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In-Bloom wilts, debit cards for student loans, college enrollment declines, special ed brings people out : Required Reading 4/24/2014

Let’s get to it: The In-Bloom data mine is going under. I wonder what their going out of business sale will be like. Has this really been going on?  Schools delivering financial aid through debit cards with high access fees? College enrollment has been in decline since 2009. Is everybody …

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Michael Gove
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Pop Quiz – The Man Who Hates Teachers

This is Michael Gove.   Michael Gove is the Secretary of State for Education in England, meaning that he is the person in overall charge of the UK Government Department of Education.   Michael Gove has never been a teacher. Before entering politics, he was a journalist who wrote for …

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Make an ed camp, Chalkbeat changes, watch out for those Texan recruiters, and the problem with needing evidence is you really do need evidence: it’s Required Reading 4/10/2014

Alright- here’s what we got: Ed Camp season is almost upon us  always  here!! If you can’t find  a camp nearby you can make one yourself. If you follow Chalkbeat, they’re expanding their territory. A Texas district is having some difficulty with teacher retention, due to the way they have …

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Arizona to add MLGay Day to Keep Superbowl

Hey kids, want to have an extra holiday during the school year? Announcing February 20th as MLGay Day. During MLGay Day, Arizonans begin by yelling ‘Religious Freedom!’ while NFL employees sneak dollar bills out of their pockets. At the end of the day the yelling turns to ‘Whoops, sorry!’ and …

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Which kind of preschools work, which kind of sex-ed doesn’t, a meeting of minds and the subtext of “No excuses”- Required Reading 2/20/2014

Okay- here’s some of the latest if not all the greatest: Some recent discussion on the value of full day preschool. Think Progress hooks us up with some un-cheering data about what kind of sex ed doesn’t work.  Can you guess? Ok, I’ll tell you: the kind that doesn’t tell …

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Wondering about grades? Us, too. Also: adjuncts in the news, charter school walkouts, computer graded writing. It’s Required Reading 2-6-2014!

What’s in a grade? Does a high GPA from a prestigious university indicate  a moral and unthuglike character ?   Why bring it up? Speaking of grades, why the leap from D to F?  Shouldn’t you lose points for forgetting one of the most popular letters? Well, New Jersey really needs …

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Charity Soup
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Charity Work: My Life as an Adjunct Part I

Every semester I give my students the opportunity to ask one question of me. I tell them they can ask me anything that is not too terribly personal but I welcome questions giving them career advice, off topic subjects that we cannot cover in class, or just general what classes …

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Snowstorm of 1922
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Pop Quiz: Brrrr…It’s too cold outside! Keep those students at home!?

Most of the United States is having one of the worst winters in years. Even as I type this it is in the negative digits where I live and the wind chill is bitingly bad. Also, because of these ridiculous temperatures every school in the area, including major universities and …

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James Meredith speaks out, homeschool reflections, student football union, RIP Pete Seeger

Civil rights hero James Meredith recently released the American Child’s Education Bill of Rights.  Too bad the state board of ed for New York didn’t get a whiff of number 4 in their race to the top; they might have saved  students from the heartache and hassle of high stakes …

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Pop Quiz: Gays Please Leave Children Alone

I woke up to this news article this morning, and could not believe the comments of Russian President Vladimir Putin. When asked about the safety of gay fans and athletes who will be attending the Sochi Olympics, Putin had this to say: One can feel calm and at ease. Just …

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