The purpose of this section of the network is to provide educators with interesting and provocative reading about the profession. We will include articles from online academic journals, reports about education from various public and private organizations as well as information from the larger media. In some cases you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader because the articles are formatted as PDF files.
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How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School
This PDF file is the complete book published by the Committee on Developments in the Science of Learning and the National Research Council. It is an excellent overview of the latest research on learning and the brain.
1999 TIMSS-R Highlights
This PDF file from the National Center for Educational Statistics is the source for official 1999 results of the TIMSS test.
Too Much Testing of the Wrong Kind
This PDF report from ETS is a provocative discussion of standardized testing.
The Kindergarten Year
This PDF file is a report of the findings from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study. Excellent data concerning early childhood education.
Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll
The 2002 Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools documents significant trends in public attitudes and, at the same time, explores new areas that are important in light of current efforts at school improvement. The results should be of interest to school planners at all levels. The turning away from high-stakes testing; the leveling off and the downward trend in support for choice involving private or church-related schools; the fact that lack of financial support has jumped into first place as the biggest problem; the preference for balance in the curriculum over a focus on "the basics"; and the clear support for public schools that is evident throughout the poll are all good news for public school advocates.
Education and Democracy: Advancing the Agenda
In this provocative article from Kappan magazine, one of America's most respected educators, John Goodlad, argues against a public school curriculum that is targeted toward workplace skills. The well-educated individual easily acquires the skills of a specific workplace when these become necessary, Dr. Goodlad points out. To make the dozen or more years of schooling instrumental to the future needs of the workplace, however carefully predicted, is immoral and dangerous.
Interview: Ritalin Or The Raft?
In this intriguing interview from Teacher Magazine, David Nylund, a clinical social worker and clinical supervisor at Kaiser Permanente in Stockton, California, argues that ADD is not a medical condition but a label used to categorize and control kids. This is hardly a new argument, but what is novel is Nylund's way of treating ADD-diagnosed kids. His method, which he describes as "narrative therapy," involves having kids "deconstruct" the ADD diagnosis by encouraging them to see it as a story that has largely been created and told by others.
How Teachers Compare: The Prose, Document, and Quantitative Skills of America's Teachers
This is a PDF report of data from the National Adult Literacy Survey conducted by the NCES of the United States Department of Education. It compares American teachers with other American adults.
How Teaching Matters: Bringing the Classroom Back Into Discussions of Teacher Quality
This is a PDF report from ETS and the Milkin Family Foundation.