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    How the American School System Can Train Kids for High-Tech Jobs

    How the American School System Can Train Kids for High-Tech Jobs
    In May of 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an estimated 2.6 million jobs were unfilled. In the heart of the worst American recession in decades, with unemployment rates hovering at nine percent, there were over two million unfilled jobs. Why the contradiction? Many of these unfilled positions were in industries such as healthcare, aerospace, advanced precision manufacturing, scientific ...
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    Are You Racing to Nowhere?

    Are You Racing to Nowhere?
    I had the privilege of seeing a screening of Race to Nowhere recently in Atlanta. I have a feeling that the hour and twenty minutes I spent watching that movie could alter my future as a parent and educator more than any other single event in my life. As I looked around the screening room at the almost 500 other people ...
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    Teacher Saves 42 Students from Tsunami

    Teacher Saves 42 Students from Tsunami
    Incredibly touching, heroic stories keep emerging from Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster, and the latest comes from the coastal town of Ofunato. A courageous high school teacher named Robert Bailey saved the lives of his 42 students—and he only had eight minutes to do so. The 27-year-old British national has lived in Ofunato for four years with his wife, Mai. In ...
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    Should School Superintendents Earn More Than Obama?

    Should School Superintendents Earn More Than Obama?
    With teacher pay and benefits coming under increasing scrutiny, it was only a matter of time till the salary of school district higher-ups also came under fire—especially when some superintendents are pulling down more in salary and benefits than the President of the United States. Case in point: New York's Syosset Central High School District Superintendent Dr. Carole Hankin rakes in ...
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    Jon Stewart Slams Fox News for Scapegoating Teachers

    Jon Stewart Slams Fox News for Scapegoating Teachers
    Chalk it up to his mom being an educator. Jon Stewart was in rare form last night as he skewered the non-stop scapegoating of public school teachers by contrasting it to the media's (especially Fox News') fawning coverage of Wall Street. Stewart satirically showed multiple instances where reporters, talking heads and politicians demand sacrifices from teachers and other public employees in ...
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    Big Ideas from TED 2011: Letting Students Drive Their Education

    Big Ideas from TED 2011: Letting Students Drive Their Education
    The way we teach our kids is...well, stupid. Our overcrowded classrooms with one-size-fits-all solutions teach good students that success and knowledge is the ability to complete tests with little or no relevance in the real world, and leave students who struggle in a spiral of failure that can dictate the limits of their future. It is a system that is good ...
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    Can We Improve Education By Increasing Class Size?

    Can We Improve Education By Increasing Class Size?
    Microsoft genius Bill Gates has a counter-intuitive, money-saving idea that he says might just boost student achievement: strategically raise class sizes. In advance of a national governors gathering, Gates expressed his concern over looming education budget cuts. But he's not convinced that education cuts necessarily have to harm students. Gates says that instead of using seniority to lay off teachers, school ...
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    In Tough Times, Who Do You Lay Off?

    In Tough Times, Who Do You Lay Off?
    Teacher effectiveness is the theme of this week’s National Journal experts discussion. At the labor-management conference, Education Arne Duncan warned that there are tough decisions ahead in many districts about which teachers are retained and which are laid off. ”If you have to make tough calls, you have to figure out for the most disadvantaged communities how you keep your best ...
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    What's the Most Literate City in America?

    What's the Most Literate City in America?
    According to the annual study of America's Most Literate Cities, Washington, D.C., has snatched the literacy crown away from perennial front runner, Seattle. Unfortunately, a closer look at the numbers reveals that nationally, key indicators of literacy are on the decline. The scores that earned D.C. the top spot in 2010 would, in 2004, only be enough to reach 7th place. ...
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    Is the iPad Set to Dominate Public Schools?

    Is the iPad Set to Dominate Public Schools?
    Remember when schools used to have the goal of every student having a laptop for classroom use? Well, that one-to-one student laptop program dream is so last year. In 2011, the iPad revolution is on, and school districts are increasingly investing in them as the education tech tool of choice. The least expensive iPad starts at $499 a pop, but cash-strapped ...
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    Are 1000 Teach for America Teachers Worth $8 Million?

