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AM News: Warren Opposes MA Charter Expansion, Chicago Teachers Vote To Strike, & More

Elizabeth Warren against charter school increase | Boston Herald http://ow.ly/E5fo304BBcV

MA Senator announces opposition to charter expansion ballot questions pllqt.it/QXauG7

What's next in the wake of Chicago Teachers Union strike vote | Chicago Sun-Times  ow.ly/7SFa304BAib

Overwhelming vote for CPS strike - Crain's Chicago Business news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&…

Chicago Teachers Vote To Authorize Strike In Contract Talks wbez.org/shows/wbez-new…

K-12 Education Shut Out of the Presidential Debate Spotlight blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaig…

New SAT exam taken by nearly 1.4 M students, no scores yet - San Antonio Express-News ow.ly/FZ64304BALA

SAT scores fall modestly in a year of transition for college admission test  washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

College Board chief promises changes to SAT test amid controversies | Reuters ow.ly/Mcx3304AS8v

NPR: How Native Students Can Succeed In College: 'Be As Tough As The Land That Made You' wamu.org/news/16/09/26/…

Is it time to get rid of middle school? -TODAY.com ow.ly/CXRm304AS3B

Teaching Middle Schoolers Climate Change Without Terrifying Them npr.org/sections/ed/20…

Outgoing D.C. schools leader wants to move out of public eye washingtonpost.com/local/educatio…

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So now we have these self appointed air heads deciding that they can use their bully pulpit to spout off about the value of middle school. None of them had any measured or cogent idea why middle schools exist. The sad reality is that the middle school moment had its detractors from the beginning as well as a public which think schools are divided just for the convenience of corralling grades. I fell lucky in that I was one of the first in Montgomery County MD to go through a middle school It was in the late 60s and the emphasis was on human growth and development. Looking back I can see that the school and its staff were struggling a bit with the idea, but the emphasis was not on pure academic preparation for High school, which is pure preparation for college. To be sure there were many, in those heady days who did not buy into the program, They were teachers and administrators who felt that school was about filtering the chaff from the wheat, and the academically gifted students were the ones worth students were the ones worth keeping and the rest would just be tolerated until the aged out.
As an adult I became a middle school industrial arts teacher, in the public schools. Some of my school assignments were great, and others a challenge, most helped by the staff and administrators who were aligned at least in part, with the middle school philosophy.
In today's school atmosphere of uber competition there is no time or interest, by adults in dealing with the social-emotional growth of children, as its all about getting into the right college, and that begins in preschool. I
I may be wrong, but I believe that the increase in school violence and students shooting up their own school has much to do with this hostile atmosphere and hyper competitiveness.

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