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November 11, 2011

Teaching: The Hand-Me-Down Profession

Hobo Teacher takes offense when his school, with air of magnanimity, informs teachers that they can have their pick of some old desks that have been salvaged from a renovation project: I've always been a little sensitive about this, but I feel like the perception of teachers is that they will tak...

October 31, 2011

Reader Reply: Underappreciated Teachers Can Find Better Options

Last week, we highlighted a study finding that minority teacher shortages are caused largely by unsatisfactory working conditions in schools. In response, a teacher now working abroad sent us an email amplifying the point: My thoughts are that many minority teachers have probably had to struggle...

October 25, 2011

Study: Minority Teacher Shortages Linked to Poor Working Conditions

A new analysis of federal data suggests that minority teacher shortages are caused not by a lack of minority candidates entering the profession but by unsatisfactory working conditions in schools. The study, conducted by University of Pennsylvania researchers Richard M. Ingersoll and Henry May, fi...

June 20, 2011

Questioning Class-Size Increases

In an opinion piece published by the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peter Smagorinsky, a professor of English education at the University of Georgia, questions the value of recent policy reports showing that increases in class sizes do not have a detrimental effect on student test scores. Most peo...

June 10, 2011

Hot for Students, Too

A class of 1st graders in New York City could sympathize with the Maryland students I visited earlier this week: Neither of their classrooms had air conditioning.

June 09, 2011

Hot for Teachers

Is your school air-conditioned in the summer? Heated in the winter? How does temperature control affect student learning?

May 26, 2011

Stress: Not Just for Teachers

The Wall Street Journal reports on a new study finding that negative classroom environments--often the result of school budget cuts--cause students to feel stress.

May 24, 2011

So Chicago Kids Aren't Getting Recess?

I had to read this story a couple of times to make sure it wasn't satire of some sort: Chicago Public Schools this week has apparently issued new guidelines—to the tune of 45 pages—designed to allow schools to provide students with a 20-minute recess break. Currently, according to the Su...

April 19, 2011

Teaching Forgiveness

A high school teacher in the Bronx who had a miscarriage after being pushed down while trying to break up a fight in her classroom explains why she didn't press charges against the students involved: They're so young, and for something like that to follow them for the rest of their lives? I think...

March 28, 2011

Is Class-Size Reduction Holding Schools Back?

In a Washington Post op-ed this morning, Eva Moskowitz, the founder and chief executive of the Success Charter Network, argues that class-size reduction efforts take away from schools' capacity for innovation and teacher support: Obsession with class size is causing many public schools to look l...

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