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Dec 14, 2017

Tracking students in education has been around a long time. Grouping students into grades or courses by their perceived ability, based on some assessment or criteria, has long been the practice, with the idea that students will 'get what they need' if they are grouped together. But does this work? Can...


Nov 17, 2017

 

In this episode, we talk to Lizzie Hull Barnes, the Director of Mathematics for the San Francisco Unified School District, about how they created curriculum to replace textbooks in order to best meet the needs of their students and teachers.  Karen and  Tim discuss the pros and cons of abandoning traditional textbooks...


Nov 3, 2017

What's the purpose of homework?  Students hate it, parents often say it's too much or interferes with home life and students free time, and teachers - who knows what they're thinking?! Is it punishment? Is it assessment? Is it busy work? Is it necessary? The answer - it depends.

This episode explores the origination of...


Oct 19, 2017

Who do you call if you have concerns about your child's teacher, or you are not happy with the curriculum, or don't think the requirements for AP History are fair? The answer is - it depends. This episode explores the power structure of the education system, offering insight and suggestions on who to contact, depending...


Oct 5, 2017

School choice is a hot-button topic these days with the Trump Administration and the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, being huge proponents of school choice.

This episode explores the different types of school choice, funding options behind school choice, and who decides who really controls the decision on what...