Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Serious Design Flaw Is Suspected in State Tests

The Texas Tribune| Inside the Numbers By MORGAN SMITH Published: July 28, 2012 In 2006, a math pilot program for middle school students in a Dallas-area district returned surprising results. The students’ improved grasp of mathematical concepts stunned Walter Stroup, … Continue reading

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Dr. Bryan’s Daily Motivational Moment

July 31, 2012 “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is a proverb… Persistence and determination alone … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
U.S. Presidents, philanthropists, parents, and researchers all say, no, swear,  that teachers are the most important in-school factor in children and youth learning. Yet those very same teachers, professionals…

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Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Karim Kai Ani is a  former middle school teacher  and  founder of Mathalicious. This post appeared in Valerie Strauss’s  “Answer Sheet” in the Washington Post on July 23, 2012.…

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Without Good Public schools, No Liberties or Rights

For David Thompson, the latest school finance lawsuit filed against the state by Fort Worth, Keller, Dallas, Denton, Houston, Austin and 77 other Texas school districts hinges first on one word: why. As in, why do we have public schools, … Continue reading

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Dr. Bryan’s Daily Motivational Moment

July 27, 2012 Friday Fortune Cookie! Your gift today is 86,400 seconds, make each one count. -Anonymous Every moment that you are given is a gift. When you live in the present and stop spending time thinking about the past … Continue reading

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Texas 44th in Children’s Well-being

Texas ranks 44th among the states when it comes to the health and well-being of its children, according to a study by a Baltimore nonprofit that advocates for at-risk kids. Using the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources, the study found … Continue reading

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Dr. Bryan’s Daily Motivational Moment

July 26, 2012 A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. -Author Unknown Happiness and sadness are two lanes that run together, wherever life takes you. Being happy is not about choosing where … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The U.S. has tests galore. Driving, alcohol, steroids, DNA, citizenship, blood,  pregnancy–and on and on. Most serve a specific purpose and carry personal consequences if one passes or fails.…

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Dr. Bryan’s Daily Motivational Moment

July 25, 2012 “The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” -Author Unknown Life is full of challenges. These challenges should be viewed as an opportunity to become more, because without them there is not any … Continue reading

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