kitchen table math, the sequel: 3/3/13 - 3/10/13

Friday, March 8, 2013

Are Grading Trends Hurting Socially Awkward Kids?

There's a rather spirited discussion going on at the regarding various questions raised by my article there. Some people are claiming that the demands of the 21st require students to work in groups and be graded on their presentation skills. Please weigh in if you have an opinion on this!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

South of the border

In the Times today:
A few years back, I spoke with the education secretary of my home state, Nuevo León, about reading in schools. He looked at me, not understanding what I wanted. “In school, children are taught to read,” he said. “Yes,” I replied, “but they don’t read.” I explained the difference between knowing how to read and actually reading, between deciphering street signs and accessing the literary canon. He wondered what the point of the students’ reading “Don Quixote” was. He said we needed to teach them to read the newspaper.

When my daughter was 15, her literature teacher banished all fiction from her classroom. “We’re going to read history and biology textbooks,” she said, “because that way you’ll read and learn at the same time.” In our schools, children are being taught what is easy to teach rather than what they need to learn. It is for this reason that in Mexico — and many other countries — the humanities have been pushed aside.

The Country That Stopped Reading
March 5, 2013
I'm having a queasy feeling about Common Core's requirement that English teachers devote 60% to 80% of their time to shepherding students through "informational text."

Informational text.


I write informational text (see here). I read informational text. But I never, ever, call what I write and read informational text.

If I did, I wouldn't be a writer.

The Common Core Standards: What You Need to Know | June 4, 2012
Orange Public Schools

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Not to belabor the point, part 3

Is there a person on the planet who thinks "Change Password" is the tab to click if you want to Lock Myself Out of the System?

Not to belabor the point, part 1
Not to belabor the point, part 2

Not to belabor the point, part 2

Also, is there a person on the planet whom honks * who thinks "Change Password" is the tab to click to Not Change Password"?

* Damn you, Autocorrect!
not to belabor the point, part 1
not to belabor the point, part 3