Here's a piece on exit exams from P.L. Thomas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina. He edited the 2013 book "Becoming and Being a Teacher," and wrote the 2012 book, "Ignoring Poverty in the U.S.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Education." This was published on his blog, the becoming radical.
Montgomery County sent home a new elementary school report card this year, with ES as the top mark, officially representing “exceptional” work. But parent Chuck Thomas thinks there is a different meaning for ES. “Elusive Secret,” he said. “That is probably more accurate.”Read full article >>
In the hush of quiet prayers, in a bugler’s strains of taps, in a widow’s vigil at her husband’s grave and a president’s caution not to forget a war that has not ended, the country on Monday remembered its fallen troops.Read full article >>
Memorial Day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is a holiday for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.Read full article >>
"The tests our children take should support learning, not just accounting."
That's what then-Sen. Barack Obama said back in May 2008 when he was running for president and stopped by to talk to students Mapleton Expeditionary School for the Arts in Thornton, Colo.Read full article >>
Adrion Howell has strong connections to the Prince George’s County public school system. The 43-year-old lobbyist’s mother taught in the schools for 35 years, and Howell attended school there and worked as a substitute teacher in the county before going to Howard University Law School.Read full article >>
Greg Barlow did not want his fourth-grade son to take the Standards of Learning math test, but he did not know what would happen if he refused. Would his son get a failing grade? Would it go on his permanent record?Read full article >>
Darril Phillips was ready to be pampered. ¶ The 82-year-old sat patiently in the basement of Sarah’s Circle, a nonprofit senior citizen’s center in Adams Morgan. She watched as the team of beauticians unpacked their boxes, revealing fruity-smelling facial scrubs and nail polish in every color of the rainbow. ¶ And she kept her neck craned for the barber who had cut her hair the last time: Lavonte Bracey, a 17-year-old senior at the District’s Options Public Charter School. ¶ “He was patient with me,” said Phillips. “He treated me very nice.” ¶ Students in cosmetology and cooking classes at Options have begun making monthly trips to Sarah’s Circle to share their skills.Read full article >>
Why has Northeastern University opened two campuses in recent years far from its namesake geographic region?
What would drive a well-regarded school in Boston to open branches in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle) and the South (Charlotte, N.C.)?Read full article >>
Ron Maggiano is a social studies teacher at West Springfield High School in Fairfax County. In 2005, he won the Disney Teacher Award for innovation and creativity, and in 2006, he won the American Historical Association's Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for outstanding K-12 teaching. Now, after a 33-year teaching career, he is resigning, just four years away from full retirement.Read full article >>