A reminder that you can help amplify the voices that you think need to be heard. Go to the original post and share with your network. Do your part to make sure folks are heard whose message speaks to you. Now for this week's list.
Borrowing a Literacy Strategy from Band
An interesting notion from Edutopia. After all, reading music is readin. "Reading in band has an additional hitch: Students have to read their parts while hearing several other parts at the same time, which requires them to be strong, independent readers—"
The Death of the Crossing Guard
Mr Bob was 88 years old when he saved two children's lives at the crosswaklk. From Washington Post.
How Play Is Making a Comeback in Kindergarten
Actually from a couple of weeks ago in Hechinger, this is an encouraging addition to the "Yes, play is important" file.
High Stakes Tests Aren't Better- And They Never Will Be
Lelac Almagor (an English teacher at a charter school) writes for the Boston Review, explaining how testing damages education, particularly for the non-wealthy.
Will Software Start Helping Students Cheat On Papers?
No, no it won't. At least not well. But here's one more consideration of the computer role in cheating.
Betsy DeVos's Voucher Boondoggle
Business writer Andrea Gabor takes a look at the voucher con job behind the DeVos budget proposal. In Bloomberg.
Ending High Stakes Testing and Improve Education
A Florida teacher writes about how removing the Big Standardized Test as a graduation requirement would improve the system.
New Mexico Sues Google
The state has decided to go after the tech giant for collecting student data through the ubiquitous Chromebooks. The Verge has the story.
Don't Mess With Texas Schools
Have You Heard travels to Texas, where GOP candidates are trying had to look like they support public education even as a long series of fora have been held bringing Rs and Ds together to talk ab out education. How's that working out (transcript available for those of us who never have time to listen to podcasts).
People Are Not Cattle
G F Brandenburg offers a quick refresher about William Sanders and the origin of value-added measurement in the world of farming.
Getting Rid of Gym Class
Do you not yet subscribe to Nancy Flanagan's blog? Because you should. Here is some history and thought about what should be included in the required core of classes.
I Love Teaching, Even When It Doesn't Love Me Back
The most-read of the week is a piece by Jose Luis Vilson. "Teaching from l;ove isn't perfec t, but neither are we."