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November 24, 2014

Will Common Core Kill Creative Teaching?

You've probably heard the argument that common core will kill creativity—if it doesn't kill everything else first. But is it possible that standards could actually make creative teaching more likely? Can we imagine a world where standards actually make creative teaching possible by validating the work that has to be done to give it life?

November 22, 2014

Undocumented Journalist Brings Immigration Issues to the Classroom

Jose Antonio Vargas, who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant, praised educators who are "allies" to undocumented students and unveiled a high school curriculum on immigration issues.

November 21, 2014

Teaching Should Be Two-Way Interaction, Not Student-Centered, Author Says

In her new book "The Teaching Brain," Vanessa Rodriguez discusses approaching teaching as an interaction, the five awarenesses of good teachers, and the downside to "quick fixes" based on brain science.

November 20, 2014

In Schools, Constant Change Defies Resistance

Teachers and schools are always in the midst of change; if they appear to resist change, it's probably related to the changes they're already navigating.

November 20, 2014

Democracy: Who Educates the Educators?

Casey: No one becomes a teacher to become rich. We do so out of a vocation, a calling to educate and care for young people.

November 18, 2014

Calling All Contrarians: The Time for Questions Is Now

Everybody seems to assume that they know both what needs to be done to fix schools and that schools need to be fixed in the first place. In times like these it's important to start challenging weak ideas by asking the hard questions--not just about what schools do, but about what they can do. It's time, in other words, for a few more of us to get in touch with our inner contrarian. Let's get started.

November 13, 2014

The 2014 Elections, Public Education, and Teachers' Unions

Casey: Attacks will be made on teacher and public employee pensions. Due process rights for teachers will be assailed.

November 13, 2014

2 Reasons Why Teachers Have It Tougher Than You Think

Teachers help students through some very tough times, and yet many people outside of the profession believe teachers have it easy. They have it tougher than you may think, and here are two reasons why.

November 11, 2014

Schools Should Teach Students to Lead, Not Follow

Meier: Schooling for democracy must essentially be schooling for teaching the arts and crafts of ruling: to students, their teachers, and their families and neighbors.

November 04, 2014

Wanted: A Campaign to Preserve 'Public' Schools

Meier: Did you know that teachers in the United States are at the very top when it comes to the number of hours they spend directly working with children? By top, of course, I mean bottom. They teach far, far more hours a week and weeks a year than teachers elsewhere.

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