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Selling Our Children Down the Digital River
The Common Core Standards have a lot to say about traditional academic subject matter, but educators have latched onto computers and the Internet as the magic bullet that is going to enable them to turn every child into “an independent critical thinker fully prepared for the future,” Bad idea.
Shallow Goals of Common Core Standards
The new Common Core Standards promise much, but as long as teacher training and school structure remain the same, they’re simply new wine in old bottles.
Special Education vs General Education
As the number of school children diagnosed with special needs soars, many schools face bankruptcy in their attempts to meet federal mandates to serve this demographic. Like other areas of public education, special education is in serious need of reform.
Stop Devaluing Standard English in the Schools
Language is the vehicle of education and the transmission of culture. Teachers especially need to value their native language and its literature. It is not enough to be a math teacher or P.E. teacher. All teachers must be English teachers.
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Teacher Evaluation Scam
Public education is falling prey to the educational consulting scams proliferating as a result of the latest corporate approach to school reform. The Danielson Group is making millions offering services that an educated school workforce ought to be able to do for themselves.
Teacher Preparation Grades 7-12
Professional educators in control of teacher preparation concern themselves more with theory than with the practical considerations of teaching real children in real school settings. A first step in meaningful education reform would be to break the stranglehold of university education departments.
Teacher Preparation Grades K-6
K-6 teachers have a far greater influence on the future of their pupils than do high school teachers. They can mean the difference between success or failure in the upper grades. They deserve the best possible teacher preparation.
Teachers Mentors and Purblind Politicians
Vocational education deserves more respect in public education, but it should not be viewed as "more important" than the academic skills associated with what some politicians refer to as "traditional" education, as if they were opposites. In the twenty-first century, "book learning" is for everyone
The Charter School Racket
Tax-payers who recognize that vouchers are bad news for public education nevertheless imagine that charter schools are unqualifiedly good for the US school population. A certain kind of charter school has its place in the public system. Charter schools run by for-profit managers have no place.
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