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Kneeling during the national anthem: At schools, it’s protected speech

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By Julie Underwood If high school football players — or other public school athletes — choose to “take a knee” during upcoming competitions, the First Amendment will support their action. NFL football differs from public high school football in many ways. Different rules apply — and not just different rules of play. As employees, professional [...]

Research and teacher self-inquiry reawaken learning

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Some of the most useful research and thinking about education can happen with teachers in the classroom. By Megan Blumenreich and Beverly Falk  Teachers learn a lot from their everyday work as teachers. Encouraging teachers to think and act like researchers can build capacities for learning — for both teachers and students — when teachers [...]

Helicopter parents can be a good thing

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Overprotective and overinvolved parents generally get a bad rap, but they can be a teacher’s ally and asset. By Julie Hiltz I work at an elementary school where helicopter parents are as ubiquitous as gold stars and untied shoelaces. There are parents who arrive for Meet the Teacher night an hour early before you’ve gotten [...]

Teacher resents being told to assign antiquated work

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Q: I’ve been teaching math for four years but will be new at my school this year. I’m also about 35 years younger than the head of my department. He assigned his incoming students pages and pages of summer math problems. They’re pretty brainless, rote stuff. It’s the kind of antiquated homework I did as [...]

Student discipline: The shame of shaming

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A review of policy documents from nine leading charter management organizations reveals support for disciplinary practices that entail the shaming of students. By Joan F. Goodman  The ancient practice of shaming in school — remember dunce caps? — has recently resurfaced in the press. According to the New York Times, students who owe money to [...]

The big picture: How many people influence a student’s life? 

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Schools must connect the strands across dozens of teachers, thousands of lessons, and 15,000 hours of schooling to ensure that each student leaves as a well-educated, decent human being. By Kim Marshall The graphic below shows a hypothetical student’s journey from kindergarten through 12th grade. In each year, the width of the rectangles represents the [...]

The medium is us

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“We become what we behold  . . . We shape our tools and, afterward, our tools shape us.” — Marshall McLuhan Periodically, I see a query about what person, living or dead, you would most like as a dinner partner. High on my list is Marshall McLuhan. In college, I was captivated by the ideas [...]

Using Advanced Placement as a lever for social justice

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Encouraging and allowing students to enroll in rigorous courses is a critical first step in providing more equity in high schools.  The former school superintendent of Hartford, Conn., Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, once told me that “the public education system is the great sorting mechanism for American society.” I use that line often, as it succinctly conveys [...]

The privacy of a student’s backpack

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  Does a student have a reasonable expectation of privacy when he leaves a backpack behind? Is the school behaving reasonably when personnel open an unattended backpack? School personnel must often balance a student’s right to privacy with a school’s interest in protecting all students. A recent decision by the Ohio Supreme Court brings to [...]

Could American support for public education be slipping?

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According to this year’s PDK poll, many parents would be willing to abandon public schools if a voucher were dangled before them. Is this really a shift in public opinion or just a reflection of what might be best for their own child? Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to participate in an international [...]

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