By Teachers, For Teachers
No teacher wants to believe her students are cheating, but they probably are. If the kids put half the time into studying that they put into figuring out how to cheat, there’d be a lot more “A” students in the world. By implementing a few simple changes, you can avoid a cheating crisis in your classroom.
One out of five adults worldwide lacks basic literacy skills. Women make up two-thirds of that illiterate population. Stand up if you want to change that! LitWorld, an international literacy organization, is coordinating a global campaign called "Stand Up for Girls" on Thursday, Sept. 22 to raise awareness of this disturbing reality and to expand literacy among girls and women.
If you're a teacher and you want to elicit a groan at one of those back-to-school parent information nights, just bring up the subject of standardized tests. Parents, as a rule, hate them. They take away from instructional time, they put stress on kids as young as 6, and parents fear that they can cause schools to spend more time teaching to the tests than teaching for their kids' success. Even the common name assigned to them -- "bubble tests," as in "fill in the bubble" -- is derisive. The name connotes something temporal, full of air and devoid of substance. Yet, if you listen to all the rhetoric surrounding the Chicago teachers' strike and other high-profile clashes around the country between dogged school reformers and teachers' unions, you'd think that all that needs to be done to fix the American educational system is to start putting more emphasis on standardized tests. The battle has been joined by big-city mayors including Chicago's Rahm Emanuel and Los Angeles' Antonio Villaraigosa. They support using student test scores as one component in evaluating teachers.
The growing costs of Medicaid, he said, seem "almost inexorable." The growing cost of pensions have the potential for "dramatically negative" effects. And both those challenges come at a time when the federal governments may soon take steps to reduce its deficit -- a plan that could have enormous consequences for states that rely on the feds for more than $600 billion in federal grants annually, according to Boyd. It's a challenging time, and it will require states to reexamine their entire approach to government, said he and other panelists at Governing's Cost of Government Summit Tuesday.