinating article in the New Yorker about -- of all things -- origami (The Origami Lab). It chronicles the story of how one American physicist named Robert Lang "dropped everything for paper folding" -- and how origami has...

February 20, 2007

It's All In Your Head

It matters much less whether you are a boy or a girl - success or failure can be a matter of how you feel about school and yourself, and almost nothing to do with your actual abilities. Black Parents Seek to Raise Ambitions WaPo Tom and Renee Carter joined last year with about 15 families, includin...

February 09, 2007

MySpace For Educators

It's not just teens, college kids, and business types who want to connect. If you combined LinkedIn, the professional networking site, with Teach For America, Wendy Kopp's effort to get elite college grads to teach in low income schools and take over the world, then you'd have LinkEd, a new organi...

February 09, 2007

Friday News: Where's Teacher?

"Students at Adams Middle School have been feverishly speculating about the true circumstances surrounding seventh grade history teacher Mr. Benson's unannounced second-semester leave of absence—now approaching one month—raising the mysterious disappearance well into the status of legend among t...

February 02, 2007

Opinions Divided On Student Loan Cuts

The House of Representatives voted to cut interest rates on certain student loans last week. What do you think? Georgia Cummings,Systems Analyst: "But the only excitement I have in my life is the cat-and-mouse game I play with my student loan officer." Jeffrey Cain, Referee: "I can't wait to tell ...

February 01, 2007

AZ Charter Enrolls 29 YO Sex Offender In 7th Grade

As if it isn't bad enough that a 29 year-old sex offender signs up and attends school for a time as a 7th grader, it turns out that he's done this before -- and this time at least chose a charter school. "Though many parents have publicly praised the Surprise school’s handling of the deception,...

January 28, 2007

Weekend Reading

I generally try and avoid reading education pieces over the weekend, since I see so many of them during the week, but sometimes I can't resist. Here are a few interesting-looking ones (If you've seen any better be sure and let us know in the comments section): Lives: Assimilating Circumstances NYT...

January 25, 2007

Why The Poor Eat Too Much

It's not just about what poor people eat that makes them more prone to overeating and obseity, according to this article from Salon (The anxiety of appetite). It's why they eat. "When food stamps run out, or the kids' medical expenses take precedence, or the local food bank shuts down or runs ou...

January 21, 2007

Banning Soccer

There's been a slew of banning going on around the country, it seems (cell phones, games of tag, etc.) -- most of which seem ridiculous from the outside even as they make sense to those who propose them. This one might take the cake: a Georgia town has banned kids from playing soccer on public pla...

January 16, 2007

Good Reading For A Snow Day

Snowed in and looking for something good to read? Check out Jay Mathews' uplifting profile of what sounds like an amazing teacher in LA (America's Best Classroom Teacher). The teacher, Rafe Esquith, has a new book out, Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire, and has been profiled by NPR in the past (Inn...

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