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August 07, 2007

Gym Homework, Spellings' Reading List, & Club Penguin

Mom, I’m at the Gym Doing Homework (Really!) NYT The latest hangouts for teenagers are health clubs that cater to them. Margaret Spellings' Summer Reading List NPR Spellings says that she just finished this novel, which she found "reflective and thought provoking." Gibert's spiritual memoir follo...

August 06, 2007

What To Do With Summer Doldrums? Re-Enact Michael Jackson Videos

Bored out of your mind at an interminable summer workshop? Not sure what to do with your kids between summer camp and the start of school? Students complaining that school is "just like jail?" Do what these Phillipino (filipino?) prisoners did -- stage a full-scale re-enactment of Michael Jackson...

August 03, 2007

Schoolchildren Narrowly Escape Bridge Collapse

Schoolchildren Struggled to Escape NYT They all said the same thing: It was as if they were suddenly in a movie...One of the scariest sights of all was a yellow school bus sitting atop the rubble. Inside were 50 small children — some as young as 4 years old — who had been on their way to a swimm...

August 02, 2007

A Replacement For Secretary Spellings

Forget who's going to be the next President. The real question is who's going to be the next Secretary of Education. And some folks are already putting together their lists. "Who needs another policy wonk or former governor?," asks Mike Antonucci over at The Intelligencer (Winnie Cooper for Secre...

July 31, 2007

Parents, Pedophiles, & Places For Their Kids

Parents' Ire Grows at Unabashed Pedophile's Blog NYT Jack McClellan, who calls himself a pedophile, has had Web sites in Seattle and Los Angeles detailing how and where he trolls for children. Parents still seek the elusive 'right' school LA Times No one knows exactly how many students are still wi...

July 27, 2007

Let's Simpsonize The Education World

This is going to have to be a group effort, since the Simpsonization site is working so slowly. But here's the preliminary list of folks who should be Simpsonized (even though some of them already look Simpson-esque in real life)>: Margaret Spellings & Rod Paige, George Miller & Ted Kennedy, *Paul ...

July 27, 2007

Learn Where The States Are, Waste Time

Remember Tetris, the video game where you have to move falling objects so that they fit into your puzzle? Well, now there's StateTris, where the challenge is to move falling states to where they belong. As Boing Boing puts it, "Get 'em into the right spot or the US will overflow into Canada and ev...

July 24, 2007

AACTE Hottie Needs Your Vote

Partial to all things education? Got a little time on your hands in between all that doing good? Owe her a drink? Vote for AACTE hottie Jade Floyd (here at the annual EWA conference in LA), recently named a finalist as one of the hottest PR types in DC by Fishbowl DC: FishbowlDC. Vote now -- eve...

July 23, 2007

Public Prep: A Public School With A Private Feel

So far, at least, most charter schools have focused on serving low-income kids and ensuring that they learn basic skills. That's where the biggest need is. Now some folks are thinking about starting charter schools of a different kind -- aimed at a more elite educational model: private schools. I...

July 23, 2007

The Week Ahead

Highlights of the week ahead in DC (mostly) include: Today: Hearing on S. 1642 (Kennedy, Massachusetts), the “Higher Education Amendments of 2007” to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965 . NB: Also today: Spellings does press event (National Science Teachers Association) and meets w...

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