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Title IX redux. The conservative interpretation of Title IX instituted under the Trump administration has received a more liberal update from the Biden administration. Most of the news is celebratory, including this take a woman’s experience before and after Title IX. Read about a myriad of problems and hit over the past 50 years of implementation. Or get the sight of Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s education secretary, whose policy has just been reversed. The addition of transgender protections adds a whole new layer that promises plenty of debate.
Who is up for transforming our schools? ! Keeping school buildings closed for so long during the pandemic has proven to be a tragedy for many students. But at first – not yet knowing the details of the coronavirus, seeing the growing death toll and worrying about students and teachers getting sick and dying – it was the only decision that made sense in a compassionate world. Two Harvard and Yale professors break down all the ramifications of distance learning wholesale and say we need an equally important solution (without defining it). Two other experts discuss a policy document that explains how to transform education with a participatory method which includes purpose, pedagogy and position. This international vision also includes breaking dogma. And this audio take speaks of a future of education this would include advertising.
Living in a constant world of slingshots and arrows. An article this week on Michael Reed, a black English teacher in California, and the racism he faces every day at school is heartbreaking and horrifying. I can’t begin to imagine the endless grinding he endures day in and day out, but I am in absolute awe of his character and determination. This? On top of everything else, all teachers have to deal with? I would have collapsed a long time ago. Thank you for sharing your experiences, Mr. Reed.
A lasting student-teacher relationship built on the love of words. What a blessing to have one of the most inspiring and influential people from your teenage years still in your life as an adult and for the teacher to thrive in friendship as well. It reminds me of when singer Adele, in the middle of a concert, burst into tears when her favorite english teacher was in the audience and found her on stage.
Interesting additional training takes
In the United States, the paid employment deferral rule allows low-quality, for-profit schools to continue. (Higher Education Diving)
Can Google and Microsoft play together for the good of school and work? (EdTech)
Is politics the reason we can’t have nice things? (It counts)
Extra-extra credit: An education to be a good person – like Steph Curry (SmartBrief/Education)
This week’s social medi extract
The hallway-style low-tech version of Nerdle?
Diane Benson Harrington is an education editor at SmartBrief. Contact her via E-mail, Twitter Where LinkedIn.
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