Cross-posted with permission from Talk2Action. By K12NN contributor Rachel Tabachnick. This is a new twist on “biblical economics” that I’ve not heard before. According to Alabama State Sen. Shadrack McGill, a 62% pay increase for the state’s legislators in 2007 was necessary, but large increases in teachers’ pay would violate “a biblical principle.” McGill was […]
NCLB’s narrowed curriculum almost cost our students wonderful opportunities. I refused to allow this school to ditch a fantastic program because they would rather hire a teacher who might have less experience and be able to come in for less money than to hire one to carry on this incredibly valuable art program. So did my daughter. We spoke up. You can too.
On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills joined me for a lively Blog Talk Radio podcast with four women running for school board in Bill Gates’ backyard up in Seattle. Sharon Peaslee, Michelle Buetow, Kate Martin and Marty McLaren have a vision for education in their district, and we’ll hear why it doesn’t completely mesh with that of the Gates and the Broad Foundations’ plans for education reform in America. What’s the difference between what these candidates have to offer and “ed reform” (or as some say, “ed Rheeform”)?
This is the high quality K-12 curriculum reform we’ve been waiting for that emphasizes creativity, collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking for 21st century learning. It’s what we need to keep California a leader in the worlds of art, science, technology and culture. Please join over 18 parent, educator, and community grassroots groups to urge Governor Brown to sign AB250 into law!
The Smithsonian Magazine featured Finnish schools in its September, 2011, magazine as written by an observant journalist visiting that country. K12NN highlights for you a prominent women’s lifestyle blogger’s perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of the Finnish education system as experienced throughout her childhood, and her own children’s experiences in American schools.
A summary of the speakers and events featured in the Save Our Schools March and Conference, as witnessed firsthand by K12NN correspondent Joseph K. Among the speakers were Jonathan Kozol, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, and Jon Stewart.
Why education activist Marion Brady’s marching in the Save Our Schools national event: “Non-educators have now been in near-total control of US education policy for more than a full kindergarten-through-12th grade cycle, and things aren’t going well.” 10 false assumptions driving education reform, and what experienced teachers and motivated parents can do to challenge and re-direct education policy.
ZombieX interviews one of the best English teachers in the state of California, Kelly Gallagher — author of the book Readicide. What teach to the student looks like, as opposed to teach to the test.
School voucher efforts back by religious extremists that use taxpayer money (and corporate tax credits) to fund creationism and religious bigotry at private schools. These efforts are most active in PA and FL, although efforts are afoot in several states.
ZombieX returns to talk about how standardized testing narrows what kids learn and how they learn it. He celebrates Rob Gaudette, California Middle School Teacher of the Year, and observes Gaudette’s creative teaching methods that stimulate critical thinking in all of his students.