Given the highly favorable reviews and rave blurbs from such diverse figures as Joel Klein and Randi Weingarten, one might expect Amanda Ripley's new book on international educational practices, The Smartest Kids in the World, to offer arresting revelations about how to improve America's education system.
By early October the children have been taught four different secular mindfulness techniques. They have been encouraged to choose one technique that supports them in focusing their mind and calming their bodies. This mindful snapshot is about one of the first practices I teach each class.
For those of us beyond our school years, exposure can occur anytime, anywhere and in a variety of different ways from reading a news article to following a Twitter stream to practicing a language to visiting a foreign country.
In my thirty years as a teacher, one thing I learned is that everyone -- policymakers, administrators, parents, philanthropists -- are looking for the magic key to improving education.
In the future, will students still attend "schools" or will they be called "blended learning schools" that combine brick-and-mortar buildings with online learning?
How can charters' desire for pubic space be accommodated by the city? After all the hollering, it would be easy.
The founder of the school, Kakenya Ntaiya, grew up in a hut made of straw, mud, and dung with no running water or electricity. She was born in 1978, but does not know the exact day -- her mother cannot remember. She was engaged at age five to the six-year-old boy next door.
A dozen key educational policies and practices are identified as having high impact on student engagement in community colleges. Students' participation in multiple structured high-impact experiences leads to increasingly higher levels of engagement.
The solution for some to get to and through college may be to get a jumpstart in high school so they can save money in the long run.
Handing millions over to the likes of Michelle Rhee is idiocy. Rhee is nothing more than some Frankenstein creation of bored philanthropy. Be careful, mainstream America. In promoting Rhee, you are confusing cash flow for substance.
TFA is not only sending young, idealistic, and inexperienced college grads into schools in neighborhoods different from where they're from -- it's also working to destroy the American public education system. As a hopeful future teacher, that is not something I could ever conscionably put my name behind.
Walking into a school is always an adventure. You're never sure exactly what you'll find. Will you find bored kids, angry teachers, neglected hallways, and overwhelmingly cluttered or barren classrooms? Schools, in other words, that make you despair that schools can help kids prepare for their adult lives.
The school has created many stars, who also give back to the school when possible: Dave Chappelle, Denyce Graves, and Hank Williams Thomas, among many. Famed opera singer Denyce Graves, who emerged from the school as a polished singer, says, "It gave me what I have today."
We propose a Welfare to Homework program. In this program, parents would be trained and paid not to leave home to go to work but to stay home and become part of the educational team. These parents might even been paid a bonus for their children's attendance and performance at school.
Unless teachers "teach outside the textbook," students won't learn about Grenada or about anything else that might call into question the U.S. authority to impose its will whenever it wishes. The specifics of the Grenada invasion are unique, but when students are encouraged to ask critical questions, they can recognize that intervention in Grenada is part of a pattern.
Thirteen years after world leaders committed to providing access to education to all primary-school-aged children by 2015, there are more than 57 million boys and girls out of school. Immediate action is needed, or there could be irreparable consequences.