SAReads Round-Up!Welcome to this week’s SAReads Round-up, our recommendation of some of the week’s best articles on literacy and education. This week we find the Democratic mayors of America’s largest cities challenging their former teacher union allies, go around the world to find out which education innovations are working (and why!) and finally answer the question: “Who killed Kindergarten?” Hope you enjoy.
Providing evidence that the education reform movement is shaking up previously sacrosanct alliances, the Washington Post writes that urban mayors are now openly challenging their teachers unions while demanding greater accountability. LA Mayor Villaraigosa goes as far as saying that teachers unions are “the one, unwavering roadblock” to improving educational outcomes in his city.
Next, here’s the NY Times review of the movie that’s launched a thousand blog posts…Bully. Be sure and read the comments that follow, they include heartrending accounts from senior citizens who still vividly recall their experiences with bullying decades later.
On a more upbeat note, Scholastic.com takes us around the world in education innovation to discover what’s working where and why?
Filed under ‘off the beaten track’ is a fascinating article from WPRI about Alfie Kohn, the author of “The Homework Myth” and other books. Learn why he thinks many American schools are “mindless, soul-killing institutions,” and why WPRI thinks his critiques are “half-crazy and half-true.”
And finally, on a related note, the HuffPo asks Who Killed Kindergarten?
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