Take a look at what Yong Zhao, whose TED lecture I recommended a while back, has to say about data and the new program, Race to the Top.
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Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – More from Halifax, Nova Scotia
Today’s guest blogger, the mother of a second grader, lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds a masters degree in psychology and works full time doing psychometric testing of adults. She has written three previous entries here, here and here. Musings on the News by Psych Mom Our local television station recently did a threeContinue reading “Moms (and Dads) on a Mission – More from Halifax, Nova Scotia”
Such, Such Were the Joys
Two weeks ago, I turned over this space to Fedup Mom. In her first post she suggested that people read “Such, Such Were the Joys” by George Orwell and then answer several questions. I read and loved the piece but I couldn’t be bothered to answer FedUp Mom’s questions and neither could anyone else. SoContinue reading “Such, Such Were the Joys”
The other day, my daughter, who has her own blog, wrote about one of the books she had read just for pleasure. Left to their own devices, students will always find something more interesting than school is assigning. Take a look.
Letter to the Editor from a Piano Teacher
As Quebec debates a new report recommending eliminating elementary school homework, a piano teacher wrote the following letter to the editor of the Ottawa Citizen. To the Editor From a piano teacher So here we are again, discussing the same issue that has been brought up countless times. A few years ago, I wrote aContinue reading “Letter to the Editor from a Piano Teacher”
Let Our Children Play
(I’ll be on spring break until April 7. In the meantime, post your comments here or on the Open Dialogue post.) Since I know that free play is critically important to young children’s development (doesn’t everyone know that?), I’ve been really disturbed by the recent articles on recess coaches. But I was especially saddened whenContinue reading “Let Our Children Play”
Students Cheat on Homework at MIT
I always knew that cheating was rampant so I wasn’t the least bit surprised to read this story about cheating at MIT.
The Class of 2022, a project of the Star News of North Carolina, is following a dozen kindergartners from around the Cape Fear region through their high school graduations to see what it’s like to grow up during the early years of the 21st century. Here’s a description of what kindergarten is like for theseContinue reading “Kindergarten Today”
Quebec Report Advises Re-Examining Elementary School Homework
(I really enjoyed last week’s open dialogue and over the next few weeks I’ll be putting some of the comments into main posts. Don’t wait until the next Open Dialogue week to let me know what’s on your mind. Post a comment, drop me an email, or let me know that you’d like to writeContinue reading “Quebec Report Advises Re-Examining Elementary School Homework”
Open Dialogue Week
This week I’m trying something different. Please write about whatever’s on your mind in the Comments.