Monthly Archives: October 2010

Michelle Rhee’s last day

Today’s the day. Here’s what the Washington Post has to say. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/28/AR2010102807217.html

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Bullying, Social Networking, and the Teacher-Student Relationship

You’ve probably seen a lot about bullying in recent weeks. I’m going to throw in my two cents’ worth because of something I discovered on Facebook last night. I’m friends with a good number of my former students, including some … Continue reading

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Ticketing for truancy?

Here’s a different approach to combating truancy: ticketing students who are caught out of school. The Los Angeles Times ran a story (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/10/students-teachers-at-las-roosevelt-high-protest-truancy-ticketing-policy.html) last week about how students and teachers at L.A.’s Roosevelt High School protested the policy of issuing … Continue reading

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If I had $3 million… here’s how I would change education.

All of us have a list in our head of what we would do if we suddenly received a few million dollars. My list includes the predictable beautiful vacation home(s) and unlimited world travel, but I’ve also designated an unspecified … Continue reading

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What is a “bad” teacher?

All of us can think of at least one teacher who truly influenced us as students or as people. If you’re lucky, you can think of several teachers fitting that description. (For me, they are my middle school French, 9th … Continue reading

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Chronic Student Absenteeism

An article (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/17/AR2010101702366.html?nav=mbot) in the Washington Post examines the problem of absenteeism in public schools. When I saw the headline (“Pr. George’s school officials, advocates tackle chronic absenteeism”), I assumed that the article would cover truancy in high schools – … Continue reading

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Why don’t more of us speak a foreign language?

How many of you out there speak another language that you learned in school? Nope, there aren’t too many of us. It’s truly shameful.  A Gallup poll (http://www.gallup.com/poll/1825/about-one-four-americans-can-hold-conversation-second-language.aspx) actually surprised me; apparently, about a quarter of Americans can carry out … Continue reading

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D.C. Education Reform, from Janey to Rhee

Colbert I. King published an Op-Ed in Saturday’s Washington Post entitled “Rhee’s and Gray’s critics fail in D.C. history”. Check it out here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/15/AR2010101505195.html Mr. King does not focus solely on education, but he makes some interesting points that merit … Continue reading

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New York’s Board of Regents and Failing Students

The New York Times reported on Tuesday (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/13/nyregion/13waiver.html?ref=education) that the New York State Board of Regents is likely to “excuse school districts from a requirement to provide extra help to all students who fail the state’s standardized exams, a number … Continue reading

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Michelle Rhee: courageous but cold

Michelle Rhee resigned 48 hours ago, and I haven’t seen much else written about it besides the initial media coverage.  No one can seem to decide what this really means for education reform in DC or the United States. The … Continue reading

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