If students are going to be tested three times a year, then gullible school districts will be shelling out hundreds of thousands for test preparation materials, and before you know it, there will be no time to do anything but teach to the test.
Next time you find yourself strategizing about how to fire your child's flawed teacher, consider exploring ways to strengthen the partnership between home and school instead. Your child will be much better served.
Here we are at the end of another school year, and once again, teachers throughout the USA are facing uncertainty. Congress has not acted and now the impact of sequestration on federal educational programs is beginning to take hold.
At the highest metaphysical level, my teacher was right: It takes no effort to be free. But interestingly enough, this spiritual freedom is of little help to me now as I face one of the most challenging decisions of my life. As life is so full of paradox, so is enlightenment.
Despite the loud voice of the National Rifle Association (NRA), scholars, experts on school safety, and teachers overwhelmingly disagree with turning schools into armed camps rather than places of nonviolent positive learning.
Large urban districts face huge challenges in terms of funding, urban pathologies, and the indifference of people who do not live in them. However, there is a structural problem that inhibits their progress, I believe.
Cesareo Pelaez was a psychology professor at Salem State College (now Salem State University). I met him in the 1980s when I was a psychology major at Salem State. Placed seemingly randomly under the wing of such a unique individual, my life was and remains forever changed.
True teachers show us that it is possible to wake up and be free, but ultimately the truth is already within each of us and can never be given by another. Through meditation we connect to that inner guru, to the brilliance and radiance of who we truly are.
Better education leads to a better life. We need new ways of teaching for a new age. That includes new technologies and a focus on global citizenship, which is the defining feature of our increasingly interconnected world.
Many things have changed about teaching over the years, but one thing that doesn't is the nervous energy and enthusiasm that teachers have when the first day of school arrives. That is especially the case if you are a first-year teacher.