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A counter-response: Education in 2030

Let's be up front about things: I'm angry about the rhetoric I hear of late surrounding education. Teachers (and their unions) are being vilified, legislators and parents are demanding "accountability," and at the same time, the financial support necessary to educate a society is being slashed drastically. Regarding education, everyone has an opinion---and they feel their opinion is "informed" in some way simply because they went to school. » Read more

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Education Reform: What I want my children to learn

“The knowledge and information that my children are getting through the formal education system--is it good enough for them to face the rapid advancements in science and technology?”

“Are my kids getting ready to face the rapid changes in social structure?”

“Are my children developing a solid foundation to be successful in a globalized world?”
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Capturing SIGCSE conversation: Computer science professors discuss teaching open source

We asked you earlier what you'd ask 1,200 computer science professors about open source given the chance. So when I headed down to Dallas, Texas for SIGCSE 2011, the largest CS education conference in the world, I took your notes to the Teaching Open Source (TOS) birds of a feather session and listened in on the conversations there. » Read more

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Education reform wars: Caricaturization, not disagreement, is the problem

I live in the middle of an ideological war zone.

Wake County Public School System is the eighth largest school district in the United States, and one of the mostly highly regarded. But lately it's not been our graduation rate or test scores that make the headlines. It's the school board's decision to end a highly regarded socioeconomic integration program. » Read more

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Critical thinking: Why our students need it and resources for teaching it

If you believe in conspiracy theories, enjoy posting political links, or are an apologist for alternative medicine, you probably don’t want to be my Facebook friend. You see, I have a rather outspoken inner skeptic that feels compelled to fact-check anything that sounds outlandish or unlikely. I try to squelch it from time to time, for the sake of politeness and decorum, but it’s a relentless voice with nagging questions.

“Is that right? That doesn’t sound right.”

“There has to be a detail missing.”

“That’s not possible… is it?” » Read more

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Seven things I would change about my schooling

Teacher-bashing and union-bashing seem to go hand-in-hand these days, especially in the opening remarks of school reform discussions. Yet when I look back with a critical eye on my own schooling—a hodgepodge of rural and suburban public, private, and homeschool experiences—it's not bad teachers or active unions that come to mind.1 Rather, a series of systems, opportunities, and curriculum gaps needed the most improvement.

So without further ado, here are seven things I would have changed about my own school years. » Read more

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