Category Archives: Education Reform

Absent-Minded School Districts

So I read an article about a school in Texas giving a kindergarten student detention for being late to school. Outrageous, right? I mean, who gives a six-year-old detention for being late to school? At that age, I was still … Continue reading

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Leading horses to water…

I will be accountable for my lesson plans. I will be accountable for my instruction. I will be accountable for creating differentiation to the best of my ability. I will be accountable for the safety and well-being of my students … Continue reading

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Basic Math

My average class has 35 students. My school’s largest laptop cart has 32 computers. Do you see the problem? There has been intense debate about whether or not class size is directly related to student achievement. The data is just … Continue reading

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Seriously, no one saw how ironic this was?

I love irony in education… For example, how Lexile scores should be used to differentiate texts for all learning levels…and then everyone should take the same reading test. Or how suspension is a terrible deterrent for bad behavior, and actually … Continue reading

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The shoe metaphor vs. ‘one size fits all’ testing

So during my professional development session today, I watched a a little video about Lexile scores. Here – it’s on YouTube, so you can watch it too. It’s only about six minutes long, and it’s informative. But honestly, the argument … Continue reading

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You Get What You Pay For…Sometimes.

A friend of mine posted this graph on Facebook (via Fareed Zakaria, via Andrew Sullivan): Accompanying the graph was a statement: [I]mproving teachers’ pay improves their standing in a country’s income distribution and hence the national status of teaching as … Continue reading

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Separate Worlds: A Misguided Look at the ‘Intangible’ Differences Between Public and Private Schools

It seems some conservative Think Tank has published a study that claims teachers are overpaid. I have a lot of issues with this study, but one thing that really stuck out as I was reading it was a section on … Continue reading

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