I began this post talking about how alone and isolated you can feel battling depression. Getting my own very first tattoo yesterday, just before my 71st birthday, is an important rite of passage, and another powerful example of how remarkable my Professional Learning Network (PLN) is.
Education is not a game. It should be a rich, cooperative, loving process. Holleran and Worrell-Breeden are just two vivid, painful examples of the consequences of seeing education as a data-driven, competitive enterprise.
Dr. Tracey C. Burns is a Project Leader at the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, Directorate for Education and Skills in Paris (@OECD_Edu). She is considered a global expert on the subject of bullying.
Five percent. It's a figure that turns up again and again in reformster rhetoric, usually teamed up with the word "bottom." It has a fine long history, all the way back from June 2009. That was six years ago. Since then, the five percent have been cropping up regularly.
Poverty affects our education, our economy, and our future. It is becoming the norm, and we appear reluctant to address it. We have the steps in place to change it--and we've had these steps for over half a century. What has been waning is our will to act and our determination to succeed.
No other advanced nation in the world evaluates its teachers on test scores or subjects it children to relentless testing and calls it "education"! Why, then, does America? The answer is simple -- there's money in it!
Affectionately nicknamed "Ms. Sunshine" by her students, 2015 Fishman Prize winner Stephanie Sun brings joy and a sharp sense of focus to her fifth-grade English classroom at Achievement First Brownsville Middle School, in Brooklyn, NY.
Many years ago, when I was a special education teacher, I had a summer job at a residential school for emotionally disturbed children. The school happened to be located in a former tuberculosis sanitarium.
Why, in this era of global technology, are we using the same teaching methodology as that of the Industrial Revolution, when public education began? They need to see a world full of wonder and possibilities without shirking at the thought of digging deeper to come up with their own solutions.
The tragic irony in education is that the policies and practices enacted in response to concerns over low achievement will further disable a generation of children already hobbled by poverty. Education reform is disproportionally affecting young girls and boys of color in the least privileged communities.
Improving outcomes requires action that reaches across racial, ethnic and political lines. It must galvanize African Americans and rally our non-Black allies. And it must be handled with a sense of urgency. Every day headlines remind us that we have no time to waste.
Why do American students lack so much motivation? "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink," reflects the teacher's primary concern when motivating a student.
Scholars remind us that courses within the humanities that connect current sociopolitical concerns juxtaposed with the need to educate an increasingly diverse student population is key to the future of higher education.
Arts education is making a difference in improving struggling schools by increasing student engagement and positively changing young lives in countries all over the world.
America, our education system needs an enema -- not literally, but in the literature, the narrative we tell ourselves. We need to rid ourselves of the waste within that has clogged up any means for open thought, and open minds.
While active skepticism of government is healthy, unwavering condemnation can be corrosive to a democracy that depends on participation. Fortunately, we see a glimmer of effective governance that contradicts the narrative of congressional incompetence as an embedded feature of our democracy.