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The missing predicate in my life

WHERE BAD EDUCATION REALLY COMES FROM  

THE ROAD TO LITERACY IS PAVED WITH WORDS, NOT TESTS

SCHOOL 'REFORM' IS ABOUT CLASS, NOT CLASSROOMS

GRADUATION SPEECH  

SMALL SCHOOLS  

LET 'EM PLAY

A STANDARDIZED TEST FOR YOUR SCHOOL  

SAM SMITH TALKS
TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

MEMOIR OF A PARENT
ASSOCIATION HEAD
 

SAM SMITH TALKS TO STUDENTS ABOUT ACTIVISM  

APOLOGY TO YOUNGER AMERICANS 

THE TWO BEST KEPT SECRETS ABOUT SCHOOL INTEGRATION

STATS

Stats: Public schools

Nation

  • Black students accounted for 18 percent of the country’s pre-K enrollment, but made up 48 percent of preschoolers with multiple out-of-school suspensions.
  • Black students were expelled at three times the rate of white students.
  • American Indian and Native-Alaskan students represented less than 1 percent of students, but 3 percent of expulsions.
  • Black girls were suspended at higher rates than all other girls and most boys.
  • American Indian and Native-Alaskan girls were suspended at higher rates than white boys or girls.
  • Nearly one in four boys of color, excepting Latino and Asian American students, with disabilities received an out-of-school suspension.
  • One in five girls of color with disabilities received an out-of-school suspension.
  • A quarter of the schools with the highest percentage of black and Latino students did not offer Algebra II.
    A third of these schools did not offer chemistry.
    Less than half of American Indian and Native-Alaskan high school students had access to the full range of math and science courses, which consists of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, calculus, biology, chemistry and physics

Nearly one in three high students are exposed to student drug-testing programs.

The apartheid of children's books: Of 3,200 children's books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people,

More than 2 out of 3 states spending less on students than six years ago

Percentage of U.S. public grade-school teachers who say they buy food for hungry students every month: 63 - Harpers Index

Latest national reading scores are up 2% for 4th graders over the past 20 years, and 4% for 8th graders.

In 17 states, at least half the public school students are poor

24 states providing less money per student than before recession

@Harpers - Estimated number of high school students prosecuted each year for truancy by the state of Texas: 118,000 . . .By the other forty-nine states combined: 52,000

THE average teacher’s pay is on par with that of a toll taker or bartender. Teachers make 14 percent less than professionals in other occupations that require similar levels of education. In real terms, teachers’ salaries have declined for 30 years.

More than three in four adults "strongly agree" that K-12 schools should teach critical thinking and communication to children. And 64% of respondents strongly agree that goal setting should be taught, while 61% strongly agree schools should know how to motivate students. A majority also strongly agree that things like creativity and collaboration are also meaningful teacher targets.

Latest national reading scores are up 2% for 4th graders over the past 20 years, and 4% for 8th graders.

Percentage change in the number of homeless students in the United States since 2007: +72

High school graduation rate - 78% - is at its highest since 1974

The class of 2012 scored the lowest average SAT reading score since 1972

2012

Teacher morale at lowest in 20 years

80,000 elected school boards in 1950, 14,000 today

David Sirota, In These Times - In recent years, major studies suggest that, on the whole, charter schools are producing worse educational achievement results than traditional public schools. For example, a landmark study from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes discovered that while 17 percent of charter schools “provide superior education opportunities for their students,” a whopping “37 percent deliver learning results that are significantly worse than their students would have realized had they remained in traditional public schools.” Likewise, the National Center for Education Statistics found that charter school students performed significantly worse on academic assessments than their peers in traditional public schools.

A higher percentage of children is living in poverty in America today than was the case back in 1975.

Median household income for families with children dropped by $6,300 between 2001 and 2011.

For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

2011

Since 2009, the number of teens forgoing contraception when they bed a new partner has spiked 39 percent in the United States – and 111 percent in France. Among the reasons cited were not liking it and not having adequate access to it.

