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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Stanford Business Common Sense Study, Innovative Teachers (Homeschooling Parents) and #firearneduncan in the Sunday Education Weekly Reader 05.06.12

Welcome to the Sunday Education Weekly Reader for 05.06.2012.  Some visual soundbites from twitter:

  • Stanford Business creates video on how intervention strategies can help children in school.  Listen carefully.  Parse it down into common sense language.  Do we need professors and professional studies to now instruct teachers/parents that if they support and nurture children and instill values, that's the child's best chance at success?  Really?  And Arne Duncan says it's all about being data driven and common core standards.  Shocking on so many levels....Video: Prof. Cohen explains how a carefully timed social-pscyhological intervention can close the achievement gap -

  •  Interesting thoughts on homeschooling.  Teachers can be innovative.  Just like public education teachers, right?  (That's a bit of dark humor for the day)...Parents aren't qualified to homeschool a child... WRONG!

  • On the heels of the last tweet, a psychologist writes about teachers who are able to circumvent the system by helping children "meet their minds".  What's going to happen to these caring teachers when these students can't "meet their data requirements" via Common core standards and those caring teachers can't just close their doors and authentically teach?  The teachers will get fired on those data results... Hooray for teachers who help children meet their minds: I ask her about "No Child L...


Educational thought for the week to impart to students?  Is Julia a victim or a strong, confident woman?  Contrast and compare the qualities of being a victim vs a person of abilities.....

The Life of : Julia's QUALITY OF LIFE depends on what GOVERNMENT PROVIDES. She can DO BETTER if she depended on her OWN POTENTIAL.

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