Budget comparisons, unionism lessons, and rutabaga fries
May 10, 2011
- On the hunt for timely lesson plans? The April
issue of Ohio Schools, the OEA’s monthly
newsletter, recommends lessons on unionism, but the Buckeye Institute’s write-up
is more than a little skeptical of using the classroom to enlist student
support for the labor movement.
- The latest
contribution to research on what works in the classroom comes from the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem’s Victor Lavy. In his paper What Makes an Effective Teacher?
Quasi-Experimental Evidence, Lavy finds that Israeli students receive striking benefits from
both “traditional” (knowledge-focused) and “modern” (analysis-focused) teaching
styles, and opines that the two styles be specifically targeted to particular
types of students for the greatest gains in achievement.
- Ever wonder
how Governor Kasich’s school funding budget stacks up against proposals in
other states? Bruce Baker of School Finance 101 takes on the question, comparing Kasich’s budget with Andrew
Cuomo’s (New York) and Tom Corbett’s (Pennsylvania) and concludes that the Ohio
governor’s cuts, though at first glance progressive, will be regressive (i.e.
the neediest districts get hit the hardest) in the long term.
- In response
to the debate over the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of our nation’s ed
schools, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has created a new site
called “Transparency Central” to make public the curricula
and requirements of teacher preparation programs across the nation. The site is
part of NCTQ and US News and World Report’s
larger project of evaluating these programs, a
project that hasn’t exactly received rave reviews from
mystery meat and vegetable mush. The New
York Times reports that the prep school taste for
academic distinction has carried over to the cafeteria at many New York private
schools, where lunch menus include “turkey-and-ricotta piadina with arugula”
and “oven-roasted rutabaga fries”, among other gourmet creations. In other
news, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Healthy-living initiative has recently brought professional chefs to several
central Ohio schools in hopes of making healthy eating palatable and fun.