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Democracy in the Garden? Quick thoughts..

It is tricky for educators and parents (adults) to find effective ways  to facilitate compassionate, democratic school classroom communities. Facilitate means guide. Guide. Not dictate. Not exert &… Source: Democracy in the Garden? Quick thoughts.. Advertisements

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Did Your Superintendent Send Out a Letter Like This?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The previous post included the letter that Dr. Michael J. Hynes of the Patchogue-Medford school district sent to teachers. Parents in the district on Long Island in Néw York received this letter from…

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A Long Island Superintendent Tells His Teachers Not to Worry about Scores

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The following letter was sent to teachers in Patchogue-Medford, Long Island, in New York state by the superintendent, Dr. Michael J. Hynes. Hynes is a hero of public education. He joins the honor…

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a sense of place

What I do know about people and particularly about people who are developing toward adulthood, is that a sense of place is an essential foundational block that allows and supports courage to find out new things. It takes bravery to…

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Osamudia R. James: School Choice as Racial Subordination

The opt out movement in New York State is growing strong, and in other parts of the country we are seeing the beginnings of resistance. Please join with others of conscience to oppose high stakes testing..which is  attached to and … Continue reading

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Going Up the Slide… No Bullies Showed Up!

There once was a place that had a beautiful wood and metal play structure put in for the children. This structure was so amazing with jumpy bridges, twisty poles to slide down on… a wide wide slide… and a zip…

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School in the Back Yard-treehouses, forts and very deep holes

Kids don’t get to build treehouses and forts much any more around here. You can get a fine treehouse at Costco and an adult can put it up for you in a day. These kinds of treehouses come pre cut…

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Hey You Are the Boss of All That Stuff

You Are the Boss. Finding your voice is probably the most important thing you can ever do. Ever. I passed by the old Pacific Oaks campus on my way to the pool this morning. I remembered walking the walk on graduation…

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12 Reasons to Refuse PARCC

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Activist parents and educators who belong to SaveOurSchoolsNJ helpfully assembled a dozen reasons to refuse the Common Core PARCC test. ? ? ? 1. PARCC is poorly designed & confusing ? “For many…

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The Doctor is in

“Your Majesty, please… I don’t like to complain, But down here below, we are feeling great pain. I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, But down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.

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