Koonlaba: What do you think about teacher frustration and teacher voice?

3-Step Method to Increase Teacher Voice, posted on Edutopia on June 9 by Anne O’Brien claims that America’s teachers are frustrated. She explains that the frustration stems from systemic challenges that stand in the way of teaching. Now, here’s where the post gets interesting to me. She puts forth a three-step method (originating from some […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #5: It’s Creating a Public Health Crisis

By James Comans Welcome back to “7 Hidden Truths of Testing,” in which we examine the often unspoken ways the modern testing culture is affecting Mississippi. Yesterday, I detailed some of the facts about the big money behind standardized testing. Today, we look at the toll testing takes on teachers. (Say that 5 times fast!) […]

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School Funding Fix: A Crazy Plan C

For years Mississippi’s public schools have had trouble scrounging up cash to pay the bills. Classrooms languish in disrepair, students go without desperately-needed instructional tech, and a brand new question is emerging: Are we using 1960’s history textbooks because we can’t afford the upgrade to 2016, or because we don’t want it? At any rate, […]

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Koonlaba: What do you think about students showing their work in math?

This article, titled Explaining Your Math: Unnecessary at Best, Encumbering at Worst, discusses the difference between “knowing” and “doing.” It points out how reformers often argue that students can quite often “do” a problem but never actually understand or “know” the actual concepts. Students have been required to justify their answers. However, the article argues […]

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MSEDBLOG TEAM: S.O.S. – Stop “Operation: Silence”!

Please take 2 minutes out of your day to read this short message. Public education in Mississippi is under an all-out assault. What’s coming out of the state Legislature to undermine our public school systems and diminish their capability to educate, is beyond denial now. We would like to briefly address a couple of issues, […]

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Koonlaba and Comans: The Facts about School Choice, Part 3: Competition and Deregulation

This is Part 3 of The Facts about School Choice. In Part 1 and Part 2, Amanda Koonlaba explained the history of the school choice movement beginning with Brown v. Board of Education and ending in 2015 when the state of Mississippi passed HB 369, better known as the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special […]

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