Archive for September, 2010

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

September 27th, 2010

Today’s math curriculum is teaching students to expect–and excel at–paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. At TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think. . . . Why you should listen to Dan Meyer: Dan Meyer asks, “How can we design  Continue Reading >

Kotterman v. Huppenthal: Superintendent of Public Instruction

September 21st, 2010

Two candidates have emerged from the Arizona primary election for Superintendent of Public Instruction. They are Penny Kotterman and John Huppenthal. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is the top education official in the state, and acts as the Chairman of the State Board of Education and is the head of the Department of Education. The Superintendent of Public Instruction influences policy in the legislature, is responsible for the implementation of education legislation and is in charge of the Department of Education and its interactions with school districts. Further, the Superintendent of Public Instruction commands the bully pulpit on education issues and has a great deal of influence on the direction the state takes regarding educational issues like school funding. Because of the importance of this officeholder, we have gathered information to help you make an informed decision on November 2 when you elect the next Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Are Parents Holding Kids to Highest Expectations?

September 13th, 2010

Today (9/12/2010) New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman discussed parental expectations in his column, “We’re No. 1(1)!” . While reform of our education system is complicated and funding in these difficult economic times is problematic, parental and student behaviors are targets that deserve a closer look. Friedman maintains that highly motivated students driven by high parental expectation were more common in “the greatest generation” and have fallen by the wayside. Moreover, he suggests that these values are the driving factors for education in both India and China.

Quick Facts: Arizona’s Adult Education & GED Testing Vital to State’s Economy & Families

September 7th, 2010

In the great debate over Arizona’s economy and education reform, a necessary program is often overlooked–adult education and GED (General Education Diploma) Testing. . In 2010, Governor Brewer signed a budget that eliminated the $4.5 million appropriation for Adult Education and GED Testing.  When Arizona eliminated this GED funding, it also lost $11 million in matching funds  Continue Reading >