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Teacher X: Why I'm striking. Powerful blog entry by Chicago teacher

Teacher X: Why I'm striking.  Powerful blog entry by Chicago teacher | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

To quote Diane Ravitch:  "teachers’ working conditions are children’s learning conditions."

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The purpose of education? Freedom

Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University, considers the purpose of education in the face of economic uncertainty and national security that can reduce students to “human capital” ... (The purpose of education?
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At Explore Charter School, a Portrait of Segregated Education

At Explore Charter School, a Portrait of Segregated Education | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

A charter school in Brooklyn is indicative of a larger problem in New York City’s public school system, one of the most segregated in the nation.   About 650 of the nearly 1,700 schools in the system have populations that are 70 percent a single race, a New York Times analysis of schools data for the 2009-10 school year found; more than half the city’s schools are at least 90 percent black and Hispanic.

 

Decades of academic studies point to the corroding effects of segregation on students, especially minorities, both in diminished academic performance and in the failure to equip them for the interracial world that awaits them.

“To put it another way, the problems of segregation are accentuated over time,” she said.

 

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Ten Big Ideas of School Leadership: How To Do It Well

Ten Big Ideas of School Leadership:  How To Do It Well | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Ten Big Ideas from a guy who knows.......

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Overheard on CNN: Debate between Ravitch, Rhee – Teacher: 'Just let me teach.'

Overheard on CNN: Debate between Ravitch, Rhee – Teacher: 'Just let me teach.' | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Finally A Voice of Reason: Stop blaming teachers, stop blaming parents, stop blaming kids – stop blaming period – and start improving the daily circumstances of kids living in poverty.

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Alternatives to Failing Your Students

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Great point:   "Teaching is a partnership in which the teacher and learner interact in an integrated, cooperative, collaborative process."

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Wisdom from a 17-Yr-Old: Education

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Lovely  !Nikhil Goyal is a student and the author of the soon to be released One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School.
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Project Based Learning as Critical Pedagogy

Over the last few years I have been working more and more, in my 3-400 level courses, on engaged pedagogy. Working through the bell hooks material and then going back to Paulo Freire’s work, ...
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John Dewey’s Vision of Learning as Freedom

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The call for a more narrowly tailored education — especially for Americans with limited economic prospects — is not new. 

 

 Rather, higher education’s highest purpose is to give all citizens the opportunity to find “large and human significance” in their lives and work.


Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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Education and Politics Simply Don't Mix - Examiner.com

Education and Politics Simply Don't Mix - Examiner.com | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Examiner.comEducation and Politics Simply Don't MixExaminer.comAlthough political parties are at another disagreement in regards to today's Education Reform, the fact is we all know Washington has very little evidence in any type of the performance...
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In the Zone: Geoffrey Canada Is Changing the Odds in Harlem

In the Zone: Geoffrey Canada Is Changing the Odds in Harlem | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

 

Harlem Children’s Zone rests its various program initiatives on four pillars.

1. Rebuild the community from within by developing indigenous leaders who already live in the neighborhood. “Mostly we found that to change a block, you had to get between 10 and 20 percent of the people engaged.” Hope spreads and negative elements move elsewhere.

2. Start early and never stop. Provide services from before birth through prenatal parenting classes and continuing through the completion of college. “Our theory is you never let the kids get behind in the first place.”

3. Think and plan big. Overwhelm the negative with positive influences. Make success and hard work normative.

4. Evaluate relentlessly. HCZ holds 1,300 full and part-time employees accountable to predetermined results. “If you took a salary to deliver an outcome and you didn’t deliver the outcome, you can’t stay here in the organization.” All programs have ten-year business plans with goals, targets, and timetables.

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The Scratch n’ Sniff Guide to Phony Education Reform Groups by @edushyster ; )

The Scratch n’ Sniff Guide to Phony Education Reform Groups by @edushyster ; ) | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
Keeping an eye on the corporate education agenda, in Massachusetts and beyond...
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New Breed of Community Partnerships Aiding Schools

New Breed of Community Partnerships Aiding Schools | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

These symbiotic “joint use” partnerships enable districts and entities such as cities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to maximize the use of facilities and money, while meeting the needs of children and others in the community.

