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February 04, 2012

Helping kids learn to succeed

Responding to Peter DeWitt's "The Benefits of Failure." Today's guest blog is written by Debbie Silver (parent of 5 boys and teacher of 30 years) The Japanese have a proverb that says, "Fall down 7 times, get up 8." I think that is a wonderful metaphor for what most of us want for our children. ...

January 31, 2012

Suburban Schools Are Getting the Urban Experience

It no longer matters what kind of school system you belong to, it only matters that what is being done presently is more political than ever and it is not good for kids. Schools have always been able to provide opportunities, better or worse, based on zip code. The wealthiest schools around the co...

January 22, 2012

Is Book Banning a 21st Century Skill?

Last week, a story about book banning in the Tucson Unified School District appeared in newspapers (NY Times) and blogs (Larry Ferlazzo). Tucson USD allegedly banned books on a variety of topics but mostly those related to the oppression of ethnic minorities, one of which was Rethinking Columbus edi...

January 21, 2012

No Name Calling Week

No Name Calling Week is about so much more than just name calling. It's about what name calling symbolizes. It's pretty common for kids to call each other names. If you ever grew up with siblings, you probably got into a few fights with your brothers or sisters and called them a few names during th...

January 20, 2012

The Cycle Isn't Broken

"All kids can achieve if they are given the correct opportunities, but currently, that is not happening. And that needs to change." There are so many outside influences affecting our students these days. Many of us cannot fathom ever living the way some students have to. There are parents who are ...

January 13, 2012

Tune-Ups and Teachable Moments

Children are not supposed to be perfect all the time. Adults certainly aren't! When I was in seventh grade I had to go to the principal's office. My early teenage brain had gotten the best of me and I was rude to a teacher, which is something that did not please my mom and I heard about it when I...

January 08, 2012

The Benefits of Failure

When looked at correctly, failure can teach us where we went wrong in the first place, and how we can learn to pick ourselves up again in a pursuit to succeed. We seem to have a problem with failure in America. Not in the sense that everyone is failing, but more in the way that failure is seen as ...

January 04, 2012

Rigor, Relevance & Relationships: An Interview with Bill Daggett

"Relevance makes rigor possible." Dr. Bill Daggett Recently there was a story in Education Week that focused on turnaround schools (Samuels). This idea of turnaround schools is becoming increasingly more popular in our present era of mandates and high stakes testing. There are numerous consulting f...

December 26, 2011

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

As of September 20th, 2011, the federal government ended the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) Policy. Although the repeal was initiated in 2010, it took months for the policy to officially end. Don't Ask, Don't Tell prohibited any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing his or her sexu...

December 17, 2011

Is the U.S. Becoming the Anti-Model of Education?

Not only is this system being built on the shoulders of tests harmful to students it is resulting in a form of educational malpractice. The other day I was on Twitter reading messages and blogs from educators from around the world and found a blog by Joe Bower who is an educator in Alberta, Canada...

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