There seems to be an avalanche of good school reform-related posts and articles being published this week:
Military Children Stay a Step Ahead of Public School Students is from The New York Times. It highlights the academic achievement by students at schools on military bases. Here’s an excerpt:
Test preparation? “No,” Ms. Kapiko said. “That’s not done in Department of Defense schools. We don’t even have test prep materials.”
At schools here, standardized tests are used as originally intended, to identify a child’s academic weaknesses and assess the effectiveness of the curriculum.
Ms. Kapiko has been a principal both inside and outside the gates and believes that military base schools are more nurturing than public schools. “We don’t have to be so regimented, since we’re not worried about a child’s ability to bubble on a test,” she said.
Military children are not put through test prep drills. “For us,” Ms. Kapiko said, “children are children; they’re not little Marines.”
Is anybody at the Department of Education listening?
Where do teachers come from? is by John Merrow. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Attracting The “Best Candidates” To Teaching.
Profits and Questions at Online Charter Schools is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to A Beginning “The Best…” List On The Dangers Of Privatizing Public Education.