November 2006 Archives

In a Classroom Tech column, Kevin Bushweller questions whether it's wise for school districts, in their quest to keep pace with technological change, to force innovation on teachers.

What does alternative education mean to you? What is its role in today's often increasingly regimented education environment? What can traditional schools learn from alt ed programs—and vice versa.

Bill Cosby made headlines last week after giving a speech in Los Angeles about education, with news outlets reporting that he had criticized teachers and parents for not doing enough to help kids. Specifically, reports said he chided teachers for not being able to explain to children why courses like English and Algebra are important. But in a recent interview with Teacher Magazine, Cosby—who has been outspoken in recent years about racial achievement gaps in education—said his comments were taken out of context. Rather than attacking teachers, he said, he meant only to urge them to explain ...


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