As a natural optimist, I like to think that we're making headway on the poverty issue, but that does not mean we can pat ourselves on the back and unfurl the banner proclaiming "mission accomplished." In fact, I would argue that any progress thus far represents the proverbial low-hanging fruit and that further advances will require even deeper commitment and more creative thinking.
You know when Trump talks about not having time for being PC and for wanting to "make America great again"? He means for white America. And the silent majority he refers to? And people being "afraid" to say things? White people. Afraid to say racist things out loud.
As we looked at the calendar, and started to plan the week, we wanted to make a special note of Maria Montessori's birthday. We found ourselves wanting to celebrate, to wish her good tidings and spread her joy of learning through a birthday card.
I talked to the CEO of Edmodo, a leading innovator in K-12 blended learning, about how teachers, learning platforms, software, parents and students across the globe can work together in new ways thanks to digital technology.
When I teach a course on the history of New Orleans at I often tell my students that there were two Katrinas. The first Katrina was the result of a low-pressure system that formed off the Bahamas on August 21st, 2005. The second was a man-made disaster.
You know, at eight or ten or even two years into this you already know, if they tell you to do it for the kids, it is something you really don't want to do. It is hard, it is complicated, you think it might be unnecessary, in the worst of scenarios you think it will hurt.
Stand up if you're a genius. Are you standing? Would your students be? It's an interesting experiment to try. Stand in a room of adults, or ...
Law schools must begin recognizing the damage that is being caused to interpersonal relationships and our overall society, due to the low EQ levels of those involved in the field of law and make a concerted effort to address this extremely serious problem.
No one will ever argue against the need for educators to be held accountable for their actions or deeds. But, what happens when you are being held accountable to a moving target?
Gov. Kasich thinks the problem with teachers is the teachers' lounge. The problem with teachers is this: We are having to deal with laws that are being passed by people who have not one single clue as to what our job entails. Go ahead, good sir! Get rid of the teachers' lounge. We probably won't even notice. We're too busy doing our job.
The American public has given its grade to national elected leaders for their attempts to improve the country's public schools. The verdict is an "F" for failure. Public schools need to do better but that will only occur when there is cooperation in government, not antagonism.
When I had no safety at home, when food was scarce and my life seemed impossibly violent and out of control, you became President. You instilled a belief in me that moral leadership will win.
I've had many conversations with proponents of making VAM a defined percentage of teacher evaluations, and not a single one has been able to explain why their approach to VAM is better than an alternative approach that focuses on aspects of teaching practice.
In efforts to help their children and their schools succeed in the next academic year, millions of parents around the world are already involved in school foundations or PTA's to support teachers and administrators with their critical work of educating a fresh set of young minds.
Bottom line is that we simply don't know the future, and bureaucratic and highly regulated education systems are inherently inapt to respond to imminent learning opportunities and other emerging circumstances connected to the digital age.
I believe all children deserve teachers who will spark their passions, who will encourage them, who will refuse to let them settle for adequate when they have potential to be great.