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Time to walk away from New Math

“University of Winnipeg math professor Anna Stokke and two of her colleagues knew there was “a huge problem,” when they started hearing about Manitoba grade school students not being taught how to do vertical addition, carry or borrow numbers, or knowing their times tables. Then, two years ago, she and Robert Craigen, a fellow U […]

Kids Can’t Use Computers… And This Is Why It Should Worry You

Excellent article from coding2learn.org: “The truth is, kids can’t use general purpose computers, and neither can most of the adults I know. There’s a narrow range of individuals whom, at school, I consider technically savvy. These are roughly the thirty to fifty year-olds that have owned a computer for much of their adult lives.” – […]

Teacher Just Hopes They Never Google Him

From the Onion.com … Worth a smile 😀

Khan Academy – Why all the hate?

The reason Khan is suffering so much criticism is because he is not ideologically compatible with current North-American educational philosophy ((a) teachers don’t teach, they facilitate (b) it’s not about knowledge it’s about understanding (c) learning should never be hard or difficult, intellectual difficulties must be sugar coated and education should be edutainment and of […]

The proper job of a teacher is not to make it easy …

Technology is doing to math education what industrial agriculture did to food: making it efficient, monotonous, and low-quality.  By Konstantin  Kakaes “The modern textbooks, he says, contain hundreds of extraneous, confusing, and often outright wrong examples, instead of presenting mathematical ideas in a coherent way. The examples bloat the books to thousands of pages and […]

Branford Marsalis talks about his students …

Moving Beyond “Blame The Teacher”

Another great article today from the L.A. Times : “Most of the current efforts to improve public education begin with the flawed assumption that the basic problem is teacher performance. This “blame the teacher” attitude has led to an emphasis on standardized tests, narrow teacher evaluation criteria, merit pay, erosion of tenure, privatization, vouchers and […]

The Secrets of a Principal Who Makes Things Work

Great article in the New York Times : The Secrets of a Principal Who Makes Things Work A good principal protects her teachers from the nonsense. A good principal sets her own high standards. A good principal works with union leaders to carry out her educational agenda, and if she can’t, takes them on. A […]

Cheating Teachers?

Great article on Propublica.org about Teacher Cheating: America’s Most Outrageous Teacher Cheating Scandals “Scandals involving cheating by teachers and schools to pump up ever-more-important student test scores swept the country this summer. But they’ve also been happening for years, and oversight is only now beginning to catch up”