These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds
To move forward, we must look back. For classroom teachers, the natural time for this reflection is summer, when space from the day-to-day activity of the classroom allows contemplation on the true purpose of teaching and what it means to be an educator. In our own period of reflection, we were reminded of an article about the work of Parker Palmer on reclaiming education's engagement with the spirit.
“Character is higher than intellect. Thinking is the function. Living is the functionary,” Emerson wrote…on the life of the mind and the enterprise of education, adding: “A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.” And yet in the century and a half since Emerson, the notion that education’s highest task is the cultivation of a great soul has become increasingly radical as we’ve grown more and more reliant on measuring the intellect and standardizing those measurements to the point of absurdity.
Debbie Miller writes about how to find more time in the school day for independent reading.
An FAQ about independent reading would likely start with this: How do I find time for it in my jam-packed school day? Literacy consultant and independent-reading expert Debbie Miller has helped schools examine their calendars and teachers analyze their instructional day to carve out 30 to 60 minutes for daily independent reading. She recommends that schools or teachers use these four steps to find the time they need…
An in-depth look at working toward better educational outcomes for boys and young men of color, from Urban Institute
Aiming Higher Together concerns what we can do as a society to overcome the systematic predicament facing boys and young men of color (BYMOC), young males who are identified or self-identify as blacks, Latinos, or Native American, in US schools. Their unique predicament is a complex web of circumstances for which no individual is to blame and that no one person can unravel. Across the nation, it helps produce a familiar pattern: whether Native Americans in Arizona, Latinos in Texas, or blacks in Illinois, BYMOC are underrepresented among youth who excel in school and overrepresented among those with low grades, low test scores, and disciplinary problems. Individual BYMOC with ample resources or great determination can escape or avoid the predicament to various degrees, but none can dismantle it. Dismantling it requires the type of social movement that Presidnet Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative is intended to inspire.
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