Get Schooled: A place where everybody knows your name: Should that be school?
At the AJC Decatur Book Festival this weekend, I had the delightful job of introducing the dynamic Kim Bearden, co-founder of the Ron Clark Academy and the recipient the Oscar of teaching, the Milken award. She is also the author of the new book, “Crash Course: The Life ...
Get Schooled: Education myth busters: Do criticisms of U.S. schools rely on distortions?
University of Georgia professor and frequent AJC Get Schooled contributor Peter Smagorinsky discusses an interesting new book exposing the misperceptions and distortions about America's schools.
By Peter Smagorinsky
A years back there was a public service ad on TV that featured a teenaged boy discussing a major event of the day ...
Get Schooled: Children will have better job choices if more of them have school choice
Robert Enlow is president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the legacy foundation of Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman and his wife Rose.
By Robert Enlow
Most Americans will use this Labor Day to wind down the summer, cook out with friends or get a long weekend ...
Get Schooled: Brother, can you spare a pencil? Or a piece of paper? Or a calculator?
Many teachers provide paper and pencils and other supplies to students.
Is that their job?
A miffed parent complained to me her child received zeroes in a middle school language arts class because she repeatedly showed up without a pencil with which to write. The mom thought that was extreme ...
Get Schooled: Four young men. Four success stories. Someone believed in them.
Every now and then we see kids defy the odds. They often don't do it alone.
These four deserving young men got some help from Oprah Winfrey and the frontman for the Black Eyed Peas, William Adams, aka will.i.am.
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Get Schooled: Georgia Association of Educators endorses Jason Carter for governor. Will it help?
As an editorial writer, I spent many hours with my colleagues discussing the role of endorsements in elections and whether they mattered. Politicians certainly thought so; they were delighted to be endorsed and furious -- often for years -- when they were not. And many voters carried the endorsement wrap-ups ...
Get Schooled: The intentional student: You got into college. Now, make the most of it.
Duke University sent me this piece by Anne Crossman and Sue Wasiolek, co-authors, with Peter Feaver, of "Getting the Best Out of College.” Crossman is an author specializing in study techniques. Wasiolek is Dean of Students at Duke University, and Feaver is a professor of political science and public policy ...
Get Schooled: The other half of the Ron Clark story: Former Cobb teacher Kim Bearden
At this weekend’s 2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival, I am introducing Kim Bearden, cofounder, executive director, and language arts teacher at the Ron Clark Academy, the well-known middle school and educator training facility in Atlanta.
Bearden’s book, “Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me,” came out this summer. ...