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. ...
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November 03, 2010
November 02, 2010
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...
October 18, 2010
According to a new Canadian study, 13 percent of male teachers said they have been "wrongly accused of inappropriate contact with pupils."
October 08, 2010
Students at a New Jersey high school used Facebook to organize a protest of what they call a filthy, unsafe school environment.
October 07, 2010
Jose Vilson takes serious issue with the notionexpressed indelibly by a young teacher in this video clip from NBC's Education Nation eventthat union contracts prevent teachers from doing all that they can to help struggling students: Can we just agree that teachers just do what they go...
October 04, 2010
Ms. Cornelius objects strongly to the idea that dedicated teachers need to provide their cell phone numbers to parents: I will work my butt off for you during the school day and for an hour thereafter. I am available every day after school and I have a class website. But when I do leave school, I ...
October 04, 2010
A new survey making news in England has found that fully 70 percent of British teachers have contemplated quitting because of student-behavior problems. Conducted by a coalition of organizations that includes the National Union of Teachers, the survey also shows more than 90 percent of the 350 teac...
October 01, 2010
Walt Gardner, a retired Los Angeles teacher, comments on the reported link between a fifth teacher's recent suicide and the L.A. Times publication of teacher rankings based on student test scores.
September 28, 2010
Can the controversial new education documentary elevate the arguments around teaching?
September 07, 2010
Frustrated young teachers wonder why they didn't get more help from colleagues.