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The Answer Sheet: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011

Goofy: Teachers are people too

Because so much in school reform seems goofy to me, here's Goofy in a short 1952 film about being a teacher.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 1, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Teachers  | Tags:  being a teacher, goofy  
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A wrong-headed experiment in school leadership

Can you imagine the military anointing a school superintendent as a brigadier general? Of course you can’t, but this won’t surprise you: The Board of Education in Wake County, N.C., tapped a brigadier general who has no experience in instruction or academic leadership to be the new superintendent of the 143,000-student school system. He did work for Michelle Rhee in D.C. public schools, though.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 31, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Educational leadership  | Tags:  educational leadership, gen. anthony tata, non-traditional superintendents, wake county public schools  
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Learning the French Revolution with Lady Gaga: Teachers sing history lessons

Imagine learning about the French Revolution through a rewritten version of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

By Valerie Strauss  | December 30, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Arts Education, History  | Tags:  bad romance, dear prudence, french revolution, history and the arts, history class, history lessons, history songs, jennie from the block, jennifer lopez, lady gaga, music and history, teaching history, the beatles  
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University of Virginia reforms speech code

The University of Virginia has eliminated four controversial policies that restricted the free speech of students and faculty, becoming one of a minority of schools across the country to do so.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 29, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Life, Higher Education  | Tags:  FIRE, free speech, free speech on campus, speech codes, university of virginia  
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Can you correct the errors found in this Virginia textbook?

Can you correct these mistakes found by experts in the textbook Our Virginia from Five Ponds Press? Finish the quiz to see a review by our experts.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 28, 2010; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Curriculum, Quizzes, Textbooks  | Tags:  African-American history, US history, Virginia, american history, civil war, confederacy, confederate, emancipation, five ponds press, history, slavery, textbook, textbooks  
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A hard look at education research

Here's a back-and-forth between authors of a report hailing Florida's school reform and a critique of that report. It shows how controversial education "research" really is.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 28, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Research, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  education research, florida school reform, florida schools, heritage foundation, school reform  
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Ravitch takes stock of education in 2010

Education historian Diane Ravitch looks back at the education world of 2010.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 28, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Guest Bloggers, Teachers  | Tags:  diane ravitch, education policy, teacher assessment, teachers  
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Willingham: 3 brain facts every educator should know

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes, "Most of what you see advertised as educational advice rooted in neuroscience is bunkum."

By Valerie Strauss  | December 27, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, Learning, Science  | Tags:  brain-based classrooms, brain-based education, brain-based teaching, daniel willingham, myelination, neuroscience and education, prefrontal cortex and teens, teaching and neuroscience, the brain and education  
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Who in education says 'oops'?

A former school superintendent explains why virtually nobody in education policy ever admits that they "either goofed or would reconsider their decision."

By Valerie Strauss  | December 27, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, Larry Cuban, Technology  | Tags:  charter schools, education policy, education policymakers, gates foundation, larry cuban, research on charter schools, technology in education  
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How the banned student play was created

Here's an account of how a student play about school reform that was banned was created and how the students reacted when they learned they could not perform it at their school.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 26, 2010; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Arts Education, Guest Bloggers, High School, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  antigone, censored play, joel klein, play banned, school reform, student play  
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