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Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Sunday Education Weekly Reader: Visual Soundbites for 02.19.2012

Welcome to the Sunday Education Weekly Reader for 02.19.12.  Our visual soundbites start out with lists and end with a glimpse into utopia:

  • Thinking about homeschooling?  You might want to read these ideas on the positives of teaching your own children.....Homeschooling... 54 Benefits Enjoyed by Parents and Children

  • Maybe the reason Arne Duncan wants 100% of students to attend college is so everyone can share the misery of debt?.....35 Shocking Facts That Prove That College Education Has Become A Giant Money Making Scam  

  • A teachable moment becomes a politically incorrect firestorm.  Another "Brown vs School Board" lawsuit......Teacher suspended for discussing racial epithet in class

  • Can this carbon footprint be reduced?  We can't afford these mandates...and have the feds overstepped any authority they may not have in the first place?.........Federal K-12 Footprint at Core of ESEA Hearing

  • Maybe America should guarantee this right to her citizens in this era of endless data tracking......The free speech and constitutional concerns with the "right to be forgotten":


The educational thought of the week is on why robots are the best teachers for children from "What if Robots Taught Kids?"  Does this take away the heated debate on teacher tenure?

There’s a little bit of shame involved in being wrong or being behind,” Schultze says. “Robots can get that out of the way, because they’re not judgmental. There’s a sense that technology is almost coequal, as opposed to a sort of master-servant relationship.”

With all the move toward educational equity, it's a wrap.  No more master-servant relationships in the classroom!  No judgments!  It's education utopia.

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