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Is Teach For America a Learning Organization? I applaud Dick Murnane's focus on how we can foster the growth of schools as learning organizations. Murnane reminds us that tackling the improvement of the K-12 education of America's most disadvantaged children will require that we see the multiple pieces of the puzzle. Instead of relying on one simple approach, we need to step back and frame some large research questions.
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Beyond the Bullies: Bystanders and Instigators Enable Aggression Bruce Springsteen refers to high school as the "glory days" in one of his popular songs, and he regrets that the high school years pass by so quickly. Yet the sad truth is that high school is a far cry from glorious for children and youth experiencing bullying and harassment.
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What You Might Not Know About “Common Core Standards.” The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers have proposed a set of common core standards for English and math for children in kindergarten through grade 12. Forty-eight states (all but Alaska and Texas) agreed to participate in creating these standards. President Obama has announced his intention to link Title I funding to the adoption of the standards.
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Will the Apple iPad Transform Schools? The recent introduction of devices like the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad is a reminder that the printed book will evolve in the face of new digital devices, new capabilities for users, and new business models. In some disciplines taught in institutions of higher education, such as statistics, there is already substantial use of electronic textbooks. Change is coming to the K-12 schools, too.
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Duncan’s Message for Year 2: Move Out of Your Comfort Zone Declaring, "We must educate our way to a new economy," Arne Duncan came to his alma mater last week and clicked off the tasks for his second year as secretary of education. During his speech at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Duncan also addressed some of the more controversial aspects of his first year, including support for merit pay, charter schools, and competitive grants.
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How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up The tragic deaths of Lawrence King (age 13), Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover (age 11), and Jaheem Herrera (age 11)--all victims of school-based homophobia--serve as stark reminders that American schools remain unsafe for many young people who perform gender in a way that may not match dominant social norms.
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Another Missed Opportunity for Reform? Today, states across the country will submit applications to the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top fund.
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Looking Back, Looking Forward Volume 1, No. 1--the first-ever issue of the Harvard Education Letter--looks older than its 25 years. The well-thumbed issue we keep in our makeshift archive (a plastic three-ring binder) is slightly tattered, the words worn where the issue was folded in three for mailing. All three holes in its three-hole punch are ripped.
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“Platooning” and the Industrial Model of Schooling "Platooning" is another example of the intensification of the factory model of schooling which ignores most of what we've learned from scientific psychology about how human beings learn and grow.
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"Platooning" Touches a Nerve Reaction to my story on efforts to departmentalize elementary education around the country has come fast and furious since it was published in this month's Harvard Education Letter.
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