Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Countries With The Widest Gap Between Rich And Poor

24/7 Wall Street
December 6, 2011 at 6:30 am

'“In OECD countries today, the average income of the richest 10% of the population is about nine times that of the poorest 10%,” the study reports. And in many of these countries, income inequality is increasing as more and more wealth is concentrated in the hands of the rich.'

10. New Zealand
9. Australia
8. Italy
7. United Kingdom
6. Portugal
5. Israel
4. United States
3. Turkey
2. Mexico
1. Chile

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Trouble With Homework

September 10, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

GRADING THE DIGITAL SCHOOL In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores

NYT by 
Published: September 3, 2011
Being a technology advocate, I always bristle at articles like this that question whether technology is helping to improve education. In the face of the argument that it has not helped to improve test scores, I would counter that there are many other positives that technology brings [although I like to think that it should also help to increase scores]. On the other hand, I do believe a balance is needed - that is, there's a time for technology and a time for other things like pencil and paper or just plain rich f2f interaction. I also strongly believe that pedagogy must come first - i.e. inform the use of technology - that technology is not a panacea and that educators need to know learn how to effectively use it.  This article provides an interesting overview of technology in America's schools.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Balanced Take on the Atlanta Test Cheating Scandal


I hope you are having a great summer and have been able to unwind a little bit.  For me the cooler weather has helped, but I know it is not for everybody!  :)

Anyway, here is a brief column from the Washington Post regarding testing vs. non-testing.  I appreciated the balanced approach so I thought I would share with you.

Hope all is well!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

So Being a Teacher in Alabama Means Enforcing Immigration Laws?

I do not like this law at all due to what it requires teachers to do regarding children of illegal immigrants and to the parents as well.  Personally if I were asked to do this, I would not agree to do so.  Thoughts?