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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 30, 2010

Teaching to the Test Watch

Maryland has put an end to its policy of allowing teachers to examine standardized test booklets up to two weeks before administering the exams, amid concerns of teachers abusing the privilege.

July 26, 2010

Reactions to Rhee

Valerie Strauss, in the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog, argues that D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's decision to fire 165 teachers for poor performance last week was driven by a dubious teacher-evaluation system.

July 26, 2010

Sec. Duncan Seeks Teachers' Questions, Comments

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will participate in a live town hall meeting on Thursday, and the Ed. Department is asking for your questions.

July 23, 2010

Friday Video Break: 'The Death of Education, The Dawn of Learning'

A couple weeks ago, at a global learning conference put on by the Asia Society, I attended a workshop on "Preparing Elementary Students for the Global Age" presented by Mary Ellen Bafumo, an education professor at the State University of New York. At the outset of the session, she played this video,...

July 21, 2010

Save Professional Development! (Or Maybe Not ...)

In an op-ed in The Seattle Times, Stephanie Hirsh and Patricia Wasley—the Executive Director of the National Staff Development Council and a professor of education at the University of Washington, respectively—lament budget cuts targeting teacher professional development. But, in an intere...

July 20, 2010

School Without Administrators

Imagine a school in which teachers are in charge.

July 14, 2010

Indiana Creates Turnaround Leadership Academy

The Indiana Department of Education and Marian University have teamed up to create a new principal academy for administrators in struggling schools.

June 29, 2010

Why Teachers Quit: The Broken Windows Theory

Mildly Melancholy, who's had her ups and downs in the profession, has decided that the last day of school this year was also her last day as a teacher. "For real this time." Any policymakers or school leaders out there who are looking into the reasons why young teachers leave the profession might wa...

June 25, 2010

$100,000 Teachers

New York City has announced a pilot program that, with the help of federal funding, will enable select teachers to earn bonuses of 30 percent next year--possibly amounting to salaries of up to $130,000.

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