Here’s Why Oakland Parents Are Suing California

It might be the holidays, but we’re not slowing down our fight with our children’s futures at stake.  That’s why the week after Thanksgiving, The Oakland REACH joined with other families and the Community Coalition of Los Angeles to file a lawsuit in Superior Court against the State of California. Our powerful parents are now…

Here’s Why Oakland Parents Are Suing California — Citizen Ed

GOOD MEN — The Concord Review

Madison had begun his statements on this question in Federalist LV and LVI, published in mid-February 1788: “As there is a degree of depravity in mankind,” he then wrote, “which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust, so there are other qualities in human nature which justify a certain portion of esteem and confidence.”…

GOOD MEN — The Concord Review – Will’s Blog

The Persistent Effects of Initial Labor Market Conditions for Young Adults and Their Sources

Till von Wachter: Unlucky young workers entering the labor market in recessions suffer a range of medium- to long-term consequences. This paper summarizes the findings of the growing empirical literature on this subject and uses it to assess economic models of career development. The literature finds large initial effects on earnings, labor supply, and wages…

The Persistent Effects of Initial Labor Market Conditions for Young Adults and Their Sources — Schoolinfosystem.org

Indiana Teachers Discuss Whether We Should Cancel Standardized Testing During the Pandemic

When the school opened back up this school year, many people’s minds were on whether or not we would do standardize testing this school year. Standardized testing was canceled for the 2019-2020 school year, as schools around the country closed in March and never reopened.  While the debate is divided across the country, recently, Indiana…

Indiana Teachers Discuss Whether We Should Cancel Standardized Testing During the Pandemic — Citizen Ed

Book Review: Mass Appeal: Communicating Policy Ideas in Multiple Media by Justin Gest

In Mass Appeal: Communicating Policy Ideas in Multiple Media, Justin Gest offers a guide for researchers who want to improve their ability to make a policy impact with their research, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of different media for communicating research ideas and their implications. This book is likely to be useful for researchers across the career spectrum, from…

Book Review: Mass Appeal: Communicating Policy Ideas in Multiple Media by Justin Gest — Impact of Social Sciences

Why Am I an Advocate for Academic Acceleration?

The short answer to this question is that I am tired of gifted students being under-challenged in school. They need the intellectual stimulation that comes from rigorous courses taught at a reasonably advanced level, and acceleration can provide that stimulation. The longer answer is, I am familiar with the research (over 70 years of research, […]

Why Am I an Advocate for Academic Acceleration? — Belin-Blank Center

What Scientific Reports won’t publish: my critique of Jaswal’s FC/S2C Eye Tracking Study

Here, as promised is the full text of my critique: Jaswal et al’s Eye-tracking Reveals Agency in Assisted Autistic Communication (Scientific Reports, May, 2020) reports an experiment that tracks the eye movements of autistic individuals while they point to letters on held-up letterboards in response to questions. The eye-tracking data, the authors argue, indicates that […]

What Scientific Reports won’t publish: my critique of Jaswal’s FC/S2C Eye Tracking Study — Catherine & Katharine

Liability, Thy Name Is Google Meet

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

In order to educate students in quarantine, our school district is now using the video conferencing tool, Google Meet, which is part of the Google Classroom portfolio of online education products.

Google Meet has been billed as “a game changer.”

Indeed.

The idea of viewing the interior of my students’ homes while teaching them using Google Meet immediately brings to mind one word:

Liability.

In requiring teachers to use video conferencing for quarantined students, my school district has extended the classroom of all of its teachers into students’ homes. We can see into those homes as we conference. It makes me uncomfortable because I do not want to witness something I might be held legally responsible to report even as I feel I am invading student privacy via my official, school presence viewing that private space.

What if I see drugs or drug paraphenalia laying on a table?

What…

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Online Note-taking: A Glimpse of Joshua Humphrey’s Classroom

If you’re a regular reader of our blog you’re probably familiar with Joshua Humphrey who teaches math at KIPP St. Louis HS. I wrote previously about one of his asynchronous lessons from the Spring where he socialized students to take active control over the video by pausing consistently and where he modeled implicit assessment–asking students…

Online Note-taking: A Glimpse of Joshua Humphrey’s Classroom — Teach Like a Champion

THE COVID-19 ED CASE CHRONICLES, PART 4: The One I Never Wanted to Write

Last March, my pal Jasmine Lane and I agreed to use our blogs as spaces for discussing distance-teaching. We were as lost as everyone else, of course, but we thought the new evidence-free zone could use some observations, reflections, and recommendations from the school level — ideas to perhaps balance all the shiny solutions vendors […]

THE COVID-19 ED CASE CHRONICLES, PART 4: The One I Never Wanted to Write — A Total Ed Case