Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Carnival Of Education: Week 2

There are a number of different carnivals (For a comprehensive list, please click here.) already out there in the 'Sphere. Here is the second edition of The Carnival Of Education. What we have done is assemble a variety of interesting and informative posts from around the EduSphere (and a few from the Larger 'Sphere) that have been submitted by various authors and readers. We think that they represent a great variety of topics, political/educational viewpoints, and writing styles.

A word or two about the order in which the entries are presented. Those that were submitted by the writers themselves have been placed in the order in which they were received. Most of the reader submitted posts were posted the same way. The exception is where two or more writers address the same topic; we then juxtaposed them.

It has been our pleasure to correspond with a number of writers and readers that care deeply about education.

We have tentatively planned to host the Carnival on a weekly basis, but we are looking forward to other sites hosting sometime in the future. To see the First Edition of The Carnival, please click here. To view our main page, with our own posts about a variety of subjects, click here.

Submissions for next week's Carnival Of Education Week #3 should be sent to: owlshome [at] and should be received no later than 10:00 PM (Pacific) next Tuesday, February 22, 2005. For full details,
click here. Our objective is to open The Carnival each Wednesday morning.

A special thanks to all the sites that helped "get the word out" about The Carnival. Of course, any help that may be given in "spreading the word" about this edition will be deeply appreciated. We heartily welcome all feedback, including, (but not limited to) comments, questions, concerns, or constructive criticism.

Now....Let's go on some more rides......

Over at post-hip chick, Nicole tells us about the challenges that a classroom teacher is forced to deal with when a school's disciplinary system is not as effective as it should be.

Ms. Frizzle
writes convincingly about how the new emphasis on the raising of test scores may have negative long-term effects on children.

Science And Politics
has a piece about an alternative to the "back to basics" trend that classroom teachers are currently enduring. (The post is not new, but the message is fresh.)

A site that is written by an School Superintendent in Indiana, The Super's Blog
reports that the Governor Mitch Daniels needs to stop using campaign rhetoric and get to work on improving the education system.

Jennifer, who writes Ramblin Educat, had one of those students that we all get that, "tries our souls." Here is a peek:
"Today she put on deodorant in the first hour. Right in the middle of class, a kid giving an informative speech, with me sitting right behind her."
The First Year Teacher observed a number of teachers speaking unprofessionally about students and colleagues. (If we teachers want to be treated as professionals, we need to act like professionals.)

At Right On The Left Coast, they take
an informative and entertaining look at certain aspects of California's Education Code. (Every classroom teacher ought to see the first one! Put your beverage down before doing so.)

Polski3's View from Here is concerned that students aren't being taught basic history concepts. He compares his own childhood experiences with those of today's kids. (That can be hazardous. heh.)

A site written by a graduate student, Illuminaria's Voice
examines the controversial remarks by Harvard President Lawrence Summers' regarding women in the light of her own experiences and offers some suggestions.

Would you believe a conservative-viewpoint Blog written by Berkeley students? Res Ipsa Loquitur
has something to say about a current controversy among Berkeley-based Blogs.

Another Berkeley based blog, Beetle Beet,
chimes in on the controversy.

Over at tall, dark, & mysterious, Moebius Stripper (Google "Moebius Strip" you'll learn something.) gave a math test and
had some unexpected results.

Many colleges take into account an applicant's race as part the formula used in the admissions process for incoming students. Discriminations
shows us the surprising beneficiaries of preferences designed to help Black Americans.

Learning Curves is written by a college instructor. She
is concerned that her class of pre-service teachers have not done their math homework. And now it's test day....

Jenny D. is actively seeking suggestions on "how to fix NCLB." See part 1
here and part 2 there.

Over at Assorted Stuff, they
answered Jenny's call in a thoughtful post.

One of the 'Wonks first friends in the 'Sphere, Tony, over at A Red Mind in a Blue State,
reveals the inequalities of how school board members are compensated around the country.

A classroom teacher, Dave at AZ Perspective and Junk
has had a class from hell. (But with a surprising twist.)

At Number 2 Pencil they have a fine roundup of stories, including a funny blurb about a fashion magazine whose ad wasn't what it appeared to be.

Melinama teaches music and writes over at Pratie Place. She has
some thoughts about one of her classes. The name of the class is, "Songs For Non-Singers." (The WifeWonk wishes that I would sign up. It would improve my shower "singing.") Be sure to check-out the comments.

Michael Williams--Master of None
discuses the issues surrounding the "Anti-Racist" math controversy in Massachusetts.

At Crumbling Ivory, they
propose a solution to slow the rate of increase in the cost of college tuition.

The site called Fine? Why Fine? has a story about Philadelphia high school principal Eboni Wilson. Wilson is a former gang-member turned educator who has his work cut-out for him. (Note: This post submitted by EdWonk.)

Written by a classroom teacher in California Texas, Precinct 333
shows us how a student's use of the word gay in the wrong place and for the wrong reason got him into trouble. (Thanks for helping spread the word about The Carnival.)

Casey J. Lartigue Jr. has written a very well-crafted piece about how economically-disadvantaged families are struggling to obtain a quality education for their children.

Joe Thomas at Shutupandteach brings us the news that more than 30,000 Arizona juniors failed their high school exit tests and are in danger of not graduating. (Can you imagine the ramifications?)

Quincy at News, the Universe, and Everything,
makes a proposal for a method of calculating teacher pay.

At Highered Intelligence,
they have an intriguing post about how Colby College is taking a different approach to addressing the problem of binge drinking among its student body.

Janet teaches in New Jersey. Over at her place, The Art Of Getting By, she
reports yet another incident where the school system doesn't have its priorities in order.

A successful ex-college professor that would
rather teach high school is just one of the surprising elements of a post by Katie at A Constrained Vision. Katie also has some good advice regarding curricula in A.P. English classes.

Spunkyhomeschool is written by a mother that home-schools her children. She
is telling us about a debate in South Carolina over tax credits for home-schoolers. She let's us know that there may be some unintended consequences if it passes.

The "Fair Use" of published material is a subject near and dear to all bloggers' hearts. Wizbang! has written a letter to the publisher of The Tulsa World. This newspaper is harassing a couple of smaller Blogs. (Consider taking a look; the concept of Fair Use is vital to all of us who blog education-related matters.)

Remote Access is written by a classroom teacher. He
has observed some interesting parallels in in our modern world and the Birth of the Printed Words.

Over at Educ8r, Greg
offers some practical advice to teachers unions on how to better serve their membership in the 21st century.

Here at our own Education Wonks, we
have had a lively discussion about how the student body at Colton High School (California) shut the school down with a protest.

Invitation: Please consider contributing to the Carnival Of Education #3. All contributions should be received by 10:00 PM (Pacific) next Tuesday. They may be sent to: owlshome [at] Get all the details by clicking here. To view the First Edition of The Carnival Of Education, please click here.

Any help that can be given by our fellow writers in the 'Sphere publicizing this carnival would be deeply appreciated.

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