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    Teachers in Films Can Be Fascinating, Flawed Characters

    Teachers in Films Can Be Fascinating, Flawed Characters
    Think of the greatest teachers in cinema history and immediately, some obvious, classic educator-roles spring to mind. Sidney Poitier in "To Sir, With Love." Peter O'Toole in "Goodbye Mr. Chips." Maggie Smith in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." Perhaps, for those who haven't developed a condition known as Carpe Diem Aversion, even Robin Williams in "Dead Poet's Society." But that ...
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    Should Public Schools Open Their Playgrounds to the Public?

    Should Public Schools Open Their Playgrounds to the Public?
    A recent piece from in Miller-McCune makes a case that a public school can do more than just educate its students: It also provides a possible venue, via school playgrounds and basketball courts, for nearby residents to stay active. Now, we all know that not all public schools come with attached playgrounds, tracks, and basketball courts, swimming pools, etc.; but many ...
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    Childhood Obesity Battle Goes to Congress

    Childhood Obesity Battle Goes to Congress
    SLIDELL, La. — Declaring the beginning of the “next phase” of a program to combat childhood obesity, the first lady, Michelle Obama, called on Congress on Wednesday to pass legislation that would make many of the program’s initiatives possible. In a speech at an elementary school here, Mrs. Obama ticked off the main points of her “Let’s Move!” campaign: encouraging children ...
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    Majority of Sex-Ed Classes Don't Cover Birth Control Methods

    Majority of Sex-Ed Classes Don't Cover Birth Control Methods
    ATLANTA — Almost all US teens have had formal sex education, but only about two-thirds have been taught about birth control methods, according to a government report released yesterday. Many teens apparently are not absorbing lessons on birth control. Other recent data show that after years of decline, the teen birth rate rose from 2005 to 2007. It dipped again in ...
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    Teachers Get Some Much Deserved Love

    From the firing of the staff at a Rhode Island high school to the dismissal of more than 200 teachers in Washington, D.C., to the value-added teacher data released by The Los Angeles Times, it seems like a lot of the new from the education beat has focused on bad or ineffective teachers. But, what about the good ones? The ones ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Teachers Take on Second Jobs for Summer

    Teachers Take on Second Jobs for Summer
    In less than a month, Angela Dondero's daily scenery will change from rows of blazing conifers to rows of gossiping teenagers. Dondero, like many Utah teachers, follows a different career path during summer vacation. She'll return to teaching high school next month, but now she spends her days supervising a U.S. Forest Service firefighting crew."It's a nice break from teaching. It's ...
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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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    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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    Shakira Promotes Education at World Cup

    Shakira Promotes Education at World Cup
    "Waka Waka," the FIFA World Cup's official song gets shaken up by the pop star in her efforts to improve education in Africa. Today (Thursday), the opening ceremonies to the FIFA World Cup will convene, and Colombian superstar Shakira, accompanied by local band Freshly Ground, will perform the official song, "Waka Waka (This time for Africa)." With the world's most popular ...
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