Saturday, October 2, 2010

Another overreach by schools? The 'no-touch' policies

(Interesting article from Great Britain on the matter).

I've thought about this a lot, also. Another interesting read for a Saturday!

Bullying and suicides... a complex situation...

(bullying not only cause of suicides, experts warn)

I've thought about this issue--as more states pass anti-bullying law. An important read.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Schools for other people's children...

(President Obama on his choice of schools for his daughters).

Our president gave an honest answer. We understand that. But as long as people can walk away from the public schools, they will continue to be for other people's children. I wrote an essay many years ago that the only way to fix our public schools is to CLOSE all the private schools! Nutty? I don't think so. By doing that, we would force all players to the same table and I do believe that improvements would come fast. Very fast. In fact, it's really the only way.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The responsibility deficit.... Thanks Philip K. Howard!

(The Responsibility Deficit).

It's great to see our friend, Philip K. Howard, featured in David Brooks' column. Of course, he's right. Teachers need the freedom to teach and students need to know that it is their responsibility to learn.

It's always amazing to me that when we make comparisons of student achievement with other countries (Finland, comes to mind) we ignore the student, parent, and teacher responsibility parts. There are key. Yet, not on the table usually.

Instead we focus on systems and more rules and more requirements, taking us further and further away from what works: responsibility by key players. Thank you again, Philip, and thank you David Brooks for recognizing his important work!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Should we rethink inclusion? See discussion

(Should we rethink inclusion??

Yes, it's time to rethink inclusion. Inclusion grew out of the civil rights model. (student have a right to be in regular classrooms) not out of the education model (what works for students!). So sad. Instead, our schools should be driven by research or education-based practices--not legal mandates or concepts cooked up by legislators and judges.

It is, indeed, time to rethink inclusion so we can do what actually works for kids in schools.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mother was right...'C'est le ton qui fait la musique."

My mother always told me, "It's the tone that makes the music." Can that be the message from Washington D.C.'s vote? That it was a rejection of style, approach, tone--even as the schools were improving? Can it be that mother was right--again.

(Children are the losers in D.C. vote)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Education Update features Fixing Special Education!

( Discussion with Michael Best, NYC General Counsel and Jean Johnson of Public Agenda)

(Fixing Special Education.).

The book is available on, through (School Law Pro), and at (Fixing book)

Check it out! Your thoughts and comments?

We are into the 35th anniversary of this law. Time to celebrate and reform!