Why The Arts Are Crucial To Education

Why The Arts Are Crucial To Education

Save the arts – that’s the mantra of many educators. But, after all, it could be the arts that save us. Funding for arts education is consistently cut and decreased when budgets become tighter. Some administrators and educators don’t believe it’s as important as other subjects, and it’s incredibly more difficult to measure the effects of an arts program. But, a presidentially-appointed committee on arts education is trying to change the perception of arts education, according to an article in the Washington Post. The committee is arguing that arts education can help students at all levels find their voice and h ... Read More About Why The Arts Are Crucial To Education

Analyzing Math Anxiety

Analyzing Math Anxiety

Researchers at the Numerical Cognition Lab and The University of Chicago have been analyzing the causes of math anxiety.  This is a situation familiar to many K-12 students, who seem to freeze when they see a math problem.  Their research shows that the anxiety of math teachers and parents can rub off on their students, ultimately affecting their learning. Fortunately, proven classroom methods have also been tested to reduce students' anxiety of doing mathematics.  These tips include: Focus on learning the process behind math concepts, rather than merely trying to get a right answer. Similarly, don't refer to the tex ... Read More About Analyzing Math Anxiety

Changing Principals To Change Schools

Changing Principals To Change Schools

Obama and Arne Duncan are trying to raise the bar for everyone in education – teachers, administrators, and now principals.In an effort for full reform, they are now looking at principals, threatening to replace many of them, according to an article in the District Administration. The government is providing a $3.5 billion fund to underachieving schools if they meet certain achievement benchmarks. If schools fail to meet these benchmarks, then they will be forced to make major reforms or surrender their share of funding. Underachieving schools will be forced to replace their principal, half of their teaching staff, close down entirely ... Read More About Changing Principals To Change Schools

Increase Teacher Pay To Improve Academics

Increase Teacher Pay To Improve Academics

Dave Eggers and Ninive Clements Calegari of the New York Times say teachers are underpaid and blamed entirely way too much for the underachieving American education system. In their argument, Eggers and Clements Calegari compared teachers to military professionals. “We don’t say, ‘It’s these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! That’s why we haven’t done better in Afghanistan!’ No, if the results aren’t there, we blame the planners. We blame the generals, the secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” writes Eggers and Clements Calegari. So why shouldn’t we treat ... Read More About Increase Teacher Pay To Improve Academics

Secretary Of Education Addresses US Teachers

Secretary Of Education Addresses US Teachers

In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2 - 6), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has drafted an open letter to the nation's teachers.  Read the full text here.  In it, he praises teachers' flexibility and adaptability, and the life-long relationships educators build with students.  He also challenges teachers to join him in efforts to improve teacher evaluation systems, and to transform American education from a "factory model" to one built for the information age. Read Duncan's letter here.   ... Read More About Secretary Of Education Addresses US Teachers