Teacher Transfers, Education Funders, Standardistas, and Video Games (Best of the Week)
Should Teachers Only Work Where They Want To?
One of the top issues these days seems to be what to do about schools that have high teacher turnover rates and disproportionately fewer fully-qualified teachers. One of the most controversial approaches -- way more than combat pay -- is limiting transfers out of high-need school or into top performing schools. Everyone hates it, which sort of makes you think.... Baltimore County union: New rule holds teachers "hostage" The Sun (Baltimore).
There's also a big conference on collective bargaining in mid-May that might include a balanced look at what aspects of bargaining agreements help and hinder students' learning: May 16-17 Research Conference on Teacher Collective Bargaining
Does Traditional Education Philanthropy Help?
Two or three good articles about education philanthropy this week, which is rarely covered but usually pretty fascinating:
Standardistas vs. Everyone Else
We already know that standards and accountability people (policymakers, think tankers) usually don't get along with teachers and many principals. All the more interesting to read about whether the standardistas are in touch with what real people (parents, taxpayers) want out of their schools: Fulfilling the promise of the standards movement MCREL via PEN.
Could Civilization III, and other complex multi player video games like it, teach us better how to engage children in learning? Let the Games Begin Edutopia