Just how important is providing all students a safe and secure learning environment? While drug searches in our schools have been around for decades, and the case law empowering local school districts to do so seems quite clear, such searches can divide a community, resulting in some very heated rhetoric and accusations. Are we really taking issue with zero-tolerance drug policies in the schools and questioning the right to a safe and drug-free learning environment?
We Need a National Curriculum!
First it was common core standards. Then common core assessments. Today, the Al Shanker Institute started talking about common core curriculum. But instead of calling for a true national curriculum, the logical next step in the common core movement, they call for curriculum, defined as a “sequential set of guidelines in the core academic disciplines.” is it too bold to ask for someone, anyone to come out and call for a national curriculum?
Are TFA Teachers Well-Trained Teachers?
We all know Teach for America. We know them to be some of the best-selected new teachers. Some of the most committed. Some of the best intended. But at a time when we still struggle to identify what is effective teacher preparation, can we really say that TFA teachers are “well-trained?”
Is Parental Engagement So Wrong?
Blogging can often be a lonely sport. One man, one computer. If you are fortunate, you get folks who will comment on your posts or engage via email. But it can be a very wordy game of electronic solitaire.