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August 17, 2010

Old School

Kirsten Olson, author of Wounded by Schools, wonders why the "industrial model" of schooling so stubbornly persists despite being commonly seen as dysfunctional and outmoded.

August 02, 2010

The 'Thingification' of Teaching?

In an interesting piece on The Huffington Post, the writer and psychologist Thomas Moore (of Care of the Soul fame) argues that education in our country is oriented too much around the aquisition of "things"—i.e., "filling our minds with stuff"—and not enough around personal development:

July 19, 2010

Chopping-Block Humor

We got a chuckle out of this headline from The Onion: "Struggling High School Cuts Football--Nah, Just Kidding, Art It Is." It's funny because it's true, of course. ...

July 01, 2010

Texas Social Studies Standards Up

The final version of the much-debated Texas social studies standards were recently released online.

June 21, 2010

In Defense of Slow Reading

Earlier in the day I was speaking with our book whisperer blogger Donalyn Miller about reading. She's spearheading a book-a-day summer reading challenge for adults, which, by the way, has gone viral. In light of this, Donalyn mentioned University of New Hampshire English professor Thomas Newkirk's...

June 15, 2010

Rethinking Testing for the 21st Century

Today the Memphis Daily News is reporting that, during recent visit to Memphis for the National PTA Convention, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told the paper the current standardized assessment formats do a poor job of challenging students. "Our [student] tests have to become much less simplisti...

June 14, 2010

And the Best High Schools in the U.S. Are...

Newsweek has released its list of the top high schools in the United States, based on how much a school's staff challenges its students.

May 27, 2010

'Farewell to A Farewell to Arms'?

A new English curriculum in Nevada could eliminate the standard high school literature canon, and a number of teachers are not happy about that.

May 24, 2010

Taking Issue With Texas' New Standards

Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog tries to find "the most egregious twist of history" in Texas' new social studies curriculum standards (including some proposals that didn't make the final cut).

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