2010

Number of elementary schools lowest since 1960s

Number of teachers who eat lunch with their students lowest since 1960s

Books checked out of public libraries worst since 1990s

 

Above are 4th grade reading scores for the nation and California, recently released by the federal test tyrants. To understand what is going on here, imagine that you were paid $30,000 a year in 1992. If your salary had gone up as fast as national reading scores you would currently be paid $30,600. The federal takeover of public schools is a major fraud on parents and children that is not not being reported in the corporate media. Note the asterisk implying that such a small increase is "signicantly different."

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If 12 or 1500 schools are to be placed under one general administration, an attention so divided will amount to a dereliction of them to themselves. It is surely better to place each school at once under the care of those most interested in its conduct. - THomas Jefferson

MEN IN TEACHING
MEN TEACH

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND [SIC]
EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE
NO CHILD LEFT

SMALL SCHOOLS
CASE FOR SMALL SCHOOLS

CLEARINGHOUSE ON RURAL EDUCATION & SMALL SCHOOLS
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TESTING
ERASE
FAIR TEST

PENCILS DOWN
STUDENTS AGAINST TESTING
TIME OUT FROM TESTING

YOUTH RIGHTS
AMERICANS FOR A SOCIETY FREE FROM AGE RESTRICTIONS
CITIZENS COALITION FOR CHILDREN'S JUSTICE

END ZERO TOLERANCE
YOUTH RIGHTS ASSN
ZERO TOLERANCE NIGHTMARES

BOOKS

Making schools part of the prison state 

Homeroom Security: School Discipline in an Age of Fear : How we're teaching kids to accept fascistic government

Schooling Poor Minority Children: New Segregation in the Post-Brown Era, authored by Martha R. Bireda, Ph.D., chronicles the process of desegregation to a return to post-Brown resegregated schools. The author describes this "new" segregation as a "redesign of pre-Brown segregation" and details the devastating impact upon poor minority students - Black News

WORDS

Mandatory testing is just one part of a more vexing problem facing parents: At an alarming rate, people who never have laid eyes on our kids are deciding what's best for them. And all too often, they're getting it wrong. - Bruce Kluger

A distinguishing characteristic of our nation - and a great strength - is the development of our institutions within the concept of individual worth and dignity. Our schools are among the guardians of that principle. Consequently . . . and deliberately their control and support throughout our history have been - and are - a state and local responsibility. . . . Thus was established a fundamental element of the American public school system - local direction by boards of education responsible immediately to the parents of children. Diffusion of authority among tens of thousands of school districts is a safeguard against centralized control and abuse of the educational system that must be maintained. We believe that to take away the responsibility of communities and states in educating our children is to undermine not only a basic element of our freedoms but a basic right of our citizens. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. -- Albert Einstein

Never try to teach a pig how to sing. It's a waste of time and it annoys the pig -- Paul Dickson

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate, no despotism can enclave. At home a friend, abroad in introduction, in solitude a solace, and in society an ornament. -- Joseph Addison

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. -- Robert Maynard Hutchins

Education: a debt due from present to future generations -- George Peabody

Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten - B.F. Skinner

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance -- Will Durant

The ink of a scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr. -- Mohammed

The secret of education is respecting the pupil -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The things taught in schools are not an education but the means of an education -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is of interest to note what while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese -- Carl Sagan

Educational television should be absolutely forbidden. It can only lead to unreasonable expectations and eventual disappointment when your child discovers that the letters of the alphabet do not leap up out of books and dance around the room with royal blue chickens. - Fran Lebowitz

