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Monday, October 11, 2010

Teach, with Tony Danza

Here is a great new reality TV show about our Public Education System.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I want to see Edison Elementary School in San Diego

Edison teachers embrace examining scores as a way to figure out what works and what doesn't.

Principal Bustani even videotapes classes with especially good results to show other teachers how they taught a lesson. This gentler take on data seems to be working. Scores at Edison have soared.

"They hold themselves accountable. They'll say, 'Wow, your kids did so well on this — what did you do?'" Bustani said. She rarely steps in. "I don't think it's helpful to say, 'Your class scored low.'"

Every class-room should be video-recorded and all parents and educators should have access to the live-video-feed. Student's wouldn't be disruptive or cheat (as much) because they would be caught. Teachers would be supervised by parents in the public. Administrators could be held accountable for failing to train and educate their teachers. It's an easy, cheap, technology fix. Students could even watch lessons over again to re-enforce learning.