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Carnival of Education #159: Briefing the Next US President on 35 Issues

Dear Mr or Mrs Next US President,

Thank you for stopping during recess for a quick study sessiMeditation School Studentson. 35 educators have collaborated to present this Carnival of Education as a useful lesson plan for you and your education policy team on what our real concerns and suggestions are.

In case this is your first visit to our SharpBrains blog, let me first of all point out some useful resources to stay sane during the rest of the campaign: selected Brain Teasers, a list of 21 great Brain Books, over a dozen interviews with leading scientists on learning and brain-based topics, and more.

Without further ado, let’s proceed to the issues raised. We hope they provide, at the very least, good mental stimulation for you and your advisors.

Education as a System

4. Swimming is good, but I’d rather surf (Nancy at Teacher in a Strange Land).

5. Insurgents fighting the Dark Side (the Status Quo) (Norm at Education Notes Online).

Learning and Teaching Philosophy

6. The First Step (for Academic Success) Is Failure (Joanne at SharpBrains).

7. 1777? (Joanne Jacobs).

8. Maybe we should revisit what is the purpose of education? (Mike at Dangerously Irrelevant).

9. Who needs a college degree? (Jacob at Early Retirement Extreme).

10. Are Schools (Cognitively) Nutritive for Children’s Complex Thinking? (Tom and Christine at SharpBrains).

11. May our teaching be too successful for our own good? (Laureen at The Life without School).

From educator to educator

12. Should there be a limit to sharing best practices? (Ms Cornelius at A Shrewdness of Apes).

13. Do you manage stress well? (Gregory at SharpBrains).

14. Where in the world are my union leaders? (Woodlass at Under Assault: Teaching in NYC).

15. Is homework working? (Summer at Mom Is Teaching).

16. What is the education value of Yale’s Sex Week? (Dana at Principled Discovery).

17. What makes a good educator? (Carol at Bellringers).

18. How do we survive tough schools? (Andrew at Scenes From The Battleground).


19. Give me more of it, please! (Pat at Successful Teaching).

20. Enough. Have you heard of Gizmo High? (Matt at Going to the Mat).

21. Using technology in the Classroom 101 (Matthew at In Practice).

22. How can we integrate video in the classroom? (Matthew at Creating Lifelong Learners).

23. Anything beyond Junior Achievement? (Adam at Ipex).

24. Creating a Photography-rich book (Bogusia at Nucleus Learning)

25. How to create online content ( Larry Ferlazzo).

Kids and kids

26. Help: how do I deal with kids who misbehave? (Mike at Education in Texas).

27. Help: what do we do with the profoundly gifted? (The “More” Child).

28. Why do we accept unhelpful labeling of kids? (Marcella at abyss2hope).

29. What is the role of nutrition? (Jackson at Alternative Channel).

30. Can we educate about Darfur? (Bill at The Tempered Radical).

Enrichment Opportunities

31. Do you play any musical instrument? (Megan, a high schooler, at SharpBrains).Piano musical training

32. How many plays did Shakespeare write? (Gedaly a the Bard Blog).

33. Brain Teaser: Words in your brain! (Pascale at SharpBrains).

34. Please Don’t Outsource Your Brain to your Vicepresident, ok? (Alvaro at SharpBrains).

35. After all these years…can’t we all just be happy? ( JM at “Lead From The Start”).

Dear Mr or Mrs Next US President, we hope you have enjoyed this briefing. If you want to contribute to future Carnivals of Education, you can use this simple submission form.

Enjoy the year,

35 education bloggers

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13 Responses

  1. Mathew says:

    Great job hosting. The new president will have his/her hands full.

  2. Bellringers says:

    Thanks for hosting…Let’s hope the powers that be listen. Now wouldn’t that be something?

  3. Alvaro says:

    Well, education requires patience and persistence 🙂 thank you for your great posts.

  4. Gedaly says:

    This is a great edition with lots of really interesting posts! I hope our next president stumbles upon this list.

    When was the last time education was a big issue (and not one on the list of things to get cut)?

  5. Mrs. Bluebird says:

    Great job hosting…maybe I’m missing something, but I’ve been trying to get submissions in to the carnival for the past few weeks – I used to always see a call for submissions on the Wonk’s site, but haven’t lately…so I never know where to send it…what am I doing wrong?? How do you all find out where to send your submissions now that it’s not on the site?

  6. Alvaro says:

    The best way is simply to submit your best weekly article using the submission form I link to at the end of the post. The article then gets automatically sent to whoever is the host that week. Good luck! let me know if you have any questions about that.

  7. Dawn says:

    Great carnival! Wonderfully organized and full of fantastic posts!

  8. Pat says:

    This was a great carnival. I enjoyed all the articles! Thanks for your hard work getting all of this together.

  9. Alvaro says:

    Dawn, Veni, Pat, thank you for your comments and great posts! putting this together was great braon exercise 🙂

  10. Mrs. Bluebird has a point. The submission guides have been screwed up for a couple of weeks. The “easy to use submission form” has had ME listed as the next host for a couple of weeks now, so I’ve been getting the entries. I didn’t know about YOUR carnival until I read about it on Education Wonks! 🙁
    Nice Carney, though…

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