As I delved deeper into Paul Thomas' work, and directed energy to the urgent nature of his calls for action and attention to class and race inequity in America, I found that we share many commonalities.
Of course no one wants bad teachers in front of children. The current system, though, seems to focus on student test scores rather than teacher quality. It seems to minimize teacher voice in favor of some idealized classroom that may or may not exist.
Congratulations! You have just been approved for a new credit card. But what does that announcement really mean?
I teach in a school where we take great pains to teach girls about the components of resilience; we encourage growth mindset; we celebrate risk-taking and mistakes. We encourage girls to remember that persistence and effort lead to improvement.
Our schools are not only educationally out of date, they are not offering what kids need. Yes, everyone listens because it's true but it is time for something to be done on a national level.
Lighthouses once guided ships to safe harbors, but in education, policies limited to finding and celebrating lighthouse schools are less likely to improve outcomes more broadly. They may lead policy in a good direction, but they may just as likely guide us onto the rocks.
What Alexander and Murray did by simply agreeing to work together is what we used to call legislating -- an art form which seems to have all but disappeared from the halls of the capitol. It is also an example of statesmanship in action.
Now that our national parks have reopened, it is worth investigating how these parks fit into the creation/evolution issue. I'm going to address this in a series of posts about how creationists use our natural heritage to promote their anti-science agenda.
Before I graduated from my special ed high school, the administration offered me a choice: I could receive a diploma with the name of my actual school, or a discrete diploma from a non-descript public school in the area.
The scarring of war and poverty and racism that Malcolm X spoke of continues. It's time that students learn about the long history of activism that has challenged these deadly triplets.
You know that doctor who saved your life? She had a first grade teacher, who encouraged her and shaped her to glean her gifts and use them with appropriate and balanced judgment. Years later, she had a teacher who observed her making incisions and providing emergency care to save lives-yep, yours.
This month, I continued my conversations with leaders from around the world on today's pressing issues in education -- from the challenges of graduates seeking jobs to the psychological burden of bullying to the Japanese academic community's protests for peace.
Josh Rosenau and I have just returned from NCSE's annual rafting trip down the Colorado River and through the spectacular geology and biology of Grand Canyon. Our two motorized boats were packed with an eclectic mix of scientists, teachers, NCSE members, and people who wanted the ultimate experience in Grand Canyon in the company of those who love science.
As we enter into a technological era where an increasing amount of universities are providing online degrees, one's ability to think inside and outside of the box is going to be a crucial component in the hiring process.
India is in mourning. Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, passed away on July 27, 2015. Among his many stellar accomplishments is his unmatched ability to inspire and ignite minds, especially of children and youth in India. He was popularly known as the people's President.
When I went to South Africa in 2010 to lead a creative writing club for teenage girls, I made sure to emphasize that word: club. I had never taught writing before, didn't have a teaching assistantship as I earned an MFA in nonfiction. I would not be correcting their grammar, nor assigning homework. Besides, how could I persuade girls to spend their Saturday afternoons in a writing class?