Location: Texas, United States

I am a teacher with 33 years experience in public education. The purpose of this web log is to critically examine the present state of education in our great country and, particularly, in Texas.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

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A wake-up call from one of America's top education watchdogs: Parents are ultimately responsible for their kids' future success. Check out the rest of the article here.

Here's one that seems to say that school success might indicate success in he real world. Who would have thunk it?

In their meta-analysis of 127 studies involving 20,352 participants, psychologists Nathan R. Kuncel, Ph.D., and Sarah A. Hezlett, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Deniz S. Ones, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, set out to directly test whether the abilities related to performance in academic settings overlap with those predicting performance in work settings. To do this, they focused on studies that involved the Miller Analogies Test, or MAT. The MAT has been used for admissions decisions into graduate schools as well as in hiring and promotion decisions in the workplace. In use since 1926, the MAT is composed of analogies that require knowledge in many different areas, including sciences, literature, the arts, history and vocabulary. Read the rest here.

Kudos to teacher Debbie Fisher in St. Petersburg, Florida ...

Debbie Fisher, a teacher at Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, has a problem her peers can only wish for:After class, her students don't want to leave. Check it here.

Here is another great teacher. For Elaine Schwartz, 2005 is going to be a tough act to follow. That's the way to go Elaine! Read about this wonderful teacher here.

Late in the day today, I noticed this article in the Guardian over across the pond. Teachers who use any technology probably are familiar with Power Point. Here is a nice article on the uses of the program. According to the article "Whether it's used to teach special needs children to express themselves or for demonstrating accelerated learning, PowerPoint is proving a real hit." The rest of the article is found here.


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