Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Test-prep. . .a bad idea. . .

Great new study out of Chicago concerning test-prep for the ACT.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Nation at Risk?

My recent Op-Ed in The State.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New SC legislation attacking our schools

Pay attention to this bill.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Recommended reading. . .

I have mentioned these and wanted to be sure you had access to the suggestions. If you ever read any of these and want to talk, I would be more than happy to chat. . .

I Don't Believe in Atheists, Chris Hedges

American Fascists, Chris Hedges

Meeting Jesus again for the First Time, Marcus Borg

The God We Never Knew
, Marcus Borg

Thursday, May 8, 2008

CLP opportunities

One section of the CLP on May 15 addressing the Bush Administration and Education will explore these issues.

And my portion will be with this in mind from former U. S. President Theodore Roosevelt:

"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."

"Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star", 149

May 7, 1918

Monday, May 5, 2008

What students read?

Consider this study, claiming to identify what students read by grade.

Cinco de Mayo

Know your Cinco de Mayo history!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

NCLB, Reading First—Continued Failures

"Students enrolled in a $6 billion federal reading program that is at the heart of the No Child Left Behind law are not reading any better than those who don't participate, according to a U.S. government report."

Read the article here.

And more here.

The report:

Reading First Impact Study: Interim Report