Monthly Archives: December 2014

December 22, 2014 – NATIONAL DATE NUT BREAD DAY – FOREFATHERS’ DAY

Originally posted on National Day Calendar:
NATIONAL DATE NUT BREAD DAY  National Date Nut Bread Day is celebrated each year on December 22 and by some sources also on September 8. Dates Believed to have originated around Iraq, dates have been a staple…

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Michigan Outrage: School Funds to be Spent on Arena

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Attorney General of Michigan ruled that it was appropriate to use school funding to build a new hockey arena for the Red Wings. “Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette quietly issued an opinion…

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Message to Politicians: If Teaching is a Profession, Let Teachers Teach

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Journalist Charlie Mitchell in Mississippi has advice for politicians: stop telling teachers how to teach. What an idea! He writes: “Do members of the Legislature go over to Highway Patrol headquarters to instruct…

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December 21, 2014 – NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS’ REMEMBRANCE DAY – NATIONAL FLASHLIGHT DAY – NATIONAL FRENCH FRIED SHRIMP DAY – CROSSWORD PUZZLE DAY – WINTER SOLSTICE

Originally posted on National Day Calendar:
National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day – First Day of Winter NATIONAL HOMELESS PERSONS’ REMEMBRANCE DAY National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day is observed annually on the first day of Winter. Since 1990, the National Coalition for…

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Watch a 10-Year-Old Eviscerate PARCC

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Sarah Blaine, a lawyer and parent, writes a terrific blog about education. In this one, she describes how her 10-year-old daughter Elizabeth testified at a school board meeting in Montclair, New Jersey, about…

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EduShyster Interviews Karen Lewis

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a wonderful interview in which EduShyster asks great questions of Karen Lewis. Karen responds candidly and knocks every one of them out of the park, as is her way. She speaks…

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December 19th, 2014 – NATIONAL HARD CANDY DAY – NATIONAL OATMEAL MUFFIN DAY – NATIONAL UNDERDOG DAY

Originally posted on National Day Calendar:
National Hard Candy Day December 19 NATIONAL HARD CANDY DAY A favorite of young and old alike, National Hard Candy Day is celebrated annually on December 19. Hard candy became popular in the seventeenth century as…

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Building Community in a High School One Teacher at a Time (Jerry Brodkey)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
A good friend for many years and guest blogger (see here and here), Jerry Brodkey has taught social studies and math for over 30 years at Menlo-Atherton High School …

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Pediatric Expert: 10 Reasons to Ban Handheld Devices for Children Under 12

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Chris Rowan, a pediatric occupational therapist, wants governors, schools, and parents to ban the use of handheld electronic devices for children under the age of 12. Rowan lists ten reasons why he believes…

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Leaving No Child Left Behind Behind

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