Self Reported Grades

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What do students think their own grades should be? Do students always think their grades should be higher? Do teachers grade students lower in order to motivate student efforts? What is the role of student expectations in future educational settings? … Continued

Inequality Between Schools

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Different Neighbors The words “Equity” and “Access” and “Quality” are used to indicate the goals we have for the US K-12 educational system. These goals center around providing everyone an equal chance to access a quality curriculum in schools. But … Continued

USDOE and ART

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I want to give a big shout out to the US Department of Education (USDOE) for sponsoring rotating art exhibits inside their headquarters in Washington DC. I was lucky enough to be part of arts advocacy day on March 5, … Continued

National Policy in Washington

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I am down here in Washington to attend several policy gatherings. One was last Thursday at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where the promise of school integration for all children was discussed. The other policy event is the National … Continued

Helping Teachers Teach

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Professionalism All of the work to date to improve teaching has resulted in a general level of professionalism that can be seen in most classrooms. This general level of professionalism includes the ability to start classes with a review of … Continued

School Change

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When we talk about changing schools, everyone has a different reaction. Some view this as a futile attempt to change for no reason and some view it as the natural progression of the life of schools. When schools do change, … Continued

Unpacking the Dream

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream that all men were created equal echoed the founding fathers of America. As opposed to the aristocracy of the Europe class system from which they came or fled, America would treat everyone as equal under … Continued

Access and Equity

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Authority The American system of education is not a national system of education, but rather, a local authority system of towns, regions and state schools. Each public school has been built and supported by a local educational authority, which most … Continued