The following is the text of a speech by John Taylor Gatto accepting the New York City Teacher of the Year Award on January 31, 1990. It is reprinted from the Iowa State Newsletter.
One of the greatest misperceptions in our modern, dependant society is that “education” has something to do with how much money the government spends on it, or how much time a student is forced to spend inside a classroom with a teacher who is ‘certi
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People who oppose Soviet-style collective farms, government subsidies to agriculture, or public ownership of grocery stores because they want the provision of food to be a private matter in the marketplace are generally not dismissed as uncivilized o
Could you be arrested for allowing your 5'th grade child to ride her bike one mile to school? That certainly seems crazy as we try to encourage active life styles for our kids. That certainly seems crazy as we try to promote safe routes to school p
Despite the mind-numbing mantra we constantly hear from our political leaders and central bankers that inflation does not exist, there are certain parts of our lives where even a freeze-dried coffee bean can see that prices are clearly rising: At the
Weeks after Indiana began the nation’s broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were only recently on the brink of closing
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Yeager said that by the time children reach school age they are comfortable with the seat belt culture. “From their first ride home from the hospital, they have been secured by a restraining device,” he said. “The very first time kids ever experience
Students in the Florida Atlantic University J-school produced a newspaper using (mostly) pre-computer technologies, composing on manual typewriters, pasting up with X-Acto blades and rubber cement, shooting on film and developing in a darkroom
When the nearly 300 students of the Irene-Wakonda School District returned to school this week, they found a lot of old friends, teachers and familiar routines awaiting them. But one thing was missing: Friday classes.
In a small courtroom north of Houston, a fourth-grader walked up to the bench with his mother. Too short to see the judge, he stood on a stool. He was dressed in a polo shirt and dark slacks. “Guilty,” the boy’s mother heard him say.
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The test kids will be available to parents of middle school students in the Hempfield School District. “We would rather be proactive,” Andy Leopold, superintendent, said. “We have 6,300 students in this district and if we can affect even one family o
A local school district is offering take home drug tests to parents.
Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington State has been selected as the co-chair of the deficit commission. She is a superb choice to address what is wrong with the country, because each time she looks in a mirror, she sees what is wrong.
A 13-year-old Tennessee boy asked what he did on his summer vacation surprised his teacher by saying he made explosive devices. Police were summoned and found he was telling the truth. He was charged with felony manufacturing of explosive devices,
Bush, who wrote a letter to the subcommittee declaring support for the (Federal) common standards and urging them to table the legislative package.
The plan to offer waivers to all 50 states, as long as they meet other school reform requirements, comes at the request of President Barack Obama, Duncan said. More details on the waivers will come in September, he said. The goal of the No Child L
The teacher helped her students cheat because she worried their self-esteem would be crushed by taking tests they were in no way academically prepared for. If a student asked a question she would help him find the answer, or point to the answer
.... teachers who’ve seen Khan Academy presentations and loved the idea but wondered whether they could modify it “to stop students from becoming this advanced.”
The National Science Foundation is looking to change that with a $10 million grant for an start-up education program intended to teach the nation’s top scientists and engineers how to become entrepreneurs.
"The board voted to keep schools closed until the City of Memphis gives them a payment of fifty five million dollars. Schools had been scheduled to open on August 8th."
A new study by the by the Council of State Governments finds that 60 percent of Texan students were suspended, expelled or faced in-school suspensions by the time they graduated high school. The researchers followed every Texas seventh grader into
A few weeks before summer break, an eighth-grader in Fairfax County was pulled from his civics class and led into an office. An assistant principal told him that classmates had reported hearing him say he’d smoked marijuana with five other boys —
When 18-year-old Tyell Morton put a blow-up sex doll in a bathroom stall on the last day of school, he didn't expect school officials to call a bomb squad or that he'd be facing up to eight years in prison and a possible felony record. The senior
A Utah man was arrested after his 2 children called police to report that he had marijuana in the house. The man was charged with 2 third-degree felony charges of child endangerment and a misdemeanor possession controlled substance.
Award-winning gains by Atlanta students were based on widespread cheating by 178 named teachers and principals, said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday. His office released a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that names 178 teachers an
Maryland is the first state in the country to impose a new requirement to graduate from high school -- something called environmental literacy. But what is that? That is the question State Senator J. B. Jennings is asking. "What kind of educati
While The Lookout, too, has noticed a rash of over-hyped headlines about the value of college (ahem, New York magazine), we think these critics are too quick to brush off scholars' concerns about the higher education industry. The often overheated t