Tag - Education

Thirty Seconds. Every Student. Every Day

It’s hard to be a teenager. On Thursday, some of my students were trying to process their fears about what happened in Florida while others were dealing with the no less real pain of hearts left just a little battered by Valentine’s Day and the pangs of unrequited love. Whether it’s the fear that their schools might not...

Let’s Work to Reduce Bullying in Schools

The Senate Education Committee will be hearing testimony tomorrow on Senator Kim Gillan’s Schools Are for Safe Education Act (SB 141) and I urge you to contact your legislator to let her know that this bill offers a sensible, necessary set of guidelines and protections for Montana students. The bill requires that every school...

Jonathan Kozol Responds to Charter Schools

While advocates of school reform seem to believe that opening a series of charter schools across the country will magically solve the achievement gap, the impact of endemic poverty, and every other social ill of American schools, Jonathan Kozol sees through the “promise” of charters: It’s easy to create a hundred islands of short...

Newsflash! Fewer Teachers Do Impact Class Size

On May 3, I was very critical of a newspaper story in the Independent Record because I felt it presented a very one-sided view about the need for cutbacks among teachers in the Helena School District. Despite District projections for increased numbers of student at every elementary school, the public was reassured that the proposed...

Jonathan Alter Goes Back to Bashing Teachers’ Unions

I got to Jonathan Alter’s recent column in Newsweek about education funding a few days after it was published, but I probably could have skipped reading it to guess its contents: teacher unions are bad: The whole country is like Garrison Keillor’s Lake Woebegon, except all the teachers are above average, too.Why? The short answer...

Teachers Aren’t Widgets!

I’ll never forget two kinds of teachers I experienced as a student. A few were incredible inspirations, whose lessons I still remember. A slightly larger number were something else entirely, people who made each day more miserable than the one that preceded it. I think everyone remembers both kind of teachers from their past. As...

Education Reform: It’s Time to Move Past Slogans

The latest editorial in the Billings Gazette really takes a unique stand on education, suggesting that schools “must prepare students for life.” A bold position, as evidenced by the 128,000 Google hits for the following search: schools “prepare for life”. It’s just a meaningless phrase. Demonstrating that...