It was not that one did not want to possess the right qualities or feel the correct emotions, but that one could not. The good and the possible never seemed to coincide. ~~ The schoolmasters with their canes, the millionaires with their Scottish castles, the athletes with their curly hair -- these were the armies of the unalterable law. It was not easy, at that date, to realize that in fact it was alterable. And according to that law I was damned. I had no money, I was weak, I was ugly, I was unpopular. I had a chronic cough, I was cowardly, I smelt. ~~ The conviction that it was not possible for me to be a success went deep enough to influence my actions till far into adult life. ~~ But this sense of guilt and inevitable failure was balanced by something else: that is, the instinct to survive. Even a creature that is weak, ugly, cowardly, smelly and in no way justifiable still wants to stay alive and happy after its own fashion. I could not invert the existing scale of values, or turn myself into a success, but I could accept my failure and make the best of it. ~~ To survive, or at least to preserve any kind of independence, was essentially criminal, since it meant breaking rules that you yourself recognized. -- George Orwell in "Such, Such Were the Joys. . . "

POCKET PARADIGMS
SAM SMITH

The title of my speech is "The Future Lies Ahead." This pretty much sums up what people are meant to say at graduations, so I thought I would take care of it in the title and move on to some other business. It has always seemed to me that graduation was a little late to be giving advice

While it may take only a whole village to raise the average child, in my case it required three counties, two bioregions and an unincorporated territory, and I still don't have it quite straight -

CHILD ABUSE

BACK TO TOP

Child abuse by NY schools gets worse

Schools as punishment centers

No Child Left Behind is criminalizing children

NCLB bad for preschoolers, too

Florida introduces classes without teachers

68 percent agree that public high school journalists should not need prior approval to explore controversial subjects.

Public schools rediscovering that arts, music and gym are part of education, too

NPR - Milwaukee Public Schools is one of several school systems across the country — including Los Angeles, San Diego and Nashville, Tenn. — that are re-investing in subjects like art and physical education. The Milwaukee school district is hiring new specialty teachers with the hope of attracting more families and boosting academic achievement.

Over the past two years, Milwaukee Public Schools has hired nearly 100 new specialty teachers and, this fall, it will add 50 more. Gregory Thornton, the outgoing superintendent, sees this as critical to learning.

"I personally believe that it's a vital part of the balance of a young person's educational agenda," Thornton says.

The district has been able to re-hire teachers mainly because of money it saved by cutting employee benefits. Thornton hopes ramping up art, music and physical education will help stem the exodus of city kids to suburban schools.

Others are hopeful that there will be a payoff on standardized tests. Right now, only 20 percent of Milwaukee district students are proficient in math and only 16 percent in reading.

James Catterall, professor emeritus at UCLA, says his 12-year study of 12,000 kids found that arts education helps lift academic achievement, especially for children living in poverty.

"These poor kids will show pretty robust gains in not only test scores but pro-social behavior [and] motivation of one sort or another," says Catterall. His research shows these kids are "going further in education generally, whether it's graduate school or just simply getting into college."

Parents fight off Washington's student privacy invasions

Stephanie Simon, Politico - Moms and dads from across the political spectrum have mobilized into an unexpected political force in recent months to fight the data mining of their children. In a frenzy of activity, they’ve catapulted student privacy -- an issue that was barely on anyone's radar last spring -- to prominence in statehouses from New York to Florida to Wyoming.

A months-long review by Politico of student privacy issues, including dozens of interviews, found the parent privacy lobby gaining momentum -- and catching big-data advocates off guard. Initially dismissed as a fringe campaign, the privacy movement has attracted powerful allies on both the left and right. The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing for more student privacy protection. So is the American Legislative Exchange Council, the organization of conservative legislators.

The amateur activists have already claimed one trophy, torpedoing a privately run, $100 million database set up to make it easier for schools to share confidential student records with private companies. The project, known as inBloom, folded this spring under tremendous parent pressure, just 15 months after its triumphal public launch.

Now, parents are rallying against another perceived threat: huge state databases being built to track children for more than two decades, from as early as infancy through the start of their careers.

Promoted by the Obama administration, the databases are being built in nearly every state at a total cost of well over $1 billion. They are intended to store intimate details on tens of millions of children and young adults--identified by name, birth date, address and even, in some cases, Social Security number -- to help officials pinpoint the education system’s strengths and weaknesses and craft public policy accordingly.

