Posts from May 2015

Posted May 29, 2015
workandplay

In My Kindergarten Classroom, We Work AND Play

A recent op-ed in The New York Times creates a false opposition between play and the Common Core. In my experience as a kindergarten teacher,…

By Heidi Dull

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Posted May 29, 2015
classroom

Setting A Floor, Not a Ceiling: Balancing Rigor and Play

As a preschool teacher, I am constantly searching for new and innovative ways to challenge my students academically, while also engaging them in age-appropriate play.…

By Alexandra Nardo

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Posted May 29, 2015
proofpoint

On Being First in Your Family

In support of #ProofPointDay Education Post staff share their reflections on being a first-generation college student. Caroline Bermudez When you’re a first-generation student, your hopes…

By Caroline Bermudez, Valentina Korkes, Hanna Grace Frank

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Posted May 28, 2015

Hey Atlantic, Accuracy Matters Too

Anne Quito reports on design, not education, so perhaps it’s understandable that she’s not up to speed on the origin and implementation of the Common Core. Still, we’d hope that somewhere in The Atlantic’s editing and fact-checking process on her recent paean to penmanship, Why Cursive Mattered, someone would have pointed out this totally false premise in her introduction: Since the U.S. Department of Education dropped cursive…

By Education Post

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Posted May 28, 2015
microphone

Teachers, It’s Time to Make Our Voices Heard

Educators today face many challenges that did not exist years ago. Amidst evaluation documentation, learning and mastering new standards, being a filter between the world…

By Paige Dulaney

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Posted May 28, 2015
thanksmom

Okay, I Admit It, They Were Right About Going to College

They all believed I should go to college. I didn’t agree. My parents and teachers were right. It took me a while to admit it.…

By Alejandra Pernia

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Posted May 28, 2015

This Illinois State Rep Needs to Read the Fine Print

As Springfield, Illinois debates the merits and risks to students, schools and districts of proposed House Bill 306 opt-out bill, it's important that the elected officials get their facts straight. In a Chicago Sun-Times article, the bill sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, just gets it wrong. Guzzardi is quoted as saying: “There is no federal law that says that our state has to test 95 percent of our students,” Guzzardi said.…

By Education Post

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Posted May 28, 2015

‘Correcting’ the Record Should Involve Actual Corrections

In an attempt to “correct” the record, the Washington Examiner fails Journalism 101 and not only incorrectly labels a statement a “lie,” but also perpetuates additional mistruths in its inaccurate and over-the-top coverage of the Common Core: Kasich also falsely implied that President Obama had nothing to do with Common Core adoption. President Obama essentially forced states to agree to adopt Common Core before they could get a…

By Education Post

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Posted May 27, 2015

Lily Eskelsen-Garcia Wrongly Attacks Federal Policy

In a series of guest posts last week on Rick Hess’ Education Week blog, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia attacked standardized testing and standards-based accountability with “exaggeration and misinformation.” Look, we can disagree on policy points, but over-the-top and misleading rhetoric (“No Child Left Untested,” “Testing Industrial Complex,” “high test scores are the purpose of education”)…

By Education Post

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Posted May 27, 2015
fence

Of Course There’s Poverty, But Everything We Do In School Matters Too

Is it possible to speak honestly about barriers to student achievement and then ignore all school factors when doing so? No, it isn’t. Everything we…

By Jessica Waters

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Posted Feb. 22, 2017
nate

#MyBlackHistory: My Mom Had to Lie to Get Me Into a Good School. No Parent Should Have to Do That.

In a nation as wealthy as America, no parent should have to lie about their address to get their child into a high-quality school. Sadly, I have heard this same tale from many, many other Black families.…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
syncere-engineering

#MyBlackHistory: Here’s Why I Became an Engineer and How I’m Helping Kids Do It Too

When I was just 9 or 10 years old, I found out that I had a true love and passion for science. Now I want to see that other kids get that chance.…

By Jason Coleman

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Posted Feb. 21, 2017
davidjohns

#MyBlackHistory: Why I’m Celebrating Every Black Genius From City Blocks to the White House

We will never meet a Black child who is not a genius and there is no secret to how we support them: We first treat them as human and then we then support them with love. …

By David J. Johns

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