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The Computer Delusion

There is no good evidence that most uses of computers significantly improve teaching and learning, yet school districts are cutting programs — music, art, physical education — that enrich children’s lives to make room for this dubious nostrum, and...

Becky Guinn’s Alabama Education Newsletter

What is the HOUSSE Model? The High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) for Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT) is one method being offered to help Alabama teachers meet the HQT requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Teachers who...

Marva Collins

Comment: In early fall of 2007, a friend invited me to visit an elementary school in nearby Panama City, Florida, to hear Marva Collins. After teaching “the worst class in the school” for three hours that morning, Mrs. Collins met with the faculty and...

Psychiatric Help 5¢

From Will Fitzhugh In Peanuts, when we see Lucy offering Psychiatric Help for a nickel, we know it is a joke: (“The Psychiatrist is IN”), but when English teachers in the schools insist that students write about the most intimate details of their private...

Do You Know What Your Child Is Reading?

by Tiffany Bradley That time of year is approaching when schools send home a list of recommended or required books for summer reading. Trusting parents often take these lists as blanket approval of a book’s quality and content and dutifully take their children to the...

Sea Change in Our Educational Culture

by Wesley Fryer July 24, 2006 Please see the original for embedded links… I listened to many EXCELLENT podcasts in my 3000+ miles of driving to and from Wyoming and Montana the last couple of weeks, but the #1 podcast for me had to be the “Schlechty Center/Texas...

Peters Says Teamwork, Integrity are Key to Professional Success

Eufaula Tribune April 25, 2006 State school board member Betty Peters on Thursday praised Wallace Community College students from the Sparks Campus for their individual achievements. Yet she told the students the key to success in the real world will be their ability...

The Flickering Mind

This audio segment is based on Todd Oppenheimer’s book: “The Flickering Mind: The False Promise of Technology in the Classroom and How Learning Can Be...

Peters Elected to State School Board

This excerpt is from an article that was originally posted at the Eagle Forum upon Betty’s initial election to the Alabama School Board in 2002. Election Update – Good news for grassroots! Grassroots activists in many states have much to celebrate...

Are School Consultants Worth It?

From Investors Business Daily When Willard R. Daggett gave a day-long series of talks to the Grosse Pointe, Mich., school district last November, faculty, parents and students thought they were listening to a top expert in education. Such an expert, in fact, that...