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If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person.

If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person. | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad.
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I'm NOT posting this because I agree with the author, but because I disagree with the sentiment and think it's worth discussing.  I agree with the author's premise that if everyone were forced to support public education, that it would improve the quality of public education in this country. I think it would be great if more parents chose to send their kids to public schools and volunteer to help out and it would make for a better system for those on the bottom. The idea that you are bad if you choose a plan that you feel will be for the betterment of your child over some makes you a bad person is absurd: that is what a parent is supposed to do! I don't give piano lessons to the kid down the street! I don't give my children half-lunch portions so they can give to others: I take care of my children first THEN I consider other priorities, potentially even the common good. I walked into a private school in the swankiest part of Newport RI and I can tell you that if could multiple my income by 10, I'd love to consider that school as an option because it would offer many more experiences and opportunities to my children than their public school does. My biggest beef with the author is that she's attempting to impose her vision of an improved society on everyone and pretending that everyone who makes a different choice than she would is wrong or even morally defective.  That I find repugnant.  Just some of my thoughts...

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Lou Salza's comment, August 30, 2013 6:47 AM
In conclusion, I respectfully suggest that the author of the Slate article do some research. She might find out that the problem is more complex than her solution suggests.
Mark McMahon's comment, September 5, 2013 10:03 AM
In Australia the very top schools are government ones, but in order to get into one of these the moving of house, extra tutoring to get do well in entrance exams and be able to display broad aptitudes, could go real close to paying private school fees in the first place. In addition, because many independent schools cater to narrow sectional interests, surviving your time in one of these can be much harder than getting in or even paying the fees!!
Mark McMahon's curator insight, September 5, 2013 10:06 AM

.... but sending you kid to a governemnt school does not make you a good person.  Conclusion: today's schooling doesn't have much to do with personhood.

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Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher

Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Parents should seek out educators who have outside intellectual lives, follow the data and ask terrific questions.
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While there isn't just one way to be a good teacher, but there often are some striking characteristics that good educators possess. 

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10 Things Every College Professor Hates

10 Things Every College Professor Hates | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Your professors are not your friends.
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I don't consider myself the "stereotypical professor" (who is?), but everything on this list absolutely is the truth...don't do these 10 things and I won't have to get out my angry eyes.  

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Why you should take notes by hand — not on a laptop

Why you should take notes by hand — not on a laptop | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

I'm not a It's not just because laptops are distracting — but because taking notes by hand forces you to actively listen.

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I'm not a technological Luddite, but more tech isn't always the right answer.  Actively taking notes is one of the most underrated skill now, especially since many think, 'oh, the notes are online.'  It's the mental connections that you make while taking notes that truly matters.  So TAKE GOOD NOTES...even if you aren't going to 'need them' in the future. 

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MsPerry's curator insight, August 23, 3:15 PM

Note Taking

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Effective Classroom Management?

Watching more Star Trek, had to put up this up even though it's already on YouTube. S01E11
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Is your classroom method any more effective that this?


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A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips

A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Here's to ivy-covered buildings, critical thinking, independence, making friends for life, asking hard questions, becoming global citizens, and discovering who you really are....
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This is some good advice...as I begin another semester, I think I'll share this with my students. 

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MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 1:46 PM

APHG-Intro

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Takes U.S. by Storm - The ALS Association

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Takes U.S. by Storm - The ALS Association | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally “soaked” the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours.

Between July 29 and today, August 12, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an astonishing $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year.

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Do you doubt the power of social media? The #IceBucketChallenge should back believers out of anyone. 

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Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads

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Four years after Apple introduced its popular tablet, many districts are switching to laptops.
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When High School Students Struggle with Textbook Reading

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Many textbooks aren't even close to authentic reading experiences. Minimize student struggle by identifying purpose, assigning reasonable homework, and teaching them to self-monitor for understanding.
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MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 4:46 PM

FOR TEACHERS-READING

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The World we Now Live In

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A PSA in Scandinavia. #PeopleNowadays http://pic.twitter.com/79SjhIXOjt 

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This is hilarious but I think we all know SOMEBODY who first thinks that sharing it online is the top priority.  That's the scary thing.

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Mandie Petrucci Socialmedia's curator insight, June 18, 12:02 AM

not strictly fire related but had to share

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 1:46 PM

APHG-Unit 3

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10 places where anyone can learn to code

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When you learn to read, you can then read to learn. And it’s the same thing with coding. Here, 10 venues where you can learn coding.
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In the developed world, illiteracy is no longer that key obstacle that prevents the masses from engaging in the modern ways in which knowledge is stored.  Not being able to code is the new illiteracy. 

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Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be...Paper

Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be...Paper | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Why do traditional paper books remain so popular, especially for deep, immersive reading? Are some people simply too stubborn and nostalgic to adapt to new technologies? Perhaps it's because paper books are themselves a highly sophisticated technology, one that's uniquely good at stimulating focus and concentration.
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I love my Kindle more than I probably should, but that doesn't mean the hard copy of a book has been rendered obsolete.  

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The Typical University Website

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This is XKCD being snarky and insightful as usual.  Too many organizations think that managing their brand is the primary reason for a website and fail to address the needs of those using their websites. 

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Mr. Martin's curator insight, May 6, 12:45 PM

Just watched #GenLike today with students and this diagram fits exactly into the message. Brand awareness > useful information.

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Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.

Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really. | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"An annual year-end kindergarten show has been canceled at a New York school because the kids have to keep working so they will be “college and career” ready. Really.

That’s what it says in a letter (see below) sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers. The play was to be staged over two days, May 14 and 15, according to the school’s calendar."

