Sep 21

Who else wants a real change in education?

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I hear politicians who talk about education reform and I hear news commentators complaining about the sad shape of our schools, but I see very few doing anything about the real problem. I see education innovators bringing new apps to the kids and I see iPads and Kindles and other pads making their way into …

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Sep 07

Common Core/roll over and play dead

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It amazes me that our teachers and administrators have bought into the Common Core standards without really knowing what they are all about. Forty six states have adopted the standards without discussion or opposition. Only four states have had the courage and understanding to keep the standards out of their state. The discussions on Linkedin, …

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Jul 24

Obama Quietly Implements Common Core

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Education standards were left to the states. In the past years, the heavy hand of the Federal Government has inched in to where now we have national standards. Robert Holland tell us how this happened. New standards for math and English called Common Core are poised to hit public schools across the nation. Some schools …

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Mar 11

Cycle of Poverty

Each year, Americans pay billions of dollars in taxes. How much of that money actually goes to help those in need? And for that matter, what resources are being used to not only help the less fortunate survive, but break out of the cycle of poverty? The old “teach a man to fish” adage has …

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Nov 11

Common Core:Between the Lines

A particular interest of mine has long been what kids are taught in the early years of adolescence. No surprise, then, that when the Common Core Standards went public, I clicked on the standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and scrolled down to pages 61 and 62, where you can find …

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Jul 15

New School-New Idea

News Flash Hot Springs Community School is opening this year as one of the only non-tuition private schools in Arkansas. Our mission is to help stop the cycle of mediocrity that leads to poverty, drug use, and increased crime. After researching the statistics for our county (Garland), we found that poverty has risen from 14% …

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Jun 18

Personalized Learning

This says it all http://prezi.com/3sbf1hwdlqn8/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

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Mar 24

Rethinking Education

Mission Hill put together a Prezi presentation that is very thought provoking and challenging for us in the education field. Enjoy and be refreshed.

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Mar 17

Curriculum is a disaster

Ernest Boyer is right. The general education curriculum is a disaster area. A long time ago, general education missed the path. Dazzled by the rewards of specialization in industry and other areas of life, it seemed appropriate to adopt a similar approach to the instruction of the young. There is, of course, a place for …

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Feb 10

The Eight-Hour Work Day Mentality

Somewhere down the line, we stopped getting the job done and started doing the job. We stopped trying to be a part of something great and started being ok with being a part of anything. Our innate desire to be special and unique turned into surrender to mediocrity. Where did we go wrong? Could it …

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Dec 31

Are We Ready For An Education Revolution

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Revolution Revolution is an integral part of human progression. They bring about change that, in many cases, goes on to impact the whole human race. I am inspired by the dedication and sacrifices made in the American, the French, the Russian Revolutions. I am blown away by the ultimate sacrifice of putting your life on …

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Dec 31

What is technology proficiency in our schools?

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Technology Proficient We live in a world that is obsessed with end results. We love the Super Bowl champion, the Spelling Bee winner, the President of the United States and standardized test results. Of course there is nothing wrong with being a winner, but the real winners are often those who learn from the process. …

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Dec 03

Standardized Testing A Foreign Concept In Finland With World’s Top Students

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report’s Lessons From Abroad blog. As the United States focuses more on using tests as a means of holding educators and school districts accountable, Finland–which is one of the top performers on international tests–has gone in the opposite direction. In the U.S., states give annual high-stakes …

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