August/September 2006

This Issue
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  • Starting Over
  • I agree with Ronald Wolk [“Flawed Fixes,” May/June] that standards and accountability—as well as the rhetoric surrounding these proposed “reforms”—will not do much to help our students. However, improving instruction and assessment are an integral part of strengthening student learning, and research backs this up. (Harvard’s Richard Elmore writes often about this topic.)
    For a growing number of students, graduation hinges on one big test.
    Bilingual education was the norm for years. But lately, even immigrants are leaning towards immersion.
    Filmmaker David Lynch on the educational benefits of meditation.
    Vending machines enter the post-soda era.
    • Energy Alternatives
    • Facts and statistics from this issue of Teacher.
      Results from our recent online polls on achievement issues.
    • Oops!
      • Mentor Like You Mean It
      • Action!
      • Tools of the Trade
        • Demand and Supplies
        • Combining two seemingly diametric opposites—the love of literature and the love of basketball—Marty Mentzer's Basketball Poets club has managed to raise kids' achievement levels and has become a model for movement-boosted learning.
          Eight years ago, a California school district abolished a two-tiered system for academic haves and have-nots and replaced it with one pointing all students toward college. It's paying off.
          HBO's highly acclaimed series The Wire has covered both crime and politics in Baltimore. This year, writer-producer and ex-teacher Ed Burns spotlights another monumental challenge: middle school education.
          The strongest hints that a student won't finish school aren't visible in the classroom.
          With physical activity, learning becomes more productive and meaningful.
          Kids don't perform in poorly run classes.
          Four ways to help create an optimal learning environment in the classroom.
          A National Teacher of the Year advises beginning teachers.
          Stanford University professor Nel Noddings, the author of several notable books on progressive education, does not much like conventional schooling.
          The reader gets the impression from Hothouse Kids—the title refers to children whose extraordinary gifts are nurtured in controlled environments—that precociousness is springing up everywhere these days.
          This book, edited by Pedro A. Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing, focuses on efforts to close the racial achievement gap in schools.
          Many educators find value in essay-grading software.
          Going to high school without ever going anywhere.
          Bunking with fellow teachers could rescue your travel budget.
          What it feels like to get a former student's letter—from prison.
          A new report's recommendations for improving the teaching profession are encouraging but unrealistic.
          In your otherwise entertaining article on school laptops in the 1980s, [“Back To The Future,” May/June] your author made an offhand remark connecting Al Gore to the invention of the Internet. I think it is very important to avoid spreading lies, and you have helped spread a lie by allowing this content in your magazine.
          Bob Johnson's students know how to make art work.