We have a choice in this country. Keep listening to the story told by the “reformers” and end up with test-score mills even worse than the ones we have now, or listen to teachers who want a public education system that isn’t an industrial factory spitting out test takers but that offers schools that are places for deep thinking, learning, creativity, play, wonder, engagement, hard work, and intense fun. — Teachers or ‘Quantitative Learning Gains Facilitators?’
I have learned that a school is not a business. Schools are unable to control the quality of their raw material, they are dependent upon the vagaries of politics for a reliable revenue stream, and they are constantly mauled by a howling horde of disparate, competing customer groups that would send the best CEO screaming into the night. — Why schools aren’t businesses: The blueberry story
Parents need to abandon the idea of perfection and give up some of the invasive control they’ve maintained over their children. The goal of parenting, Portmann reminds, is to raise an independent human being. — A Nation of Wimps | Psychology Today
There is in these studies a lesson for all parents. Those who allow their kids to find a way to deal with life’s day-to-day stresses by themselves are helping them develop resilience and coping strategies. — A Nation of Wimps | Psychology Today
James Meredith asks 21 tough questions about school reform -
Mind Blown! Great questions, who has the answers?
22 percent of children in the richest country in the history of the world live at or below the federal poverty line — and if it weren’t bad enough that more than 1 in five American children live at or below the federal poverty line, nearly half live in low-income families that struggle to meet basic needs, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. —
A little perspective…
The biggest scandal in America
What has changed is that it is harder for us to be nice to kids. With elevated standards and increased testing, we find ourselves with less leeway with which we can help a child navigate. — ‘What has changed is that it is harder for us to be nice to kids’ — departing veteran principal
Got a chance to try Google Glass today, thanks @avheuv!