March 2015

A Face Worth Writing About

  • Posted on: 19 March 2015
  • By: Tina McCoy
Ms. Beatrice Pigglesworth

Teaching has certainly changed over the 20-plus years I have been in education. I have seen the “whole language” vs. phonics based learning approach; survived the NHEAPs, the NECAPS and am about to experience Smarter Balanced. I have seen technology change, the internet happen and the use of personal devices in the classroom. I am now knee deep in Common Core.  I have been teaching long enough to see the proverbial pendulum swung in each direction several times.

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: A Book Review

  • Posted on: 1 March 2015
  • By: Tina McCoy

Are you invested in the state and future of public education? Do you wonder how the field of education in the USA has become what it is today? Well, understanding is the first step in advocating for systemic improvements. In her book The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, well-known historian and writer Diane Ravitch describes the movements and events that gave rise to the age of accountability that has so profoundly influenced our schools.