Teaching to the Test: Something Needs to Change

Source: Public education is one of the foundations of our democracy. It is, arguably, the only equalizing force in an otherwise unequal system. Over the years I have seen many fads and trends come and go. Over these last few years, however, I have become increasingly alarmed over what appears to be an attempt to [Read More...]

Essays on Education

The following essays about education and reading by me are now being gathered into this one post: ExiledEden The Big Muddy Never Alone The Trojan Horse [Read more...]

Board Resignations, Board Support at Bryan College

Source: Four members of the Bryan College board of trustees have resigned, saying they’re upset with the direction that the Christian liberal arts college in Dayton, Tenn., has taken under President Stephen Livesay. The resignations capped months of discontent on the Bryan campus brought to light by a change to the college’s 80-year-old statement of [Read More...]

A Declaration for Teachers

By Jennifer Barnett, and at the link you can read the rest: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all teachers are valuable, and that they are endowed by their skill and expertise with a certain inalienable right to lead. That within this right to leadership lies possibility, progress, and the pursuit of a [Read More...]

Religious Groups on Campus can’t be So Religious

Michael Paulson: Maybe this kind of legal decision and policy formation will lead more and more students to local churches where Bible studies and small groups can flourish without interference. BRUNSWICK, Me. — For 40 years, evangelicals at Bowdoin College have gathered periodically to study the Bible together, to pray and to worship. They are [Read More...]

Student Evaluations: One Teacher’s Opinion

I’m thinking you might like to know what I think of student evaluations, not because such a question came to your mind in some random moment but because of the title to this post. What I think has been said better by Joseph Epstein, in A Literary Education (p. 351): Student evaluations, set in place [Read More...]

Education: For Life or Ideas?

Theories about education, Joseph Epstein announces in an echo chamber inhabited by the alert, “fizzle, then go down in flames” because they are foisted upon the unsuspecting student by “lunatics of one idea.” When the new idea rises to a sound loud enough to be heard by edu-crats, everything is asked to march behind — [Read More...]

Commencement Activism

Mary Beth Marklein: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education calls it “disinvitation season” – the annual spring standoff between college commencement speakers and the graduating seniors (and others) who will be in the audience. Former U.S. secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won’t be speaking at Rutgers University Sunday. Students and faculty objected to her [Read More...]

What Matters Most in a Teacher

From Valerie Strauss: What attribute do Americans find most compelling in the teacher they have identified as having the greatest impact on their lives? I learned the answer recently when I was listening to a speech by Brandon H. Busteed, the executive director of Gallup Education, about public education and what polls show about how Americans [Read More...]

A Teacher’s Farewell Letter

Source I have watched as my job requirements swung away from a focus on the children, their individual learning styles, emotional needs, and their individual families, interests and strengths to a focus on testing, assessing, and scoring young children, thereby ramping up the academic demands and pressures on them. Each year, I have been required [Read More...]