What Education Reform is Not

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Finnish Flag

It seems that Finland is big in the news of late as that small country continues to take center stage in the world of education reform. As this recent article in the New York Times points up, the “Finnish model” …

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When an Adult Took the State Standardized Test…

Monday, December 12, 2011
Standardzied Test

Here’s a very interesting post from Valerie Strauss’ education blog at the Washington Post describing a successful adult who attempted his state’s high-stakes standardized math and reading test.  Needless to say he didn’t do well, but the really powerful point …

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Learning for the Sake of Learning

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Recently, one of my classes has been analyzing Plato’s Crito and Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience. I always look forward to giving my students these particular texts because of the vitriolic responses that they often evoke (Socrates was crazy

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Learning through the Eyes of an ADHD Student or “What was that noise out in the hallway? I wonder what’s for lunch today. The Constitution, oh yeah…”

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Originally I set out to write a narrative of what it is like in the head of… well what it is like in my head during any kind of social situation or in a classroom setting.  Unfortunately, I found that …

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UNZ.org: A Free On-Line Library

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
old books

If you’ve got some time to mess around (and I know you probably don’t) check out this website UNZ.org. Although its set-up looks somewhat skeletal, it contains a pretty vast array of resources; articles, books, videos, in all different …

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Secretary Arne Duncan Responds to Questions About Teachers’ Salaries and Standardized Testing

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Not to perpetuate the whole teacher pay uproar, but here we have Arne Duncan saying that teachers should be paid like other professionals, doctors, lawyers, engineers. Those comments sparked some vehement disagreement on the Department of Ed. blog page.…

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