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February 22, 2011

'Honk if I Need an Education'

A mother in Florida experimented with a new form of dropout prevention, according to FOX 13 News: publicly humiliating her son. Last week, Ronda Holder of Tampa Bay, Fla., forced her 15-year-old son, James Mond, to spend a week on street corners holding a sign that said he had only answered four qu...

February 16, 2011

'Kindercramming' Gaining Popularity

For years, New York City parents have paid as much as $1,000 for "kindercramming" boot camps and tutoring sessions to prepare their preschoolers for kindergarten entrance exams, reports the Chicago Tribune. And now, parents in Chicago are starting to do the same. Since many of Chicago's public sch...

February 10, 2011

Teacher Suspended for Blogging About Students

Attention all teachers with blogs: Be careful with your words. A high school English teacher in Pennsylvania has been suspended for writing what she really thinks about her students on a personal blog, according to CBSPHILLY. More than a year ago, Natalie Munroe of the Central Bucks School Distric...

January 31, 2011

Teachers Unenthused About Parent Report Cards

Two months after a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education told a national teacher's convention in Florida that he didn't know how to increase parent accountability, lawmakers in the Sunshine State introduced a bill that would require teachers to evaluate parents of early elementary school ch...

January 27, 2011

Shouldn't 'Nation Builders' Make More Money?

Responding to the State of the Union address, Mr. McNamar of the Daily Grind thinks that if the president really wants to elevate the teaching profession, he needs to put his money—or somebody's money—where his mouth is: I'm not looking to be on the cover of Forbes magazine or sitting ne...

January 20, 2011

Is the Chinese Style of Parenting Really Superior?

A Chinese mother's explanation of how she raised such "stereotypically successful" children has made more than a small stir. An excerpt from her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in the Wall Street Journal has prompted more than 7,000 comments and a sharp rebuttal from New York Times columnist Da...

January 12, 2011

Are Teachers Being Cyberbullied, Too?

The National Association of Headteachers in the United Kingdom says it is receiving an increasing number of calls from its members saying they are being defamed by parents on social networking sites.

January 11, 2011

Texting: The Solution to Truancy

A high school student has proven there's a way to reduce chronic absenteeism—and it's not by taking parents to court. In the Huffington Post, 15-year-old Zak Kukoff describes TruantToday, a Web application he originally created for a science fair project. The program sends text messages and e...

December 02, 2010

I'm a Proud Student of an Honor Roll Parent

Should parents be graded just like schools and teachers?

November 17, 2010

Do Teachers Take Holiday Bribes?

A blogger-educator responds to the notion that teachers hold a grudge against students who don't give them holiday gifts.

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