The Education Department lists hundreds of questions that it urges states to answer about each child in the public school system: Did she make friends easily as a toddler? Was he disciplined for fighting as a teen? Did he take geometry? Does she suffer from mental illness? Did he go to college? Did he graduate? How much does he earn?

"Every parent I’ve talked to has been horrified,” said Leonie Haimson, a New York mother who is organizing a national Parent Coalition for Student Privacy. "We just don't want our kids tracked from cradle to grave."

Eager to support technological innovation and wary of new regulations, Congress has taken little notice of parent concerns. But state legislators have raced to respond.

In the past five months, 14 states have enacted stricter student privacy protections, often with overwhelming bipartisan support, and more are likely on the way. None of the bills address all the concerns parents have raised, but the latest iterations -- in Louisiana and New Hampshire -- take strong steps to limit the scope of state databases and restrict the use of information collected on students.

All told, at least 105 student privacy bills were introduced this year in 35 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

When schools turn into prisons

Take Part - Washington’s Bellevue School District recently came under fire for a policy that intended to sanction the use of isolation rooms—cell-like spaces that students are confined to involuntarily—for spontaneous misbehavior. The disciplinary policy was at odds with state guidelines, which only allow the use of seclusion when students are in imminent danger of physically harming themselves or others.

Parents were further distressed by the vague language in the district’s policy that would OK the use of restraints such as handcuffs and deterrents such as Tasers and pepper spray. Local TV affiliate Q13Fox reported that one parent told the school board, “Putting in language like this will only give permission to some staff members to just do what’s convenient and not right.” Bellevue School Board President Steve McConnell responded by telling Yahoo Shine, “No teachers in our school district use Tasers or chemical sprays on special needs students.”

The dust up renewed a fierce debate over the use of seclusion time-outs and restraints in public and private schools. In recent years, they’ve stoked outrage among parents, educators, and legislators owing to multiple resulting injuries and deaths.

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Education for Civil Rights, more than 110,000 students experienced restraint or seclusion from 2011 to 2012. With seclusion practices, children are routinely locked in padded isolation rooms for hours without bathroom breaks or monitoring. Given the nickname that sounds right at home in a Eli Roth film, it’s no wonder these so-called scream rooms have been host to their fair share of tragic incidents. In 2004, thirteen-year-old Jonathan King hanged himself in a concrete isolation room in his Georgia school using a cord he’d been given as a belt. It was not his first time in the “time-out” space; he had repeatedly asked not to be confined there again and had threatened suicide to teachers weeks earlier.

Restraint practices aren’t any less appalling. A 2012 ABC News investigation reported students being sat on by school employees, held down in a prone position, and stuffed into drawstring “sensory bags”—essentially glorified duffel bags.

What's wrong with California's anti-teacher tenure court ruling

Liz Dwyer, Take Part Advocates of teacher tenure maintain that the protection doesn’t mean a job for life. Instead, it means due process. "Administrators have the right within two years to dismiss teachers absolutely without cause, and they have no due process rights whatsoever," California Federation of Teachers Vice President Gary Ravani told KPCC's AirTalk. "So it's up to administration to do an effective job of evaluating teachers in that time and making the judgment as to whether or not the teacher's effective or not. There's nothing to suggest that two years isn't sufficient time to do that."...

What’s particularly problematic with the Vergara case is that the three teachers—Christine McLaughlin, Anthony Mize, and Dawna Watty—who were named “ineffective” by the plaintiffs’ lawyers have never received a single negative evaluation from their administrators. They also never received complaints from parents or students.

Noted education historian Diane Ravitch did a little more digging to see if the plaintiffs' teachers were terrible. “Not only did none of them have a ‘grossly ineffective’ teacher,” wrote Ravitch, “but some of the plaintiffs attended schools where there are no tenured teachers.” That’s because, wrote Ravitch, “two of the plaintiffs attend charter schools, where there is no tenure or seniority.” It turns out “Beatriz and Elizabeth Vergara both attend a 'Pilot School' in LAUSD that is free to let teachers go at the end of the school year for any reason, including ineffectiveness.”

