What It Takes to Make a Student On the morning of Oct. 5, President Bush and his education secretary, Margaret Spellings, paid a visit, along with camera crews from CNN and Fox News, to Friendship-Woodridge Elementary and Middle Campus, a charter public school in Washington.
Challenging the market: fighting Academy schools A central part of the government's agenda for reforming schools is the promotion of Academy schools.
What are Academies? Academies are all-ability, state-funded schools established and managed by sponsors from a wide range of backgrounds, including high performing schools and colleges, universities, individual philanthropists, businesses, the voluntary sector, and the faith communities.
Combating child poverty in Wales: are effective education strategies in place? Wales has a range of innovative education policies that seek to combat the effects of child poverty on educational attainment. However, more needs to be done if this relationship is to be overcome, argues David Egan.
Mapping Educational Progress 2008 Six years after No Child Left Behind's passage, we have collected more data than ever before about the academic performance of our students and schools.
Diversity on the Doorstep: Mentoring for diversity in a predominantly monolingual area
The Education of Gayatri Spivak Not long after she started a rural literacy project in one of West Bengal's poorest regions, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak — leading postcolonial critic, translator of Derrida, high priestess of literary theory — asked the schoolchildren she was working with to do something very simple: write a little about themselves, on their own.
Room 13 was founded in 1994, but the ideas inherent in the project began in Edinburgh College of Art in the 1970s, and were developed and refined through artist-in-residence posts held by the project founder, Rob Fairley.
Visible Thinking Thinking is pretty much invisible. To be sure, sometimes people explain the thoughts behind a particular conclusion, but often they do not. Mostly, thinking happens under the hood, within the marvelous engine of our mind-brain. As the name suggests, the basic strategy is to make thinking visible in the context of learning.
Shadow and Substance: What can classroom researchers see in doing classroom-based research?, Jean C. McPhail As you know in Plato’s classic cave allegory he describes the conditions of imprisonment that give rise to false learning and the conditions of emancipation from the ‘cave prison’ in which genuine learning or enlightenment can eventually occur. For those individuals imprisoned in a den or cave since childhood and restrained from moving their legs and necks, their own shadows that appear on the wall in front of them are taken to be the real.
The cultural myths and the realities of teaching and learning, Graham Nuthall In this talk I want to pick up the theme of this conference – that culture forms and informs learning – and look at how culture shapes our understanding of both the teaching and learning process.
About the National Skills Academy A network of employer-led, world-class centres of excellence delivering the skills required by each sector of the economy. “For the UK to compete in a global economy it is critical we equip everyone, especially the lowest skilled and unemployed, with the skills they need to get a job and progress in work.”
globalization and the incorporation of education To allow the market mechanism to be the sole director of the fate of human beings and their natural environment, indeed, even of the amount and use of purchasing power, would result in the demolition of society...
Gitta Sereny on "Inner Racism" Over these two days in Stockholm, we are discussing intolerance and xenophobia, in one word perhaps: racism, which is the term that most clearly describes these deep preconceptions.
REDBRIDGE: Racism in schools 'cover-up' fear Teachers in Redbridge could be covering up the true extent of racism in schools despite a record number of reported incidents.
Education gives our kids a lesson in inequality Scandal is the word that springs to mind. I'm talking about a Government report that shows children from the poorest areas have the least qualified teachers.
Low social mobility in the UK has not improved in 30 years Social mobility in the UK remains at the low level it was for those born in 1970, with recent generations of children’s educational outcomes still overwhelmingly tied to their parents’ income, according to the latest Sutton Trust research released today.
Repeating Lenin, by Slavoj Zizek: Lenin’s Choice The first public reaction to the idea of reactualizing Lenin is, of course, an outburst of sarcastic laughter: Marx is OK, even on Wall Street, there are people who love him today — Marx the poet of commodities, who provided perfect descriptions of the capitalist dynamics, Marx of the Cultural Studies, who portrayed the alienation and reification of our daily lives -, but Lenin, no, you can’t be serious!
Democracy and Education by John Dewey The most notable distinction between living and inanimate things is that the former maintain themselves by renewal. A stone when struck resists. If its resistance is greater than the force of the blow struck, it remains outwardly unchanged.
Ruth Boyask is an educational theorist and researcher. Her particular interest is in educational innovation and change, underpinned by a commitment to social justice.
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