January/February 2006

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Vol. 17, Issue 04

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True learning happens only when schooling and the "real world" collide.
Normally I enjoy your magazine very much. It comes directly to our school, and all of the teachers read it as time allows in the faculty lounge.
Teacher-induction programs seem to work best when mentors are given enough time and resources to do their jobs well.
Visitors to teachermagazine.org discuss the generational divide in the teaching profession.
Notable quotes on teaching and schools from around the country.
Once as familiar in the back-to-school ritual as falling leaves, teacher strikes seem headed for a winter freeze.
Now semiretired, Jaime Escalante explains what it takes to stand and deliver.
School news from points across the globe.
When the state of Maine issued 37,000 laptops to its middle school students, teachers needed time and training to get used to the idea of one-to-one computing.
Two new programs in Washington state make American Indian culture the core of schools' subjects—and success.
Henry David Thoreau's legacy can best be experienced by a stroll around Walden Pond, as another carpenter-turned-author shows a group of students each year.
One of the most influential critics who helps shape what goes into textbooks is a conservative Christian who works out of an east Texas strip mall.
As West Virginia has consolidated hundreds of community schools over the past few decades, students are spending more of their time riding the bus.
A middle school health video sparks an unexpectedly frank discussion on sexuality. Includes audio download.
A former state ed commissioner makes a case for boosting teacher pay and class size.
Prudence Carter, an associate professor of sociology at Harvard University, argues that for too many of these minority students, schools are unsupportive, alienating spaces that devalue kids’ “cultural codes” and disregard their academic concerns.
In 2001, Joanne Jacobs quit her job as a journalist to get an extended, up-close look at what she saw as a glimmer of hope in a bleak educational landscape: startup charter schools.
Liesveld and Miller, both affiliated with the Gallup Organization’s education division, assert that decades of the polling organization’s research points to a “stunning fact”: great teachers make the most of their “natural talents” and don’t expend much energy trying to remediate weaknesses.
Growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, Christine Rosen attended the Keswick Christian School, where the Bible was the primary textbook — and the sole authority on the origins of life on Earth. Rosen recounts her struggle, as a young girl, to reconcile her experience at a secular summer science program with Keswick's strict creationist teachings.
Kids entering their teen years often face demands that require newfound inner strength, a recurrent theme in recent books for the 12-and-older crowd.
Computers alone won't help kids compete in a global job market.
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After reading the article in the Current Events section on JROTC [“Under Fire,” October 2005], I would like to know where Arlene Inouye—a language specialist—gets her information. My daughter is a level 2 cadet in the JROTC program at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio. Never has she been taught to use physical violence to solve a problem.
By studying petroglyphs and the stars, Graham Dey takes students into the past.