In spite of recent declarations to focus on the nation’s education agenda, the reauthorization of NCLB is at a standstill because no formal legislation has been introduced, according to The Washington Post. Polski3's View from Here ponders the implications of this gridlock: So, does this mean NCLB will continue as it currently is written? Does this mean that NCLB will not be funded for the 2007-08 fiscal year (or was it already funded by Congress for fiscal year 2007-08?) Is this action on part of the Senate Education Committee a way to kill NCLB? David Hoff of Education Week ...


The kids in Mister Teacher's science class seem to be having a little trouble with the concept of food chains....


In Teacher Leadership Today, John Norton, co-founder and moderator of the Teacher Leaders Network, reacts to recent reports of increasing numbers of poor children in public schools in the South: The causes are no surprise to those who live in the South, where the most important "export" has become factory jobs in textiles, furniture and other manufacturing. The "flat world" is flattening the southern economy, and rising unemployment and under-employment rates often mean hard times for families with school-aged children. The percentages are also affected by a shift to private school education among the South's more affluent parents, who are ...


After reading a Washington Post article about a failing school in Mississippi, The Daily Grind reacts to some particularly vexing excerpts. In noting NCLB’s failure to secure quality teachers, as well as teacher difficulties in managing the classroom, he insists a crucial factor has been omitted from the discussion: …My first thought was not about how NCLB has failed to get high quality teachers into low performing schools. Instead, my thought was, whose kids are these? He expresses frustration with how critics are quick to blame teachers and schools for low student achievement, but seem reluctant to hold parents ...


Veteran educator Nancy Flanagan reacts to the Associated Press' recent investigative series on teacher sexual misconduct. While she is mortified by the examples of school systems attempting to shield predator teachers, she also thinks the AP overreaches in its conclusions and is ultimately unfair to the teaching profession: It’s dangerous to gleefully advance the idea that we need to be suspicious of teachers, especially male teachers. Teachers, like all human beings—including doctors, priests and national policy-makers—are subject to weakness and moral turpitude, to violating the public trust. When we suggest that teachers are more likely to exhibit ...


All the headaches that accompany teaching are nothing compared to the real tragedies people face, says CaliforniaTeacherGuy. Reflecting on the devastation of the California wildfires, he puts his classroom aggravations in perspective: As I meditate on the firestorms sweeping across my land, I think I can put up with a few minor irritants in my classroom tomorrow. Irritants are normal. Firestorms are not. Give me the normal, not the aberration. Now, the chatty students and neglected homework assignments don’t seem so bad....


Frumteacher struggles with a spiraling, race-tinged bullying situation in her class. Back when she was a student teacher, she recalls, she had vowed she would take a stand against student bullying and "make it stop." But now she realizes that's not so easy: Yet I feel hopeless. Hopeless for witnessing senseless hatred in my classroom, hopeless because apparently the system did not provide the bullied student with enough care and support, leading him to think that he needed to solve the problem with his fists. How can teachers protect the bullied student, and combat bullying, without setting the student even ...


NYC Educator responds skeptically (to put it mildly) to New York's new merit pay plan, under which teachers in high-needs schools can earn up to $3,000 in extra pay, depending on test scores: Let's say I move to a high needs school and actually receive the top bonus one year. After taxes and union dues, I'm looking at $1500 extra bucks. Divide that by 24 pay cycles and you're looking at $62.50 a pay cycle - and that's the most you can receive! Does anybody at the DOE, in the press, at the education think tanks and at ...


Always on the cutting edge, Hobo Teacher's high school implements a "dress code cart." You don't want to know...


In a recent article on Teacher, science educator Anthony Cody argued that, because of its emphasis on basic-skills testing, NCLB is lowering the value of "deeper learning" in schools. TMAO, in his blog, responds that Cody presents a false either-or dichotomy, but that, in any case, basic-skills must come first: An enriched curriculum filled with electives, school 2.0 technologies, and 21st century skills ought to be set-up as pay-off for demonstrating mastery of all those basic skills so many folks work so long and hard to instill. We should establish basic skills as the necessary pre-requisites for the further ...


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