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Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Sunday Education Weekly Reader 01.22.2012

Welcome to the Sunday Education Weekly Reader for January 22, 2012.  

This week we thought we'd pass on some interesting tweets pertaining to Education for you to review.

  • Sit down with a cup of coffee and read about the meaning of "choice".  Do these opinions on education and what determines a good education remind you of "what IS the meaning of IS?"..... Charter schools. Vouchers. Choice. That's all good, right? Or maybe not...
  • Oh my goodness, are students now going to be held accountable for their success....or failure?  We thought that was reserved only for the teachers.... Aren't students also responsible for their own education, former teacher Walt Gardner asks?  
  •  This won't adapt well to Common Core Standards because, well, it's not "common"....A Group Of Schools In Sweden Is Abandoning Classrooms Entirely  
  •  Arne Duncan just can't keep his mandates to the states, now the Federal Government wants to micromanage local school districts.  Can you define "smother"?.....What's next for ? says it's time for a district-level competition:     

Educational thought for the week from Cary Grant:

My first great chance came in 1936, when I was borrowed by RKO for Sylvia Scarlett playing opposite Katherine Hepburn.  This picture did nothing to endear its female lead to the public but it helped me to success.  For once, the audiences and the critics did not see me as a nice young man, with regular features and a heart of gold.  After this picture I made one after another, probably too many.

I know I'm sticking my neck in saying this, and the ill-fortuned won't agree with me.  

But I do believe people can do practically anything they set out to do--if they apply themselves diligently, and learn.  Few people recognize opportunity because it comes disguised as hard work and application.

Too often people are afraid of disappointment--or of making the mistakes that lead to disappointment?  How else can you grow?


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