School Reform: Replace the Coaches – Not the Team

No education reform article I’ve ever read accurately identified the two real stumbling blocks to improving our K-12 school system.  The reason is because almost all of them are written by school administrators and not teachers.

Our schools are melting …

How Do We Really Begin To Leave No Child Behind?

A politician running for office was recently asked how she would make sure that all parents are involved in their children’s education.  While she admitted parental involvement is a huge factor in one’s educational success, she also admitted she had …

Sara Ferguson: “I Represented All Teachers”

Sara Ferguson, a teacher from Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania, was a special guest at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday.

She says:

I’m a runner, and before every race I write students’ names on …

Get students thinking critically about bullying – through comics

Bullying prevention has been generating lots of discussion lately, but one group that we don’t hear from enough is kids. It would be nice if we could ‘solve’ the problem for them, but top-down directives and zero tolerance policies alone …

Test Scores, Test Scores, Almighty Test Scores

A while back I wrote a blog proposing that teachers finally give in and use nothing but test scores to evaluate teachers.  Since that time I’ve been doing some thinking, and I decided why stop there?  Standardized tests should …

Manufactured Controversies: How Non-Educator “Education Experts” Twist the Truth

There are times, as a teacher of biology, when I suffer what I call “math envy.”  See, none of my math teacher colleagues ever have to defend the fact that 2 + 2 = 4.  This is a well-established fact; …

Bullying Is a Social Justice Issue

We are now hearing reports that Hispanic schoolchildren in Alabama face bullying in the wake of that state’s anti-immigrant law.

A 12-year girl who is a citizen and whose father is from Puerto Rico is called a “damn Mexican” by …

Bullying Prevention: School Support Staff Are Essential

Where do you think most student bullying takes place?  While some bullying occurs in the classroom, the most common places are on the school bus, in the hallways, in the stairwells, in the lunchroom, and on the playground.

What do …

Education Budget Cuts in Florida

Cents and Sensibility… Inside Florida Education

We’ve all heard this expression numerous times this year,“We must tighten our belts” with regards to education. Whose belts are we tightening in the education arena anyways?

Or, did they mean a noose …

A Bullying Myth: Is it Bullying or Character Building?

Bullying is vexing.  Bullying creates anxiety and fear, causes students to avoid coming to school, and affects their ability to learn.  We know too well that it can also lead to despair and students’ taking their own lives

But, we …

Morning Video: Debating Rice’s "Racist Liberals" Claim

  In case you missed it from last week, here's Condoleeza Rice's claim that failing neighborhood schools and the inequality that comes with them are racist, along with a link to Citizen Stewart's examination of the claim.…

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High schools drop midterms, finals — to prep for Common Core standardized tests

Here’s a new twist on test prep: Get rid of midterms and finals (tests presumably made by teachers). Say that you are doing it to find more “instructional time.” Then use that “instructional time” to “instruct” students in how to…

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AM News: NYC Debates Whether Charters Push Out More Students Than District Schools

New York Chancellor Is Criticized for Remarks on Charter Schools NYT: Carmen Fariña said at a conference that some charter schools push students out before they take state tests and later replace them with high-scoring children. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's communications chief leaving …

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Tiny hamsters eating Thanksgiving dinner — a video you won’t believe someone really made

There’s not much else to say about this  except to watch this video. You will either find it amusing or repulsive, or, possibly, both. Your kids or students will find it hilarious.  …

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Thirty Years An Educator

Thirty years ago today, I walked into York Preparatory School on New York's Upper East Side for my first day as a high school history teacher. I had no formal training as a teacher except for my degree in History…

A New Jersey Farmer Blog: Where Democracy Lives

How principals can avoid ‘administrator-itis’

How many times have you heard that an amazing teacher has been promoted to be an administrator and wondered if that was the best use of that educator’s time? Here’s a way around this, from Lauren Hill, a National Board…

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Is value-added about the teacher, or about the students the teacher gets handed?

The main tool used by economists to measure the impact of a teacher is the value-added score, or VAM. Loosely, we see how much the test score of a typical student of a particular teacher improves over the course of …

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Charles M. Blow just knocked it out of the park

in his column for Monday's New York Times, titled Bigger than Immigration.  After beginning by telling us this is not just about immigration, or tactics, or the President's "lack of obsequiousness to his detractors"  (and the use of …

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Charles M. Blow just knocked it out of the park

in his column for Monday's New York Times, titled Bigger than Immigration.  After beginning by telling us this is not just about immigration, or tactics, or the President's "lack of obsequiousness to his detractors"  (and the use of …

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How Missouri educators won big against anti-public school billionaire

“A politician should never control what happens in a local school district. Local school districts should decide what’s best for them.”Read More »…

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