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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...

December 2010

Hard Times, Higher Goals Last month, Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, delivered the keynote address at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages convention which repeated the familiar theme...

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...

November 2010

Devolve and Evolve So often when we talk about learning, we refer only to students in educational institutions even though we know that it is an ongoing process which hopefully continues for every single day...

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...

October 2010

Willing and Ready to Learn So often when we talk about learning, we refer only to students in educational institutions even though we know that it is an ongoing process which hopefully continues for every...

September 2010

Loading the Dice Teachers are facing unprecedented demands as they start this new academic year. Falling state tax revenues have led to education budget cuts that state legislators feel can only be eased by federal...

August 2010

Keeping Up With Styles As educational spending budgets are squeezed, the return on investment in educational technology is also coming under increased scrutiny. We cut such spending at our peril. Of course, we must invest...
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