    Are 1000 Teach for America Teachers Worth $8 Million?
    Teach For America's presence in Texas may be in jeopardy thanks to the state's $20 billion budget shortfall. Lawmakers seeking to slash programs have commissioned a study that will look at the effectiveness and retention rates of almost 1,000 Teach For America (TFA) teachers across the state. The question they hope to answer: Are those TFA teachers worth $8 million dollars? ...
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    Craziest Education Events of 2010

    As 2010 draws to a close, it's time to look back at the most outrageous things that happened in education this year. While some events were humorous, other were just plain shocking. Next page >> [gate] [page] Teachers Find Crack Cocaine in Preschooler's Shoe Philip Caulfield of the NY Daily News reported that "17 small bags of crack cocaine stashed ...
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    More School Districts Are Switching To Year-Round Calendar

    More School Districts Are Switching To Year-Round Calendar
    A story posted on MSNBC earlier today reports that by 2012, 10 percent of American school kids could be attending classes year-round. This doesn't mean that they've lost their summer vacation entirely; rather, every nine weeks or so, they (and their teachers) would get a four-week respite. The adoption of the year-round education model has been taking gradually and quietly. It ...
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    What About Principal Evaluations?

    What About Principal Evaluations?
    New York City is currently enmeshed in a debate over whether it should release ratings of 12,000 of its teachers, as The Los Angeles Times did on behalf (or in spite of) the Los Angeles Unified School District back in August. Teacher evaluation has been a hot topic in the last year or so, but one topic that is discussed far ...
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    Rhee: Resigning As Schools Chief 'Right Thing To Do'

    Rhee: Resigning As Schools Chief 'Right Thing To Do'
    WASHINGTON - D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has announced her resignation, effective at the end of the month. Flanked by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, presumptive D.C. mayor Vincent Gray, and newly-minted interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Rhee announced her decision at a Wednesday morning press conference at the Mayflower hotel in Northwest. Rhee said the resignation was a mutual agreement between herself ...
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    Can Technology Make Students More Effective Learners?

    Can Technology Make Students More Effective Learners?
    The education gap facing the nation’s work force is evident in the numbers. Most new jobs will require more than a high school education, yet fewer than half of Americans under 30 have a postsecondary degree of any kind. Recent state budget cuts, education experts agree, promise to make closing that gap even more difficult. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ...
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    Bullying, the New Epidemic

    Bullying, the New Epidemic
    No part of the country seems to have been struck more by the bullying epidemic than Mentor, Ohio. Four teens who all attended Mentor High School have committed suicide within the last two years. Now, two of the grieving families are suing the school district, citing "bullicide," according to The Associated Press. The families of Sladjana Vidovic and Eric Mohat, two ...
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    Silly Questions

    Silly Questions
    I recently received an email from someone saying, “…I am worried how to avoid or minimize stupid questions from students like " why this line is read?” She asked me to share some strategies to avoid this situation. First of all, I do not discourage students from asking questions. While others may feel the questions are silly (I don’t like to ...
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    Can We Teach Creative and Critical Thinking?

    Can We Teach Creative and Critical Thinking?
    When a teacher gives a test, he or she is trying to measure students' ability to recall and apply information learned over a particular period of time. The exams make it relatively straightforward: Did the student get an answer right or wrong? Was mastery of skills demonstrated? But how is creative or critical thought defined and taught? And by what assessment ...
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    Don’t Forget the Mediocre Kids!

    Don’t Forget the Mediocre Kids!
    In Being a teacher from TJ on a Journey, TJ Shay writes, “A few days ago, I posted this on Facebook, ‘Teacher thought for the day..... If I grew up exactly like my student did, with the same advantages and disadvantages, the same parents, the same life, I would act the same way they do. Sure, as we get older, we ...
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