Charter Schools Will Always Waste Money Because They Duplicate Services – Education Article

 You can’t save money buying more of what you already have.   Constructing two fire departments serving the same community will never be as cheap as having one.   Empowering two police departments to patrol the same neighborhoods will never be as economical as one.   Building two roads parallel to each other that go to exactly the same places will never be as cost effective as one.   This isn’t exactly rocket science. In fact, it’s an axiom of…

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Busing and School Segregation Used for Politics not Policy – Education Article

 If children of all races went to the same schools with each other, it would be harder to treat them unequally.   Moreover, it would be harder for them to grow up prejudiced because they would have learned what it’s like to have classmates who are different from them.   And though most people agree with these premises in principle, our laws still refuse to make them a reality in fact.   Perhaps that’s why it was so astounding when…

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Top 10 Reasons Bernie Sanders’ Education Policies Are Light Years Ahead of Everyone Else’s – Education Article

    For most of my life, the United States has been neglecting its public school children – especially the black and brown ones.   Since the mid 1970s, instead of integrating our schools, we’ve been slowly resegregating them on the basis of race and social class.   Since the 1980s, instead of measuring academic success by the satisfaction of an individuals curiosity and authentic learning, we’ve been slowly redefining it to mean nothing but achievement on standardized tests.  …

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Not Too Easy – Embracing Graphic Novels at Home – Pernille Ripp – Education Article

One of the biggest changes within children’s publishing since I became a teacher and a parent has been the explosion of graphic novels onto the market. While comics have long been a mainstream in the home, and many of us grew up devouring comics, the power of the graphic novel to excite readers and keep them reading is tangible. So much so that if you looked at my own classroom collection, you wouldn’t just see a bin or two but…

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School Field Trip Turns Into a Tour of Our Nation’s Unhealed Scars – Education Article

 You’ve got to be a little crazy to take a bunch of teenagers on a field trip – especially overnight and out of town.   But that’s what I did, and – yeah – guilty as charged.   For the second time in my more than 15-year career as a public school teacher, I volunteered along with a group of parents and other teachers to escort my classes of 8th graders to Washington, DC, and surrounding sights. And I never regretted…

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What to do with your student blogs or class blogs at the end of the school year – Education Article

The school year is quickly coming to an end for many of our readers in the Northern Hemisphere! If you have students with their own blogs, you might be wondering what to do with the blogs at the end of the school year. There are a number of options which we’ll go through in this post. We’ll also offer you some tips for dealing with your class blog. Contents Click on the linked headings to go straight to that section…

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Why should schools change? | eSchool News – Education Article

The transformation of our schools–from the outdated model that focuses on rote learning of content and short-term preparation for tests, to one of deeper learning that prepares students for success in a rapidly evolving future–is, finally, inevitable. At a 30,000-foot level, our broad community of education stakeholders—learners, parents, practitioners, administrators, and community builders—is faced with three big questions: “Why” should schools change? “What” does that change look like? And, “how” do we make those changes? Why should schools change? During…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Last Friday evening before turning in for the night, I shared a six part, threaded series of thoughts on Twitter based on frequent conversations I have with technology-fearful adults. Before reflecting a bit more on these ideas, as well as sharing some of the responses these tweets invited from others, I’ll share this series of (almost) 240 character posts as a single paragraph: I am amazed how many adults start conversations with me by saying, “You know I’m just not…

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45 Captivating Water Games for Kids and Parents – Education Article

I don’t think there’s a kid on this planet (or a dog for that matter) who doesn’t associate sprinklers and water hoses with fun water games. Even parents become kids again when reminded of the fun activities they enjoyed as children. You don’t need a party for water games; a summer afternoon will do just fine. Here is a list of water games to play this summer including water racing games, water balloon games, games for kids and adults, and,…

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How cities are convincing voters to pay higher taxes for public preschool – Education Article

Ali Price, 4, (left) and Emilee Lau-Woo, 5, create their own masterpieces in the art work station at Creative Kids Learning Center in Seattle, Washington. Brenda Iasevoli for The Hechinger Report SEATTLE — One frigid morning, on a playground outside a red-painted modular classroom, a preschooler with wispy blonde hair folded her arms across her chest and looked at the ground, the slightest pout forming on her face. “I’m staying out here today,” Ali, 4, said to her father. Hoping to…

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A Delusional Parent Tried to Sue Me – Education Article

Teachers are well versed in the helicopter parent. The helicopter parent hovers at all times picking at small things, meddling, and is generally over-involved. They will usually try to solve each and every small problem their kid encounters by asking the teacher to get involved or blaming the problem on the teacher. This new type of parent, however, is worse. The new parent bully is delusional and absent. The delusional parent takes a perfectly normal situation and spins it in…

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How to Communicate with Parents, Students, and Colleagues (The Easy Way!) – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS – Education Article

Keeping Everyone on the Same Page Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult When You Use this Simple Hack… Whether your students are in pre-kindergarten, high-school, or somewhere in between, one thing’s for certain– teaching them is not a solo sport. Molding the next generation of young minds takes a lot of effort from a lot of people, and that means teaching requires a lot of communication as well. Unfortunately, organizing classroom communication–from reaching out to PTA-members to communicating with students directly–…

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Schools That Hinder Opt Outs Are Participating in Their Own Demise – Education Article

You can’t be a public school and still ignore the will of the people.   That’s the problem at too many districts across the country where narrow-minded administrators are waging an all out war on parents opting their children out of standardized testing.   The federal government still requires all states to give high stakes tests to public school students in grades 3-8 and once in high school. So states require their districts to give the tests – despite increasing…

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Teaching Kids Self Control – Fractus Learning – Education Article

Teaching children self-control accomplishes more than learning how to control their emotions. It teaches them that life is not made up of one crisis after another. Self-control teaches them that they can handle any given situation, that everything has a solution if you stay objective toward the challenge. Kids who can stay in control of their emotions on the playground and at school will mature into adults who practice self-control at work and home. Adults often teach more by example…

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Let Voters Fix Harrisburg School Board – Not State Takeover – Education Article

Pushing the self-destruct button is the ultimate measure of last resort.   But that’s how several Pennsylvania lawmakers are suggesting we fix the dysfunctional Harrisburg School Board.   An election that could oust most of the very school directors responsible for the district’s troubles is less than a month away. But Democratic Representative Patty Kim, Republican Senator John DiSanto and Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse all say we shouldn’t wait – The state should takeover the Harrisburg School District immediately.  …

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The Best School Innovation Would Be More People – Education Article

  Public schools thrive on innovation.   In nearly every classroom around the country you’ll find teachers discovering new ways to reach students and foster skills, understanding and creativity.   But if you pan out to the macro level, the overwhelming majority of innovations aren’t organic. They’re imposed on us by bureaucrats and functionaries from outside the classroom:   Education Technologies.   School privatization.   Standardized tests and Common Core.   For the last two decades, these are the kinds…

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