Tag: 2008

January 2008

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Vote for a ChangeAs we enter 2008, there is a sense of optimism in the U.S despite ongoing international conflicts and gloomy economic indicators. The only explanation for this paradox must be that the need for change is the common thread in nearly all the prospective presidential candidates’ platforms, and the impetus to break with the old is...

February 2008

An Educational StimulusIt now seems inevitable that the U.S. economy will go into recession over the next year. Economic analysts will disagree about the causes, its severity and its duration, but one thing we can be sure of is that we will be told that there is not enough money to properly fund our schools and asked to make...

March 2008

Redrawing the Political LangscapeNow that the Republicans have chosen their Presidential candidate and the Democratic contest is reaching its climax, political analysts across America are searching for demographic indicators to help predict the outcomes of primaries in the key states of Ohio and Texas this month.Pundits have been quick to claim that supporters can be classified according to...

April 2008

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Entrepreneurial EducatorsAs the specter of recession looms large in government accounting offices nationwide, and lawmakers, confronted with the “unexpected” prospect of diminishing tax revenues, are slashing education budgets with abandon, the only real surprise should be that it took so long for the bubble to burst. For several years, economists have warned that growth levels were not sustainable as...

May 2008

Reading All FormatsBarely a week goes by without the release of a new report highlighting the growth of the literacy crisis in the U.S. At the same time, we are constantly hearing about the achievement gap between white and minority students. And then, there is the dilemma of the digital divide. Of course, all three of these problems are...

August 2008

August 2008
Creating Global ClassroomsAs fuel prices inflate the cost of travel and concern for the environment increases, the ideal that everyone should have the opportunity to study abroad becomes less attainable. At the same time, such trips and other intercultural experiences are being recognized as an essential part of education in our global economy, so we have to make the...

September 2008

Going for GoldAs the world’s most spectacular sporting event of all time draws to a close, the scale of the Beijing Olympics, and the commitment of its organizers continue to impress. Five and a half million residents of Beijing can now speak a foreign language, up from just 3.2 million at the end of 2006, according to Liu Yang,...

June 2008

June 2008
Multicultural Education is No LuxuryDuring difficult economic times, there is a general acceptance that education should endure budget cuts like all public services. We are led to believe that the most we can expect from our educational institutions during hard times is basic instruction in the core subjects which will be enough to give today’s students the tools...

July 2008

July 2008
A Trilingual AmericaBarack Obama’s recent suggestion that “everybody should be bilingual...or trilingual” has been met with a barrage of criticism from conservative commentators claiming that he is criticizing Americans who speak only English instead of speakers of other languages who should be learning English.For example, a Denver-based talk show host on a major station, was appalled by the...

November 2008

Greater ExpectationsIn a recent commentary published online in Education Week (Give Latin a Chance, September 22, 2008), Baynard Woods, a public school teacher from Washington DC, explained how his experience convinced him that the teaching of “Latin might play a role in eliminating the achievement gap between disadvantaged and affluent students.”Woods’ theory is that the prestige and aura...