May/June 2005

Teacher, Vol. 16, Issue 06
Curriculum Opinion Book Review: The Art of Teaching
Jay Parini—esteemed poet, novelist, and Frost biographer—may be a professor of English at Middlebury College, but what he writes about teaching will be of keen interest to all educators, especially young ones.
April 15, 2014
1 min read
Curriculum Opinion Book Review: Does God Belong in Public Schools?
A professor at the Columbia University School of Law demonstrates that during the past two decades, the legal answer to the question posed in the title has been a conditional "yes."
May 1, 2005
1 min read
Teaching Raising the Bar
An acclaimed ballet dancer returns home to Florida's so-called Redneck Riviera and opens a magnet school for dance.
Aaron Dalton, April 15, 2005
12 min read
Researcher David Brusma.
Researcher David Brusma.
Photo by Ed Pfueller
School Climate & Safety Interview: Clothes-Minded
Researcher David Brunsma gives the public school uniform craze a dressing down.
April 15, 2005
6 min read
Teaching Beyond the Basics
Full-day kindergarten is catching on nationwide.
Linda Jacobson, April 15, 2005
3 min read
Technology has blurred the distinction between plagiarism and research.
Technology has blurred the distinction between plagiarism and research.
Photo by David Kidd
Education Keeping It Real
Teachers take preventive measures to stop online plagiarism.
April 15, 2005
4 min read
Federal Opinion Directionless Dictates
A new national technology plan lacks one thing: Vision.
Doug Johnson, April 15, 2005
3 min read
Student Well-Being Opinion The Silent Majority
Kids can play a much larger role in reforming their schools.
Ronald A. Wolk, April 15, 2005
3 min read
The Untouchables
Glynis Sweeny
Education Opinion The Untouchables
New teachers quickly learn whom not to cross.
Edmund Janko, April 15, 2005
3 min read
Opting Out
NIP Rogers
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Opting Out
The AP program may be booming, but not at every school.
Bruce G. Hammond, April 15, 2005
6 min read
Education Opinion Learning to Crawl
A first-year teacher discovers that inspiration can dangle from the ceiling.
Sarah Field, April 15, 2005
3 min read
International Philosophical Differences
Unlike its neighbour to the south, Canada has made parochial schools public in many of its provinces.
Patrick J. McCloskey, April 15, 2005
14 min read
Since it’s within walking distance of Bell Cudahy K-8 Span School in California, where Stevens teaches 6th grade math and science, the river is a convenient place to introduce field science to students participating in the Reading the River project she created.
Since it’s within walking distance of Bell Cudahy K-8 Span School in California, where Stevens teaches 6th grade math and science, the river is a convenient place to introduce field science to students participating in the Reading the River project she created.
Photo by Steve Goldstein
Science Unnatural Science
Kathryn Stevens finds signs of life in a concrete-lined river.
April 15, 2005
1 min read
Curriculum Whales on Stilts and A House of Tailors
Tales of travel, adolescent strength, and stilt-walking whales.
Lani Harac, April 15, 2005
2 min read
Samuel Freedman: Discovering a parent's personal history.
Samuel Freedman: Discovering a parent's personal history.
Curriculum Opinion Excerpt: The Promise of Youth
How a school in 1930s New York let immigrant students shine.
Samuel G. Freedman, April 15, 2005
10 min read
As a teen in British boarding schools, Paul Watkins time-traveled by writing stories set in the past.
Photo by Emile Wamsteker
Teaching Historical Figure
As writer in residence at a New Jersey prep school, novelist Paul Watkins discovered that teaching and writing about the past go hand in hand.
Rich Shea, April 15, 2005
26 min read
Urban Teacher Academy Program trainee Elizabeth Noel, who's also a student at Stranahan High, reads to first grader Rayon James.
Urban Teacher Academy Program trainee Elizabeth Noel, who's also a student at Stranahan High, reads to first grader Rayon James.
Photo by David Kidd
School Choice & Charters Homegrown
Desperate for quality teachers who won't flinch at a challenge, educators in one Florida district are offering full scholarships and guaranteed jobs to a local corps of high schoolers.
Scott J. Cech, April 15, 2005
17 min read
Education Dispatches
School news from around the globe.
E. Merle Watkins, April 15, 2005
2 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Bull’s-Eye
I’ve enjoyed Teacher Magazine for several years, but the November/December issue seemed to have something for me at every turn. My sister went to Simon’s Rock [“Classic Rock”]; my brother had Frank McCourt for high school English at Stuyvesant in the ’70s [“Joyless Endeavors,” Comment]; my own school is a one-room school on an “isolated island” [“Lost & Found”]; we had one of those “Flat Stanleys” visit here [“Paper Trail”]—we took snapshots of him “playing hockey” on a frozen puddle—and I’m currently reading The Arctic Schooner Bowdoin to my middle schoolers, and the author just mentioned the Clearwater [“Hudson River School”]! Just thought I’d let you know how well you’re hitting the mark around here.
April 15, 2005
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Peer Review
I enjoyed the column by Tony Wagner suggesting that, as do other professionals, teachers would benefit from observing each other in practice [“The Buddy System,” Comment, January/February]. I was pleased to read that such a program was being tried in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. However, I was disappointed to see no information on the results of this effort.
April 15, 2005
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Dropout Drama
I really enjoyed reading “Dropouts In America” [Books, March/ April]. In 1977, I dropped out. I fought to keep my son from leaving school and did a homeschool program just to get the diploma. I now fight again with my 16-year-old to stay in school. “Why? It is such a waste of time”; “They have no idea how to teach”; “I am not learning.” He is right. For 12 years, I fought our broken public school system. My children all have superior to high-average IQs in a broken system of special education that has failed to teach reading, writing, and math.
April 15, 2005
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor In Good Company
I was tantalized when I saw the name “Melville” on your front cover and then became excited when I read in the Contents the name “Bartleby” [“Bartleby, Savitri, & Me,” January/February]. I just completed a unit on “Bartleby, the Scrivener” in my classroom.
April 15, 2005
1 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Collective Memory
What a surprise to read the feature article “Home Base” in the March/April issue. I have been an elementary teacher at Patch Barracks for many years and can relate to much of what Mr. Toner wrote. His favorite teacher, Mr. Hanks, was a friend of mine, and he is truly missed. I have shared this article with my colleagues, and I hope that Mr. Hanks’ widow has also read the article.
April 15, 2005
2 min read
Education Letter to the Editor Room To Grow
I have just read the article profiling John Parker of the Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, school district [“Greener Pastures,” March/April]. In an era when the standardized test increasingly seems to be heralded as the one-stop fix for nearly every educational challenge, John Parker has determinedly and steadfastly championed good teaching and hands-on learning to develop creative, innovative thinkers, not just skilled test-takers.
April 15, 2005
1 min read
Education Overheard
Notable quotes on teaching and schools from around the country.
April 15, 2005
1 min read
CO-SEED's David Sobel advocates teaching kids about where they live, "because that's a place they can do something about."
CO-SEED's David Sobel advocates teaching kids about where they live, "because that's a place they can do something about."
Photo by Sam Swope
Teaching Opinion A Sense of Place
One of the gurus of environmental education helps students act globally by thinking locally—starting in their schools' backyards.
Sam Swope, April 15, 2005
17 min read
Education Awards
Application deadlines for awards, honors, and contests available to teachers.
April 15, 2005
5 min read
Education Grants
Application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools.
April 15, 2005
6 min read
Education For Your Students
Application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
April 15, 2005
10 min read