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I'm all for education and promote our children to be college ready.  I promise you that the only things that I remember from Kindergarten (that matter) are good feelings about learning and a sense of accomplishment.  My handwriting was woefully sloppy, but I'm glad that didn't mean I could go out to play in playground and slap some paint on a butcher paper.  The painting didn't help me get 'college ready' since I've no artistic training, but it was fun.  Early education need to not lose sight of it's primary goal; have fun and let the kids learn how to learn.  What they learn can be saved for another day.  Teach kids to dread school when they are 5 and you've created jaded 6-year-olds. 

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The Time to Start is Now

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Students Don't Ask for PD. http://pic.twitter.com/ltnDMfnoN2 

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Teach teachers how to create magic

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What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.
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Answer Cell Phone in Class?

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This April Fool's prank will make you think twice about your policy on how to deal with phones that go off during class...this really is funny but I can't even imagine how nervous that professor was.

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The Afterlife of Pia Farrenkopf

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Authorities believe that Pia Farrenkopf died in 2009. She kept paying her bills until last year.
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Flipboard As a Textbook Replacement

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"OK…so let me clarify that title. I honestly think textbooks are on their way out…or at least I hope they are. Really it should read “Flipboard as core curation artifact for classrooms” but that wouldn’t have you here reading now would it. "


Via John Evans, Dean Haakenson
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Let's change the title of this article a little and I'm all on board.  "Scoop.it as a textbook replacement."  I nice the ring to it...maybe I'll write that article. 

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carldowse's curator insight, April 3, 3:58 AM

With its magazine function Flipboard is an attractive cross platform means of curating and delivering content fro teaching purposes.

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, July 7, 10:13 PM

Student created books generated from high quality collaborative curation strategies seems a very valid entry point to active learning.

Julie Bilz's curator insight, July 10, 6:35 AM

I am ready for a world without textbooks in both K-12 and higher ed.  Bring it on!!

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You’re Not As Busy As You Say You Are

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"Are you too busy? You should be, and you should let people know in a proud but exasperated tone."  


All day, I tried to convince myself that I wasn’t that busy. The way I did this was by silently repeating, “You’re not that busy.” Doing this did actually stop the tape in my head of what had to get done that day. I just calmly did one thing after another. I believe that means I was being mindful, or maybe living in the moment or being present but I’m not sure. And I am not going to check because if I give it a name, then it will be just one more thing you feel obligated to do. Instead just take one thing off your to-do list, which is telling everyone how busy you are.

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People don't need to hear how busy we are; we need to rethink our own lives and see how we are part of the problem. 

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The School That Will Get You a Job

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A new kind of education shows why four years of high school isn’t enough
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STEM education is becoming increasingly important for our students and the future of our national economy. 

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

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"Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible.I’m not saying we should just make the current system better… we should change it into something else."

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François Arnal's curator insight, March 23, 3:04 AM

Dire qu'il a toujours été de cette façon, ne compte pas comme une justification légitime pour expliquer pourquoi il devrait le rester. Enseignants et administrateurs du monde entier font des choses étonnantes, mais quelques-unes des choses que nous faisons toujours, en dépit de toutes les nouvelles solutions, de la recherche et des idées là-bas sont, pour le moins qu'on puisse dire, incroyable.

"Je ne dis pas que nous devrions tout simplement améliorer le système actuel ... nous devrions changer en autre chose".


  l'auteur islandais (Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson) a compilé une liste de 14 choses qui sont obsolètes dans les écoles du 21ème siècle et il espère que cela inspirera des discussions animées sur l'avenir de l'éducation.

Des propositions intéressantes sur les usages numériques ou les pratiques pédagogiques obsolètes.

Nicole Gévaudan's curator insight, March 24, 1:11 AM

Bien vu !

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Columbia University Fired Two Eminent Public Intellectuals. Here’s Why It Matters.

Columbia University Fired Two Eminent Public Intellectuals. Here’s Why It Matters. | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The fate of Carole Vance and Kim Hopper should worry everyone who wants academics to play a larger role in public debates.
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Engaging in public debate and enjoying 'the life of the mind' does not describe modern academia.

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Teachers Read Tweets About Themselves Made by Students

"Some of the los al high teachers read some tweets made about them. This is a featured segment on Griffin News 2014, a school broadcast at Los Alamitos High." 

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This is very reminiscent of Jimmy Kimmel's sketch Celebrities Read Mean Tweets. This is a fun and embarrassing way to remind students (and teachers) to think before they tweet.  If you wouldn't say it with a grown up in the room, you probably shouldn't broadcast the message online where it will be digitally archived.  

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Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? -

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"Thinking is troublesome.  For one, it is an intimate act splicing time and space. It is done right here, but it spans moments in the pasts and reaches out uncertainly towards moments in the future. Put another way, you think in a singular, precise space about plural, imprecise times.

It also resists uniformity (and education loves uniformity). Thought hinges on schema (familiar forms and patterns we then impose unfamiliar data to make sense of it), and emotion (in part, our internal response to the former). It is as diverse as character, experience, and affection. It’s like defining art, establishing criteria for beauty, or causing love.  And whether it knows it or not, education has a thinking problem."

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What is your primary goal as a teacher?  Do you teach social studies or do you teach students?  While this may feel like we are splitting hairs, the distinction is an important one that is at the at the heart of your own pedagogical approach.  This is some nice food for thought on the topic to reflect on how and why you teach. 

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Less lecturing, more doing: New approach for A.P. classes

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In an attempt to add depth to the curriculum in America’s most popular advanced high-school courses, some local teachers threw out most of their lectures and replaced them with a series of projects. Results so far are encouraging.
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