Race to the Top, data-driven teacher incentives and accountability, high-stakes assessment, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) above all else (meaning the arts), common national standards, global competition and ranking (be sure to read Yong Zhao’s post, The Mismeasure of Education: Worthy Knowledge in the Age of Globalization), schools run as businesses, Schools run by […]
I’m curious as to what emotions and thoughts are stirred up in you as you watch this video. What progress have we made in this regard? Where are we yet struggling to see this realized? What remains impractical in public education? Why?
This video, titled “What I Want for My Children”, is a good follow-up to my last post. I think it speaks for itself. So much gets in the way of this message becoming a ubiquitous reality in U.S. schools. The answer isn’t PowerPoint, digital whiteboards, blogs, wikis, PRS systems, high-speed Internet, Web2.0, … But, they […]
Edweek discusses a June report released by the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers that surveyed close to 2,000 K-12 public school educators from across the US. It finds that although there have been increases in technology in schools overall, there are still “significant disparities” when it comes to access to computer […]
A few weeks back teacher, Carl Chew, made the headlines for receiving a 2 week without pay suspension for refusing to give the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning) standardized test in his Washington State classroom. Here is a reposting of his response explaining his actions. It is a MUST READ!! I am going to […]