The Time Magazine Cover is Misleading: Here is what you should be more concerned with than teacher tenure

A few things about the November 2014 Time Magazine cover that claims that “It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.” 1) That is simply not true. Tenure is there so that if a teacher is fired they get to know why and have a chance to tell their side of the story. It’s there … Continue reading

Memories of Reading

I recently attended an education research conference where PhD and master’s students, along with other scholars, presented their work. One of the presentations I attended was “Family Literacy Practices: Traditions and Transitions” by Althea Duren and Cynthia Januszka. Their paper discussed family literary practices in a historical context, but also shared the content of practices … Continue reading

Can Video Reinvent Education?

Salman Khan thinks so. Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects.  From Ted.com.

Fat girl: A history of bullying – Life stories – Salon.com

I just read the article Fat girl: A history of bullying – Life stories – Salon.com.  It’s a touching story, and also cringe-worthy.  Many of us (perhaps most of us) experienced bullying in school.  For me, it was my dorky glasses and latent thumb-sucking.  In later years, it was my long hyphened last name (which … Continue reading

RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms

This amazing video was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, who is world-renowned education and creativity expert and the recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.  The RSA is an organization dedicated to thinking in new ways about things like social progress and human fulfillment.  You can find out … Continue reading