If they were really interested in school improvement, notes Robert Pondiscio of Core Knowledge, policymakers and pundits could try focusing on improving curriculum. But, hey, teacher-bashing is easier and gets you more attention....


With the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine now being distributed to children across the United States, the debate over vaccine safety has resurfaced, according to the New York Times. If you are looking for a H1N1-inspired lesson plan, the Times offers one today. In the Learning Blog, there are suggestions for helping students debunk myths about the flu and the vaccine. The Times suggests trying this for a warmup: Show students the first three minutes of the short video, "Watch Out, Swine Flu!", in which Ariel Kaminer, the Times's City Critic, gauges New Yorkers' reactions to her H1N1 flu prevention garb. ...


If you're thinking about doing an assignment where students send a letter to public figures, you better make sure that none of your kids chooses to write to economist Thomas Sowell.


Loonyhiker (AKA "Pat") of Successful Teacher urges teachers to take steps to increase parent involvement: All these teachers who are not making parents a major player in their classroom are really missing the boat. When you feel things are just not right in the classroom or as good as you know it should be, I wonder if you are involving the parents enough. (Hat tip: Bellringers.)...


The Washington Post's Answer Sheet welcomes a guest post from educator David C. Levy, a former curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. who now serves as principal in Bach to Rock music schools. Levy weighs in with his opinion of the arts in school, blaming the descent of arts education on the lack of training that art teachers receive. I would argue, however, that there is another reason why the arts, and visual arts in particular, are an endangered species in American K-12 education. It has been my observation that primary and secondary ...


After a rough couple of weeks, veteran emotional disabilities teacher Mrs. Ris finds herself settling into the school year: It's education's universal truth, a reality often forgotten in the moment: The crazy-paced and mind-numbing challenges of the beginning of the year are short-lived. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel. Things must have been pretty "crazy-paced" indeed, considering this is part of her description of a recent good day. We worked through two major blow-ups, and one of them lasted over an hour. There was whining, manipulating, sassy-talk, and even a little mild violence. It's clearly all ...


I can't trace the exact orgin of this--there appears to be some history here--but there's pretty heated war of words going on between Stephen Downs and KDeRosa of Dead Reckonings over the value of content knowledge....


Mildly Melancholy, worrying she might be headed for a mid-semester meltdown, questions the heavens: They say God/The Universe/The Great Sparkle in the Sky doesn't give you more than you can handle. But why does my administration keep packing my class list with difficult boys?...


Mildly Melancholy, worrying she might be headed for a mid-semester meltdown, questions the heavens: They say God/The Universe/The Great Sparkle in the Sky doesn't give you more than you can handle. But why does my administration keep packing my class list with difficult boys?...


Hobo Teacher, not mincing words, says teachers should have dress codes─for their own good....


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