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Julie Cavanagh

Blog Entries by Julie Cavanagh

The Truth Behind Won't Back Down

(12) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 5:01 PM

This week a film partially funded by Walden Media, which is owned by entrepreneur and conservative Philip Anschutz, will be released in theaters. The film, Won't Back Down, is a work of fiction but claims to be based on real life events and tells the story of a teacher and...

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Education's Trojan Horse

(18) Comments | Posted December 24, 2010 | 11:29 AM

The season of giving is upon us. In the month of December, most Americans find themselves ignited with a civic spirit and generously give of their time, their talent, and their treasure. At my little school in Red Hook, Brooklyn we aim to make giving a value that is present...

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Not Making the Grade

(33) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 2:52 AM

I have always found report cards to be a double-edged sword. On one side, they increase my opportunity to interact with parents because they are part of an age old system that connects the school house to home. On the other, I have always found report cards to be a...

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Wagging my Finger While my Boss Wags the dog

(20) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 5:28 PM

I recently found myself reflecting on a class I took in college that examined emotional and behavioral disabilities. One of the behavior modification methods discussed was pointing one's finger as a visual reinforcer in tandem with a verbal reinforcer being given to a child. I remember being outraged by this,...

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Do Teacher Unions Have the Cooties?

(12) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 10:23 AM

Each week it is my hope to bring to you a teacher's perspective, highlighting the latest issues in educational policy with anecdotes from the everyday classroom. Please join me, in the comments section, by sharing your personal stories that bring to life the unintended, or perhaps intended, consequences of education...

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