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Reports of Child Abuse Go Up the Day After Report Cards Go Out

Reports of Child Abuse Go Up the Day After Report Cards Go Out

Let’s all take a moment and let this sink in: increases of child abuse can be correlated with the release…
Teachers, Your Students Are Your Greatest Resources. Watch this Powerful Talk…by a Kid.

Teachers, Your Students Are Your Greatest Resources. Watch this Powerful Talk…by a Kid.

Too often, we position teachers in ways that divide them from their students. Teachers are the adults; students are the…
Humiliation, Multiplication, and Ice Cream

Humiliation, Multiplication, and Ice Cream

In the memoir Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, the author describes a scene in first grade where six-year-old J.D. realizes…
Babies Are Like Little Linguistic Statisticians

Babies Are Like Little Linguistic Statisticians

A thoroughly intriguing talk about the ways babies learn language. Researcher Patricia Kuhl suggests that babies keep track of sounds…
NYC Mayor’s Remark Reveals How School Segregation Works Today

NYC Mayor’s Remark Reveals How School Segregation Works Today

When the mayor recently said that school segregation was directly linked to housing segregation, commentators pointed to the city’s own…
In the Wake of Yesterday’s School Shooting, Look Up “Kakistocracy”

In the Wake of Yesterday’s School Shooting, Look Up “Kakistocracy”

When children don’t succeed in school, kakistocrats blame the teacher. When children don’t survive in school (like yesterday’s shooting in…
Shel Silverstein’s “simple secret of lasting love”

Shel Silverstein’s “simple secret of lasting love”

Love ain’t no missing piece to be found. I adored reading this book to my son when he was younger.…
What Constitutes Learning?

What Constitutes Learning?

We must ask very different questions in education if we are going to expect different outcomes. I’m convinced that it…
When “Slavery” Meets the Standard

When “Slavery” Meets the Standard

This was the homework question: “Give 3 ‘good’ reasons for slavery and 3 bad reasons. Make notes and then put…
Do You Care to Explore Authentic Writing Instruction?

Do You Care to Explore Authentic Writing Instruction?

I love this blog called Writers Who Care. It’s a fantastic resource for teachers and parents on what solid writing…
How Did That Race to the Top End?

How Did That Race to the Top End?

Race to the Top is the Obama Administration’s education reform initiative.  It overlapped with former President Bush’s No Child Left…
Revisiting How NCLB Was Framed

Revisiting How NCLB Was Framed

No Child Left Behind was the signature education initiative of George W. Bush’s presidential administration.  It was followed by the…
Louis CK on Standardized Tests, Burning Schools Down

Louis CK on Standardized Tests, Burning Schools Down

So not funny that it’s funny.  The Manhattan father of public school children and comedian delivers his criticism of high…
Love the Teenager in Your Life? Know Their Brain.

Love the Teenager in Your Life? Know Their Brain.

When working with secondary education teachers, I often find myself reminding them that while teaching teenagers can be challenging on…
Neil deGrasse Tyson on How to Nurture Scientific Literacy. Curious?

Neil deGrasse Tyson on How to Nurture Scientific Literacy. Curious?

Neil deGrasse Tyson often has something interesting to say about whatever question it is that is posed to him.  In…
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