The “Ed News” will be off the week of March 11-15th. Look for the next edition on Tuesday, March 19.
Daylight Savings Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. Turn your clocks AHEAD one hour.
And now to the news.
“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of Constitutional power.”
― Thomas Jefferson
Another editorial in yesterday’s Times
was against a proposal before the Commission on Teaching Credentialing that would alter the way new teachers could become certified to work with ELLs. There are currently two methods to accomplish that. The first is through a college or university teacher training program. The second is by way of an intern program. The change before the CTC would eliminate the latter one. Some people believe, including the Times,
that it’s aimed at eliminating Teacher for America educators from California schools. You can read the editorial, titled “A Teach for America Fight,” here and decide for yourself: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-0307-credentials-20130307,0,2807694.story
An extensive article in today’s Times
describes what the Commission decided in its unanimous ruling yesterday. TFA and other intern programs will be allowed to continue but under stricter state controls. All the details are here: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0308-english-interns-20130308,0,580648.story
Nancy Kuechle passes along an interesting discussion and book signing at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. She found this in their newsletter:
Thursday, March 14, 7pm
Nancy Pine discusses and signs Educating Young Giants
What Kids Learn (And Don’t Learn) in China & America In her groundbreaking book, Educating Young Giants, Nancy Pine reveals how reliance on antiquated teaching methods and ineffectual reform efforts has left youth in the United States and China ill-equipped for the demands of modern technology and the global economy. Transporting us into Chinese elementary and high school classrooms, Pine, a U.S. education expert, highlights essential differences and striking similarities between the two systems. She shows how parents, educators, and policymakers can implement practical solutions, drawing the best from both systems and genuinely equipping our children to meet the challenges we face in the 21st century.
Diane Ravitch included this picture on her blog:
Dave Alpert (’71) Chief Commissar