August 20, 2013 |
Most D.C. charter schools pay teachers less the traditional school system, but minimum and maximum salaries do not tell the whole story. The starting-salary data for some charters includes relatively low-paid teachers-in-training, who work alongside a mentor, gradually taking on more responsibility as the year progresses. AppleTree Early Learning, for example, a well-regarded charter with seven campuses for preschool and kindergarten students, staffs every classroom with three adults: a...
August 30, 2013 |
Betsy Karasik is a writer and former lawyer. There is a painfully uncomfortable episode of " Louie " in which the comedian Louis C.K. muses that maybe child molesters wouldn't kill their victims if the penalty weren't so severe. Everyone I know who watches the show vividly recalls that scene from 2010 because it conjures such a witches' cauldron of taboo, disgust and moral outrage, all wrapped around a disturbing kernel of truth. I have similar ambivalence about the case...
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...
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.
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...
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 " ...