January/February 2005

This Issue
Turning a technology mandate into a legitimate learning experience.
Fixing high schools requires radical thinking.
It’s a tragedy that the teaching profession does not get the respect in our country that it does in others [“Pay It Backward,” August/September].
The author of “Conflicts of Interest” [Comment, November/ December] was misidentified.
Arts educators are pushing for more, not less, standardization.
Brief news items from around the country.
Quotes on teaching and schools from around the country.
In-class Web logs bring out students' best—and their worst.
Science doesn't have to be boring, says educator and textbook author Sylvia Branzei—it can be disgusting.
School news from around the globe.
To counter obesity and other health problems, disabled students in Alaska are given extra attention to stay physically fit.
One district on Maryland's Eastern Shore has school managers take noneducational duties off principals' plates.
The works of Herman Melville were a hit at a recent seminar for teachers at the New York City Public Library. But one bureaucrat's demands were not.
An alternative-certification program in Chicago has made it easier for career changers to settle into the classroom.
Outward Bound forsakes the wilderness for the urban jungle to help teachers encourage student risk-taking.
Teaching must involve teamwork, and not just by choice.
Sharing an appreciation of a Scottish folk singer helped unlock history.
A professor of German who’s written many books on the influence of fairy tales has long been a critic of “platform storytelling,” which generally involves a performer, on a stage, entertaining spellbound children.
Ed schools are the Rodney Dangerfields of academic life, asserts Stanford University Education Professor David Larabee: They get no respect, not even from the students who attend them.
A magazine editor sets off on a task to read the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica. But did he learn anything?
A humorous glimpse into the college-application nightmare.
Many of this season’s picture books encourage the youngest readers (grades K-3) to look at themselves and the world in new ways.
Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools.
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.
How one environmental science teacher turned an empty lot into an open-air lab.