Friday, March 17, 2006

Ouch!

This article echoes what I hear in the trenches every day.

"Maybe it isn't the teachers....."

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Indiana's new ISTEP test

I saw in one article that Indiana had proposed changing its new ISTEP test to the acronym REACH. Since this is the state of IN, I think this is excellent. That makes the new test REACH IN. Being from the basketball capital of the entire universe this also makes perfect sense. How about Higher Opportunities for Outstanding Progress (HOOPS)?

Or, my favorite. How about Future Opportunities for Unlimited Learning (FOUL).

IN students get 5 opportunities to pass the test before they FOUL out.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

The Unschooled

Here is a new term for you. "Unschooling." According the Chicago Tribune it is a growing trend.

This evidently goes beyond homeschooling by focusing more on what the students themselves are interested in learning instead of what the adults want them to learn.

Ironically enough, teachers used to feel more free to follow student interests but more and more state intervention into local curriculum has stymied most of these urges.