Policymakers seem oblivious to the wealth of institutional knowledge that walks out the door with retiring teachers. Human capital is a resource to valuable to waste.
"Why not have year round school?" you may ask. Well, it's not the agrarian calendar, but it could be global warming! "Why not have year round school?" Because it's too hot!
Caveat emptor! When education becomes a commodity to be marketed, every student needs to know a little Latin.
Schools are not factories; children (even other people's children) are more than marketable products; exemplary teaching is not production work; Pavlovian training does not produce innovation.
Sometimes we learn less from the answers we are sure of than from the questions that we puzzle over for a lifetime. Perhaps there may be more to learning than that which be measured.
When funding for school becomes a charitable endeavor, our public education system is on the auction block to the highest bidder.
Recent research,Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades, analyzes Why Some Schools Do Better. HOW to replicate those successes in all schools may be more complicated....
Thomas Wolfe said "You can't go home again," but I beg to differ. I went home to Tyler, Texas over Spring Break. I went to spend some time with my mother, but I had another visit to make. I went home to see Mrs. Burnett. If you have read my blog, then you may remember that Mrs. Burnett was my sixth grade teacher--the teacher who taught me the beauty of words and the wonder of places and people beyond my own experience. I had a book to deliver to her and I thought I might need to hurry because Mrs. ...
Last month Central Falls teachers took the fall for a failed school. This month no one much seemed to care about what went down in Georgia.
ALERT! Middle school kids are hugging in the hallways again. Is it hormones? Is it high drama? Or does habitual hugging hint at an unmet hunger for human connection?