Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Keeping The Heart Of An Educator
I remember a story a good friend told me about her first year as an assistant principal. She worked with a teacher who frequently referred the same boy to the office for misbehavior. Although the boy (I’ll call him Billy) deserved the consequences he received, the teacher was convinced he was impossible to help and really wanted him out of her class. One day when the teacher had endured an especi
MORE Moves Towards the Center
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Jeffco board rejects fact finder recommendations, chair makes new compensation proposal
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Rethinking Schools- Teaching Ferguson
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SIGN THIS Petition | Fire Superintendent John Deasy | Change.org
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The Last Internationale—Brilliant Young Rebel Rockers! | Bill Ayers
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JUST IN: Vergara ruling stands, judge rules in final review
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Join the the Pre-Hoosier Kids #DeserveBetter Twitter Rally Conference Call | Truth in American Education
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8-28-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: About the radio showJoin Drs. Shaun Johnson and Tim Slekar LIVE Sundays at 6PM EST and Wednesdays at 7PM EST on Blog Talk Radio for progressive, pro-public education talk radio. Call in to speak live with Tim and Shaun during the show, (805) 727-7111. You can also listen to our Monday "Sunday-Replay" at 7PM EST, and re-broadcasts of the archives every Tuesday and Thursd
Video: My Six-minute WWL-TV Appearance Against Common Core | deutsch29
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LAO: State should revise mission of CDE :: SI&A Cabinet Report
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The same poo-poo in new bags. | Reclaim Reform
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Nite Cap 8-28-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
James Baldwin said it best: "For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAPWhy Are You Silenced When You Oppose Common Core? | Missouri Education WatchdogWhy Are You Silenced When You Oppose Common Core? | Missouri Education Watchdog: Why Are You Silenced When You Oppose Common Core?(click on graphic to enlarge)The abov
Why Are You Silenced When You Oppose Common Core? | Missouri Education Watchdog
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NYC Public School Parents: An open letter about class sizes of 35-36 in 2nd grade at PS 85 in Queens
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Welcome to Lily's (new and improved) Blackboard - Lily's Blackboard
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Let’s Get Gov. Mike Pence’s Attention Tomorrow via Twitter | Truth in American Education
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A School Isn't About Teaching Subjects, It's About Teaching Children | Frank Breslin

A School Isn't About Teaching Subjects, It's About Teaching Children | Frank Breslin:



A School Isn't About Teaching Subjects, It's About Teaching Children



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 A school is a sacred place. It reveres every child as a being of infinite worth and dignity, whatever his or her ability.

A school is about teaching children the skills they need to prevail in a world that makes it difficult to keep one's bearings.
It is about helping them develop belief in themselves and instilling trust in their own judgment to think for themselves.
It is about having them discover and appreciate the different cultures of the past and present, with their different ways of viewing the world, their different beliefs and values, their different ways of being human; and that these cultures may be able to teach us important things about ourselves that we, in our blindness, might never discern.
It is about suggesting that these beliefs and values are different, not better or worse, but different from those of their own; and that they can only be understood within their own time and place, as later generations will hopefully judge us as we were given the light to live our lives according to the truth as we saw it.
A school is a sanctuary where children can be put in touch with their inner selves to lay the foundations for a richer, deeper, and more meaningful existence.
It is a place where they are encouraged to question their assumptions and discover that their truths may or may not be shared by others.
It is where they can discover that the world is a much bigger place than their little corner of it; realize that what is, need not necessarily be; and that things can be changed if they have the courage to do so.
A school is not about teaching subjects, but about teaching children subjects.
Therein lies the whole art of teaching, and everything else is dust and ashes.
A school takes students from wherever it finds them and moves them forward as far as it can.
It provides an education that is not about possessing the "answers," but understanding the magnitude of the questions.
It creates an environment in which education is not learning more and more arguments about why one is right, but rather attaining more detachment from oneself to see the world in a broader perspective.
It endeavors to train each student to think, read, and write critically in order to think A School Isn't About Teaching Subjects, It's About Teaching Children | Frank Breslin:

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