The New Yorker‘s recent story about the famed charter school network is getting a lot of attention. I am well versed in the concerns expressed about the current way charter schools are being used politically. I have also witnessed public schools serving communities of color that mistreat children in the name of rigor and reform. When we say public education, what is it we refer to–for whom and to what end? via Pedro Noguera
The data visualization and digital storytelling team over at the NY Times took the phenomenal work of Professor Sean Reardon at Stanford University and put together an excellent interactive graph. No, really. Here’s how it starts: We’ve long known of the persistent and troublesome academic gap between white students and their black and Hispanic peers in public schools. We’ve long understood the primary reason, too: A higher proportion of black and Hispanic children come from…
Thanks to @LGZreader
Education is often an issue that politicians have strong feelings about. In recent decades, education has been framed as in a crisis that could weaken the nation’s economic status internationally. As we’ve seen before, that claim is not supported by research data, but it persists nevertheless. In this video, presidential candidate Donald Trump explains his stance on education. It’s worth comparing his words to those of other presidents like his predecessor, FDR, or even Washington himself.
Love for teachers takes many forms, including the kind of fast-paced, twisted, and misogynistic kind of love doled out by Van Halen in their song “Hot for Teacher.” I don’t condone they way the band portrays education or women. I loathe the video in a lot of ways. But the song has an immovable place in pop culture. You got it bad?
Writing is at the heart of learning. It has been for centuries. But when I work with teachers in different schools, it is clear that writing can often overwhelm them. Over the years, I have used four strategies that I think are really useful–they make assessing writing faster and better, in my view. Check out the video and tell me what you think in the comments below.
I loved hearing Howard Gardner describe the limits of assessments, a kind warning to parents and the public to let children be. Check out the video over on Big Think. Totally worth the few minutes.