Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Let's Carnival!

The 204th edition of The Carnival of Education (hosted this week by Bellringers) has opened-up its midway!

And don't forget to drop-in on the homies over at the 157th version of The Carnival of Homeschooling.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Carnival Submissions Are Due!

Entries for the 204th edition of The Carnival Of Education (Hosted this week over at Bellringers.) are due. Please email them to: mybellringers [at] gmail [dot] com . (Or, easier yet, use this handy submission form.) Submissions should be received no later than 8:00 PM (Eastern) 5:00 PM (Pacific) Today. Contributions should include your site's name, the title of the post, and the post's URL if possible.

Visit last week's midway, hosted us at The Education Wonks, right here.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the midway should open Wednesday.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Wonkitorial: Cutting To The Front Of The Lunch Line

All of her adult life, Caroline Schlossberg Kennedy emphatically stated that she wanted to be a "private" person, and therefore completely out of the public's eye but free to attend countless social events with her pals from New York City's Social Register.

But now, JFK's deep-blue-blooded daughter has changed her mind and wants to claim what some would believe to be her rightful inheritance by being appointed United States Senator.

And, like any Kennedy, what Caroline wants, Caroline will be given. This in spite of the fact that Schlossberg Kennedy has held no elected office whatsoever.

Cutting to the front of the line; isn't that just like a Kennedy?

Given the nature of senatorial incumbency nowadays, if Schlossberg Kennedy is appointed to the Senate by New York's governor David Paterson, she's practically guaranteed to be a Senator-for-life.

Take a look
at this article, (don't miss its attached video) and judge for yourself this socialite's qualifications for membership in the world's most powerful (and exclusive) legislative body.

We think that before Caroline Schlossberg Kennedy asks (and gets) what amounts to a lifetime appointment to the United States Senate, she ought to pay a few political dues first. She might start by actually winning a contested election to an entry-level elected office.

Caroline Schlossberg Kennedy claims to be highly interested in public education.

Maybe she should try getting elected to New York City's school board. She might actually do some good there.

Of course there wouldn't be much of a limelight of publicity to immerse herself in.

And with the Kennedys, isn't it always about the limelight?

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

My Goodness

And now it seems as though women aren't supposed to use the "L" Word first.

Heh. Are we supposed to teach that in our schools?


Friday, December 26, 2008

The Carnival of Education: Week 203

Welcome to the midway of the 203rd edition of The Carnival of Education.

Unless clearly labeled otherwise, all entries this week were submitted by the writers themselves.

Folks interested in hosting a future edition of the C.O.E. should please let us know via this email address: owlshome [at] earthlink [dot] net.

Visit the C.O.E.'s early archives here, later archives there, and our latest entries here.

Next Week's Carnival will be hosted here at The Education Wonks. Contributors are invited to use this handy submission form. Entries should be received no later than 8:00 PM (Eastern) 5:00 PM (Pacific) Tuesday, December 30, 2008. Please include the title of your post, and its URL, if possible. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the midway should open next Wednesday, December 31, 2008.

Special Note: Due to various scheduling conflicts related to the holiday we are presenting this week's midway "in the raw." That is to say, we'll be posting all submissions received via Blog Carnival's submission form without editing and with little or no commentary on our part.

Let the free exchange of thoughts and ideas begin!

Larry Ferlazzo presents The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2008 Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... posted at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites Of The Day For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL.

Andrew Bernardin presents
Is it Intelligence or Something Else? posted at The Evolving Mind.

Scott Walker presents
News of the Day: No one cares posted at The English Teacher.

Scott McLeod presents
It's time to play... Spot that holiday violation 2008! posted at Dangerously Irrelevant.

Mary Ann Zehr presents
Learning the Language: Study Looks at Four School Districts' Success with ELLs posted at Learning the Language.

