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If only I had something nice to say about John Dewey

A lot of people think John Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal System. No, that was Melville Dewey.

John Dewey is America's premier educator. He is often called the Father of American Education. He was the guy, about a century ago, who started all the liberal/collectivist/progressive/experiential/socialist/cooperative stuff.

 He wanted children to work together in an harmonious group. He didn't want anybody learning too much, because that would create…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 22, 2015 at 5:50pm — 1 Comment

Tenure and Excellence

Can we deny that there are those who have bestowed tenure on those who didn't deserve it? Can we deny that there are those who could do a better job of developing their teachers and principals?  These debates bring with them confusion, resentment, and resistance. We have also seen top notch professionals commit daily to getting better and to caring even more. Most of us want a surgeon, if we need one, to have performed an operation multiple times before we come under the laser or the…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on January 22, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments

Got Community Service?

Got community service?

How to create a volunteer fair

By Verdel Jones

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Added by Verdel Jones on January 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Learning the Way Out of Poverty

Whether a school has a majority of its students living in poverty, or only a small percentage of students living in poverty, keeping poverty on our minds is important.  Reading about, talking about, and doing something about those students living in poverty may cause us to do something different from what is happening for those students now   Read more....

Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on January 20, 2015 at 7:08am — No Comments

Assumptions & Stereotypes Lead to Poor Practices

Assumptions & Stereotypes Lead to Poor Practices

This essay will remain neutral regarding race, ethnicity, and gender; however, my personal experiences should be sufficient to drive my point home.  Too often people assume their position on a topic is irrefutable although it is not backed by empirical research of any kind.  Many times during my career in education, I have heard it stated that minority students need minority role models in order…

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Added by Jonathan T. Jefferson on January 19, 2015 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Can an Introvert Be a Leader?

Leaders, do not mistake an introvert as one without capacity to lead. Whether a superintendent looking at a pool of candidates for other leadership positions in the district, or principals looking for teacher leaders, or teachers considering teacher leadership, all need to pay attention. Create time and spaces for introverts to contribute and increase the number of opportunities for leadership and quiet leaders to emerge.  …

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on January 18, 2015 at 7:13am — No Comments

Do's and don'ts for dumbing down America

 Suppose you had a $1 billion grant to dumb down the country.

  Would you need to do a lot of fancy research to find the best ways? Not at all. Hang on to your money. According to this article, what they're doing  now in the public schools works perfectly, thank you very much.

 Here are the six essential techniques, boiled down. 1) Make the classroom as fact-free as possible. 2) If there is information left, efficient teaching is not allowed. 3) Nothing…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 17, 2015 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Interviewing: Writing Samples, Role Playing, and More... by Larry Aronstein

Interviewing: Writing Samples, Role Playing, and More…

 

The secretary instructs you, “Please arrive thirty minutes before your screening interview to do a writing sample. By the way, please bring a copy of a recent teacher observation report you have done with you.” The writing sample is just one of the requests that might be made of you. Some districts require applicants to…

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Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 16, 2015 at 10:11am — No Comments

Educational Reform Takes a Long View

Exhausted from the changes that have taken place in these last years, no one can accuse schools of not trying.  Before there is little energy left, we offer a solution that is both simple and enormous.  Stop.  Stop adding programs, changing programs, and exchanging programs. Stop responding to external pressures as they arise. Start thinking about the system as a whole. What is the central purpose? It must always begin with the children. If we begin and end with the…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on January 15, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Should schools teach personality? by Arthur E. Poropat

Should schools teach personality?
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Added by Michael Keany on January 14, 2015 at 8:48am — No Comments

Listen Up, Legislators: People Want Better Sex Education Than What Many States Require By Rebecca Klein



Listen Up, Legislators: People Want Better Sex Education Than What Many States Require



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Added by Michael Keany on January 14, 2015 at 8:35am — No Comments

Teacher/administrator communication, or its lack

Teacher/administrator communication, or its lack

Administrators and teachers are mostly in agreement about the importance of trying new tools and methods for instruction, yet each identifies the other as an obstacle, writes Jordan Shapiro in The Hechinger Report. Administrators want teachers to adopt new methods, but feel teachers resist change. Teachers yearn to be creative, but feel this is impossible within a rigid bureaucracy. Blame creates a gridlock that…

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Added by Michael Keany on January 14, 2015 at 8:32am — No Comments

A home-schooling free-for-all?

A home-schooling free-for-all?

Unlike much education in this country, home-schooling is broadly unregulated, writes Motoko Rich in The New York Times. Along with its steady growth has come a debate and lobbying war over how much oversight such education requires. Eleven states do not require home-schooling families to register with district or state agencies, according to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. Fourteen states do not specify subjects that…

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Added by Michael Keany on January 14, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

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