Archive for April, 2012

If you want to build a ship…

Posted 30 Apr 2012 — by Jennifer
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“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 

 

overheard

Posted 25 Apr 2012 — by Jennifer
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Overheard in a DC Public School, the day after standardized testing was over:

“I wish the test was in June, so I would have something left to teach.”

See the following article:

National resolution against high-stakes tests released

in the service of reading and math

Posted 22 Apr 2012 — by Jennifer
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This week was DC CAS testing for my son in public school, a tiresome, tedious 7 days with no specials, anxious teachers and administrators, and an incredible oppression of the spirit of childhood–but I would be mistaken if I believed that testing was truly only a week long. In fact, the ‘test’ has been going on since the first day of school. In all of his subjects– science, social studies, computers, library, art–the curriculum is in the service of the mechanics of reading, writing and math. Want to know about the function of our government, considering we live in capitol of the United States? Here are a few multiple-choice questions where you can choose the correct grammar and punctuation. That awesome computer lab? Why don’t we take some time to review our math facts—so much more fun with “technology!”

This article from the New York Times really resonates with me.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/taking-emotions-out-of-our-schools.html

 

 

 

Lightning Rods – NYTimes.com

Posted 02 Apr 2012 — by Jennifer
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Lightning Rods – NYTimes.com.

 

So beautiful.

T Magazine introduces | StyleCaster

Posted 02 Apr 2012 — by Jennifer
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T Magazine introduces | StyleCaster.

 

Balloons. How excellent.