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The Curious Case of New York State School Accountability Changes

The Curious Case of New York State School Accountability Changes

There are about 2.6 million students who attend schools in New York State. 1.1 million of those students are in…
Wax Poetic? You KNOW They Read and Wrote in Pompeii!

Wax Poetic? You KNOW They Read and Wrote in Pompeii!

This fresco from the 1st century depicts a holding both wax tablets and a stylus. Maybe it’s just me, but…
Clearly There is a Preferred Place in Which to Watch this History of Toilets

Clearly There is a Preferred Place in Which to Watch this History of Toilets

There really is so much to learn in this world. This particular topic wasn’t on my list. Butt now it…
Gollum Reading Trump Tweets Isn’t Strictly Educational, But It Is Thoroughly Enjoyable

Gollum Reading Trump Tweets Isn’t Strictly Educational, But It Is Thoroughly Enjoyable

I take that back. There IS educational merit here. Every English teacher knows the value of theatrical readings of texts.…
What’s the Right Way to Teach Thanksgiving? Watch This and Decide for Yourself.

What’s the Right Way to Teach Thanksgiving? Watch This and Decide for Yourself.

This PBS report does a sound job in presenting the realities of trying to teach Thanksgiving in schools. Specifically, the…
Vote (Even When Education is Not What Appears to Sway Voters, Yet)

Vote (Even When Education is Not What Appears to Sway Voters, Yet)

Civic education might be a hallmark of public education in the United States (in theory), but education is not the…
In Case There Was Any Doubt that Punctuation Is Political…This.

In Case There Was Any Doubt that Punctuation Is Political…This.

Watch how an 18th century typo radically impacted the way an entire nation came to understand one of its most…
Check it Out: Now I Know Why Carnegie Libraries All Look the Same

Check it Out: Now I Know Why Carnegie Libraries All Look the Same

You ever notice from like blocks away that a building coming up was one of those Carnegie libraries? They all…
What Schools Can Learn from Lyft

What Schools Can Learn from Lyft

Lyft, the car-ride service, is putting their money where their values are. Ahead of the mid-terms elections, they are offering…
Why Do We Say “O.K.”? I’m Glad You Asked

Why Do We Say “O.K.”? I’m Glad You Asked

Language is socially constructed. The phrase O.K. originated in Boston in the 19th century as a way to say “all…
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