• Personalized instruction–for whom? other people’s children? and, what, may we ask, is it–beyond a HUGE sell to schools spending public dollars?

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/11/inside-silicon-valleys-big-money-push-to-remake-american-education/ HMMM... whose children are these computers for? Theirs or other people's. You decide.... http://www.businessinsider.com/waldorf-silicon-valley-school-shuns-technology-2017-3 And see an earlier story, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html. When Silicon Valley execs embrace technology in schools for [...]
  • New EARLY CHILDHOOD cleats for Solomon Thomas of the 49ers!

    Check out the little program in East Palo Alto (10 Books a Home) where I volunteer as a "role model." I visit a 4 year old boy (we started when he was 3) in his HOME--role modeling for the PARENTS--the help prevent (not close) that "30-million-word-gap." Here's a great link to the cleats that will be worn by the 49ers' Solomon [...]
  • Preschoolers and their parents have “learning parties” at home!

    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/23/wish-book-tutors-for-preschools-ignite-a-love-of-learning/ Here's a story about 10 Books a Home-- a small, in-home learning program. It provides an hour a week of games, toys, and books for little kids and helps their parents work with their own children. I know, because I'm as volunteer role model with 10BH--as we call it. A good read. I do believe in home-based education! Let's help 10BH and other programs thrive.
  • Ed Week–New Survey Details Effect of Inclusion on Teaching Time

    It's about time! No pun intended. Thank you, Education Week, for this long overdue front page--top story. We need to study how inclusion affects classrooms--teachers and students. While the story focused on an international study looking at general educators' time on task and the effect of behavior issues in classrooms, this is but a good first step. We need many more studies need to look at all other aspects of this vital question: How inclusion affects general education--teachers [...]
  • Great California story! As California goes, so goes the nation!?!

    Special education still in "deep trouble" and needs reform--according to California's President of the State Board of Education, Michael Kirst. Here are the article about his comments (that includes some from me) and the podcast--again, Mike Kirst, followed by me. I do believe we're getting the word out...slowly, [...]
  • Special education in “deep trouble” and still needs reform, says California ed board president. Indeed it does!

    I attended the EdSource meeting last week in Oakland California and heard Michael Kirst speak about the need for reforming special education. The system is antiquated... and needs "another look." As you can read, the article cites several people, including yours truly and gives a shout out to my book, Special Education 2.0. [...]
  • More wealthy students attend private schools–is anyone surprised by this?

    Ed Week ran a fascinating Commentary.about this fact: while the number of students attending private schools has been rather steady, the number of wealthy students (especially in cities) attending private schools has risen. The statistics are from the years leading up to 2013. This trend is worrisome to me, as someone who believes passionately in the need for excellent public schools for all. If the trend continues, public schools will, more and more, be just for those students who [...]
  • Are you surprised that poor sleep habits and ADHD are linked?

    Education Week ran an interesting article this week, linking children's sleep habits and problems to ADHD. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/09/20/childrens-sleep-problems-linked-to-attention-disorders.html Interesting. But surprising? I'm guessing that it's not to teachers and parents and even grandparents! We know about the importance of regular sleep habits, especially for children. Relating it to the incidence of ADHD (or perhaps other impairments as well) is the next logical [...]
  • AP classes–who benefits? the College Board or the students? Great NYTimes article.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/magazine/who-benefits-from-the-expansion-of-ap-classes.html?em_pos=medium&ref=headline&nl_art=1&te=1&nl=magazine&emc=edit_ma_20170910 Fascinating stuff--more students are "encouraged" or pushed to take AP courses and tests. The AP, you may recall was originally designed for advanced students. No more.Now, many more students take the classes and few get "passing scores" of 3,4, or 5--that provide them with college credit. There are some anecdotal [...]
  • JoanneJacobs.com blogs, What if everyone gets extra time on SAT?

    http://www.joannejacobs.com/2017/08/what-if-everyone-gets-extra-time-on-sat/#comments Thanks for the blog and the interesting comments following it. I would simply add: 1. The issue I presented involves the WHAT before the WHO. The College Board (and the ACT) need to clarify once and for all what the role of timing is in the SAT and the ACT. That is, are these tests of speed and efficiency, or other attributes related to timing, or is timing merely done for administrative [...]