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Minding the nurture gap (The most important divide is class)

Minding the nurture gap (The most important divide is class) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. By Robert Putnam. Simon & Schuster; 386 pages; $28 and £18.99. THE most important divide in America today is class, not...
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A few nuggets:  

"Working-class parents, who have less spare capacity, are more likely to demand that their kids simply obey them. In the short run this saves time; in the long run it prevents the kids from learning to organise their own lives or think for themselves. Poor parenting is thus a barrier to social mobility, and is becoming more so as the world grows more complex and the rewards for superior cognitive skills increase."

 

"Upper-middle-class homes are not only richer (with two professional incomes) and more stable; they are also more nurturing. In the 1970s there were practically no class differences in the amount of time that parents spent talking, reading and playing with toddlers. Now the children of college-educated parents receive 50% more of what Mr Putnam calls “Goodnight Moon” time (after a popular book for infants)."

 

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The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050

The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050 | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
As of 2010, nearly a third of the world's population identified as Christian. But if demographic trends persist, Islam will close the gap by the middle of the 21st century.
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Yesterday, as we were painting in my art class, we discussed world religions and these very stats.  

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Reason #5: Admissions Diversity: Swim at Your Own Risk

Reason #5: Admissions Diversity: Swim at Your Own Risk | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the fifth post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools.Independent schools in our nation should be quite proud of the incredible progress they have made in the last fifty years with regards to diversity. Though most of our oldest and most revered schools were essentially founded as segregated entities, we are, for the most part, the most welcoming and open we have been with regards to race, socio-economic background, culture, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. This is great news.Of course, our work has only begun.One of the most eye-opening experiences I have ever
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Public Tutoring: ACT Prep from a Pro

Public Tutoring: ACT Prep from a Pro | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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I am a former Clevelander who for years met colleagues and friends in coffee shops around town and would often see Mauri Artz sitting at another table.  Mauri was often meeting with high school students to discuss the ACT and the test-prep services she offered.  Mauri recently reached out to let me know about the launch of her brand new company, Public Tutoring, that expands her highly successful tutoring practice to many more students, especially those individuals who can't afford private, one-on-one tutoring.  Here it is.... 

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Charter Schools Aren’t Perfect, But They Introduce Competition

Charter Schools Aren’t Perfect, But They Introduce Competition | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Arkansas Democrats support a bill to give traditional schools freedoms similar to those of charter schools. But only traditional schools that must compete.
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Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How

Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Finland’s education system, often held up as an exemplary model for the rest of the world, is on the verge of making some major changes.

For years, Finland has led the pack in international test scores, becoming a source of fascination for e...
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Finland sits at the top, but is not content to rest on its laurels as the world is still changing...

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Reason #2 Bricks and Endowments, Then People

Reason #2 Bricks and Endowments, Then People | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the third post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private SchoolsPrivate schools are currently caught in what I see as a bricks and endowment arms race. A new athletic field house at one school begets a similar one at the next. When one school runs a highly publicized capital campaign, all the others scramble and panic to launch their own. Result 1: our campuses more closely resemble medium-sized universities complete with state of the art athletic centers, science labs that suggest we are mapping the human genome, drop-dead performing arts centers, and astro-turfed training
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This series has been the most popular post ever--but with the fewest comments. When 650 people read a post within a few hours, it is telling (especially that no one seems to comment)
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Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure

Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence is a huge driver of success.
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Great article to assess your EI....

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10 Reasons I Quit Teaching in Private Schools

10 Reasons I Quit Teaching in Private Schools | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
orThe Dirty Little Secrets of Independent Education We Must AddressI think I might be a living stereotype. From a distance, I am sort of a “classic” prep school educator: a white male raised in the Episcopalian tradition from suburban Philadelphia; a lover of history; an owner of Norton’s anthology; a high school hockey player, a lacrosse coach (former collegiate player) with a penchant for outdoorsy activities like hiking and paddling. As well, I am the owner of more than a few pastel ties and blue blazers, and consider myself a Dead Poets’ Society fan who can quote m
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Brian Hart is someone I've known for many years.  He is an excellent teacher. Stay tuned for more.... 

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Frank Bruni: "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote To The College Admissions Mania" - The Diane Rehm Show

Frank Bruni: "Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote To The College Admissions Mania" - The Diane Rehm Show | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Many young people are led to believe the college they attend will determine their future. Author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni makes an impassioned argument for why that belief is wrong.
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This was such an excellent radio program that I don't know where to begin....listen and learn!

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Where Have All The Teachers Gone? - KPBS

Where Have All The Teachers Gone? - KPBS | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
"The erosion is steady. That's a steady downward line on a graph.
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The perception that teaching is a less steady career and the overt politicization of the teaching profession are part of this equation.  

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Why Principals Matter

Why Principals Matter | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story—and everything changed.
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Principals as visible leaders....that's the difference.  

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Report outlines evolving faculty models and growing support for reform @insidehighered

Report outlines evolving faculty models and growing support for reform @insidehighered | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Being a lifetime adjunct professor is not a profession (for most)...entire US system, once the envy of the world, at risk.

