March 14, 2013 |
Do you drea m about books of enchantment? Do you know the difference between sandstone and cobblestone? Does the word "creeper" give you, well, the creeps? If you answered yes to any of the above, you are probably a Minecraft kid. And you're not alone. More than 9.6 million people have downloaded the video game in little more than a year. Would you be shocked if your teacher assigned you to play Minecraft at school? At a few area schools, teachers are doing just that.
March 30, 2009 |
You might call it the Obama-Duncan-Gates-Rhee philosophy of education reform. Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder turned full-time philanthropist, visited The Post last week to talk, among other things, about how to improve schools for the nation's poorest children. That so many children in this country cannot live up to their potential because they are born in poverty and attend terrible schools is one of the nation's greatest scandals, as Gates pointed out in his recent letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates...
January 8, 2013 |
Even as most of the nation's 15,000 public school districts roll out new systems to evaluate teachers, many are still struggling with a central question: What's the best way to identify an effective educator? After a three-year, $45 million research project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes it has some answers. The most reliable way to evaluate teachers is to use a three-pronged approach built on student test scores, classroom observations by multiple reviewers and teacher...
January 27, 2009
Backpack bulging, worksheets galore, read this, study that . . . all after seven hours in school already. HOMEWORK. If you think kids are the only ones who disagree with teachers about the need for homework, you may be surprised to learn that many parents don't like homework any more than their kids do. A new survey shows that parents and teachers don't always agree on why homework is assigned -- or how involved parents should be in helping...
September 17, 2012 |
Teachers are heroes, not villains, and it's time to stop demonizing them. It has become fashionable to blame all of society's manifold sins and wickedness on "teachers unions," as if it were possible to separate these supposedly evil organizations from the dedicated public servants who belong to them. News flash: Collective bargaining is not the problem, and taking that right away from teachers will not fix the schools. It is true that teachers in Chicago have dug in their heels against Mayor Rahm Emanuel's demands for " reform ," some...
November 12, 2011 |
Regardless of whether you liked the results, the Fairfax school board elections Tuesday had at least one positive outcome. The campaign raised awareness of a bureaucratic ailment that's becoming a regionwide classroom epidemic: the overburdening of teachers with paperwork. Everyone from school board members to administrators agrees it's a problem, but it keeps getting bigger anyway. The mania for more student data, more meetings to discuss the data and more high-level monitoring of the data is demoralizing teachers...