 

“In a world where everyone wants results,” Mr. Blank said, “joint use about efficiency is important, but not enough. It has to also be about joint purpose.”

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Education Rethink: 10 Differences Between Teaching and Coaching

Education Rethink: 10 Differences Between Teaching and Coaching | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

John Spencer reflects upson the differences between teaching (children)  and coaching (adults)

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Overwhelmed By Poverty: It Takes More Than Just Good Teaching

Overwhelmed By Poverty:  It Takes More Than Just Good Teaching | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Heated debates continue about school reform and what is going to help close gaps and catapult kids into college and happiness. My belief is that a multi-pronged approach is needed.  Economic segregation cannot be ignored, nor can the effects of poverty.   Oh, and  good teaching is a given. 

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Segregation in New York City’s Public Schools..Resegregation.

Segregation in New York City’s Public Schools..Resegregation. | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

In New York, efforts over the years to reduce the segregation of schools have had little effect. Shocking. 

 

 

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Voices of the Dropout Nation: Matt Barnum on Diane Ravitch and the Faulty Data Behind the Poverty Myth | Dropout Nation: Coverage of the Reform of American Public Education Edited by RiShawn Biddle

Dropout Nation: Coverage of the Reform of American Public Education Edited by RiShawn Biddle. Magazine dedicated to solving the nation\'s education and high school dropout crisis, and improving education for all children.

 

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PBL DO-IT-YOURSELF : Guidance, Tools and Tips for Your Projects | Buck Institute for Education

PBL DO-IT-YOURSELF : Guidance, Tools and Tips for Your Projects | Buck Institute for Education | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
@loganberry06 @BiancaH80 Project based learning - take a look here: http://t.co/iQ3kFIlq...
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Reading, Math and Grit: What the Schools Need Most

Reading, Math and Grit: What the Schools Need Most | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Character matters as much as schoolwork, or maybe even more. And new initiatives are showing how it can be taught.  these traits as “resilience, integrity, resourcefulness, professionalism and ambition.” “They are the linchpin of what we do,” Nelson told me. Nelson calls them “leadership skills.” Tough uses the word “grit” a lot.

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America’s Poverty-Education Link - The Daily Journalist | The Daily Journalist

America’s Poverty-Education Link - The Daily Journalist | The Daily Journalist | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Poverty and education are inextricably linked where education is a primary means of social mobility, enabling those born into poverty to rise in society. Powerful evidence of the link include the fact that 46 percent of Americans who grew up in low-income families but failed to earn college degrees stayed in the lowest income quintile, compared to 16 percent for those who earned a college degree.

 

The ramifications of these issues with educational opportunities for the poor and the affordability of college are exemplified by the fact that the highest performing eighth graders from low socioeconomic backgrounds have about the same chance of completing a bachelors degree as the lowest performing eighth graders from high socioeconomic backgrounds. The latter were also about ten times more likely to complete a college degree than low-performing eighth graders from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Learning in the 21st Century

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The videos contained in this list tell a story of a changing world and a need for educational change so that our students are participating in a relevant education.
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Harlem Children's Zone: A group to watch

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Changing the Odds

Through a coordinated effort by hundreds of devoted men and women, The Harlem Children's Zone has established a new method to end the cycle of generational poverty. By addressing the needs of the entire community, HCZ isn't simply helping children beat the odds, it's helping to change the odds.

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No Education Reform Without Tackling Poverty, Experts Say | NEA Today

No Education Reform Without Tackling Poverty, Experts Say | NEA Today | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it
By Robert McNeely If many so-called education reformers really want to close the student achievement gap, they should direct their fire away from public (Education is the ideal space for Dems to talk abt #poverty.)...
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Should a student-centric, user-generated education be THE model for NOW?

Should a student-centric, user-generated education be THE model for NOW? | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

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STEM: Demand for STEM Weathers the Storm | Change the Equation @changeequation

STEM:  Demand for STEM Weathers the Storm | Change the Equation  @changeequation | Rethinking Public Education | Scoop.it

Change the Equation aligns corporate efforts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to ensure that they add up to real, measurable growth in the achievement and STEM fluency of U.S.

Demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Weathers the Storm

 

 

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