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Education Reform Wears Blinders – Part 1

Dr. Bonnie J. Schupp, retired educator, taught in Baltimore City, Annapolis and Pasadena, Maryland. Youth Dreamers display at Artscape © Bonnie J. Schupp 2014 Trends come and go Sadly, our culture has become one with short-attention spans spurred on by … Continue reading

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Education Reform Wears Blinders – Part 2

A look at the American education system and the testing issue: The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education, by Diane Ravitch, 2011 by Basic Books, New York. There is an … Continue reading

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Teaching in the 60’s and 70’s

What do You Want to be When You Grow Up? “I’m going to be a doctor when I grow up—a brain surgeon,” I announced when I was around age 10 or 11. I always read my grandmother’s (Mom-Mom’s) Readers Digest … Continue reading

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Lose-Lose-Lose

Should Maryland suspend statewide testing of students until new tests are ready that will better match what is being taught under the new Common Core State Standards? I say YES. Statewide testing should be suspended for at least a year. … Continue reading

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>Linking Teacher Pay to Student Performance

> A retired teacher’s perspective on recent trends American students are falling behind students in the rest of the world. It must be because their teachers aren’t teaching them, therefore we need to pay teachers based on their students’ performances … Continue reading

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>Geography Anyone?

> Want to test your knowledge of middle eastern geography? Teachers can use this interactive tool in their classrooms. I won’t say how many I got right but you can be sure that I’ll be going back to this site … Continue reading

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>Size Matters

> Bill Gates from Wikipedia Size matters— but Bill Gates seems to think it doesn’t. I’m talking about education and class size. Recent reports show U.S. students to be average compared to world education rankings. According to Yahoo News, Bill … Continue reading

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