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Monthly Archive November, 2010

November 28, 2010

Schools are finally realizing if you don’t have standards-based grading you really do not have a standards-based education. No More A’s for Good Behavior – NYTimes.com  This seems like something that should have been figured out some time ago, that grading and assessing mastery is more important that deportment and compliance. Maybe this is the […]

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That this question needs to be asked says a lot.

November 27, 2010

Link: That this question needs to be asked says a lot. Was any school ever improved by closing it? Did students get better education or learn English because their school was closed?

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What Makes a Great Teacher?

November 26, 2010

Link: What Makes a Great Teacher? http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/01/what-makes-a-great-teacher/7841/ Just as soldiers know best what works on the ground, perhaps our educational system will re-focus on tactics instead of strategy. The top-down approach doesn’t work, given the sheer number of entities — school boards, citizens groups, unions, legislative committees, PACs, thinktanks, textbook publishers, test administrators — who […]

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from A meeting of solitudes – Roger Ebert’s Journal

November 23, 2010

Roger Ebert reports on the human condition. The bottom line is that so many of you were betrayed by life before you really even got started. How must it feel to be told by a parent that you are stupid, ugly, worthless? To be struck by such a parent? To be hated by the supreme […]

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