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Confronting the 15,000-Hour Problem

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But we must also contend with the 15,000-hour problem. Most Americans have attended schools for 13 years—and have watched teachers teach for more than 15,000 hours, usually in the company of 25 or 30 other students (40 or 50 in hard times). And while most Americans may want improved schools and better teaching, they do not want teaching and learning to look all that different from when they were in school themselves. The public’sfamiliarity with teaching reifies expectations. It may even breed contempt for the specialized skills that effective teachers and administrators need to develop—after all, an expert teacher can make the job look easy.

Debating Petrilli’s Post “One size fits most” for Ed Reform

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By Bruno Behrend We education reformers are a fractious lot.  We like to debate each other more than we like to take...

Digital Learning in Kentucky

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By Terry Holliday Kentucky was one of the early leaders in virtual learning. Today, we are struggling to find the appropriate methods...

Responding To Tennessee State Representative Craig Fitzhugh

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I couldn’t let this column by state Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D-TN) titled, “Virtual Schools Bad for Education Reform” go by without responding. It was so full of errors I almost didn’t know where to start. I don’t know Rep. Fitzhugh, so I won’t suggest he was intentionally misleading readers. I’ll just give him the benefit of the doubt and presume that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Let me attempt to dissect it.

The Name Game

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It’s silly season again, and I’m not referring to the Republican primaries. No, I’m thinking about the all-out battle for proponents and opponents of “reform” to stick a nasty label on the other side and claim the mantle of truth and goodness for themselves. This is nothing new, of course (Sean Cavanagh had a smart piece in Ed Week about this in March). But the battle continues apace.

1.5 million reasons to get a grip on digital learning: Q+A with ISTE’s Don...

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Susan Sawyers is a multimedia journalists and social media strategist. Sawyers conducted a Q & A with Donald G. Knezek CEO of ISTE, who is preparing for their annual conference in Philadelphia next week.

A Reason to Go To School

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Andrew Miller provides a few great examples of why students have a reason to go to school.

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