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Should Algebra II be Required in High School?

Quadratics, logarithms, asymptotes, imaginary numbers… Algebra II concepts can seem like a foreign language that have no relation to real life.  After teaching math classes ranging from 8th grade General Math to College Algebra and Calculus, I can say that … Continue reading

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Group Opposes Common Curriculum

The debate over a common, national curriculum with corresponding assessments continues.  A group led by critics of the new common academic standards recently issued a manifesto arguing against development of common academic standards.  The document, Closing the Door on Innovation: … Continue reading

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How Can Schools Handle Questions About bin Laden’s Death?

Teachers across the country are discovering ways to integrate the news of Osama bin Laden’s death into classroom lessons.  It is an important time to make learning relevant to children, many of whom were not yet born on Sept. 11, … Continue reading

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Getting Past the Excuses in Public Schools

I fear that an excuse culture permeates many of our schools.  Those of us in education find it easy to excuse low performance because of certain contextual factors, especially the low socio-economic status of students.  Schools and teachers really can’t be … Continue reading

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How Specific Should the National Curriculum Be?

After being away from the blogoshpere for a few weeks, I weigh in on what I believe to be a critical issue in the world of education: the call for a national curriculum derived from common standards. Determining how national … Continue reading

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What is Good Professional Development?

A recent twitter conversation with Justin Tarte evoked some thought regarding teacher professional development. His open-ended question went something like this, “how would teachers answer if you asked them how they stayed knowledgeable of innovations and policies in education?” My answer … Continue reading

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Why is Participation in Science Fairs Declining?

President Obama held a science fair at the White House last fall, and he recently said that America should celebrate its science fair winners like Super Bowl champions.  But participation in high school fairs is on a general decline around … Continue reading

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Can We Reform Science Education?

Although 13 days shy of my 5th birthday, I clearly remember listening to a series of beeps coming from our big black desktop radio on 4 Oct 1957. The Soviet Union had launched the world’s first satellite Sputnik I and placed it into orbit in space. … Continue reading

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Should Single-Sex Classrooms be Offered in Public Schools?

According to the National Association for Single Sex Public Education, in 2002 there were just a dozen schools that offered single-gender classes. As of the end of last year, there were at least 524 public schools in the U.S. that … Continue reading

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How a Teacher-Led School is Implementing Reform

By all accounts, Detroit’s school system is in trouble. Yet despite the challenges, Palmer Park Preparatory Academy is implementing reform by restructuring not only teacher/administrator roles, but also how students are organized into classes. Teachers at the 650-student K-8 school … Continue reading

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