Friday, June 29, 2012

Reading Roundup

I've been catching up on my reading. Here are a few things I found interesting.

Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Show
by Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, Feb. 9, 2012

Tutoring Surges With Fight for Middle School Spots
by Anna M. Phillips, New York Times, Apr. 15, 2012
The gifted kids start doing so well on the tests that they have to re-tool the tests. What a great way for a kid to spend a Saturday: Bubbling in!

Treadmills in the Classroom improve concentration
The Launch Education Blog, Apr. 29, 2011
A special education school installs treadmills and exercise bikes in the math classroom. Stunning results. But what's really stunning, in my opinion, is public education's eagerness to do away with recess.

From Creeping to Leaping the Kindergarten Year—A Montessori Parent's Perspective
by Sarah Richards,, Apr. 26, 2012
A mom explains why she chose Montessori school for her daughter, over public school methods.
Future Schools
Oh geez, a first grader spending 90 minutes in a computer lab! It's like a factory! In the propaganda, it needs to be photographed black-and-white and jerky, like the movie Metropolis.

And...."customized education" looks like....a call center? If this is what Starboy was facing then I actually would have to seriously consider homeschooling, or a private school. It's bad enough that adults have entire days like this, but students?!

Quality Homework—A Smart Idea
by Annie Murphy Paul, New York Times, Sept. 10, 2011

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