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February 2011

State of the Teaching Profession Last month, President Obama spent a substantial portion of his State of the Union address (about 1,000 of the 7,000 words) on education. It is encouraging to see that education...
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January 2011

Cautious Optimism As we enter the New Year, we continue to be challenged economically which, in turn, aggravates social tensions. But there are signs to the optimists amongst us that suggest we are moving toward...

Conjugal Bliss

The Spanish Verb Conjugator: The Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Spanish Verbs Jeanne M. Bielejeski (2009) Roche Publishing, Little Falls, Minnesota 7.5 in. X 5 in., 360 pages, Paperback ISBN: 978-0-615-26587-2 $24.95 For Spanish beginners, difficulty with verb conjugation can...

Excessive Testing Curbs Creative Teaching

Howard Karlitz, in our October 2010 issue, argued that standardized testing should be used to help teachers improve their instruction As American schools sink deeper into an instructional morass and their ranking vis-à-vis schools in...

Keep Your Brain Young

Read, Be Bilingual, Drink Coffee Stephen Krashen says there are three things you can do to stay young mentally and you can do all three at the same time Read Older people who read more do better...
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July 2010

Cutting to the Core When lawmakers dictate curricula, the natural reaction from educators is to reject this top down approach which seeks to homogenize the lives of children without possibly taking into account the individual...

Greetings from Granada

Assistant Editor Kate Sommers-Dawes continues her reports from Spain: Had the most thrilling day today (my first day alone, as the journalist group left this morning). I awoke with no plan except to find a...

Greetings from Malaga

Assistant Editor Kate Sommers-Dawes is in Spain today (El Día del Español) and writes: Had an outstanding tour of Malaga today after visiting Malaca Language School in the hills surrounding the city which were surprisingly...
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June 2010

Communicate Period The administration’s Race to the Top scheme is only the latest in a long line of attempts to “fix” our educational system — all of which have neglected the fundamental changes in our...

California Language Roadmap Summit

On Friday, May 7, a summit meeting entitled, “Building World Citizens for California’s Success,” brought together leaders from business, education, public policy, and local school communities to begin developing a strategic plan for prioritizing...