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1. Milk and Education
School Reform at BellaOnline.com
2. Beware Education Fads
As long as it’s possible to obtain a doctorate in education, classroom teachers are going to be deluged with “research-based innovations” of doubtful value.
3. Education Without Humanity
If the public school system is to produce a unified, compassionate citizenry, then a different approach is needed in the earliest grades.
4. Misspelling as Warning Signal
Something is not right when the same adults who are able to perform basic math functions and recall song lyrics and sports statistics are unable to spell the words they use in day-to-day writing.
5. Enough of the College Hype Already
School reform that pretends that every child MUST go to college is abysmally unhelpful.
6. Driving Teachers Away
Statistics from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future found that “in urban districts, close to 50 percent of newcomers leave the profession during their first five years of teaching.” Teachers are leaving the profession because they are being treated with the same sort of contempt
7. New Florida Law Elevates Uninformed Opinion
Parents who object to current scientific and cultural views have a right to their opinions. They do not have the right to interfere in the education of children not their own.
8. Betsy DeVos's Dream Budget
Betsy DeVos wants to cut the federal education budget by $9 billion.
9. Stop Devaluing Standard English in the Schools
Language is the vehicle of education and the transmission of culture. Teachers especially need to value their native language and its literature. It is not enough to be a math teacher or P.E. teacher. All teachers must be English teachers.
10. Teachers Mentors and Purblind Politicians
Vocational education deserves more respect in public education, but it should not be viewed as "more important" than the academic skills associated with what some politicians refer to as "traditional" education, as if they were opposites. In the twenty-first century, "book learning" is for everyone
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