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June 27, 2011

What's Your Passion?

Here's a good career-path gut-check question to ponder over the summer (just in case you were looking for one). By now most educators are familiar with TED Talks, the influential, Web-distributed presentations in which innovative thinkers share their ideas and inspiration. But could you deliver one?...

June 17, 2011

Teacher Fired, Even After Running 100 Miles for Supplies

Sorry to put a damper on your weekend, but ... Remember Rafael Martin, the special education teacher who ran 50 miles last fall and received high praise for raising $12,000 in school supplies? (That's the same teacher who, according to My Fox Tampa Bay, had attempted the 50-mile run last May and wa...

June 13, 2011

Speed Dating for Teachers

Hundreds of displaced teachers in Providence, R.I., applied for new positions in the district by "speed dating" principals, according to National Public Radio's Elizabeth Harrison.

June 08, 2011

Do Schools Need 'Pit Crews' Rather Than 'Cowboys'?

Last month, the surgeon-writer Atul Gawande gave a much talked-about commencement address at the Harvard Medical School entitled "Cowboys and Pit Crews." Gawande's argument, in essence, is that doctors' conception of their work needs to undergo a major paradigm shift. As members of an elite, speci...

May 31, 2011

Should Librarians Count as Teachers?

The Los Angeles Unified School District, which has made headlines lately because of its plans to lay off thousands of teachers, also intends to cut 85 school librarian positions. Bill Chappell of NPR reports that the librarians "have been told that they no longer count as teachers," and that "the ch...

May 31, 2011

Digital Ed's 'Pied Piper'

Steven Pearlstein at The Washington Post offers a lofty vision for the future of the U.S. education system, in which students do most of their learning through individualized online programs.

May 25, 2011

Film Depicts Hardships, Dedication of the 'American Teacher'

Researchers, policymakers, and parents tend to agree that effective teachers are the key to high-quality schools—and, by implication, to maintaining an educated and thriving citizenry. So why are teachers in the United States so undervalued and lately even disparaged? That's the question at th...

May 23, 2011

'The Simpsons' Take On Rubber Rooms

The Simpsons' 22nd season's finale began with a pointed—but not-so-timely—education-policy spoof.

May 20, 2011

How Many TFA Alums Really Stay in Teaching?

Gary Rubinstein questions the data undergirding Teach For America's contention that two thirds of its alumni remain in education, with half of those continuing as teachers. He calculates that the number of TFA alums who, like himself, remain in teaching is probably something more like 10 to 15 perce...

May 12, 2011

Think Tank Pres.: Teacher Layoffs Not So Bad

With some 6,000 New York City teaching jobs on the chopping block, Chester E. Finn, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, reassures Gothamites that teacher layoffs aren't necessarily bad for education, so long they aren't seniority-based. Resulting increases in class sizes, he argues, can be...

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