In an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News, California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt said that the case is legal maneuvering by Silicon Valley millionaire and charter school proponent David Welch. Pechthalt claims Welch “backs an ‘education reform’ strategy that, without an overtly anti-union agenda, nonetheless would result in the reducing or dismantling of teacher rights.”

The appeal of the case is sure to stall implementation of the ruling, so we should all expect to hear more about the legal wrangling over this very unglamorous, non-Hollywood Vergara. However, as New America foundation director Kevin Carey warns over at The New Republic, a court system is “an inherently problematic venue in which to resolve fundamental education questions.”

Balancing ghetto and code switch

Study raises questions about digital devices in the classroom

British teachers fear Ipads may be hurting kids' learning

Some facts about school segregation

Most teachers spend hundreds to pay for supplies, special projects, even field trips

@SenSanders -The US was one of the few advanced countries that did not increase its public investment in education over the last decade.


Kids great answers to tests

The drugging of the American boy

1000 Newark NJ students walk out on schools

Word: Learning as belonging

NY schools most segregated in nation

Why the federal government should stop messing in local schools

What's Not To Love About Pre-K

Inflationary education

The case for men's studies in schools

Department of Duncan ripping off strudent loans

British school heads say Facebook and Twitter hurt literacy

Today's corporate rip off of public education

More Common Core horrors

British students figure out how to con test tyrants

Homeless young increasing

The two most important needs of students

Schools terrorize students (but just for training)

Word: From a teacher in the Nevada school where killings took place

Supreme Court: Students are not protected by Constitution

School anti-bullying programs can have opposite effect

In 17 states, at least half the public school students are poor

Copyright cartel corrupting kindergarten

Why the new SAT scores are meaningless

North Carolina students to get banned book for free

A few reasons to save Head Start

Where did reading and writing go?

Chicago high school requires clear backpacks

@Harpers - Estimated number of high school students prosecuted each year for truancy by the state of Texas: 118,000 . . .By the other forty-nine states combined: 52,000

"We are not toys. We are not going down without a fight."

Nine year old takes Rahm Emmanuel
to the cleaners

Interview with student


School lunches

Gentrification driving phoney school reform

School nutritionists fight Obama overreach on school lunches

Why you may not want to move to Manitoba


SCHOOL LUNCH RULES IN MANITOBA

High school students all over the country are in protest over new school lunch requirements.

Students strike against federal lunch food cutback

Alternative approaches

Oakland classrooms try healing rather than punishment

Student eye views of what our schools need

Brookings finds new way to teach kids to hate reading

How computers can revolutionize how the young learn

Reading for fun improves children's brains

Restorative justice: One high school's path to reducing suspensions by half

Poor kids in Brazil learn philosophy while US kids prepare for tests

Gallery

The destruction of Chicago public education

School system spying on its students' social media

The truth about teachers's pay

Philadelphia students, parents, teachers and pastors threaten boycott if school funding isn't provided

Why isn't Maine's governor under arrest?

A school principal on Common Core

Word

@thomascmurray - The best schools aren’t factories for test scores; they’re loving communities who will do anything to support student growth and well being.

How on-campus cops are hurting our schools

Rules of thumb: The more rules you have in the classroom, the more time you'll spend enforcing them. - Cookie Ohlson, teacher, Prospect Park Middle School, Pennsylvania

The page that explains just what Arnie Duncan, Bill Gates & Michele Rhee are really about

Why schools aren't businesses

@amprog - Children attending New Jersey's preschool program are 40% less likely to fail their fourth and fifth grade

Only 14% of children in DC whose schools were closed have re-enrolled

Philly closes 23 public schools, but buiding $400 million prison with classrooms

Arnie Duncan pushes militarization of schools

Obama's war on summer vacation

A new report released by the National Center on Education Statistics reveals that nearly one in five public schools was considered high-poverty in 2011, a 60 percent increase since 2000. Schools are considered high-poverty when 75 percent or more of enrolled students qualify for free or subsidized lunch.

