November 2013 Archives

Learning should be its own reward.

It's easy to forget that poor families, particularly those newly arrived in this country, too often don't know how to reinforce learning.

It's hard to understand how critical thinking skills can be developed if students are shielded from controversial issues.

Until we recognize teaching as a profession every bit as vital as medicine and law, and show that we mean it, the most creative advertising campaign will fall short of its objectives.

Equal funding for students is not the answer because non-English speaking and special education students need greater funding.

Teachers are not motivated by the same incentives that shape behavior in every other area.

If I had children, I would be open to a gap year, provided they had a realistic vision of what it entailed.

The most important thing is for new teachers to have realistic expectations.

Allowing hate to exist is guaranteed to undermine whatever else positive takes place in school.

Schools teach patriotism best when they permit students the freedom to follow their conscience.

Seat time is not necessarily linked to achievement.

Elementary school teachers prepare lesson that seem simple to adults in terms of subject matter, but they are actually harder in terms of pedagogy.

If American schools are as bad as reformers claim, why do Chinese parents send their children here for an education?


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