October 2005

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Vol. 17, Issue 02

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Research could help reshape schools, but it's usually misued or misunderstood.
You profiled a teacher who laments that once the kids leave him, they lose their way, yet he resorts to punishment and consequences as motivators [“One-Track Minds,” August/ September].
I was interested to read Ron Wolk’s column about charter schools [“The Power of Ideas,” August/September].
Upon reading “Clothes-Minded” [Current Events, May/June], I’ve determined one real benefit that was not mentioned in the research by David Brunsma.
Although I appreciate the tongue-in-cheek nature of Edmund Janko’s piece [“The Untouchables,” May/June], I wanted to make the observation that I don’t blame the custodian in his story for not cleaning up the torn-up test paper on the floor of the classroom.
Parents are increasingly turning to outside consultants to help special-needs kids.
Visitors to www.teachermagazine.org shared their comments on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
JROTC gets caught in the anti-recruitment crossfire.
Notable quotes on teaching and schools from around the country.
Documentary filmmaker Ondine Rarey focuses on standardized testing.
School news from points across the globe.
Becoming a teacher once meant four years of university. But community colleges are fast becoming a real alternative.
A high school senior and soccer player with his sights set on college faces hurdles shared by 2 million undocumented immigrants nationwide.
Alternative ed veteran Donna Johnson knows what it's like to fall through the cracks. Now, the 58-year-old grandmother is reaching troubled kids online.
California's Del Mar racetrack has become a summer home of sorts for generations of teachers seeking a second job—and a change of scenery.
In a Missouri town, a $980,000 bequest from a local benefactor prompts questions about who ultimately controls private donations to public schools.
It's time to stop sweating the small stuff and take on the big issues, says Laura Thomas.
How a paper airplane changed a student's view of education.
In his new book, Jonathan Kozol revisits the themes of inequality and institutional racism in education, only now he adds a new target—“apartheid schooling.”
Joe Williams, an education reporter for the New York Daily News, has written an exposé on the failings of public school systems nationwide.
An Alaska teacher helps her 4th graders come to grips with terminal illness.
A recent spate of picture books gives kids a window, both verbally and visually, into self-expression.
Technology grants haven't always proved to be a gift that keeps on giving.
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Dwight Sieggreen has found there's no better way to teach nature than to breed it.