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What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

Teachers Receive Failing Grade on Social Media

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Educators who use social media should take the following steps to protect their online reputations and keep from making the kinds of mistakes that could end their teaching careers.

Are You a 'Real Teacher'?

David Lyell | Posted 11.20.2014 | Education
David Lyell

Some would say if you don't like it, get another job. While true, if teacher quality is as important as everyone says it is -- one way to improve teacher quality is to make the job more attractive -- not less competitive.

The Three Most Important Questions You Can Ask Your Teenager

Michael Mulligan | Posted 11.24.2014 | Education
Michael Mulligan

he millennials are accomplishing great things. But too many of them look inside only to peer into a void that we, at least in part, have helped to create. In our efforts to push our kids ahead, we have forgotten to ask why pushing ahead is important in the first place.

The Promise of Career and Technical Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Policymakers, business, labor and community can come together to make CTE a thriving component of our 21st-century education system -- and with it, an engine that helps more young people have access to good jobs and the American dream.

California Voters Have Clear Education Priorities

Jonathan Voss | Posted 11.13.2014 | Education
Jonathan Voss

Seventy percent of voters say that "Stopping Wall Street and corporations from taking over schools for profits" was important in deciding who to vote for, including 56 percent who said it was very important.

Thinking About the Future From the Edge of Darkness

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Elections often highlight shifts in society. In America, the upcoming midterm election is no exception. The half-truths that today constitute our political discourse are likely to produce a set of results that will bring us to the edge of darkness. Fear has trumped science and ignorance has obliterated reason.

Time After Time: Why Teachers Are So Frustrated With Time's 'Rotten Apples' Cover Story

Alyssa Hadley Dunn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Education
Alyssa Hadley Dunn

The trope of the "bad teacher" continues to dominate the media and effectively obscures the systemic realities that teachers and students struggle with every day.

10 Reasons Why a Teacher's Right to Tenure Should Be Protected (Pt. 1)

Lee Kronert | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

We are attacked by the news media as incompetent, over-paid whiners who refuse to work more than 10 months a year. Parents have license to yell at us, create rumors about us, and berate us in front of family, friends, and work associates. We need to be protected. We deserve tenure.

Financing Public Education

Michael Beyer | Posted 10.21.2014 | Chicago
Michael Beyer

Three simple solutions anyone can understand: cut costs by reducing redundant administration, increase our tax base, and re-amortize our debt. You might wonder why our political leaders don't even mention these solutions.

America's Distrust Of Foreign Languages

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

Foreign languages help free us from ethnocentrism, the delusion that we alone are the measure of all things human, and they connect us to a larger, saner, more humane world.

To Help Our Most Challenged Students, Listen to Them -- And Embrace Who They Are

Harriet Sanford | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

When teachers embrace students as individuals and recognize their personal strengths and needs, young people in poverty can develop the kind of confidence needed to propel them beyond their circumstances.

Why Performance Incentives And Public Schools Don't Mix

Peter Greene | Posted 10.17.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Performance incentives for public service always -- always -- involve substituting the values of the few for the values of everybody. Imagine if, for instance, we paid fire fighters on sliding scale, based on how many of which type fires they put out at a certain speed.

The Five Percent Rule

Peter Greene | Posted 10.14.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Ninety-five percent of everything is unimportant baloney, crap that we humans use to torture ourselves and each other. Neckties. Eye shadow. Funny hats. Hair length. Only five percent of what we deal with is true and important and lasting.

America's Crusade Against Its Public School Children

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

A specter is haunting America - the privatization of its public schools, and Big Money has entered into an unholy alliance to aid and abet it. Multi-billionaire philanthropists and others are making common cause to hasten the destruction of public schools.

Our Teachers Need to Be Protected

Lee Kronert | Posted 10.09.2014 | Education
Lee Kronert

A quarterback throws a perfect spiral pass to his receiver. The timing is good and he leads his teammate so they can catch the ball in stride. The only problem is what if the receiver doesn't put up their hands to catch the ball?

'I Teach Students, Not Subjects'

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 10.09.2014 | Education
M. Shannon Hernandez

Teachers, parents, and administrators are raising their voices louder, and in solidarity, as unrealistic demands for students are being handed down from education policy makers and corporate reformers.

Los Angeles Unified Must Refocus: 5 Ways Bad Ed Tech Deals in LAUSD Hurt Kids Right Now

Cynthia Liu | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Recently released investigative reports by a Southern California radio station has increased public scrutiny of Superintendent John Deasy's cozy relationships with Apple and Pearson executives before both corporations won the bid to supply LAUSD with iPads.

Not Daring to Disturb the Universe

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.07.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

This is something new to the teaching profession -- dealing with high-school juniors and seniors with scant evidence of autonomy or an inner core. Everything seems always to have been done for them in sparing them effort; even their questions seem pre-chewed and digested.

Why Didn't LAUSD Perform a Tech Review Before iPad/MiSiS Purchase?

Cynthia Liu | Posted 10.06.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Bad ed tech deals continue to plague LAUSD -- currently in its second month of meltdown, the MiSiS student tracking and class scheduling software mandated by a court-ordered consent decree is a ticking time bomb.

Free Market Forces Will Not Save US Education -- They Will Destroy It

Peter Greene | Posted 10.03.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Fans of market forces for education simply don't understand how market forces actually work. What they like to say is that free market competition breeds excellence. It does not, and it never has.

Common Core Kills Curiosity

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Acknowledging the myriad ways in which school districts can undermine curiosity and academic exploration by over-stressing test scores and technical training, one can emphasize the importance of structured explorations that can expand a child's imagination.

Defining Objectivity

Elissa Stein | Posted 09.30.2014 | New York
Elissa Stein

While much is being said in the media about the diversity discrepancies in specialized high schools, no one's saying that the test itself is at fault. So why are the mayor, the chancellor and the DOE working so hard to change it?

Sanitizing History in the Name of Patriotism

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.07.2014 | Education
Dale Hansen

Conservative politicians across the country have spent much of the past few years attempting to remake public education in their image. This idea of presenting the U.S. as infallible has long been a conservative talking point but the reality is that patriotism is just conservative code for political correctness.

The Games Charter Schools Play

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Frank Breslin

Welcome to the World of Charter Chutzpah! Charters as business windfall, with kids coming in a distant second, except as stage extras when charters march for even more money.