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'Brain-based' education: Run from it

A veteran educator explains why teachers should run from any curriculum that says it is "brain-based."

By Valerie Strauss  | February 28, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Cuban, Learning, Research  | Tags:  brain research, brain-based education, daniel willingham, education and brain, larry cuban  
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A salvage operation for public education

Bill Gates may mean well, but he’s not qualified to be America’s education czar. Curriculum expert Marion Brady says that the first step in the salvage operation needed to save free, universal public education in this country is to reject centralized, top-down corporate control.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 19, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Learning, Marion Brady, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  bill gates, how kids learn, how students learn, marion brady, public education, school reform, the learning process  
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The 'thinking gap' (and why teachers shouldn't keep kids busy every second)

A popular book on teaching rests on an unspoken assumption that children in urban schools cannot and should not sit still and think. This premise limits the kinds of teaching that can take place and the topics that can be taught.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 31, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Learning, Teachers  
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Resolutions someone should make for 2011

An educator offers some resolutions for the new year: That President Obama et al stop saying, "We are going to educate ourselves toward a 21st Century economy;" that people who really know about education appear on Oprah; that policy makers stop making standardized testing the gold standard of student achievement and teacher effectiveness; that we stop using corporate speak (game changer, incentivize) to talk about education. And more.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 5, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Learning, Mike Rose, School turnarounds/reform, Standardized Tests, Teachers  | Tags:  2011 resolutions, ian hacking, mike rose, new year's resolutions, obama and education policy, oprah, oprah winfrey, president obama, standardized tests, stephen jay gould, student achievement, teacher effectiveness  
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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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The carrot, the stick ... or something else?

We keep trying to get kids to go to school and study with carrots and sticks -- but maybe both approaches are wrong.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 17, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Learning, Sean Slade  | Tags:  chronic truancy, paying for grades, sean slade, student truancy, truancy  
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A system to tell how your kid is doing in school, Valerie Strauss , December 2, 2010
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Willingham: How sugar really affects kids, Valerie Strauss , November 1, 2010
How to evaluate students: Look at their work, Valerie Strauss , October 28, 2010
Willingham: Is a paradigm shift really needed?, Valerie Strauss , October 25, 2010
Afterschool programs in funding jeopardy, Valerie Strauss , October 21, 2010
English teacher: Data can drive us down wrong road, Valerie Strauss , October 21, 2010
Turning schools into robot factories , Valerie Strauss , September 24, 2010
Poverty, student achievement, HCZ: Berliner, Valerie Strauss , July 22, 2010
Harvard profs dropping final exams , Valerie Strauss , July 17, 2010
Learning math with Sherlock Holmes , Valerie Strauss , July 7, 2010
New analysis of achievement gap: ½ x ½ = 1½, Valerie Strauss , June 29, 2010
Preventing summer learning loss, Valerie Strauss , June 21, 2010
Why fun is important in learning -- Part 2, Valerie Strauss , June 15, 2010
Reformers: Stop doing these 4 things, Valerie Strauss , June 10, 2010
Arne Duncan's 'learning story', Valerie Strauss , June 8, 2010
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How Arizona is checking teachers’ accents , Valerie Strauss , May 27, 2010
Vocabulary twist: Teaching words OUT of context, Valerie Strauss , May 27, 2010
Literacy kudzu, Valerie Strauss , May 15, 2010
In Arizona, bad ethnic studies bill becomes law , Valerie Strauss , May 12, 2010
Goodlad: How to help our schools -- Part 3, Valerie Strauss , May 12, 2010
John Lennon and Arne Duncan, Valerie Strauss , May 11, 2010
Learning Stories: Tell your own, Valerie Strauss , May 7, 2010
Helping students know what they don’t know-Part 3, Valerie Strauss , March 11, 2010
Willingham: Why goals matter in education , Valerie Strauss , February 22, 2010
The six standards of school quality, Valerie Strauss , February 19, 2010
Willingham: In defense of measurement , Valerie Strauss , February 15, 2010
Should kids get homework on snow days?, Valerie Strauss , February 10, 2010
MoCo schools hope to open next Tuesday , Valerie Strauss , February 9, 2010
Activities for kids when schools are closed, Valerie Strauss , February 9, 2010
'Why Boys Fail’ in school, Valerie Strauss , February 3, 2010
Teaching without gimmicks, Valerie Strauss , January 22, 2010
That first big research paper, Valerie Strauss , January 21, 2010
Top 10 education issues for 2010, Valerie Strauss , January 8, 2010
Teaching philosophy in school, Valerie Strauss , January 5, 2010
Take The Sheet's 2009 Education Quiz, Valerie Strauss , January 1, 2010
Answer Sheet to education quiz, Valerie Strauss , January 1, 2010
Readers talk back, Valerie Strauss , December 21, 2009
The decade's 10 big education ideas, Valerie Strauss , December 18, 2009
How to create your own education jargon, Valerie Strauss , December 16, 2009
A real "human calculator", Valerie Strauss , October 21, 2009
Checking It Out: Does music interfere with studying? , Valerie Strauss , October 20, 2009
Willingham: Student "Learning Styles" Theory Is Bunk, Valerie Strauss , September 14, 2009
Q & A on Learning, Valerie Strauss , September 1, 2009
Why Do Kids Dislike School? , Valerie Strauss , August 31, 2009
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