How Best to Train Teachers?

I agree: the generous use of “master teachers” is the best way, not classroom instructions. You learn to teach by watching good teachers and by teaching. Our experiences—Will’s as a member of Teach for America in Philadelphia and an education master’s degree candidate at University of Pennsylvania, and Michael’s as a researcher and writer—confirm what [Read More…]

How to Give Your Child an Academic Advantage

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Common Core Concerns?

Source: Millions of parents across the country are starting to become concerned, as they see test scores in states on the leading edge of Common Core implementation plummet. Officials have greeted this failure with strange satisfaction, clearlyhaving known that this would be the result of the new system they put in place.  Parents start out puzzled [Read More…]

Papers Be Gone?

Rebecca Schuman, at Slate, proposes an end to mandatory papers in mandatory classes: Everybody in college hates papers. Students hate writing them so much that they buy, borrow, or steal them instead. Plagiarism is now so commonplace that if we flunked every kid who did it, we’d have a worse attrition rate than a MOOC. And on those rare occasions undergrads do [Read More…]

The Story of those Christian Colleges

At one time many American Christian colleges did not want, did not believe in, and did not want “accreditation” by a national body of accreditation. What those schools wanted was faithfulness to the Bible regardless of what the educrats of this world said. But that all changed, and one of the distinctive features of Molly [Read More…]

Religion in Science Courses? (RJS)

We are taking a look at the book Does God Make a Difference? Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities by Warren Nord.  Nord’s hypothesis is that a liberal education – as in liberal arts not liberal politics – needs to take religion seriously because religion forms an important element of human existence. Before considering [Read More…]

Educational Reform: Some Caustic Questions

Robert Shepard, author and curriculum designer, has prepared an essay exam for the corporate reformers who think the know how to redesign American education. He writes: As a member of the Billionaire Boys’ Club, or as one of the paid associate of the BBC, you . . . 1. believe that that extraordinarily complex skills like reading and writing [Read More…]

The Scandal of Secular Indoctrination (RJS)

The November/December Books and Culture, always worth reading, has an article by Perry Glanzer (whose title I’ve borrowed), reflecting on a book Does God Make a Difference? Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities by Warren Nord.  This book is worth some consideration and conversation. Warren Nord (1946-2010) was the founding director of the interdisciplinary [Read More…]

Why Do Teachers Quit?

From The Atlantic: Richard Ingersoll taught high-school social studies and algebra in both public and private schools for nearly six years before leaving the profession and getting a Ph.D. in sociology. Now a professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s education school, he’s spent his career in higher ed searching for answers to one of teaching’s [Read More…]

Public School or Private School?

This study surprised the researcher, will or will not surprise many of us, but the controlling for demographic features just might let loose an avalanche… anyway, here’s a clip: Sarah Theule Lubienski didn’t set out to compare public schools and private schools. A professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she was studying math [Read More…]