Did you watch the GOP debate last night? Very entertaining and I give FOX credit for asking some truly pointed questions. Yes, Common Core DID come up and guess what? Not much love on that stage for it. (Speaking of presidential candidates, a checklist for progressive candidates on public education from Gadflyonthewall Blog.)
"What are THOSE?" Do you know this new kids' meme? I didn't until I saw this article. Read and learn so that you won't be like Michael Jordan and be mystified.
PBS Newshour story on teaching students the realities of war via telegrams and love letters. I myself have a couple of telegrams from WWII my father sent to his first wife and children, telling them that he couldn't wait to come back to them.
From the Wait, What? public ed blog, coverage of WA BOE's decision on SBAC.
Great NPR story on the guy who's the head of the Mars EDL (entry, descent, landing) team - he had a tough time in school before he found his way. Good story to tell the kids.
Steltzner's path to becoming team leader for this new Mars lander was hardly direct. Unlike many successful engineers, he struggled at school. An elementary school principal told him he wasn't very bright. His high school experience seemed to confirm that.
"I passed my geometry class the second time with an F plus, because the teacher just didn't want to see me again," he says.
But then something happened. As Steltzner tells it, he was on his way home from playing music at a club one night when he became fascinated with the stars, especially the constellation of Orion.What's on your mind?
"The fact that it was in a different place in the sky at night when I returned home from playing a gig, than it had been when I'd driven out to the gig," he said. "And I had only some vague recollection from my high school time that something was moving with respect to something else, but that was it."
As crazy as it sounds, that experience was enough to motivate him to take a physics course at the local community college. That did it. He was hooked.