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Respite: 5 Core Concepts Private Schools Have Right

Respite: 5 Core Concepts Private Schools Have Right | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This article is being offered as a brief respite from 10 Reasons I Quit Teaching in Private Schools, now that I have posted the first five.Yes, private education has a great deal right. As I promised, dearest critics, what follows kept me in private education for many years and continues to keep my children there, as well.Idea #1: Higher Purpose and Virtuous IdealsEvery educator knows that a school’s mission and broadly defined “culture” is as important, if not more important, than the learning that takes places in classes. Independent education has advocated this from the b
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Thinking About Emotion - Independent Ideas Blog

Thinking About Emotion - Independent Ideas Blog | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
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Terrific piece with link to national education report.  

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Harvard College admits 1,990

Harvard College admits 1,990 | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
On March 31, admission notifications were sent to 1,990 of the record 37,307 who applied for admission to the Harvard College Class of 2019.
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Record applications and for most less tuition to pay than a public university.  Interesting to understand their selection process, support programs and class diversity. 

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Reason #4: Teacher Autonomy Before Best Practices

Reason #4: Teacher Autonomy Before Best Practices | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the third post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private SchoolsOne of the reasons teaching in private schools can be so enjoyable and rewarding for a teacher is that we are usually granted free reign to teach exactly what we want using methods we think work. When I was teaching, I loved this freedom! It allowed me to teach some of my favorite books and controversial topics in ways interesting and fun to me and my students (I think they liked it.) What’s not to love about that?Let’s think about that.I still remember my first year as a sixth grade history teacher.
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This is part of a series by Brian Hart entitled "Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools." 

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Reason #3: The College Placement Obsession (or Where Innovation Goes to Die)

Reason #3: The College Placement Obsession (or Where Innovation Goes to Die) | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the third post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private SchoolsIn case you have not noticed, the college application and admission process can still be best described, on a good day, as anachronistic, dehumanizing, and impersonal: SAT/ACT scores, AP numbers, and GPAs are still generally used as the gruff bouncer at the door of the exclusive club. With record numbers of students from around the globe applying to our colleges, it is simply the easiest and most efficient way to cull the herd. Once this bloodletting had been done, it is only then that a college admission office
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Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Alongside technical skills, America needs the creativity that a liberal arts education provides.
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Thank you, Greg Deegan, (history teacher) for pointing out this article.  Amen, amen.  We need a fully, broadly educated populace. 

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Schools study test results and costs of 4-day weeks

Schools study test results and costs of 4-day weeks | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Peoria schools study whether going to a 4-day week results in better test scores and budget savings.
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Decrease in instructional time not truly addressed, but other pros and cons featured in slides.

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Reason #1: The Culture of Self-Congratulation: Why Fix What Isn’t Broken?

Reason #1: The Culture of Self-Congratulation: Why Fix What Isn’t Broken? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
This is the second post in a series entitled Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools“We have been doing this right for over one hundred years. Why would we change a winning formula? We have always believed in tradition and rigor.” This was the clear message given to me by a department chair in my first few years as a private school history teacher. The assumption here is much more pervasive than you might expect, especially amongst “old guard” private educators (which many of our administrators, department chairs, and storied faculty are): if our graduates continue to g
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The second posting by Brian Hart, but the first deeper-dive into the 10 reasons in the series, "Why I Quit Teaching in Private Schools."  

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Henry A. Giroux | Higher Education and the Politics of Disruption

Henry A. Giroux | Higher Education and the Politics of Disruption | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
Academics and social movements must reclaim the university and transform it into a public space.
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Significantly, many college adjuncts need food stamps to survive & students face crippling debt by graduation time.  "Universities are losing their sense of public mission, just as leadership in higher education is being stripped of any viable democratic vision. In this new Gilded Age of money, greed, selfishness and profit, academic subjects gain stature almost exclusively through their exchange value on the market." 

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Why Do American Students Have So Little Power?

Why Do American Students Have So Little Power? | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
A group of Kentucky teens is struggling to get a modest bill passed, revealing just how difficult it is to convince adults that kids' opinions matter.
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Designy Mom: Challenging Education Through Design | Newcity Design

Designy Mom: Challenging Education Through Design | Newcity Design | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
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Using design theory to address real-world issues. She focuses on  wrap-around services, like medical/dental, and space for students who are mothers embedded into the design of educational spaces.

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Inside the Elite Marlborough School’s Shocking Teacher-Student Scandal

Inside the Elite Marlborough School’s Shocking Teacher-Student Scandal | Advancement of Teaching & Learning | Scoop.it
When a recent graduate of the L.A. girls' school posted an essay about a predatory English teacher Joe Koetters, the story went viral. Vanity Fair explores the story behind the scandal, and the messy investigation that followed.
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It's shocking that they allowed this fellow to transfer on to another school without warning....hope he goes to jail.  This article could also be titled, "What NOT to do if you're Chair of a School Board or the Head of School." 

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