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January 13 2014


The Languages We’re Learning Now

No jobs at home? Looking abroad? We’ll look at the languages Americans are studying today. What’s hot, what’s not and where they lead.

In this Feb. 15, 2013 photograph, Myrtle Hall IV Elementary School teacher Gabrielle Wooden, left, and Camilyn Anderson, 7, lead their first grade class in a live action Spanish class in Clarksdale, Miss. Students attend a language immersion magnet school where Spanish is taught. (AP)

In this Feb. 15, 2013 photograph, Myrtle Hall IV Elementary School teacher Gabrielle Wooden, left, and Camilyn Anderson, 7, lead their first grade class in a live action Spanish class in Clarksdale, Miss. Students attend a language immersion magnet school where Spanish is taught. (AP)


Marty Abbot, executive director of the American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Michael Geisler, vice president for language schools, schools abroad and graduate schools at Middlebury College. Professor in lingustics and languages and professor of German.

John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an international job placement consulting firm. (@ChallengerGray)

Nicole Wilson, vice president of language learning products at Rosetta Stone.

From Tom’s Reading List

Forbes: America’s Foreign Language Deficit –More and more students and their parents understand the need to communicate with friends and foes in other countries, and not just on our terms.  Demand for and enrollment in foreign language courses is at its highest level since 1968.  At public K-12 schools, course enrollment in 2007-2008 reached 8.9 million individuals, about 18.5 percent of all students; between 1995 and 2009, it increased 47.8 percent at colleges and universities.

Chronicle of Higher Education: In New Partnership, James Madison U. Offers Credit for Online Rosetta Stone Course — “With less fanfare, a similar deal was recently signed between James Madison University and the language-learning company Rosetta Stone. The public university in Virginia will grant credit to online-only students who complete a 16-week introductory conversational Spanish course produced and largely managed by Rosetta Stone, which sells one of the world’s most popular language-learning programs.”

Business Insider: The 10 Easiest Foreign Languages For English Speakers To Learn –”Frisian is native to Friesland in the Netherlands, and is spoken by fewer than half a million people. Still, it is English’s closest sibling, uniquely connected in the tiny linguistic category of North Sea Germanic languages.”

November 13 2013


Schooled Podcast: Confessions of a Bad Teacher

To listen to Schooled, Episode 2, use the player below: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Welcome to Schooled, Slate’s new podcast about education. This episode features two teachers with experience in high-poverty urban schools. We’ll find out why John Owens, the author of Confessions of a... http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/education/2013/11/schooled_podcast_confessions_of_a_bad_teacher.html
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November 05 2013


Flipped Schools: Homework At School, Lectures At Home

Some teachers, even whole schools, are now “flipping” their days — doing homework in class, watching lectures at home. Is this the future of school?

Everybody’s looking for a way to fire up American education, American schools.  The latest buzz is “flip it.”  Flipped classes and schools turn the old pattern of instruction upside down.  No more lectures in class and homework at home.  It’s flipped.  The other way round.  Do your homework at school, with the teacher there to guide and encourage.  Get your lecture at home, online.  On a laptop or smartphone.  Evangelists for flipped schools rave about the advantages of turning the old way on its head.  Is it more than a headstand?  Up next On Point:  “Flipped schools.”  Is this the future of school?

– Tom Ashbrook


Greg Green, principal of Clintondale High School, the first school in the country to completely “flip.” (@flippedschool)

Richard Halverson, professor in the department of leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Diana Laufenberg, lead teacher at Inquiry Schools, a new non-profit launching a school focused on one-on-one teaching. (@DLaufenberg)

From Tom’s Reading List

CNN: Flipped classrooms give every student a chance to succeed – “It’s no surprise that these issues are happening in our schools. Everyone from politicians to parents admit that our educational system isn’t working, and we’re all screaming for change.  But no one gives advice on what changes are needed to improve education. The time has come to realize that the problem isn’t simply lack of effort or money, but the misalignment of our school structure.”

New York Times: Turning Education Upside Down — “Like everything disruptive, online education is highly controversial. But the flipped classroom is a strategy that nearly everyone agrees on. ‘It’s the only thing I write about as having broad positive agreement,’ said Justin Reich, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard who studies technology and education.”

Washington Post: ‘Flipping’ classrooms: Does it make sense? – “Skeptics ask: How many subjects are really appropriate for this technique? Doesn’t this only work for motivated kids? How does it work for students who don’t have computers at home to watch videos or who live in chaotic conditions that make it impossible to absorb new material? What about teachers who deliver inspiring classroom presentations that don’t translate to video? Isn’t this all just a way to expand the school day that will leave many children behind?”

March 25 2011


Digital books replacing print in schools | PRI.ORG

Why a prep school in Massachusetts replaced its library books with digital versions, and colleges are moving to electronic textbooks. http://www.pri.org/science/technology/digital-books-replace-print-in-schools1639.html

March 10 2011


Think Out Loud Rebroadcast: Unschool Rules · Oregon Public Broadcasting

Tonights rebroadcast is on unschooling - generally a subculture of home schooling, but occasionally in a school setting too. This program originally aired in 2008. http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/rebroadcast-unschool-rules/

March 01 2011


Op-Ed: Rage Simmering Among American Teachers : NPR

Education historian Diane Ravitch says the teachers on the front lines of labor rallies in Wisconsin reflect growing anger among educators nationwide. Teachers are sick and tired, she says, of being blamed for the ills of America's public schools. http://www.npr.org/2011/02/28/134134735/Op-Ed-Rage-Simmering-Among-American-Teachers?ft=1&f=1013

January 16 2011


Letter to my Granddaughter - talk my J.T. Gatto

John Taylor Gatto presents his talk Letter to my Granddaughter at the unSchooling Oppression conference, November 6, 2007. This version of the file contains... http://www.archive.org/details/letterToMyGranddaughter-JohnTaylorGatto

John Taylor Gatto interview

About schools, teaching, educational policy... amazing.

January 15 2011


Illich interview on Schooling

Interview where Illich expounds on his ideas/thoughts.

Illich on Schools and Schooling Part 1

Ivan Illich expounds on why we must deschool. Talk given in 1969 but still relevant today. Parts 2 and 3 here. http://eflclassroom.com/audio/illichschools2.mp3 http://eflclassroom.com/audio/illichschools3.mp3
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