Teach for America

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2011/02/marie_levey-pabst_will_teach_for_america.html Well intentioned.  Misses the mark because 1) based on charity not sowing and reaping, 2) based on assumption that elite must give to poor, 3) teaches elite maybe but never the poor, 4) fails because it frustrates the few givers. Futility of government programs. Answer is not to bash government programs.  The answer is…

School Teacher Suspended for Blog

http://yhoo.it/f7K2Lj Natalie M., a school teacher in Pennsylvania, is suspended with pay this morning over a personal blog in which she characterized the students she teaches, in a general way and not individually, as rude, unengaged, demanding, and having an entitlement mentality. Apparently she also posted some tongue and check remarks that one might want…

Play based curricula versus Drill& Kill

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/12/29/christakis.play.children.learning/index.html?iref=allsearch I am sure that most of my early childhood education friends will enjoy this article, urging play based curricula. The authors wonder why the nation does not more readily adopt this view. Let me tell you why, from the Sociological angle. The nation is increasingly skeptical of “soft” policies because the nation’s results, especially…