Â The 98th Carnival of Education
Step right up to the best writing in the field of education.Â Take off your shoes, relax and stay awhile.
Thanks for visiting the 98th Edition of the Carnival of Education.Â Next week’s carnival will be hosted by Darren at Right on the Left Coast.Â Send your submissions to mrmillermathteacher (at) yahoo (dot) com or use this handy dandy submission form.Â Posts should be submitted by 5 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, December 26th.
Now, on with this week’s Carnival of Education!
Tales From the Classroom
In “A Simple Question Can Answer A Lot,” Chanman at Buckhorn Road tells about a student who asked him a question - just a simple question that the student didn’t think twice about, but which made Chanman think that sometimes teaching is like “trying to empty the ocean with a shot glass.”
The Lives of Teachers
If you’ve considered learning a foreign language, John Wesley at Pick the Brain - Wit and Wisdom for Your InspirationÂ asks us to consider 5 Great Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language.Â He then provides us with “How to Teach Yourself a Foreign Language.”
The moral and ethical ills of society have become the ills of the public education system. The remedy for the unhealthy condition of the public schools begins with the renewed health of society as a whole
We allÂ have favorite students - even if we won’t admit it openly. Mr. McNamar at The Daily Grind distinguishes between “having favorites” and “playing favorites” and then presents “My Ten Favorite Students“.Â If you’re a teacher, you know them all!
The Lives of Students
When my teacher came by to visit a few days after school was out for the summer she brought my report card. (Yes teachers, doctors and pastors were expected to make house calls.)
TheÂ Blogging Life of Teachers
Â Â Â Technology
Sagar Satapathy presents Endorsement of online education plan of UI on hold! posted at Online University Lowdown.
The Big Picture: Issues, PhilosophyÂ Â Â Â Â Â and Advice
The U.S. spends more on education than most other industrialized nations but performs worse, the report says. Remarkably, it doesnâ€™t call for spending more money on education. It calls for spending it differently.
EdWonk at The Education Wonks discusses the same report.Â Â In “Wonkitorial: Another Report That’llÂ Be Ignored,” he writes:Â Â
We have a commission that says, in so many words, that if teachers were compensated better, then school districts could be much more selective in who they hire. As classroom service would suddenly become very attractive to legions of our “best and brightest” young (and not-so-young) people, the overall quality of the classroom teaching talent would improve. Just like private enterprise. And like private enterprise, those employees who can not (or will not) perform will be out.
In Classrooms Evolved, Introduction: A Philosophy of Teaching at tdaxp, Dan tdaxp presents a philosophy of teaching focused on the college level, combining peer instruction and classroom democracy.Â
It seems to me that the primary reason why many kids fail to learn to read on a timely basis is because many educators don’t want to put in the effort necessary to teach them. When given a choice, they will invariably pick the reading program and activities that require the least amount of teaching and effort.
Ryan at Edspresso writes about “the lack of autonomy teachers and principals have in todayâ€™s democratically-governed school systems, and how choice can help remedy the problem” inÂ “Democratic governance of schools, part II: choice and autonomy (or: leave the coach alone!).”
Ms. Cornelius of A Shrewdness of Apes discusses the use of incentives to improve school attendance in “In which I pull together the ultimate meaning of the educational universe as explained in the media.”
Matt at Going to the MatÂ writes about the lackÂ of emphasisÂ on anything but Reading and Math when it comes to NCLB in “Don’t Know Much About History (and other subjects).”
Phil at Phil for HumanityÂ submits “Why Public Schools are Failures to the Best Students.”
Growing up through the public school system, I can attest that our school system does not bring out the full potential of students. Not even from the best students either. Sure, the public school system has a plethora of success stories, however I strongly believe that there are at least an equal number of contradicting stories on how the schools failed individuals, especially gifted and honor students.
Jill Davidson presents Using Student Work and Performance as Our Guiding Light posted at The Essential Blog.Â She writes:
Annie Chien, science teacher at New York City’s School of the Future, writes about how student participation should be based on an intense focus on students’ work, minds, and skills. “I want raw evidence of student learning, and a juicy conversation with the teacher and student on the process of making such great understanding.”
Alexander at This Week in Education discusses the Fordham Foundation in “How The ‘Influentials’ Report Gets (Nearly) Everything Wrong.”
Bob Sipchen writes aboutÂ the issues involved whenÂ The National Science Teachers Association refused a gift of 50,000Â copies Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” in An Inconvenient Clash of Science and Marketing posted at School Me!.Â (Note: Sorry for the earlier error in identifying the writer of this post. Thanks to Janine for letting me know.)
Chris at Practical Theory writes about “Dealing with the Worst Consequences of Your Best Ideas.”
Homeschooling and Parenting
So why is everyone up in arms about homeschool? Was not homeschool the only school for hundreds of years? God didnâ€™t set up a public school in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve didnâ€™t kiss their children goodbye as they boarded the camel bus to go to the nearby public school when they were five years old. What makes people think that children being taught by their mothers and fathers is such a bad thing?
Politics and Publicity
Â The AFT could point reporters toÂ examples ofÂ ”regular,” high-poverty, urban public schools that are doing amazing things in school districts across the country, but it seems thatÂ they don’t regard that sort of story as “sexy” enough.Â Perhaps we should enlist the help of Justin Timberlake in “bringing sexy back” to press coverage of public schools.
The HolidaysÂ and Education
Ms. SuperScience presents What to buy your favorite science teacher for the holidays at Beautiful Biology: Ramblings of a Science Teacher.Â I have to admit that she suggests some gifts I’ve never considered.Â Just reading the list is entertaining.Â Here’s an example:
Atom Joke T-shirt - I love this joke - two atoms walk into a bar (or school, whatever) and one says, “oh my gosh, I lost an electron”. The other atom says, “Are you sure?” and the first atom says, “Yes, I’m POSITIVE!” What’s not to love? Gets groans every time from the students.
And finally, I offer some suggestions on wonderful children’s picture books to give as Christmas gifts in “Christmas Gifts for Young Children - BOOKS!”
This wraps up this edition of the Carnival of Education.Â Thanks for sharing it with us.Â