Friday, January 14, 2005

Extra Credit Assignment: Good Reading From Around The Education Mini-Sphere

Here are some of the topics that have been examined by various writers from around the Educational Mini 'Sphere. Whether or not you are an educator, all make for interesting and informative reading.

Jenny D
set off a ruckus in the her university classroom when she began a discussion about multiculturalism with her students.

Chris Correa gives us an example of how some agenda-driven educational writers will fabricate a story in order to grind a personal axe. We here at the 'Wonks think that this is a particularly good cautionary tale.

Over at a school yard blog, the issues related to the concept of merit pay for teachers are discussed in detail.

Joanne Jacobs
has an excellent post about how schools in Tacoma, Washington, are apparently hiding statistics concerning school violence from parents and the community. [We here at the 'Wonks find this especially troubling.] is continuing
its highly informative coverage of the scandal surrounding Pundit For Hire Armstrong Williams. [We here at the 'Wonks are in complete agreement with Eduwonk regarding this issue, and would tell them so if they had "comments" enabled. We heartily commend them for their comprehensive coverage of this sorry episode, and hope they continue to follow the story.]

David Anderson's In Search Of Utopia discusses current affairs in general and has a strong interest in education-related issues. He has also been closely following the Administration's Armstrong Williams mess. We highly recommend his site as both an informative and engaging daily read.

Brand-new blogger John McGeough, over at A Teacher's Viewpoint
is concerned that most intervention efforts are going towards what he refers to as "Bubble Kids." An informative read, John is off to a good start.

Kimberly Swygert's Number 2 Pencil takes a thoughtful look at the issues relating to hate crime. The post was inspired by an incident where an adolescent victim was assaulted because of his style of dress.

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