Raising Awake Children in a Broken School System. By Nanice Ellis Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Why don’t we tell our children the truth about The System as soon as they are old enough to understand? Regrettably, I was not awake enough to tell my young children about the game that we are all playing, and that their participation is optional. Fortunately, my kids woke up and after years in the traditional school system, they each independently saw through the holes in the system, and they left before they could be rewarded with completion. We are waking up but if we are still raising children in an antiquated school system, so what? Systematic Programming Traditional schools, in the U.S and many other countries, are training grounds, intentionally constructed to prepare children for The System. Schools are structured, in such a way, that rewards are given for following along, being good, doing as you are told, memorization and repetition.
When I was a kid, I would sleep walk as a result of PTSD from school stress. Higher Learning. This Letter About Corporate Involvement in Education Policy Should Go Viral. Paul Horton, a history teacher at the University of Chicago Lab School, wrote a letter to Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), when the Senator announced his intention to retire. Horton asked whether the senator was aware of the corporate influence on Race to the Top and the Common Core standards. Horton told the senator that critics of these programs are not extremists: “In fact…critics of the RTTT mandates and the CCS come from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and the libertarian wing of the Republican Party.
In the national education debate, the status quo agenda that is being pushed comes from the corporate middle of both parties that is backed by many of those who have been the biggest beneficiaries of the current economic “recovery” in Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Manhattan (and Westchester County) and large foundations.” “What is the Broad Foundation? “Do you know David Coleman? The Uneducated Educator - Tales and stories of a continuing journey. In Pursuit of Happiness. The Right Kind of Testing. Our schools need more testing. I’m not talking about THAT kind of testing where we pour information into kids heads and then measure the regurgitation.
I’m talking about the kind of tests we have in real life. What if we changed the design of the school? The delivery of the lessons? The format of our teaching? The quote is true. [New post] Sickest Testing Story of All Time - maiziea - Gmail. A message to parents from your child's teacher. Student advice on transforming education. Oh, Dr. Seuss. They’ve turned our country into Flobbertown. | Fred Klonsky.
Is It Time We Threw Standardized Testing Out the Door? Dr. Mark Naison is involved in a movement he hopes will change the American education system. A professor of African-American studies and history at New York’s Fordham University, Naison wants to see less standardized tests in the classroom. “You should organize the school experience around what excites and energizes children—the arts, music, physical activity, hands-on science, collaborative learning—and do project-based assessment by teachers and school administrators, with standardized tests on a state or national level reduced to a minimum,” Naison told TakePart.
He isn’t alone. Students, parents and teachers around the country are saying enough to standardized testing. At Seattle’s Garfield High School, for example, teachers took the bold step of voting unanimously in January to boycott a series of district-mandated tests. But it’s not just Seattle where protests are occurring. Naison compares the protests around the country to a significant event in U.S. history—the Vietnam War. What To Expect From Education In 2013. Guessing what the future of education holds is equal parts logic and guesswork. The logical part is simpler–take current trends and trace their arc further, doing your best to account for minor aberrations. If the majority of public education in the United States is waist-deep in adopting new academic standards, it doesn’t take Nostradamus to predict they are going to have a strong gravity about them in the education at large.
What’s Certain In 2013, a theme that is absolutely certain is disruption. Some of that disruption will be through technology, some of it decay of existing power-sets. How it will change education over the next twelve months can be guessed in part by looking at the previous twelve, a time period where we’ve seen iPads capture the imagination of national media, MOOCs catch the eye of the bluebloods in higher ed, and BYOD look like a better and better choice for K-12 public education districts everywhere. What To Expect From Education In 2013 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. What 100 Experts Think About The Future Of Learning. If you’re an educator, surely you know that technology has and will continue to have an incredible impact on learning. Whether it’s the Internet, innovative learning tools, or teaching technology itself, these two subjects are intertwined.
In these talks, you will find essential information for educators concerned with technology. General Learn about making technology work in education and more in these talks. Rethinking the Student Experience in the 21st Century Public Research University: See how a diverse student body and technology can make a difference in the student experience today. [UCTV]How to Learn (Almost) Anything: This lecture explores learning that the digital revolution brings.
Sharing Education These talks explore the idea of open, shared education. Hector Ruiz on Connecting the World: Hector Ruiz lectures on Internet access for everyone. Creativity & Innovation Watch these talks to see how you can foster innovation and the creative spirit. Internet & New Media Leadership. EDUCATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE. An Open Letter to Educators. Richard D. Kahlenberg Reviews "Whither Opportunity?" WHEN MITT ROMNEY recently announced his education platform—more school choice, greater emphasis on charter schools, a tough line on teacher performance, and skepticism about teachers unions—it was widely noted that this array of policies was not much different from those advanced by the incumbent president. With the exception of school vouchers (which Romney favors and Obama opposes), both men have a basically center-right view of education policy, which prescribes tough business principles to elementary and secondary learning in order to reduce the achievement gap between black and Latino students, and white and Asian students.
