Panelists at the recent Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference debated whether equipping teachers and students with cutting-edge technology was worth a school's investment of time and money. Chris Bostock, a principal in New Haven, Conn., admits training teachers to use new software is a significant time commitment, but his school's use of Kickboard -- a program that tracks student behavior -- has "illuminated our student population" and was worth the investment.
Vocational and career-exploration programs sometimes carry a negative stigma that they are only for students who are not planning to attend college, asserts teacher Kristen Swanson. In this blog post, she writes about the importance of such programs, the connection of career-readiness to the Common Core State Standards and offers three ways to "make career exploration cool again." She suggests telling students and parents about the benefits of exposing students to careers in fields they are interested in, help students take on authentic career-oriented roles and use technology, such as Skype, to bring professionals into the classroom.
Republican Gov. Mark Sanford vetoed most of South Carolina's proposed $5.7 billion budget, saying that it would have forced him to accept $700 million in federal economic-stimulus funds, including money for education. Legislators said they will attempt to override the veto today, but the issue may land in court.
Free K-12 education for all U.S. children does little to motivate students to learn, Oklahoma reporter David Gerard writes in this opinion piece. Because students are offered free transportation, books and technology to help them learn, neither they nor their parents value schools or learning, he writes.
President-elect Barack Obama should support Richard Nixon's philosophy of giving more federal money to public schools in an effort to bridge spending gaps among rich and poor schools and increase some teachers' salaries, according to this opinion piece. Matt Miller, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, writes that giving up to $100 billion more annually in federal money to education would ease the burden on state and local government and allow districts to pay the best teachers up to $150,000 a year.