March/April 2005

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States still don't know what it means to spend their education dollars effectively, says Ronald A. Wolk.
I was particularly enjoying the interview “Totally Engrossed” [Current Events, January/February, ] until I came upon some words that made me gasp out loud.
There are so many issues intertwined in the theory of performance-based teacher salaries, as discussed in “Performance Anxiety” [November/ December].
I very much enjoyed the Perspective column in the November/December issue of Teacher [“Still Tinkering”].
To suggest that honor students only complete service for the hours is an insult to them and a damning commentary of Good’s own parenting skills.
While AP goes mainstream, colleges rethink its value.
Brief news items from around the country.
Notable quotes on teaching and schools from around the country.
Many schools are trying to leave no immigrant family behind.
Shopping center gift certificates, a full-scale carnival on school grounds, and laptop computers are just some of the incentives being offered to boost student attendance.
School news from around the globe.
Rural districts usually have a tough time attracting new teachers. But one in North Carolina is defying the odds.
For the first time, the push to quantify achievement is starting to cross over to financial matters.
A new schoool funding system makes every student count.
Several states are implementing pay-for-performance salary plans.
Two lifelong math teachers create an after-school program that brings their passion for the subject full circle.
When wide-scale disaster hits a region, reopening schools is among the first priorities of relief officials. Enter UNICEF's school-in-a-box kits.
By tracking coyotes through urban neighborhoods, high school students help dispel unbased fears.
A former farm kid milks her experiences for all they're worth.
A once-skeptical consultant argues that standards can actually inspire teachers.
David Marcus profiles four adolescents who attend the Academy at Swift River in rural Massachusetts—one of roughly two dozen "emotional growth" schools nationwide.
Why do increasing numbers of youngsters have such a hard time making the transition to productive adult life? Mel Levine’s new book strives to answer this question by pointing to fault lines in family lives, our culture, and the educational system.
The one essential fact that emerges from this collection of essays by scholars with Harvard’s Civil Rights Project is that the high school dropout rate is much worse than most people suspect.
Renée Heiss helps balance classroom yin and yang.
Perhaps more than any other age group, 8- to 12-year-olds are investigators of sorts, discovering their strengths and weaknesses and how they fit into the world.
Academic performance is important both to teachers and to caring parents. Given this common goal, they’re natural partners, but all too often, communication between them is inadequate, inconvenient, and belated.
Rick Ayers teaches English. Through their slang dictionary, so do his high school students.