But what if this bipartisan policy consensus is wrong? What if the achievement gap, today, is much more about rich and poor than black and white? Greg Duncan of U.C. Irvine and Richard Murnane of Harvard have assembled a large group of top-notch researchers to produce a massive volume—551 pages with small type and narrow margins. But Whither Opportunity? For Back to School, Reimagine Classroom Design. Teaching Strategies Lenny Gonzales By Therese Jilek As the school year begins, most classrooms across the country will mirror traditional class design: rows of desks with passive children sitting quietly listening to a teacher in the front of the class. But not at Hartland-Lakeside. The innovative spaces were a product of teachers changing how they taught and viewed student learning. Teachers realized that they needed to do more than rearrange the room; they needed to start over.
As teachers transformed their roles into facilitators of learning, they found that standing in front of the classroom or lecturing was no longer prudent. Students and teachers work together throughout the day in many different ways. This change also reflects the increased use of mobile technology to personalize learning. There’s already plenty of research to show that this kind of change is necessary. Therese Jilek “My desk used to feel like my prison,” said a third-grader. The Third Teacher Design Share Related. Joel Klein, Sal Khan And Sebastian Thrun On Inventing The Future Of Education, At Disrupt SF. Three trailblazing figures in educational technology are showcasing the future of learning at our upcoming annual conference, Disrupt San Francisco. Former New York education Chancellor, Joel Klein, will get into more of the details about the recently announced Amplify project, News Corp’s ambitious venture to create tailored, digital learning for the American education system.
Bill Gates’ “favorite teacher”, Sal Khan, who founded the Youtube-based Khan Academy, will speak about his pioneering work in the “flipped classroom” and launch a new feature to his site. And Google fellow and CEO of Udacity, Sebastian Thrun, will discuss how he opened the walled garden of American higher education free of charge to students around the world. These education leaders will join an all-star lineup at Disrupt SF Sept 8-12, including Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Marc Benioff, Ron Conway, Kevin Rose, Matt Cohler, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, Vinod Khosla and many others. In January 2011, Joel I. Piping Up : Thérèse Blogs. Posted by Therese on Thursday, August 2, 2012 It’s never too late for a career change, which is why I am going to stop writing and get myself a job at Challenge Plumbing. “Whatever for?” I hear you ask, “For plumbing is not at all glamorous.”
I understand your concern, but I am not aiming for the mechanical or messy side of things. I want a job in their office answering the phone. Yes. That’s right, the ‘electric telephone’ as invented by Alexander Graham Bell. Last week I had faucet issues. Now we are not talking Mad Men era here. Of course I work from home and that’s even worse. The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses. It’s not uncommon to hear that our schools need to be run more like businesses. That argument holds a lot of appeal to some people (including, but not limited to, people who might make a profit out of it). I thought I’d bring together a few resources that provide a counterpoint to those beliefs. I’m starting off with a short list, and hope that readers will provide additional suggestions in the comments section of this post.
You might also be interested in A Beginning “The Best…” List On The Dangers Of Privatizing Public Education. Here are my choices for The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Public Education Should Not Be Run Like A Business: My Sacramento colleague Alice Mercer has written an excellent post titled The Business of Education. Diane Ravitch provides a good response to the third question (which is on the topic of business models and schools) in this Public School Insights interview. Turning the Tide: Taking Competition Out of School Reform comes from Edutopia. Design Thinking for Educators.
Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education. In today’s global economy, countries need high-quality education systems that will teach their citizens the skills necessary to meet the challenges of tomorrow. This series of videos, produced jointly by the OECD and the Pearson Foundation, highlights initiatives being taken by education authorities around the world to help school students do better.
The school systems featured were chosen for their strong performance in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Every three years, PISA evaluates the skills of 15-year-old secondary students in three basic areas: reading, mathematics and science. Pencil-and-paper tests assess how well they analyze problems, seek solutions and communicate ideas. Around half a million students participated in the latest round, carried out in 2009 in some 70 countries and economies. The best systems deliver strong and equitable learning outcomes across widely varying cultural and economic contexts.
Germany Takes On Education Reform (Education Everywhere Series) Gerhard Leisenheimer: We enrolled in the "Responsible Schools" pilot program because we are a team of teachers who really want to excel in teaching and pedagogy. And we discovered that certain goals we had could not be achieved by normal methods. Gerhard Leisenheimer: We have been participating for five years in this pilot school program, "Responsible Schools. " And during this pilot program the school has great autonomy and responsibility. Gerhard Leisenheimer: We simply recognized that you cannot lead a modern school with a lone warrior mentality. It is necessary that teachers get together and work in teams.
Angela Christmann: "Although Hilal's weak point is math, she is super good in grammar and she helps other students. " Angela Christmann: In our school we have weekly team meetings. Angela Christmann: "If a student helps others consistently, we should somehow reward this. Angela Christmann: "So we went to the fifth grade team, and listened to what objectives they had agreed on.