Philadelphia school commission wants schools to open without funding paper, new books, athletics, arts, music, counselors and more

Seniority doesn't protect teachers

Teacher punished for reminding students of their constitutional rights

The 16-year-old honor student expelled from her high school after igniting a chemical explosion receives a full scholarship to U.S. Space Academy, courtesy of a NASA vet who, as a teen, was accused of starting a forest fire during a science experiment

Children losing contact with outdoors

An award winning principal runs into Gates Foundation child (and teacher) abuse

Seattle teachers, students win major battle against test tyrants

Normal kid behavior being treated as a crime or a psychiatric problem

Elementary schoolers suspended for pointing fingers like guns

75% of second & third grade teachers still teaching cursive
 
The fallacies of meritocratic education
 
Why America's students aren't as bad as everyone thinks
 
Preschool enrollment drops

The gap between school reform rhetoric and reality in 3 cities

The bulletproof student
 
Detroit students protest criminalization of youth
 

Great "mo"ments in quotation abuse
 
Cursive handwriting on its way out
 
Word: A teacher tells why he's resigning
 

Stupid school administrator tricks

How to start a class

Oklahoma deals with federal child abuse

Chicago to have largest US school closings in history

Entropy update: Normalcy outlawed in southern Maryland schools

Crushing rebellion - and heroIsm - in the young

The education issue we don't talk about


VOICES FOR EDUCATION

How Obama is wrecking the public school system

Tablets move into the classroom big time

Running outside beats Race to the Top

Hiring a consultant to get your kid into the right public or charter school

Obama's new education myth: STEM

County school board thinks it's the RIAA

Federal takeover of local schools now include snacks

Texas school children taught world is only 6,000 years old

Recovered history: The Modern Strivers

Schools That Change Communities, a one hour documentary about schools that use their communities as classrooms has begun airing on many public broadcasting system stations across the country. January 30 -- Feb 2, it will be broadcast on the large number of stations which air PBS World. This film is about how schools can--and should--be critical parts of the surrounding communities. It is about students and teachers learning they have value. It is about students and teachers getting up from their desks and doing important work.

Extreme discipline targets minority school kids

Black students get suspended at more than triple the rate of whites

Federal court rules students must wear RFID tag

19 year old socialist takes seat on New Jersey school board

2012..

Middle schoolers being given drug tests

An education wish list

Those were lazy, overpaid union teachers who saved those kids at Sandy Hook

Where pre-K education is flourishing

French government wants to do away with homework until high school

What Louisiana schoolchildren are learning about evolution

Chipping away at freedom with RFID chips

What a teacher faces

Kids and food

Black education still segregated, underfunded

Entropy update: Drug testing for middle school sports

Some problems with high stakes testing

Even in good schools, students are scared

Puritan liberals gain prison time for parents with drinking kids

Chicago teachers strike TOP

2013

Chicago school closings show strong anti-black prejudice

2012

Chicago teachers to return to work

Someone Rahm Emanuel likes much more than teachers or students

Director of private school Emanuel's kids attend agrees with union on key issue

Summary of tentative Chicago teachers agreement

Emanuel - backed by Obama - wants to close one fifth of Chicago's public schools, let Bill Gates open 60 private ones

