After the passing of Amiri Baraka, I don't want to get bogged down in a dispute over Common Core, or any other example of the top-down micromanaging of teachers and students. It's lessons like this which taught me the No. 1 principle of teaching.
I've been able to develop a few ways of getting the most out of my students. As you plan for the coming school year, I encourage you to try out some of these suggestions that helped me become a better teacher; I believe some of these will help you become a better teacher as well.
Eli Broad's Education Week Commentary "Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste" proves the dictum that a journal of record should never deny a billionaire the soap box he craves, even if he offers little of substance.
Transform every school into a charter and you'll still have to solve the equation: How to educate students, especially students who often face troubled home lives and come to school woefully unprepared to learn.