The Role of Money in Charter Schools

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Money can not be divorced from human activity. So it is with schools and the frustration many years ago about the cost of bloated school administrations. The flattened management structure, often referred to as lean, came to influence school financing … Continued

Early Arts Research

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One of the first research reports on the arts in education was called, “Basic Abilities Required for Understanding and Creation in the Arts,” by Nelson Goodman, David Perkins and Howard Gardner. In their Final Report (1972) they talk about why … Continued

Learning and the Brain

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I went to this three-day conference over the weekend along with about a 1,000 teachers and 50 researchers. We were treated to a most informative set of ideas with Keynote speakers like Sir Ken Robinson, Bob Sternberg, Jerome Kagen, Mariale … Continued

Armistice Day

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100 years ago, the Allies of World War I signed the agreement to accept the Surrender of the Germans and the cessation of hostilities everywhere. On the anniversary of this historic ending of a World War, we remember the acts … Continued

Professional Practice in the Arts

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In this era of multiple proposals for improving schools, the arts provide an interesting strategy that combines natural engagement with increased learning. The arts are always perceived as fun and interesting to students. They expect to have choices in the … Continued

Changing Testing Accountability

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Texas Miracle After the 1983 landmark study called, “A Nation at Risk,” some of the locusts of accountability shifted away from teachers, the principal and schools and towards testing scores. The idea of using test scores to hold schools accountable … Continued

Birth of A Baby

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Mother’s Milk It is hard to ignore the event of birth and its implications for children’s learning. In case this seems like a reach for educational study, consider the response many years ago by the head of the Carnegie Endowment, … Continued

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