May/June 2006

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Vol. 17, Issue 6

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If you want teens to become adults with college degrees, attend to their needs.
Your article, “Seen and Heard,” by Antonia Lewandowski [Comment, March/April] is very encouraging. I applaud her premise that if students do not take responsibility for their own learning, the effect of education and instruction of teachers is limited.
Just finished reading the exposé on supposed textbook reviewer Neal Frey [“Chapter & Verse,” January/February]. As someone who regards Mel Gabler as a hero and mentor, Frey echoed Gabler’s beliefs [about the] “constitutional limits on federal power” and the “sanctity of state and local rights” when [Frey] described why he liked his old cars. Evidently, his car does not need emissions testing due to its age. He said he liked that because “the government doesn’t regulate it.”
With gym time getting squeezed out by standardized tests and extracurriculars, schools are beginning to digitize physical ed.
Eighth graders respond to a Teacher article about student responsibility.
Challenging the notion that AP courses lead to college success.
Notable quotes on teaching and schools from around the country.
Capitol Hill connections facilitate scholarships for needy kids.
School news from points across the globe.
Like most educators, Dan Otter knew nothing about planning for retirement. Then he did some homework. Now he's advising colleagues on their investment options.
How do you prepare disadvantaged kids for their first day of kindergarten? Policymakers in Las Cruces, New Mexico, suggest that you get them into school a few weeks early.
Used to be that vocational training and a focus on academic studies were considered completely different means of education. But in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, the two go hand in hand.
As cutting-edge as giving every student a laptop may sound, the author was part of a similar experiment 20 years ago. But that was before what we now know as the Internet existed.
The story of Amistad Academy, a charter school in New Haven, Connecticut, that turns kids at risk for failing out of school into students determined to enroll in college.
One educator's immodest proposal to dedicate the 4th grade year to reading only.
It isn't the first time, and it won't be the last. How The Catcher in the Rye changed a life. Includes an audio version, read by the author.
Two award-winning high school teachers and hall-of-fame debate team discuss the five so-called truths that inspire students to succeed.
Author Patricia Albjerg Graham looks at how American public schools meet the nation's changing needs.
E.D. Hirsch proposes a national curriculum to overcome the reading gap between American social groups.
For her book Gunstories: Life-Changing Experiences With Guns, writer-photographer S. Beth Atkin interviewed dozens of teenagers who’d experienced the effects, both positive and negative, of guns on their lives.
Helping growing minds take flight is a common theme in the crop of recent picture books for preK and elementary readers.
Technology's potential and what it can actually do are still on separate tracks.
Alan Warhaftig is right, in his article “Rounded Edges,” January/February] that students now, more than ever, “must know about nature, geography, culture, and the past.” He is wrong to think that the use of technology in any way inhibits the acquisition of that knowledge.
Elephants or kids, it doesn't matter—Katya Arnold shows them how to paint.