While we’re still talking about putting cameras on police, I figured I’d toss this out: let’s put public-access cameras in school classrooms. If parents could see how their darlings sometimes behave toward their teachers, we’ll end up with a different world. And I’m thinking this is one teacher-accountability idea even unions wouldn’t oppose.
Several of my high school classes were taught by people whose first name was “Coach.” I used to resent that. My biology teacher, for example, was obviously much more interested in the Ray High School baseball team than he was in coming up with creative lessons about frogs and such. After I graduated, I became […]
For more than two years now, a friend and I have been day-dreaming about starting a school. Both of us are short on school-starting credentials, however. My friend, Chris Espinosa (known to many Texas students as “Uncle Chris,“) is not even a certified teacher, and, while I do at least have that much formal qualification, […]
This plan for a freshman-level college writing course can be adapted for almost any grade level. Its core component is something that schools need to do more: students must interact with “real” people to write articles that could very well end up published. Too much writing in school today is done solely for the eyes of a teacher.
This paper discusses an important, but little recognized, problem in American schools: media literacy is not very prevalent. Results of this paper’s survey should be, at least somewhat, alarming.