June 9th, 2006

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I'm slowly drowning . . .

Nice weather, various commitments, and real life has slowed down my post frequency. It's a cool, wet Friday afternoon, the soccer games are over, so I should be able to catch up a bit . . .

Quick recaps:
  • Current Music
    The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of .. (WOXY.com [24k aac+])
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Education Links

Interesting piece over on Education Week (registration required) about helping teachers by giving them an income tax break. The author argues this point by saying that teacher pay isn't going to increase, that the country has historically used tax code to reward "desirable social behaviors" (e.g. homeownership and military). Surprisingly, the article mentions that VISTAs and Peace Corps members used to get tax breaks. (The author is chairman emeritus and a director of TFA - a good example of how TFA is about creating change agents, not just excellent teachers.)

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Three little links . . .

Can cellphones be used effectively in the classroom? The author proposes that with so many students having phones, the technology (text, camera, etc) can, and should be leveraged in the classroom. Definitely opportunity thinking as opposed to critical (or obstacle) thinking, and there are some interesting comments, mainly talking about how educators need to meet students where they are, rather than expecting things to be how they were when they were students.

Enhancing the Value of Public Education: Lessons from the Private Sector - I'm surprised I haven't seen more pieces like this one, that look at the lessons public schools can learn from private schools. Charter schools should be the epitome of this - subsidized but still able to implement innovative programs . . . the question becomes are these schools too entrenched in the same old, same old, or is there something fundamentally flawed?

Lastly, a piece about playing sports and civic engagement . . .