A conversation with the stars of "The Lottery," a documentary about families hoping their children win spots at a successful Harlem charter school, fails to address the big-picture implications of school choice.


Food for thought: College students who used twitter, both inside and outside of the classroom, performed better in school than their non-twitternig peers, according to a study. The twittering students not only had higher grade-point averages but scored better on a student-engagement survey designed for the study. ... (HT: Alexander Russo, via—where else?—Twitter.)...


The right-wing activist-slash-videographer who was behind the infamous ACORN sting videos in 2009 has reportedly turned his undercover cameras on teachers' unions.


It's nice to be well-liked by your students, but there's such a thing as being a just little too cool for your own good


An education professor believes all students should become experts in a single, specific topic.


A program that brings babies to the classroom to encourage students' empathy could help solve the nation's bullying problem.


School custodians in New York make more money than teachers, but are they really overpaid?


Jim Simons, a mathematician and the founder of Math for America, says that math instruction in the United States is in crisis and argues for the creation of a National/Math Science Master Teacher Corps.


When districts stop hiring substitutes to save funds, teachers pay the price with longer work days, says one blogger.


Naveen Jain argues that in today's constantly changing world, students' knowledge of content is not as important as their ability to learn.


An ed-tech consultant makes the case for allowing kids to use Wikipedia for classroom assignments.


A 6th grader in Marion, Ohio, held his teacher hostage in her classroom yesterday by threatening her with a pencil and barricading the door with desks and chairs.


Frustrated about class cancellations that could last up to six more weeks, some parents in Bethel Park, Pa., dressed up like "teachers on strike" for Halloween.


It's dark outside and a student has stayed late to help you. Should you give her a ride home? One blogger says it's a "no-brainer."


An unsigned editorial in the The Ledger of Polk County, Fla., argues that school board members should be required to substitute teach at least three days a month as part of their official duties: This would give them a real working knowledge of what Polk County teachers are asked to do each day. They would know the caliber of students who share a classroom, they would learn that parent communication is often nonexistent, and they would know the horrors of trying to cram every lesson required into a short day, all the while listening to overhead all-calls telling you what ...


Here's an interesting twist: Teacher-author Roxanna Elden offers advice to veteran teachers on what not to say to new teachers who come to them looking for help. The general themes, in my reading, are to be specific and to avoid sounding condescending. Elden also notes that this time of year, when the realities of the work and the pressure are setting in, is often one of the most difficult for new teachers. In that connection, Happy Chyk (for one) is concerned signs of strain she has noticed among her colleagues—especially after hearing about the suicide of a teacher in her...


Maybe teaching to the test wouldn't be so bad if schools had better tests.


Diane Ravitch argues that "value-added" ratings of teachers based on test scores badly underestimate the impact of out-of-school factors on students' performance from year to year.


Today is Michelle Rhee's last day as school chancellor in D.C., and Bill Turque at the Washington Post says Rhee took the opportunity to issue a final warning to the city's teachers.


The scientific method portrays science as a clean, linear process, when in reality it's a creative and social endeavor, says one blogger.


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