Nature vs Nurture “Love Is The Answer” by Aloe Blacc

As I start to prepare for the school year in a month or so, I realize how important my role is as an educator is to the young people I teach. This new music video from Aloe Blacc only highlights that innate responsibility.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Covers ESSENCE Magazine, Talks Education, & Raising Smart Kids (DETAILS)

Originally posted on Global Grind:

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It’s no secret that First Lady Michelle Obama is extremely passionate about higher education, and this month she explains more to ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush.

A major ingredient in the recipe for success has to do with nurturing resilience in our children, Michelle explained.

“I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn’t shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It’s not just about grades or test scores. Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don’t have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard,” says Mrs. Obama.

However in order to even get that far, the First Lady explains that children have to see education…

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Do We Need to Rescue Our Kids From the Digital World?

lboogie81:

This is a very interesting piece about young people and the digital world in today’s world. As an educator, this is VERY informative!

Originally posted on Guerrilla World Press:

Do we need to rescue our kids from the digital world?

By Jane Wakefield

My children live in the digital world as much as they live in the real one.

Whether they are chatting to their friends on Xbox Live or FaceTime or viewing their profiles on Instagram, these days it seems that there is always a virtual guest in our house.

Their expectations of life are fundamentally different to mine at their ages – eight and 10. They were among the first generation to swipe a dumb screen and wonder why nothing happened; the first to say when a toy was broken: “Don’t worry, we can just download a new one”; and the first to be aware that the real world runs seamlessly into the digital one.

These digital natives understand the etiquette of the digital world – how to text, how to email, how to get wi-fi and…

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North Carolina Republicans Offer Nearly $500 Million to Abolish Tenure–This Teacher Says “No”

lboogie81:

Wow! So NC’s State Senate want MORE unemployed or underemployed teachers?!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

North Carolina’s Republican-dominated State Senate hates teacher tenure. They hate it so much that they are willing to offer nearly $500 million in higher salaries if teachers are willing to abandon their tenure.

Bear in mind that tenure in K-12 education is not a guarantee of lifetime employment; it is a guarantee of due process rights. Also note that until recently, North Carolina was thought to have one of the best school systems in the South. The state has–or had, at last count–more National Board Certified Teachers than any other state in the nation.

Why Republicans hate tenure so passionately is a mystery. There is no reason to believe that principals are itching to fire teachers. North Carolina has had such a large exodus of teachers from the profession and the state that wise policymakers should be worried about holding on to teachers, many of whom are demoralized…

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Obama Administration Issues New Guidance Reminding Schools To Enroll Children Brought In US Illegally

lboogie81:

Go Obama Go!!!! EVERY child deserves a quality education no matter what their status in this country is. #TeachersAppreciationWeek

Originally posted on CBS DC:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a 32-year-old court ruling, school districts continue to raise barriers to enrollment for children brought into the U.S. illegally, the Obama administration said Thursday, characterizing reports of hindrances as troubling.

The Justice Department and Education Department issued new guidance reminding schools and districts they have a legal obligation to enroll every student regardless of immigration status. The guidance says schools should be flexible in deciding which documents they will accept to prove a student’s age or residency.

The guidance also reminds them not to ask about a student’s immigration status or require documents such as a driver’s license, if that would prevent a student from enrolling because of a parent’s immigration status.

The Education Department said it is investigating 14 schools or districts for possible violations since 2011. They are in Arizona, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South…

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What’s Wrong With Poetry Books for Children: A Teacher’s Lament – Education Week Teacher

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