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Jessica Lahey’s ‘The Gift of Failure’: A Fear of Risk-Taking Has Destroyed Kids’ Love of Learning. I’ve known the mother sitting in front of me at this parent-teacher conference for years, and we have been through a lot together.

Jessica Lahey’s ‘The Gift of Failure’: A Fear of Risk-Taking Has Destroyed Kids’ Love of Learning

I have taught three of her children, and I like to think we’ve even become friends during our time together. How Pittsfield, New Hampshire's Schools Are Practicing Restorative Justice. Children today are suffering a severe deficit of pla... “The Disorder Is In The System, Not The Children” Teacher Quits With Epic Rant. Teacher Wendy Bradshaw pointed out that how the structure of modern schooling is abusive to children, and that children who are labeled as “bad” are many times just having trouble fitting into the rigid structure that is being forced on them.

“The Disorder Is In The System, Not The Children” Teacher Quits With Epic Rant

Her resignation letter can be read below: “To: The School Board of Polk County, Florida. Year-round Schools Don't Boost Learning, Study Finds. Students in “year-round” schools don't learn more than their peers in traditional nine-month schools, new research has found.

Year-round Schools Don't Boost Learning, Study Finds

A sociologist at Ohio State University found that, over a full year, math and reading test scores improved about the same amount for children in year-round schools as they did for students whose schools followed a traditional nine-month calendar. “We found that students in year-round schools learn more during the summer, when others are on vacation, but they seem to learn less than other children during the rest of the year,” said Paul von Hippel, author of the study and research statistician in sociology at Ohio State.

The problem with year-round schools may be that they don't actually add more school days to the 180 typically required, von Hippel said. Instead of a three-month summer vacation, year-round schools typically have several breaks of three to four weeks spread throughout the year. “The results don't support that claim,” von Hippel said. Some Schools Adopting Longer Years to Improve Learning. Year-round school gains ground around U.S. - US news - Life - Two days before Thanksgiving, the Indianapolis School Board will make a decision sure to heat up discussion around the turkey in just about every home with young children.

Year-round school gains ground around U.S. - US news - Life -

That's when board members will vote on whether to adopt year-round classes. If the board approves the measure, Indianapolis pupils would go to school in cycles of eight to 10 weeks, with three to five weeks off after each, throughout the year. We need year-round school to compete globally. Drop summer vacation, raise test scores? LZ Granderson: U.S. students ranked 17th in science, 25th in math in study of 34 nationsOnly 8 of the 34 countries have a lower high school graduation rate than U.S., he writes Reason for summer break, so kids could help on the farm, is obsolete, he says He says for U.S. to compete globally, we need year-round school, with mini-breaks Editor's note: LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for

A senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and, he has contributed to ESPN's "Sports Center," "Outside the Lines" and "First Take. " He is a 2010 nominee and the 2009 winner of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award for online journalism and a 2010 and 2008 honoree of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for column writing.

Is Anti-Intellectualism As American As Apple Pie? - Paul Nevins. Cross-posted at The New York Times reported today that Republican Congressmen in a House sub- committee have voted to strip the EPA of its ability to regulate the emission of greenhouse gasses.

Is Anti-Intellectualism As American As Apple Pie? - Paul Nevins

It was also reported that Congresswoman Michele Bachmann introduced a bill last week to roll back efficiency standards for light bulbs, which include a phasing out of incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy efficient bulbs. In a similar vein, the legislation proposed by Congressmen Markey and Waxman last year to regulate carbon emissions was defeated in the Congress. Deformed: Authoritarian undercurrents in education. When education scholar Harold Berlak paid a visit to a Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter school in San Francisco he was shocked.

Deformed: Authoritarian undercurrents in education

Berlak, an education reform skeptic, found a school that reminded him of a “humane, low security prison or something resembling a locked down drug rehab program for adolescents run on reward and punishments...” Berlak reported that the KIPP school resembled the scene out of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, in which students “...who resisted the rules or were slackers wore a large sign pinned to their clothes labeled 'miscreant.'" Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting. February 5, 2012 | Like this article?

Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Thursday, hundreds of state legislators from across the nation headed out to an "island" resort on the coast of Florida to a unique "education academy" sponsored by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). There were no students or teachers. Gifted Students Deserve More Opportunities. BARACK OBAMA and Mitt Romney both attended elite private high schools.

Gifted Students Deserve More Opportunities

Both are undeniably smart and well educated and owe much of their success to the strong foundation laid by excellent schools. Every motivated, high-potential young American deserves a similar opportunity. But the majority of very smart kids lack the wherewithal to enroll in rigorous private schools. They depend on public education to prepare them for life. Yet that system is failing to create enough opportunities for hundreds of thousands of these high-potential girls and boys.

Current Work « NCEE. NCEE has returned to its original goal of analyzing the world economic and educational scene to identify the best course for American education policy and present its proposals for change in the education system to the American public.

Current Work « NCEE

Specifically, it decided to follow up on the work of the first Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce by creating another, the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, to examine the workings of the current global economy and their implications for education and training in the United States. That Commission released its report, Tough Choices or Tough Times, that called for a fundamental restructuring of how America educates its people. U.S. Education Reform and National Security. Order Report Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press Release Date March 2012 Price $15.00 paper 120 pages ISBN 978-0-87609-520-1 Task Force Report No. 68 Share Overview The United States' failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country's ability to thrive in a global economy and maintain its leadership role, finds a new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)–sponsored Independent Task Force report on U.S.

U.S. Education Reform and National Security

"Educational failure puts the United States' future economic prosperity, global position, and physical safety at risk," warns the Task Force, chaired by Joel I. The report notes that while the United States invests more in K-12 public education than many other developed countries, its students are ill prepared to compete with their global peers. Though there are many successful individual schools and promising reform efforts, the national statistics on educational outcomes are disheartening: Carole Artigiani, Global Kids, Inc. Craig R. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing. If students designed their own schools... 5 Things It Turns Out You Were Right to Hate About School. For many of you, school was 12 or more years of teachers and administrators deciding what was best for you, dictating exactly how you spent every minute of every day -- the result being that you absolutely hated each and every one of those minutes.

But as you reached adulthood, you probably came to the realization that it was all for the best. You were just a stupid kid, after all, and your elders did things a certain way for a reason. That reason being that they were full of shit. Science is just now taking a closer look at these centuries-old school practices, and they're finding out that ... #5. A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned. The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time.

And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. I have made a terrible mistake. I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. My Daughter’s Homework Is Killing Me - Karl Taro Greenfeld. The Coming Revolution in Public Education. Chicago Is Focus of National Debate on Schools. At stake are profound policy questions about how teachers should be granted tenure, promoted or fired, as well as the place standardized tests will have in the lives of elementary and high school students. One of the main sticking points in the negotiations here between the teachers union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is a new teacher evaluation system that gives significant and increasing weight to student performance on standardized tests.

How to Fix the Schools. Education solutions from abroad for chronic U.S. school problems. What The US Could Learn From Finland About Education. How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play - Tim Walker. 26 Amazing Facts About Finland's Unorthodox Education System.

Reinventing Education To Teach Creativity And Entrepreneurship. Big Study Links Good Teachers to Lasting Gain. Number of the Week: U.S. Teachers’ Hours Among World’s Longest - Real Time Economics. How Computerized Tutors Are Learning to Teach Humans.