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What do the Budget Cuts Across America Mean for Your Kids?

With well over 60% of Americans supporting spending cuts at a federal level and budget cuts becoming one of the key issues in the Presidential election, it stands to reason that fiscal responsibility will be a top priority, regardless of who is elected in November.  If Obama wins, there will be massive pressure from the […]

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On Being a Bold School

Over the past three years, I have been told a number of times that the work that we do at Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School is innovative, outside the box, and exciting. Sometimes the word ‘bold’ even creeps into the equation. Certainly the experience-based learning environment is highly engaging and plays to students’ passions, but […]

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4 Problems with Parent Trigger Bill

Saying nothing of the fact that business interests, such as the Chamber of Commerce, love this bill (which always gives me pause in education policy) there are some inherent problems with the “Parent Trigger” bill (SB 1718) about to go to vote on the floor of the FL Senate this week. I laid many of […]

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Ken Robinson, Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson’s insightful, humorous, and visionary look at creativity, education, and preparing students for the future.  This video comes from the acclaimed TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) series of talks.

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“Geeking Out” for Democracy (Part 2)

This article is cross-posted on Confessions of an Aca-Fan. You can read Part 1 here. A close look at the recent presidential election shows that young people are more politically engaged now than at any point since the end of the Vietnam War era. 54.5 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 voted last November, […]

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Creative Intelligence: Genius Redefined

Sir Ken Robinson spent a considerable amount of time at Monday’s ASCD’s Annual Conference General Session talking about Elvis (did anyone else realize The King wasn’t allowed in Glee Club?!), but his vision for the future was, by no means, lost in the past. With the deftness of an experienced presenter confident with his subject […]

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What if . . .

My great dream is that this economic downturn (since we’re in it anyway) will prove to be a transformative agent for our nation’s schools (remember, Lance Armstrong’s transformation was partly due to how the lean times as he fought to survive made him a more agile athlete). However, I think such a fantasy might be […]

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