Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Founding Father’s Words of Wisdom

“The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by … Continue reading

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Whatever Became of Elementary Science? (Part 3)

Why on earth is elementary science getting such short shrift in the 21st century? As my father’s mother said one day, “Out of sight, out of mind.” I think that this may be a clue to the reason that elementary science … Continue reading

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If you are not following Diane Ravitch’s blog–you should be! She started in April and has already created over 275 posts. She posts almost every morning–sometimes as many as ten posts a day. Read what’s current, but take some time … Continue reading

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NBC for All

I am not sure yet what I think about this idea–expecting National Board Certification for all of the teachers in America. It costs almost $3000 these days to make one’s way through the year-long process. I found this blog post … Continue reading

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Words Matter

I love blogs. I stumble onto new and fabulous thinkers and writers and provocateurs every time I check out somebody else’s blog and their links to other blogs. I love words. I appreciate careful explanations, clear descriptions, and nuanced ideas. What … Continue reading

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JUNE, 1972: the beginning of the end

If you are much younger than I am, you probably have no idea how significant an event was set into motion on this date forty years ago. At 2:30 a.m. on the morning of June 17, 1972, five men were … Continue reading

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Trumping Childhood Poverty (Part 1)

I never watch morning TV. If I did, I would never get to work on time. I can become completely mesmerized by TV, and lose track of time–my mother called it that “slack-jawed” effect. So, I never do anything more … Continue reading

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