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Open Letter to Bill Gates

Peter Zucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

I think it is time that Bill, and others of his ilk get, pardon the pun, schooled on tenure.

First Year Composition in Twenty Tweets

Christine Brandel | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Christine Brandel

Could social media be the key to getting students engaged with elementary composition? I decided to investigate.

Why We Teach

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

Although as a university president I spent much of my time in meetings, my colleagues tell me that I'm happiest just after I come back from the classroom.

Teacher Working Conditions Are Student Learning Conditions

William Ferriter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
William Ferriter

My beef with current conversations around reforming schools is really quite simple: They're often centered around the idea that teacher effectiveness can be judged.

Online Social Media: Taming the Beast for the Classroom Part I

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

I sent my first email message sometime before the class of 2014 was born (in the early to mid 1990's), so it should be no surprise that this form of communication could be seen as quaint.

Things You Really Need To Learn

Stephen Downes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Downes

This is, in my view, what you need to learn in order to be successful. Moreover, it is something you can start to learn this year, no matter what grade you're in, no matter how old you are.

From Dropout Nation to Graduation Nation?

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

We have 15 million high school students, but about one million drop out every year. Today's report from America's Promise indicates that some progress has been made, but not enough.

Positively Impacting the Life of a Student

Christal Watts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Christal Watts

Recently, I received the following note from a former student, "[y]ou were a great teacher. I thought you were hard. And I didn't really like you. But over time I realized you were challenging us. And I respected you."

Thoughts About Teaching in a Democracy

Kenneth Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kenneth Bernstein

Our education should have as its most important purpose preparing our students for a life in such a participatory democracy. Without that even their economic futures may well be in doubt.

What I am Thankful for this Year

Randy Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randy Miller

I am thankful not only that my school trust in my ability to do my job, but also that my students trust that I hold their best interest at heart and that I will work hard to serve them in whatever capacity they need.

3 Tips to Green Your Child's School

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Do you see a lot of waste going on at your children's schools? Use these three tips to help green your local educational institutions.

An Uneasy Thanksgiving: Klein, Tenure & The Nation's Report Card

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

On Sunday, the New York Times' Tom Friedman wrote a column telling the world that, if he were starting out in journalism today, he would be an education reporter. He's right. It's a happening beat.

What's Your Story?

Bill Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bill Ayers

Students must learn to grapple -- both now and in the future -- with a question central to the spirit and heart of democracy, a question both simple and profound, straight-forward and twisty: what's your story? How will you find the voice to tell it fully and fairly?

Learning from Success: Love Meets Best Practices at a New Orleans Elementary School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Bethune is one of the schools around the country that demonstrate that if schools do everything right, they can get extraordinary results. Getting everything right isn't easy, but it's what we need schools to do.

Better Tools and Better Schools

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Online learning platforms are making traditional schools better by making good teachers great teachers -- they identify and meet the needs of individual students allowing each to move at his/her own pace.

What If Teachers Had Teleprompters? (Satire) (VIDEO)

Lee Kolbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lee Kolbert

Scripting every teacher's utterances is not a bad idea. Think of all the problems that would be avoided.

Two Conversations and a Piece of Paper

Kenneth Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kenneth Bernstein

Whenever I have doubts about continuing, now in my mid 60s, with the task of teaching -- which I assure you can be draining -- I remember that note from Mark, and similar notes from other students.

How To Make Better Teachers

Dean Shareski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dean Shareski

Want to create better teachers? I know how. One word. Blogging. Now before you roll your eyes or accuse me of oversimplifying the very complex issue of teacher evaluation and monitoring, hear me out.

It Takes A Movement: The Next Steps

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.

Teachers: Tell Me What You Think

Davis Guggenheim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Davis Guggenheim

This film has sparked a lot of conversation, debate and even some disagreement. And that's exactly what we were hoping for. See the film for yourself and then tell me what you think.

Another Vague Plan, Part Two: "Professionalizing Teachers"

Leonisa Ardizzone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonisa Ardizzone

It is insulting to teachers to say that they need to be professionalized. Especially when many of the professionals who are saying this have never been teachers themselves.

Further Lessons from Cape Town

Cheryl Arnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Cheryl Arnett

Technology is used mostly for email, online games and tests, data collection, and word processing. Why? The explanation came to me in another lesson from Cape Town.

Rally for Sanity in Education?

Carolyn Foote | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Carolyn Foote

Ultimately when we don't have reasonable dialogue, we do a disservice to our nation's children, because in the end failed understandings lead to failing solutions.

Inside the Classroom and Mind of a Great Teacher

Kathy Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kathy Baron

I'm beginning to agree with traditionalists who argue that education should go back to the old days.

Does Teaching Have a Branding Problem?

Lesley Chilcott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Lesley Chilcott

Teaching could be a top professional choice here in the United States. We have a prestige deficit when it comes to the idea of teaching and we need to turn this on its head. And fast.