Chicago teachers supported in poll

Director of private school Emanuel's kids attend agrees with union on key issue

Chicago Teachers Union plan for better schools

What the teacher's strike is about

Teacher X tells why he's striking

The most important political story of the moment

Black teachers in Chicago schools have declined dramatically

A terrifying way to discipline children

DC teachers rate their principals ineffective or minimally effective

How to get kids to read: give them something to read

Film: Schools that change communities

The segregation of school dollars

Position paper by civil liberties groups on RFID in schools

What it's like being an atheist in a South Carolina public school

Black students suspended at over three times the rate of white students

Sexual behavior of young people

Things Louisiana children will learn in school with public funding

New York wrongly bars over 7,000 students from graduation ceremonies

Chicago teachers take on the system

Newtown murders

Too little help for the young with mental health problems

Lanza's uncle says he was on controversial drug

How to sue gun manufacturers

Assault weapons: just a few facts

Anti-depressants and violence

A culture of young depression

How I learned that gun control didn’t work

Only six percent of murders use rifles or shotguns

How to be safely violent in America

A different way to handle guns

Why gun control doesn't work the way it's supposed to

When we don't mind violence

One million homeless students

89,000 children lose Medicare coverage in Pennsylvania

Stupid Texas judge tricks: Jailing an overworked honor student for missing school

High school student employment down 50% since 1990

THE UNION

States moving towards digital textbooks

Criminalizing kids

Why isn't the closing of 40 Philadelphia public schools news?

School cop uses pepper spray on students not moving fast enough to next class

50 Detroit students suspended for protesting a lack of education

13 year old in trouble for comparing her education to slavery

Parents taking out loans for private kindergarten schools

How religious bullies infiltrate public schools

Forcing students to stay in school until they're 18 doesn't work

Laptop learning works in North Carolina

 Reading

Reading one book improves test scores more than extending school day

A Finnnish educator explains how his country does it

Arne Duncan flunks again

More school reform [sic] news

2010

TEENS AND READING

Teachers

Why teachers matter

Other cities learn about Chicago teachers union approach

Rethinking teacher unions

Word: On teachers

How teachers help fund public education

PERVERTED D.A. THREATENS TEACHERS WITH ARREST FOR SEX ED

THE DECLINE OF BLACK TEACHERS

TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL MATH

Word: Education is all about teachers

Study: Parents have five times more influence on students than teachers

Teachers work 53 hours a week

Teacher morale at lowest in 20 years

Why do we always talk about teachers, not administrators?

2011

Matt Damon on the importance of teachers

Why one professor won’t let Teach for America recruit students in his classes

PERSONAL TO THE LOS ANGELES TEACHERS UNION

DC SCHOOL SYSTEM FIRES A COUPLE HUNDRED REAL TEACHERS BUT KEEPS TWO JROTC INSTRUCTORS PER HIGH SCHOOL AT $75K EACH

2011

Turning public education into a corporate facility

The importance of community schools

Race to the bottom: Atlanta parents can be jailed if kids miss school

Making education look good

Study finds abstinence only education flunks

Bill Gates' legal bribery of school systems

Student suspended for hugging friend

MALLS BARRING TEENS WITHOUT PARENTS

SCHOOL DISTRICT PUTS RFID SPYING TAGS ON PRESCHOOLERS

MICROSOFT HELPS SCHOOL CRIMINALIZE KIDS

MIDDLE SCHOOL BANS HUGS & TOUCHING

91 percent of kids between 2 and 17, or about 64 million people, are playing video games, up 9 percentage points compared to 2009.

DC students to be given standardized sex test

Having to teach against culture

School superintendent asks governor to make school a prison. . . to improve its budget

Public schools charging students through fees

Tax dollars for school vouchers fund religious lies

School test scam raking in billions

Texas names three creationists to review science curriculum

A peek at Texas public education

American kids flunk geography

The forgotten experts on teaching

The stats: when school funding is cut, poorer children lose more

America turns anti-children

T shirts for young scientists

Boing Boing

Hundreds of students at Murry Bergtraum High School took a stand after being told they couldn’t use the bathrooms at school. Fed up with what some say are strict policies, crowds of angry teens rushed the Manhattan school’s halls, creating chaos. . .Students crowded the hallways, screaming at the top of their lungs and protesting what they said was the principal’s decision to close all the bathrooms to students.

