Want to see something pretty unpleasant? Here's one charter school and their answer to how to encourage kids to get to college.
From The Guardian: are American universities turning away from "classic" books?
309 colleges made such assignments. It's a great tradition, but
something curious has happened since my days as a college student. Only
eight schools assigned anything published before 1990, and only four
assigned books that could by any stretch be considered classics.For
American college students, 1990 appears to be a historical cliff beyond
which it is rumored some books were once written, though no one is
quite sure what. Why have US colleges decided that the best way to
introduce their students to higher learning is through comic books, lite
lit, and memoirs?
Here's a report - Beach Books 2012-2013: What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class? from the National Association of Scholar.
Friday funny video (snarky but funny) from the new fight-back group, Badass Teachers. I find Secretary Duncan's "look" particularly appropriate (at least for his education thinking).
I would ask what's on your mind but I think it's probably about eking out one last summer memory with your children and/or getting ready for school and/or wondering if there will be school next week. Again, I'm sure school will start and there will be no strike.