October 2004

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The standards movement has gone far astray, writes Ronald A. Wolk.
I found "A Dream Deferred" [May/June] to be a very interesting article, particularly the statement that "anyone who’s ever been pregnant cannot enroll" [at Clarendon Hall].
The letter from John McMahon ["Passé Professors," August/September] reminded me of an idea that I came across two decades ago.
I applaud you for publishing "Value Added" [May/June]. I enjoyed reading about the positive work of Gene Doxey.
Excellent article about the fired teacher suing his former school district ["Law and Order," Current Events, May/June].
I am sure you will have many concerned teachers and parents writing about "Playtime is Over" [Current Events, May/June].
In his article "Rhyme or Reason" [Comment, May/June], Thomas J. Hanson makes a big point.
I am a middle school teacher in the Little Rock School District. We read the article "Take It Outside" [Comment, March/April].
NCLB backers try to win over teachers with special conferences.
Brief news items from around the country.
Simulations take educational software to the next level.
Overheard quotes from around the country's schools.
An architect of standards-based reform talks about testing.
School news from around the globe.
A Maine painter’s unusual bequest has put original artwork in the hands of students across the state.
Within earshot of the frenetic midway, children of traveling carnival workers are getting a serious education.
An unknown 8th grade math teacher is taking on internationally known Senator John McCain. He won't win, but he can't lose, either.
While their actions are largely symbolic, more than half of the nation's statehouses have attempted some sort of challenge to the federal law.
Vuong Thuy's Philadelphia charter school sends all of its graduates to college—and raises eyebrows—by being tough.
For years, a computer-assissted methodology called Universal Design for Learning has enabled special-needs kids in the Boston area to stay in regular classrooms. But can it work nationwide?
Students at the top of the academic heap should challenge what’s normally taken for granted, a parent argues.
A jilted prom date makes a teacher rethink her career.
The seven authors of this volume, all prominent progressive educators and writers, acknowledge the surface appeal of the No Child Left Behind Act, passed into law in 2002.
Baby boomers (myself included) will remember what a momentous event it was when 18-year-olds got the vote in 1971.
Stories about idealistic but inexperienced teachers working in challenging urban schools generally do not have happy endings.
As a defensive lineman for the Baltimore Colts, the 6-foot-4-inch, 260-pound Joe Ehrmann was an all-pro bruiser on the field and a party animal off of it. But in 1978, after his 18-year-old brother died of cancer, Ehrmann blazed another path.
I'll confess I have little patience for most classes and workshops, whether they’re about technology or anything else. Sitting, even for a few hours, and listening to a presenter drone does little for me except help develop a strong empathy for our kids.
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.
The following are dates for workshops, conferences, and other professional development opportunities for teachers. Some events may include administrators, policymakers, parents, and others.
Following are application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Ralph Howell offers kids a look through the eye of a needle.