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The Real Reason Schools Are Failing: They're Boring and Lack 'Edutainment'

Stephen Estes | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education
Stephen Estes

A little less talk, a little more action, and a bit of edutainment, and I think I see how the world's children will come to realize their true potential and build the skill-sets they will someday need.

The Teacher Who Inspired Me: My Wife

Hikmet Ersek | Posted 11.28.2012 | Education
Hikmet Ersek

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.

The Teacher Who Inspired Me: Mrs. Martin

Amanda Pullinger | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
Amanda Pullinger

I think that while all kids should of course have access to education which teaches them to read and to write, I also believe that what creates opportunity is that ability to think critically about a subject.

When Bad Students Happen to Good Teachers

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

There is a shared delusion driving education reform. The delusion is that everyone assumes better teaching means students learn more.

The Teacher Who Inspired Me: Charlie Kramer

William D. Green | Posted 11.25.2012 | Education
William D. Green

Charlie Kramer taught me when I was 19-years-old. His subject was economics -- and that is an incredibly hard subject to teach a 19-year-old. To teach a 59-year-old would still be hard!

Art and Education: An Interview

David Galenson | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
David Galenson

Earlier this year I was sent an electronic book aimed at teachers, titled The Art of Learning. I enjoyed reading it, and Richard and Christine agreed to do the following interview about it by email.

Standardized Tests Lead to Standardized Cheating

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

Why all the cheating? In short, because the tests are too important, and because they test the wrong things.

Teachers' Lounge: The Wave-Maker

Teach Plus | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Shekema Silveri teaches English at Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro, GA. She was Georgia's 2011 Milken Educator and is the founder of Silveri Service Learning Academy, a 6-12 charter school scheduled to open in the 2014 school year.

My Parents Were Chicago Public School Teachers

Anne Sobel | Posted 11.19.2012 | Chicago
Anne Sobel

My mother and father were Chicago public school teachers for the entirety of their 30-year careers. I wish commentors offended by the suggestion teachers should get paid well could spend one day in a public school teacher's shoes.

The Real Tax Issue: Mitt's vs. Mine

Andrew Cotto | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Andrew Cotto

What does this say about our country when the extremely wealthy get special treatment? Just as capitalism is part of our democracy, so is fairness.

Chicago Teachers and Students Return to School: What Happened to Caring?

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Having sat in on numerous school contract negotiations, I can tell you that the best contract agreement is when both sides walk away not feeling totally satisfied. That appears to be the case in Chicago.

Value-Added Measures: A New Approach

Douglas N. Harris | Posted 11.18.2012 | Education
Douglas N. Harris

As in medicine, a value-added score, combined with some additional information, should lead us to trigger classroom observations to identify truly low-performing teachers and to provide feedback.

So You Want to Get Into Teaching?

Randy Miller | Posted 11.17.2012 | Education
Randy Miller

So you want to be a teacher? Great, so now what do you do? Are you ready for the classroom? Are you ready to meet the demands of your administration? Are you ready to deal with the politics of the position of a teacher?

Running Schools Like a Business Is a Crazy Idea

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

We teach the kids of people we know, and those kids then work in the local businesses and, if you stay in the game long enough, you teach their kids down the road.

A Strike of Choices

Gregory Michie | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Gregory Michie

Do we want to keep heading down the same road of more testing, more data slicing, more reforms based on a business model? Or do we want our schools to aspire to something different, something better, something more?

Learn Bee Keeping and High School Math

Bryce Longton | Posted 11.13.2012 | Small Business
Bryce Longton

Each month Brooklyn Brainery rolls out new classes like bee keeping, DSLR training, and even high school math -- all taught by community locals. Now go forth (and get schooled).

Being a Teacher on 9/11

Lori Ungemah | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
Lori Ungemah

Every 9/11 I think of the students whom I spent that day with. They were juniors (4 classes) and seniors (1 class). They are grown ups now, some with kids, some in graduate school/medical school, some working.

Can Students Love School? Yes, If Schools Love Students

David Allyn | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
David Allyn

Perhaps we reap what we sow. If we assume that children are a "problem" to be solved (to be controlled or crammed full of knowledge or taught how to behave), are we creating a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Why I Quit Teaching

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 11.05.2012 | Education
Adam Kirk Edgerton

I quit teaching because I was tired of feeling powerless. Tired of watching would-be professionals treated as children, infantilized into silence.

Who's Going to Pay for It?

PJ Mintner | Posted 11.04.2012 | Education
PJ Mintner

While other countries invest heavily in their education systems, we are mortgaging our future by cutting education, and undercutting the people who are passionate about making a difference. And, it's not all about money.

Elementary Schools, Transgender Kids And Educator Freak-Outs

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

For the past few years we have had an increasing number of elementary schools contact us with reports that their teachers and school staff were "freaking out." The cause for alarm? The new enrollment of a transgender child or the gender transition of an already-enrolled student.

Teaching English, One Bite At A Time

Leora Novick | Posted 10.31.2012 | Travel
Leora Novick

During my five day English immersion program with VaughanTown, I made lifelong friends with whom I spent hours walking, talking about life and sharing hopes and fears. One of the most notable parts of the program for me, were the meal times.

Empathy for a Teacher

Sam Chaltain | Posted 10.29.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Teaching is the most difficult, most rewarding job out there. Yet we tolerate or participate in conversations about school reform that paint teachers into a two-dimensional corner.

Back to the Classroom -- Part Two: Teachers 'Wear' Their Student Hats

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 10.28.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

I spotlighted Jennifer Isbell, a teacher from Central Coast New Tech High, who was using her summer to collaborate as she prepared to be a founding teacher at this new public high school, which opened its doors last week.

Beyond School Walls: Connecting Students and Teachers Around the World

Troy Tenhet | Posted 10.23.2012 | Education
Troy Tenhet

Eleven years ago, at the beginning of my career as a teacher, my students and I were isolated in my classroom. But video networking technologies have transformed the educational experience, literally connecting my classroom to the entire world.