May/June 2004

This Issue
Why all students need individualized education programs.
  • Loaded Language
  • Wedge Driver
  • Parent Trap
  • Second Look
  • Fuzzy Math
  • Music Man
  • Calendar Guise
  • Dollar Daze
  • Lost Faith
  • Well-Read
  • Sub Support
  • Cut Lines
  • PC Point
  • Tune In
There's no time for play—kindergartners have to buckle down.

Down the Drain

Administrators at a suburban New Jersey school quickly flushed a widely ridiculed policy limiting students to 15 bathroom breaks per month. Lawrence Middle School, which has had behavioral problems, implemented the policy in January to help control the movement of students. Officials upped the limit to 30 bathroom visits after outraged parents complained and a national media furor ensued. "This can’t be healthy," parent Susan Gregory told the Times of Trenton.
The Internet is gradually helping teachers manage their careers.
Harassed by unruly students, David Pitone fights back.


Don’t Re Mi: Here’s one song Julie Andrews wouldn’t be caught dead singing. The Mainichi Daily News reports that an elementary school principal taught 4th grade students a macabre version of "Do, Re, Mi," the chirpy song from The Sound of Music. The principal, who was substituting for the class’s absent teacher, substituted new lyrics, all of which were related to death. The principal says he did so only because "the kids were all a bit bored." Singing the song in Japanese, the principal made references to skulls, hearses, and mummies before ending the song by saying to pupils, "All right, now let’s die." School board members were not pleased.
A rural school offers state-of-the-art computer training that challenges conventional wisdom about vocational education.
A self-described rebel who was kicked out of school seems an unlikely candidate to teach kids values, but that's what Gene Doxey has done for years.
Drawing from her experiences, Chicago teacher Toni Billingsley pushes students with troubled backgrounds to excel.
A student-centered boarding school that inspired education reformers in the 1960s is very much alive. But is it still relevant?
A suburban Chicago school simulates the annual Alaskan Iditarod dog sled race.
In the rural South Carolina county where Brown v. Board had its roots more than a half-century ago, segregation continues.
Have cart, will travel—a first-year teacher's odyssey.
A gifted child is shortchanged by a mediocre system.
Make education relevant, or pay the price later.
School shootings revisited, and lessons learned in college.
Behind the scenes at the International Mathematical Olympiad.
Chinese fairy tales.
Rita Williams-Garcia takes on a brutal custom.
A Hatchet sequel from Gary Paulsen.
A trouble-making camper is sent to live with her two quirky uncles.
Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Following are application deadlines for awards, honors, and contests available to teachers. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Following are dates for workshops, conferences, and other professional development opportunities for teachers. Some events may include administrators, policymakers, parents, and others. The list is organized by region, though some events are national meetings. Registration deadlines may close before the date of the event. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
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Bonus? What teacher's bonus?
Bill Coate’s students unearth the past.