Education Examiner: Gifted or not? posted at Education Examiner at

College Degrees presents
2009: Janet Napolitano and the H1B Visa Cap posted at The Degree People, saying, "If confirmed, Janet Napolitano’s nomination as Director of Homeland Security is likely to have a significant impact on the H1B visa process and possibly even be a significant factor in increasing the cap on these employment visas."

Alvaro Fernandez presents
Education builds Cognitive Reserve for Alzheimers Disease Protection posted at SharpBrains, saying, "Given the growing media coverage mentioning the terms Cognitive Reserve and Brain Reserve, you may be asking yourself, "What exactly is my Cognitive (or Brain) Reserve?""

Super Saver presents
Educating for the Future posted at My Wealth Builder, saying, "Although I am not an expert or practitioner in the field of education, I've come to the conclusion we need to upgrade our K-12 curriculum to educate our children for future challenges."

Kelly presents
A Fresh Approach? posted at Stories from School: Practice meets Policy, saying, "Great analogy of the system of education and automobiles for those who complain that the system is an easy fix and here is how to do it."

Liesl McQuillan presents
Clotophile posted at Clotted Cognition, saying, "I'm not sure if you have a carnival scheduled, but I'd love to be part of it if so. I look forward to the reeming I'll get for my touchy, feely post!" (Ed's note: That's for the readers to decide!)

Britannica Blog presents
"Study Skills" Ought to Include an Understanding of Memory posted at Britannica Blog, saying, "Schooling in the United States—especially beginning around the sixth grade—requires that students do a certain amount of memorization. Sometimes the demands on memory are overt and narrow, as when students are given a spelling list to learn, and other times the memory demands are implicit and broader, as when students are asked to compare a poem they are reading in class to one that they read a week ago."

Carol Richtsmeier presents
FERPA, Ninnyhammers & Clock Stoppers posted at Bellringers, saying, "thanks for hosting"

Marjorie presents
Product and Process posted at The Life Without School Community Blog.

Jane Goodwin presents
Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Well, Bothered and Bewildered, Anyway posted at Scheiss Weekly.

Jim McGuire presents
Paulsen--Read Aloud, Reminiscing, and Rethinking posted at The Reading Workshop, saying, "Understanding a writer's motivation is much easier when you have met the writer."

Paul Cancellieri presents
Cyber-paranoia posted at Scripted Spontaneity.

Relax presents
70 Tips to Become a Super Student posted at The Wise Curve, saying, "Life is too short to be ordinary. Don’t just be an average student, be a super student."

John Holland presents
Picturing Preschool posted at Inside Pre-K, saying, "The truth is that in some schools, you can teach like a high school quarterback and be fine, and in others you have to teach like professional quarterback to be successful. The real difference is that you get paid better in professional football if you are successful whereas in teaching, the high school quarterbacks and the professional quarterbacks all get paid the same."

Mike Holden presents
ABCTE Science Teachers in the News posted at DoE- Dave on Ed.

Mrs. Bluebird presents
The Best Gifts...Ever! posted at Bluebird's Classroom, saying, "Forget coffee mugs! Mrs. Bluebird got the best student gift ever!"

Darren presents
CTA Wants To Increase State Sales Tax posted at Right on the Left Coast: Views From a Conservative Teacher.

Nancy Flanagan presents
TFA Confidential posted at Teacher in a Strange Land, saying, "What do Teach for America alumni really think?"

Tyler Metzger presents
Chinese university exploits students, regrets nothing posted at

Robert Pondiscio presents
1984 Now posted at The Core Knowledge Blog, saying, ""Most teachers certified in the last decade or so are teaching subjects they never majored in," writes 36 year veteran teacher Fred Strine. "Your children are in their classes. Parents expect subject mastery and expertise from today’s educators, but both are sadly missing. It’s outright deception on a massive scale.""

Joanne Jacobs presents
Obsolete textbooks posted at Joanne Jacobs.

Isaac Yassar presents
Do It Now posted at Isaac Yassar .com, saying, "Educate yourself! Do it now!"

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of education using our
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