Teachers instead of Tests

It is no secret that I am no fan of standardized tests. I strongly believe that they are killing public education, and I am terrified at what our educational system will look like in 20 years. We desperately want to be the best, and so we devise test after test to hold students and teachers accountable.

Who is it that we think we need to hold accountable? We have these mythical “bad teachers” who just aren’t doing their jobs. Those teachers do exist, but they are a small percentage. The vast majority of teachers out there are good teachers. Because, you see, teachers don’t become teachers for the money (or even for the summer breaks). They become teachers because they have a passion for inspiring and educating young minds.… Read More Teachers instead of Tests

The Brain, in Exquisite Detail – NYTimes.com

The Brain, in Exquisite Detail – NYTimes.com. Exquisite is right.  Deanna Barch and her colleagues are doing some amazing work.  They\’re mapping the connections in the human brain, and this collection of data promises to be absolutely invaluable.  I can\’t wait to see what kinds of conclusions can be drawn from the data they\’re gathering… Read More The Brain, in Exquisite Detail – NYTimes.com

This pill could give your brain the learning powers of a 7-year-old – The Week

  This pill could give your brain the learning powers of a 7-year-old – The Week. Please, please let\’s not go down this road.  If this proves to be even marginally safe, we\’re going to have Tiger Moms and overworked teens scamming prescriptions for this stuff just to keep up with the Joneses.  We don\’t… Read More This pill could give your brain the learning powers of a 7-year-old – The Week