Education is Political and Governor DeSantis Is Playing a Dangerous Game – Education Article

Guest Writer: Tamara Russell Education is political. This is an inescapable fact. Here in Florida, we are seeing a resurgence of public interest in how decisions get made around education. Let me tell you who is not getting asked about a darn thing: teachers. No one asked us if we thought it would be ‘normal’ to attempt to turn a brick and mortar classroom experience into a distance learning one. No one asked about the emotional health and well-being of…

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How Did America’s Schools Cope with Spanish Flu vs. Coronavirus? – Education Article

  They say history repeats itself.   And if you’ve read any accounts of the bygone days of yesteryear, the current crisis certainly appears like a rerun.   Look at all the closed businesses, frightened people venturing out wearing face masks or self quarantined in their homes. It sure looks a lot like 1918.   The Spanish Flu epidemic that swept the nation a little more than a century ago bares more than a passing resemblance to COVID-19, the coronavirus.…

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9 reasons to attend FETC 2020 – Education Article

Educators from around the world are gearing up for the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Miami, Florida, on January 14-17, 2020. What’s more, it’s the 40th anniversary of the conference. Whether you’re a third-grade teacher, an IT director, a special education administrator, or in charge of district innovation, you’ll find plenty to see and do. From sessions and workshops to hands-on demos and an Expo Hall filled with products from more than 400 companies, FETC is a can’t-miss…

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Nancy Bailey: The Haunted Third Grade Classroom That Traps Children – Education Article

Nancy Bailey writes here about a zombie policy launched by Jeb Bush called third grade retention. Students who can’t pass a third grade reading test are flunked and held back. Nineteen states have adopted this practice despite a large body of research showing that it hurts kids and leads to future failure, even dropping out. Children who are held back feel humiliated. There is one big benefit to this policy, however. Holding back the kids who have not yet mastered…

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