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25 Trends Disrupting Education Right Now

25 Trends Disrupting Education Right Now | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Disruption doesn’t sound like a pretty word, but in the long run, it can be a beautiful thing. Disruption is about shifting power. Eroding patterns. Breaking the system. In education, this can come from the most unlikely of sources.
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Character Education, Teacher Strikes and "Reform"

Character Education, Teacher Strikes and "Reform" | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Nancy Flanagan is an education writer and consultant focusing on teacher leadership. She spent 30 years in a K-12 music classroom in Hartland, Mich, and was named Michigan Teacher of the Year in 1993.
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Are We Asking Too Much From Our Teachers? NYT Today: Opinion

Are We Asking Too Much From Our Teachers?  NYT Today:  Opinion | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Schools are clearly a critical piece — no, the critical piece — in any anti-poverty strategy, but they can’t go it alone.
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Twitter / marcmurd: The end of our AP Eng Lang ...

The end of our AP Eng Lang "the purpose of education in a democracy" unit. Essays due Wednesday.
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Poverty and education: why school reform is vital | The world of ...

Poverty and education: why school reform is vital. Those students often don't get a solid education, any more than blacks received in their separate schools before Brown v. Board of Education. Chicago's high school ...
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Can This 17-Year-Old Save America's Education System? - Forbes

Can This 17-Year-Old Save America's Education System? - Forbes | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
On a mission to rebuild America's outdated education system, high school senior Nikhil Goyal published his first book on Wednesday, assessing school from his point of view. (#education reform from someone who is within that system.
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Wise Words on Education Reform

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“Education is the hatch out of poverty, and we've welded it shut,” Dr. Timothy Knowles declared during his keynote address at EPCON. Dr. Knowles, the John Dewey Director and Clinical Professor at the University of Chicago ...

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Rebuilding the school building to meet unique needs of today's learner

Rebuilding the school building to meet unique needs of today's learner | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
daily edventures | “School buildings that are designed for 20th century learning… were designed to deliver education one basic way, by lecture mode, and this no longer serves people who need to learn 21st century skills.” – Randy Fielding, USA (Check...
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Forget rating teachers. Think Grit 101

Forget rating teachers. Think Grit 101 | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
The striking teachers of Chicago might as well give up fighting the plan to rate them based on student performance. It is a weak reform and won’t last long.
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One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School Nikhil Goyal

One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of School [Nikhil Goyal,Don Tapscott] .

Every nine seconds, a student drops out of school. Why? For a majority, school was not relevant to them. The education system isn't broken - it's doing exactly what it was intended to do so - create compliant cogs in machines. It's outdated. It's dangerous. And it's suppressing millions of children around the country.

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At 76, Jonathan Kozol Is More Outraged Over Inequality in Education Than Ever - Education - GOOD

At 76, Jonathan Kozol Is More Outraged Over Inequality in Education Than Ever - Education - GOOD | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Education activist Jonathan Kozol is letting loose on child poverty, racism, and educational inequity these days.
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Idalia Veguilla's curator insight, May 14, 7:29 PM

Poverty and racism are closely linked.  So why not provide education that is equal to everyone.  Giving everyone the same opportunity regardless of race and class is equal opportunity

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Joining the Reality-Based Community-Have You The Brass To Read?

Joining the Reality-Based Community-Have You The Brass To Read? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics. But I am a Republican no longer.

 

" But I had assumed that bootstrapping required about as much as it took to get yourself promoted from junior varsity to varsity.  It turns out that it’s more like pulling yourself up from tee-ball to the World Series.  Sure, some people do it, but they’re the exceptions, the outliers, the Olympians."

 

 

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Analysis: Striking Chicago teachers take on national education reform - Reuters

Analysis: Striking Chicago teachers take on national education reform - Reuters | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
BBC NewsAnalysis: Striking Chicago teachers take on national education reformReuters(Reuters) - Chicago teachers walking picket lines on Monday, in a strike that has closed schools across the city, are taking on not just their combative mayor but ...
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NYT: The Thiel Fellows, Forgoing College

NYT: The Thiel Fellows, Forgoing College | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Thiel Fellowships pay young people to forgo college and to plunge into real-world projects. So what has become of those who managed to snag fellowships?
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Daily Kos: Is Poverty Destiny?: Ideology v. Evidence in Education Reform

Daily Kos: Is Poverty Destiny?: Ideology v. Evidence in Education Reform | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
In the spirit of his Education Week blog, Living in Dialogue , science educator and activist Anthony Cody entered into a five-part exchange with the Gates Foundation (GF) about education reform.

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The 21st Century Principal: Turning Your Classrooms into 21st Century Learning Spaces

The 21st Century Principal: Turning Your Classrooms into 21st Century Learning Spaces | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
RT @foss_j12: Fan of limitations of facilities not limiting 21st century learning!
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How Chicago's Teacher Strike Explains the Education De-revolution

How Chicago's Teacher Strike Explains the Education De-revolution | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Several good friends of mine work as Chicago Public School teachers, and as the strike continues this week, I can’t help but point out it seems like Chicago’s great at coughing up money for Olympic bids, NATO summits, and TIFF slush funds,...
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Why they teach despite it all

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By Christina Zdanowicz, CNN
(CNN) - Fourth-grade teacher by day, adjunct professor and mother by night, Renee Longshore keeps a strict budget and pulls a second income all in the name of teaching.
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Why students skip school

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by Carl Azuz, CNN
(CNN) - “School is boring,” say about half of American students who routinely skip.  But when asked what they’re doing instead of attending class, most say they’re just hanging out with their friends or sleeping.
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Education Rethink: Five Things Schools Must Do to Survive

Education Rethink: Five Things Schools Must Do to Survive | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

"This might be too idealistic, but if schools are going to become relevant again, I'm thinking we might want to pay attention to what the local bookstores are doing."

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Dr. Timothy Knowles: Wise Words on Education Reform

Dr. Timothy Knowles: Wise Words on Education Reform | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
“Education is the hatch out of poverty, and we've welded it shut,” Dr. Timothy Knowles declared during his keynote address at EPCON. Dr. Knowles, the John Dewey Director and Clinical Professor at the University of Chicago ...
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Courting Controversy: Why (and How) We Teach Ethics

Courting Controversy: Why (and How) We Teach Ethics | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Educators John Prosser and Ryan Prosser from Tacoma Public Schools offer tips on using ethical dilemmas in the classroom to promote critical thinking and self-efficacy in students.There is plenty of reason to believe that ethics and character education can move kids in the right direction.

 

 

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What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Why our children’s success — and happiness — may depend less on perfect performance than on learning how to deal with failure.
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GREATEST Education challenge for 50 years? Achievement Gap between haves and have nots.

GREATEST Education challenge for 50 years? Achievement Gap between haves and have nots. | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

The biggest challenge facing education in the next 50 years is the achievement gap for minority and low-income children, writes guest columnist Tre' Maxie.

 

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There is also evidence that the income gap has surpassed the gap between racial groups. The achievement gap between low income and non-low income students has surged by more than 40 percent, and is now double the gap between African Americans and whites, according to a recent study by Stanford University Professor Sean Reardon." 

 

Why has family income become an acceptable leading indicator of opportunity for children to learn and explore?

 

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Alvin Toffler on Illiteracy in Today's Global Marketplace: The New Education must...

Alvin Toffler on Illiteracy in Today's Global Marketplace:  The New Education must... | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
”The new education must teach the individual how to classify and reclassify information, how to evaluate its veracity, how to change categories when necessary, how to move from the concrete to the abstract and back, how to look at problems from a...
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