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Food for thought

March 30, 2010

Several articles caught my eye this week and made me think. I thought I'd share a few in case you missed them.

The Boys Have Fallen Behind (Kristof, New York Times): Considering achievement differences between boy and girls and conclusions from Why Boys Fail, Kristof asks, "At a time when men are still hugely overrepresented in Congress, on executive boards, and in the corridors of power, does it matter that boys are struggling in schools? Of course it does: our future depends on making the best use of human capital we can, whether it belongs to girls or boys."

Kristof's article led to a follow up on Motherlode Teaching Boys Where They Learn. A Mom recounts her experience sorting books for a school book swap. She's the Mom of boys and the other Moms…aren't. I'll leave it at that, but it's a good reminder about books and boys.

There's a LONG article in Fast Company, A is for App: How Smartphones, Handheld Computers Sparked an Educational Revolution. In it, Anya Kamenetz explores TeacherMate and Pocket School, two technologies that are used today. The articles poses some ideas about teaching vs. education, and a traditional hub-and-spoke model vs. a many-to-many environment enabled by technology. See what you think about these technologies.

The Washington Post's Marc Fisher recently spent a day listening to and observing candidates contending for an Inspired Teachers program. What makes a teacher great? (School reformers, take note) made me wonder how I might have done in the interview process he describes. See what you think.

What's been food for thought for you this week?


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