A Cult of Idiots

From Charles Pierce’s1 book Idiot America, which I’ve be listening to in the car this week. The rise of Idiot America, though, is essentially a war on expertise. It’s not so much antimodernism or the distrust of the …


Charles M. Blow: “We Should Be In a Rage”

Voter apathy is a civic abdication. There is no other way to describe it. That is how he begins this column for Thursday's New York Times. Trust me, please.   This is a column that needs to be read …


Good Teaching Really Matters! Who Knew?

I'm certain I am speaking for teachers everywhere when I say this: Pedagogy is a real thing. What teachers--and professors--do in their classes matters. It impacts learning, application and motivation. And pedagogy is not simply technique--it's not a bag of…

Teacher in a Strange Land

Free Guides to Teaching and Learning With Primary Sources

Last month Common Craft released a great video explanation… of the differences between primary and secondary sources. After sharing that video with your students, extend the lesson by using the primary source evaluation guides from the Library of Congress. A

Free Technology for Teachers

ShareDrop Offers Any Easy Way to Transfer Files Between Devices

ShareDrop… is a free service that makes it easy to transfer files between devices without creating any kind of account. To use the service just go to ShareDrop.io in Chrome or Firefox (latest versions) on your laptop, desktop, or mobile

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Is the CORE Waiver in Trouble? Sacramento Bails on NCLB Flexibility

The California district and its teachers' union announced today they are withdrawing from a first-of-its-kind No Child Left Behind waiver the U.S. Department of Education granted less than a year ago. …

Politics K-12 - Education Week

Afternoon Video: Stephen Colbert Attacks Then Endorses Common Core

The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive At first, Colbert is outraged at the idea of common standards and anything being promoted by the Obama administration, but then he begins to …

This Week In Education

How ‘colorblind’ education reform policies actually ignore racial inequality

A new critique of what are ostensibly “colorblind” education reform policies reveals that these initiatives are not, in fact, “colorblind,” and have the effect of perpetuating or replicating longtime patterns of race-based inequality. And it makes recommendations for policymakers that…

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Supreme Court ruling gives wealthy individuals more power in elections

Dennis Van Roekel: “No kindergarten teacher, school nurse, librarian, food service worker or school bus driver can compete with the deep pockets of billionaires."Read More »…

Education Votes

An 8-year-old talks about test prep

Here is an online conversation that a Florida mom had with her 8-year-old daughter about school, standardized testing and test prep. The mother is Sandy Stenoff, a public school advocate in central Florida who has opposed the standardized test-based education…

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