Monthly Archives: January 2017

Betsy DeVos has no idea about IDEA

Sen. Hassan Questions DeVos During the confirmation hearing of Trump’s controversial pick for Secretary of Education, nominee Betsy DeVos revealed that she had no idea about IDEA.  Senator Tim Kaine asked if she believed that schools should be required to … Continue reading

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Good Intentions Yielding Poor Results

  Perhaps this is naïve, but I am convinced that anyone who enters education does so with good intentions. Whether it’s the grassroots level of teaching or policy-making at the Capitol, you are entering a field of underpay and budget … Continue reading

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Students, Welcome Home(school)!

Earlier this week, a classmate of mine created an awesome and thought-provoking post on our blog regarding her experience with homeschooling (if you haven’t read it yet, make sure to check it out here!)  As you’ll see in the post, she … Continue reading

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Special Needs Education: Quality AND Quantity

An interesting article I found, “Is The Bar Too Low For Special Education“, addresses this issue. According to the article there is currently a case in the Supreme Court centered on the issue of how public schools teach special education. … Continue reading

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Schooling and Self-Esteem: In Defense of Confidence

All of a sudden, it’s become vogue to assert that American children have a very big problem: they like themselves too much. I was struck recently when I read two articles from the centrist, business-oriented publication The Economist. One, “You … Continue reading

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Salvation in the Secular Age: Religious Texts in the Classroom

I am a humanist agnostic, from a family of agnostics and atheists, and I think that students would benefit from more exposure to religious literature in the classroom. Let me explain. I was brought up in a Unitarian-Universalist church. Unitarian-Universalism … Continue reading

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Proficiency or Growth?

For years there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the debate of the best way to measure school quality. The two most common arguments are to either measure for proficiency or growth. While there are other options, the … Continue reading

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