2010

HOUSTON SCHOOLS ARE USING SPY TAGS ON STUDENTS

CHILD ABUSE: KILLING ARTS FOR KIDS

WHY KIDS BULLY

DETROIT SCHOOLS GIVE HOMEWORK BEFORE VACATION IS OVER

YOUNGEST CHILDREN IN CLASS FAR MORE LIKELY TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH ADHD

MICHELLE RHEE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

THE PUBLIC EDUCATION DISASTER: WHEN WHIZ KIDS TRY TO GROW CORN

IN TEXAS SCHOOLS, JOE MCCARTHY, CONFEDERATE GENERALS & PHYLLIS SCHAFFLEY ARE THE GOOD GUYS

TEXAS IS NOT ALONE IN POLITICIZING HISTORY IN THE CLASSROOM

JUNK FOOD IS THE NEW POT IN TEXAS; THIRD GRADER BUSTED FOR POSSESSION

STUDY FINDS CHILDRENS' SPORTS CAN ENCOURAGE CHEATING AND BULLYING

SCHOOL COMPUTERS TAKE THOUSANDS OF PHOTOS OF STUDENTS AT HOME & ELSEWHERE

LOCAL HEROES: PARENTS CHALLENGING INTRUSIVE SPORTS HONOR CODE

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SCHOOL COMPUTERS TAKE THOUSANDS OF PHOTOS OF STUDENTS AT HOME & ELSEWHERE

WIFE OF ATLANTIC MAGAZINE OWNER PAYING FOR DC SCHOOL SUPER'S MEDIA SPIN

BOYS LAGGING BEHIND GIRLS IN READING, TIED IN MATH

TEXAS STRIKES JEFFERSON FROM HISTORY

SCHOOLS OPEN NEW FRONT IN WAR AGAINST CHILDHOOD: RECESS COACHES

SCHOOL USED LAPTOP WEBCAMS TO SPY ON STUDENTS AT SCHOOL AND HOME

GREAT IDEAS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY: CANCELLING 12TH GRADE TO SAVE MONEY

TEENS BATTERED BY RECESSION

PASSINGS: DAVID MALLERY

THE RESEGREGATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS

AMERICA'S CRUEL PUNISHMENT OF THE YOUNG

CLASSICAL MUSIC AS PUNISHMENT

9-YEAR OLD ALMOST SUSPENDED
FOR BRINGING 2 INCH TOY GUN TO SCHOOL

SCHOOL OFFICIAL WHO ISN'T INTO SCIENCE
DECIDES 11 YEAR OLD'S SIMPLE EXPERIMENT IS A BOMB

HOW TEXAN RIGHT-WINGERS AFFECT YOUR CHILDREN'S TEXTBOOKS

TEACHING PEOPLE'S HISTORY

ORWELLANDIA: CAREFULLY VETTED MANDATORY VOLUNTEERS

THE CASE FOR KIDS GETTING DIRTY

2009

ONLINE LEARNING HELPS STUDENTS

STUDY FINDS GIULIANI-BLOOMBERG COPS IN SCHOOLS APPROACH DOESN'T WORK

BRITISH GOVERNMENT TREATS AUTHORS OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS AS POSSIBLE PEDOPHILES

CHILD SAFETY LABELS WE NEED

CHILD ABUSE: JUKING THE STATS

APRIL 2009

BRITISH LABOR PARTY PLANS COMPULSORY NATIONAL SERVICE

NYC CHANCELLOR USED TAXPAYER'S TIME TO RAISE MONEY FOR CONSERVATIVE EDUCATION LOBBY

OBAMA BACKS SCHOOL DISCRIMINATION

LEARNING TWITTER PLACED ABOVE WORLD WAR II IN BRITISH STUDY

BRITISH SCHOOL SCANDAL RAISES CONCERN OVER AMERICA'S TESTING OBSESSION

WHERE BAD PUBLIC EDUCATION REALLY COMES FROM

COMPLETE GUIDE TO PARENTING IN JUST THREE MINUTES

FLUNKIN' DUNCAN: THE TEST RESULTS

WHY ARNE DUNCAN IS A TERRIBLE CHOICE FOR EDUCATION SECRETARY

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